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Sourcing East Africa: Collaboration key to success

Interest in East Africa as a potential apparel sourcing destination has been on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest the road a...

Tesco's F&F cuts costs and lead times with 3D fit

Supermarket retailer Tesco has calculated that cutting lead times by one to two weeks on around one-third of the styles in its F&F clothing...


Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2015

Internet pureplays like Asos are gaining the most share in the UK apparel market year-on-year, new data shows, while general stores are losing out.


Mike Flanagan | 12 Jan 2015

Despite the hype, it's amazing how insignificant the internet is on the garment trade, writes Mike Flanagan. While every clothing brand and retailer uses the web for moving, receiving and monitoring information, relatively few clothes are sold this way.


Jozef De Coster | 5 Dec 2014

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


Katie Smith | 27 Nov 2014

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare could finally be turning a corner after returning to profit in the first half of the year. But while the message is one of reassurance, more work inevitably lies ahead.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 2014

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.


Joe Ayling | 27 Jun 2011

With 20 years of experience across manufacturing, retail and international development to her name, Abi Rushton is well-placed to help steer apparel sourcing strategies of the future. just-style news editor Joe Ayling found out more in the first part of an extended inteview on the global supply chain.

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Michelle Russell | 23 Jun 2016

UK retail giant Tesco has booked an increase in group sales in the first quarter, and offered an optimistic outlook thanks to ongoing efforts to rebuild profitability.


Michelle Russell | 24 May 2016

Six international brands and retailers including Tesco, Esprit, KappAhl and New Look have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.


Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 2016

Tesco said it made significant progress last year as it reported a return to profit and its best quarterly sales growth for three years, but expressed caution on its ability to grow earnings in the coming year. 


Leonie Barrie | 19 Feb 2016

UK-based retailer Tesco has become the first supermarket to commit to the CoppaFeel! #brahijack campaign, by putting potentially life-saving labels into its bras.


With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 


Katie Smith | 21 Dec 2015

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 


Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2015

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.


Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2015

UK apparel retail sales grew 2.4% in the 24 weeks ended 2 August, above the five-year average, estimates have shown.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

UK retail giant Tesco has booked a decline in first-quarter sales that was less than it had predicted and that beat analyst expectations.


Michelle Russell | 22 Apr 2015

UK retail giant Tesco has published what analysts have described as “a nightmare year” after it revealed a significant reduction in UK trading profit, the worst result in its 96-year history.


Katie Smith | 9 Apr 2015

UK retailer Tesco is rolling out radio frequency identification (RFID) technology across its F&F clothing range in 550 UK stores, in a bid to improve in-store stock accuracy and product availability.


Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2015

UK retail giant Tesco has appointed John Allan, chairman of the housebuilder Barratt Developments, as its new chairman.


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.


Michelle Russell | 29 Jan 2015

Retail behemoth Tesco has revealed the locations of the 43 unprofitable stores it is closing in the UK as part of CEO Dave Lewis's turnaround plan, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 2015

Tesco has launched an online network for its 5,000 global suppliers as it works to increase transparency and improve its relationship with trading partners and customers.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 2015

Thousands of workers at UK retail giant Tesco should not be made to pay because of boardroom failure, a leading union has warned.


Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 2015

Retail giant Tesco posted better than expected Christmas trading results, boosted by a notable surge in online clothing sales.


Richard Woodard | 7 Jan 2015

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s recorded sales declines over the Christmas period, despite strong trading from the company’s clothing and general merchandise businesses.


Michelle Russell | 2 Jan 2015

Beleaguered retail giant Tesco has revealed the head of its remuneration committee, Stuart Chambers, is to step down.


Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2014

UK trade union Community has signed what it claims is a ground-breaking agreement with retail giant Tesco to improve conditions in its domestic apparel supply chain.


Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 2014

Discount retailer Lidl has pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its textile production by 1 January, 2020 - a move that has been welcomed by environmental pressure group Greenpeace.


Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2014

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has booked an increase in third-quarter earnings and sales, and says it is exploring expansion in Central Europe.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2015

Tesco's deal with Arcadia to sell some of the apparel group's largest brands in its supermarkets is a style of collaboration we are increasingly seeing more of as retailers secure a ready-made customer base and guaranteed footfall.


Leonie Barrie | 27 Oct 2014

Speculation emerged last week that a group of investors is planning to bid for Adidas Group's Reebok unit, and that a likely sale would enable the German sportswear giant to realign its strategy as a fitness and lifestyle brand.

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Tesco Stores CR as in Retailing (Czech Republic)

Tesco Stores CR as in Retailing (Czech Republic)

Tesco Stores maintained its ranking of third in overall retailing in the Czech Republic in 2015. The company’s main focus is on increasing profitability....

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