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Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 2014

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.


Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2014

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.


Debra Cobb | 17 Nov 2014

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.


Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 2014

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.

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Beth Wright | 30 Sep 2016

After just four months in the role, US retailer Target Corp's recently promoted chief digital officer Jason Goldberger has left the company.


Beth Wright | 22 Sep 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 15 Sep 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 27 Jul 2016

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.


Michelle Russell | 21 Jul 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp has hired Apple executive Ben Cook as its senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment.


Leonie Barrie | 15 Jun 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 19 May 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 18 May 2016

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. 


Katie Smith | 15 Mar 2016

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. 


Katie Smith | 29 Feb 2016

US general merchandise retailer Target Corp has appointed Amazon's Arthur Valdez as executive vice president, chief supply chain and logistics officer. 


Michelle Russell | 19 Jan 2016

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. 


Katie Smith | 18 Aug 2015

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.


Katie Smith | 4 Aug 2015

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.


Michelle Russell | 20 May 2015

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.


Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 2015

Target Canada says it will close the last of its 133 stores to the public by 12 April as part of its inventory liquidation efforts.


Katie Smith | 4 Mar 2015

Target Corp is to axe some 1,700 jobs over the next two years as it looks to save US$2bn in costs, and focus on key initiatives it believes will put the US retailer “on a clear path to growth”.


Richard Woodard | 26 Feb 2015

Retail giant Target Corp slipped to a huge fourth-quarter loss, thanks to mammoth charges of over US$5.1bn linked to its exit from the Canadian market.


Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 2015

Data security and omni-channel initiatives are top retail priorities for chief information officers, data shows, in light of recent high-profile data breaches and the growing need to deliver a differentiated customer experience.


Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 2015

Global technology and innovation executive Mike McNamara has left Tesco to join retail giant Target Corp as chief information officer.


Richard Woodard | 3 Feb 2015

Retail giant Target Corp is to open 15 new stores in the US during 2015, including eight new-style TargetExpress outlets.


Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 2015

The decision by US-based retailer Target Corporation to shut down its Canadian stores has been welcomed by an analyst who says the "exit is a positive."

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Leonie Barrie | 12 May 2014

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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