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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...

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 22 Sep 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.

Internet pureplays winning in UK apparel space

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.

Online apparel retailing: Amazon-ly unviable?

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.

Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality

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.

Latest Interviews

String traceability tool goes back to basics

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.

Speaking with style: Abi Rushton

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.

Latest News

UK apparel retail sales growth beats 5-yr average

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.

Tesco Q1 sales beat expectations

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.

Tesco swings to GBP6.38bn loss in “nightmare” year

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.

Tesco rolls out RFID for F&F clothing

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.

Tesco appoints Allan to chairman role

Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2015

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

Target names Tesco tech exec McNamara as CIO

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.

Tesco store closures to hit 2,000 jobs

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.

Tesco launches online supplier platform

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.

Union blasts Tesco for "boardroom failure"

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.

Tesco Q3 sales brighter as clothing surges

Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 2015

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

Sainsbury’s Q3 sales dip despite clothing surge

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.

Tesco remuneration committee head steps down

Michelle Russell | 2 Jan 2015

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

Tesco teams with union on UK garment supply chain

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.

Lidl commits to hazardous chemical detox

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.

Cherokee Q3 earnings and sales climb

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.

Tesco issues new profit warning

Richard Woodard | 9 Dec 2014

Beleaguered supermarket giant Tesco has issued another profit warning, sending shares in the company spiralling to new lows.

Mothercare appoints Smothers as finance chief

Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 2014

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has appointed Richard Smothers as its chief financial officer.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 5 Dec 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include M&S increasing the amount of Better Cotton it sources, Cache considering a third-party acquisition offer, and Tesco's management changes could help the retailer build a "a credible trading strategy".

Tesco exec changes will drive "credible strategy"

Michelle Russell | 2 Dec 2014

Tesco has revealed a raft of management changes - including two departures - that analysts believe will allow the UK retailer to now press on with building "a credible trading strategy".

Tesco F&F director Bolger steps down

Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 2014

Tesco's F&F global brand director, Anita Bolger, is to step down after a 14-year career with the UK retail giant.

Tesco faces shareholder lawsuit over profit error

Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 2014

UK litigation firm Stewarts Law is preparing a legal case against retail behemoth Tesco to compensate shareholders who suffered a loss due to its recent profit overstatement.

F&F improves garment fit with 3D solution

Katie Smith | 20 Nov 2014

Tesco's F&F clothing brand has improved the fit of its garments globally after implementing Lectra's 3D virtual prototyping solution.

Latest blogs

Will Adidas realign its strategy?

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.

Tesco chairman successor list "drawn up"

Michelle Russell | 14 Oct 2014

As UK retail giant Tesco continues to fight its way through the fallout from its recent accounting crisis, it seems a board member has begun compiling a list of candidates to succeed chairman Sir Richard Broadbent.

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