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Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revealed that while a number of companies have made improvements to address the issue of forced labour within the sector, many are reluctant to disclose the policies they are implementing or detail information about their suppliers.
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.
US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing, having helped recycle about 250m plastic bottles by using the Repreve recycled filament fibre across its apparel collections since July 2016.
Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to provide sustainable packaging, including promises to eliminate expanded polystyrene and to source from sustainably managed forests.
In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions.
US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to source wood-based products from well-managed forests to avoid contributing to deforestation or forest degradation.
US department store retailer Target Corp has partnered with Avery Dennison to deploy Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to its 1,600 store network.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.
In the wake of tumbling fourth-quarter earnings, US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a new financial model, promising an overhaul of stores, digital channels and supply chain, alongside the introduction of more than a dozen new brands.
As part of its commitment to use more sustainable resources, US department store retailer Target Corp is to install solar rooftop panels on five of its stores across Colorado, in a bid to reduce the store’s energy grid need.
Top executives from 16 major US manufacturers have sent an open letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass tax reforms and the controversial border tax in order to boost growth for domestic companies and taxpayers.
US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge it says will be one of the "most comprehensive in the US retail industry", designed to drive transparency, proactive chemical management and innovation across all of its owned and national brand consumer products, and operations.
US retail group Target guidance has lowered its guidance for the fourth quarter, after booking a softer-than-expected sales performance during the holiday season.
US department store retailer Target Corp has confirmed to just-style its senior vice president of enterprise strategy and innovation, Jamil Ghani, is leaving the company, but has remained tight-lipped over reports he is joining online giant Amazon.
In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.
Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims.
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.
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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