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As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.
As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.
Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.
US department store retailer Target Corp says it is increasingly confident it will be able to profitably operate hundreds of smaller flexible-format stores in the future, which offer apparel products selected for local markets.
US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to improve worker well-being, achieve net-positive manufacturing, and derive key raw materials from ethical and sustainable sources.
US department store retailer Target Corp is strengthening the team responsible for its supply chain, hiring former Walmart executive, Shekar Natarajan, to fill the newly-created role of senior vice president, network planning and operational design.
US department store retailer Target Corp is teaming up with Product Innovation, host of the PI Apparel (Product Innovation Apparel) events, to hold a webinar on 3D virtual strategies next week.
Emanuel Chirico, chief executive of PVH Corp, and Richard Noll, chief executive of Hanesbrands, have both been named '2016 Responsible CEO of the Year' – with Chirico also picking up a Lifetime Achievement award.
US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed plans for a limited-edition spring collaboration with Victoria Beckham, which will include the designer's first foray into the kids' product category.
After just four months in the role, US retailer Target Corp's recently promoted chief digital officer Jason Goldberger has left the company.
US department store retailer Target Corp has confirmed to just-style that it sees smaller "flex-format" stores in its future, offering apparel products selected for local markets.
US department store retailer Target Corp could be preparing to open hundreds of smaller "flex-format" stores which would be a "major part" of the company's future growth.
In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter.
US department store retailer Target Corp says it has surpassed almost half of the 20 sustainability goals the company set itself five years ago, including using more than 14.5m recycled plastic bottles to produce fabric for its own-brand jeans.
US department store retailer Target Corp has hired Apple executive Ben Cook as its senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment.
Apparel maker Pact Organic is to launch the first Fair Trade Certified organic cotton men's undershirts and boxer briefs at 460 Target stores across the US.
US department store retailer Target Corp said its first-quarter results reflect an "increasingly volatile consumer environment" after posting a 5.4% fall in revenue in comparison with last year.
US retailer Target Corp has ended a year-long search by appointing Nordstrom executive Mark Tritton as its new chief merchandising officer, in a role that oversees buying, product design and development, sourcing, visual merchandising strategy, and merchandising operations.
In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance.
US clothing giants VF Corp and Target Corp have joined forces with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help improve energy and water efficiency at their textile and apparel supplier factories in Vietnam, with the overall aim of reducing costs and boosting productivity.
US general merchandise retailer Target Corp has appointed Amazon's Arthur Valdez as executive vice president, chief supply chain and logistics officer.
Target Corp has appointed former Gap executive Michelle Wlazlo as its senior vice president of apparel and accessories as the department store retailer looks to improve its product assortment and customer experience.
In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings.
Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black.
General merchandise retailer Target Corp has promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of executive vice president and COO, overseeing stores, supply chain and properties.
US department store retailer JC Penney has appointed a new executive vice president of omni-channel and senior vice president of supply chain to help propel its omni-channel growth strategy.
US retail giant Target Corp has upped its full-year earnings guidance after revealing better than expected comparable sales and earnings in its first-quarter.
China and Vietnam led a surge in US apparel imports in March as retailers emerged from the annual post-holiday slowdown and started stocking up for the spring and summer seasons.
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