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Where next for Walmart's 3D apparel design pilot?

For the uninitiated, 3D design and prototyping software is hailed as a disruptive technology with the potential to boost efficiency and prod...

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...


Katie Smith | 4 Sep 2015

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, a shift in spending away from electronics, and a more optimistic consumer, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic for clothing retailers.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Carter's booked a record quarter, VF Corporation revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the fourth quarter, while Kate Spade says it is exploring its options as it revealed higher sales and earnings. Meanwhile, Walmart booked lower earnings on the back of lower international sales and investment in its store and online proposition, and Macy's saw both earnings and sales fall.


Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2017

Comparable store sales improved for UK supermarket group Asda in the fourth quarter, but parent company Walmart admits there is much work still to be done.


Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 2017

US retail giant Walmart is streamlining the process of how it gets in-store items – including apparel – to appear online, in a move that means suppliers will no longer need to deal with two separate buyers.


Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 2017

Walmart has acquired online outdoor apparel and gear retailer Moosejaw as the US retail giant works to close the gap on Amazon.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 2017

The Walmart Foundation is to provide US$3m in grants through its US Manufacturing Innovation Fund to six leading universities to help boost sustainability and innovation in domestic textile manufacturing.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 2017

US retail giant Walmart Stores is understood to be preparing to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs before the end of the month.


Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2017

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has promoted John Furner as chief executive of its Sam's Club division following the retirement of Rosalind Brewer.


Beth Wright | 5 Jan 2017

E-commerce start-up Jet.com has acquired online footwear, clothing and accessories retailer ShoeBuy through its parent company US retail behemoth Walmart, from InterActiveCorp (IAC) in a deal worth US$70m.


Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2017

Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.


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.


Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

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. 


Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 2016

The key priority for Asda is a focus on improving product availability and investing in price, the UK supermarket retailer has said, after revealing a fall in sales in its third-quarter. 


Michelle Russell | 11 Nov 2016

A lawsuit has been filed against retail giant Wal-Mart over the sale of products falsely labelled '100% Egyptian Cotton' from Indian textile company Welspun, years after it first suspected they may not have been made from the premium fibre.


Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 2016

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 


Michelle Russell | 10 Oct 2016

US retail giant Walmart is to slow down the pace of its store openings but plans to ramp up growth in its online division as part of a new strategic framework.


Michelle Russell | 6 Oct 2016

Retail giant Walmart has nearly doubled its stake in Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com in a move that will likely allow it to grow e-commerce even faster in the country.


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. 


Michelle Russell | 18 Aug 2016

UK retailer Asda has recorded its worst quarterly sales performance on record as the "competitive environment" weighed on results. 


Beth Wright | 11 Aug 2016

Supermarket retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, has agreed to sell its Surburbia apparel division to Mexico's biggest department store chain, El Puerto de Liverpool SAB, for MXN15.7bn (US$853.3m) in a move it says will allow it to focus on its core business.


Leonie Barrie | 28 Jun 2016

As retail giant Walmart prepares for its annual US Manufacturing Summit today (28 June) – which includes an open call for US-made products – the company has been accused of misleading consumers over its 'Made in USA' efforts.


Michelle Russell | 21 Jun 2016

Wal-Mart has swapped its Chinese online grocery business for a stake in the country's second largest e-commerce site, in a move that will likely see the US retail behemoth attempt to turn around its China business.


Michelle Russell | 6 Jun 2016

US retail giant Wal-Mart has expressed confidence that its technology investments will enhance the group's online sales as it rolls out crucial initiatives to boost its competitiveness in the digital space.

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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.


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.

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