Wal-Mart Stores Inc

Apparel and textile industry company news

Subscribe via RSSWhat is RSS?

Latest Insights

Can robotics redefine apparel manufacturing?

As Wal-Mart ramps up its efforts to reshore more US clothing production, the recipient of a $2m grant from the retailer’s Innovation Fund ta...

What's in store for US back-to-school sales?

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more restrained when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions,...

Sourcing East Africa: Collaboration key to success

Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2015

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 ahead won't be an easy one.

Wal-Mart admits reshoring apparel is difficult

Leonie Barrie | 15 Jul 2015

Executives at US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores have admitted that reshoring apparel is “difficult, but not impossible” – with a new innovation fund set up to tackle the challenges of domestic textile and clothing production.

Wal-Mart eyes lower prices, products and Primark

Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 2015

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has set out some of its plans to improve sales and market share, including more competitive apparel prices, better assortments, and “systematic” sourcing – and says it welcomes the US arrival of Primark later this year.

Bangladesh: The road ahead on remediation

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.

Latest Interviews

George at Asda on responsible retail journey

Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

UK supermarket brand George at Asda is on a journey to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme. Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.

Innovation backs Burlington’s 90 years in business

Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2014

Founded in 1923, North Carolina-based Burlington Industries has spent the last 90 years transforming itself into the world's largest textile manufacturer. Here, president Jeff Peck talks to Michelle Russell about the secrets to the company's success, the ongoing challenges facing the textile industry, and what the future is likely to hold.

Latest News

US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2015

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch recorded higher earnings thanks to less discounting, while Foot Locker revealed a mixed quarter, and Destination XL narrowed losses. Also, Kate Spade & Co returned to profit, while L Brands, Ross Stores, and Perry Ellis lifted their full-year guidance. Guess revealed declining earnings as a result of the stronger US dollar, while Dollar Tree's earnings fell on acquisition costs, and DSW recorded "disappointing" figures.

Walmart beats key sustainability target

Katie Smith | 18 Nov 2015

US retail giant Walmart has outlined the progress it has made on its sustainability goals, including a 28.2m metric ton reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its global supply chain – beating its target of 20m by the end of 2015. 

US retail industry set for steady growth next year

Katie Smith | 2 Nov 2015

The US retail industry is set for steady growth through 2016 amid improved operating efficiencies, despite still-cautious consumer spending, according to a new report. 

Chico's taps ex-Wal-Mart executive to take helm

Katie Smith | 28 Oct 2015

US women's wear retailer Chico's has tapped former Wal-Mart executive Shelley Broader as its new president and CEO. 

Apparel firms joint White House climate pledge

Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 2015

A number of apparel firms, including Nike and Levi Strauss & Co, have joined the White House pledge to address climate change and reduce their carbon footprints.

Wal-Mart to expand supply chain capabilities

Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 2015

Wal-Mart has said it will add capabilities to its supply chain in a bid to be more efficient as the US retail giant cut its profit forecast for the next fiscal.

Cherokee signs Tony Hawk deal with Wal-Mart Canada

Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 2015

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a licensing deal with Wal-Mart Canada for its Tony Hawk signature apparel, accessories and footwear skater brand.

Wal-Mart, Sae-A join Free Zones of Americas event

Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 2015

Executives from retail giant Wal-Mart and Sae-A Trading, one of the world’s largest apparel manufacturers, are among speakers taking part in next month’s Free Zones of the Americas Conference in Nicaragua.

Wal-Mart appoints Biggs to CFO role

Michelle Russell | 12 Oct 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has appointed Brett Biggs as finance chief, to replace Charles Holley who is to retire.

Wal-Mart cuts 450 jobs to become more “nimble”

Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 2015

US retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores has cut around 450 jobs at its head office in Bentonville, Arkansas, in a bid to become more “nimble”.

US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Sep 2015

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. 

Wal-Mart joins forces with Reshoring Initiative

Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 2015

Wal-Mart has joined forces with The Reshoring Initiative as part of ongoing plans to boost domestic manufacturing by buying an extra US$50bn in US-made products over the next ten years.

Wal-Mart eyes China growth with Yihaodian buy

Michelle Russell | 24 Jul 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has taken full ownership of its Chinese e-commerce business Yihaodian, as part of its long-term plans to grow its China business.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the textile investments flowing into Vietnam in anticipation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the complexity of sustainability in the polyester production process, and the impact of transparency on compliance in Cambodia's garment sector.

Wal-Mart expands north China distribution

Leonie Barrie | 17 Jul 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart has opened four new logistics warehouses in Tianjin in northern China as it works to improve its distribution network in the country.

Wal-Mart taps into product content from suppliers

Leonie Barrie | 2 Jul 2015

Wal-Mart is tackling the problem of inconsistencies and inaccuracies in online product information by asking all suppliers and manufacturers to share their complete product catalogues with the retailer.

Wal-Mart Asia accused of garment worker abuses

Michelle Russell | 17 Jun 2015

Garment workers in Wal-Mart's Asia supply chain are being subjected to serious labour violations and abuse, a report has claimed.

Apparel bright spot in Wal-Mart Q1

Michelle Russell | 19 May 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart has posted first-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations but achieved a double-digit comp performance in women and children’s wear.

Wal-Mart Canada takes on former Target stores

Katie Smith | 12 May 2015

Wal-Mart Stores is to acquire 12 stores and one distribution centre previously operated by Target Canada as the US retail giant looks to invest CAD$350m (US$289.7m) in the country.

Wal-Mart silent on Rana Plaza lawsuit

Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 2015

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is remaining silent on a class action launched against it in the US by victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

Campaigners call for Rana Plaza fund completion

Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 2015

Campaigners are calling on fashion brands and retailers to pledge the final US$2.7m needed to hit the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund target.

Wal-Mart outlines China investments

Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart has reaffirmed its commitment to growing its business in China with plans to open 115 stores in the country over the next two years.

Latest blogs

Nike and Wal-Mart join renewable energy pledge

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.

Factory inspections get underway

Leonie Barrie | 26 Nov 2013

Inspections got underway last week to assess the structural, fire and electrical safety of at least 2,000 garment factories in Bangladesh, after three separate groups agreed on a common set of standards.

Company research

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investment Report

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partne

Project Synopsis: MarketLine's Company Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investments reports offer a comprehensive breakdown of the organic and inorganic growth activity unde...

Read more >

Wal-Mart Stores Inc in Apparel and Footwear (USA)

Wal-Mart Stores Inc in Apparel and Footwear (USA)

For the 2015/2016 fiscal year, Wal-Mart’s key strategic goals include the expansion of its outlet network and the enhancement of its digital retail capabilities. In terms of outlet expansion, the comp...

Read more >

Hosiery in the US

Hosiery in the US

Sheer hosiery increased by 5% in current value terms and by 2% in volume terms in 2014. Sheer hosiery is a category which predominantly targets at women and includes sheer tights, hold-ups, stockings,...

Read more >

just-style homepage

Forgot your password?