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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,...


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 | 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.


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

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.


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

Michelle Russell | 2 Mar 2016

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has received two awards from retail giant Wal-Mart, including omni-channel supplier of the year. 


Katie Smith | 19 Feb 2016

UK supermarket retailer Asda has said it is cautiously optimistic its sales will improve, despite posting another decline in quarterly like-for-likes. 


Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2016

Wal-Mart has lowered its fiscal 2017 sales outlook after both its fourth-quarter and full-year profits declined on lower sales and higher operating expenses.


Katie Smith | 22 Jan 2016

As part of ongoing efforts to boost domestic production and increase the assembly of consumer products in the US, retail behemoth Wal-Mart has awarded US$2.8m to five universities for their work on innovations in textile manufacturing. 


Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 2016

Fiona Lambert, the head of Asda's George clothing division, is to step down from her role amid a structural review at the UK retail group that will see hundreds of head office jobs cut. 


Michelle Russell | 18 Jan 2016

US retail behemoth Wal-Mart is to close 269 stores globally as part of a review of its portfolio first announced last year, in a move that will affect around 16,000 employees.


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. 


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 | 4 Dec 2015

A group of seven apparel companies, including Levis Strauss & Co, VF Corp and Gap Inc, have signed a declaration calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement. 


Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp and department store retailer Kohl’s are just two of a further 73 companies to have joined the White House pledge to address climate change and reduce their carbon footprints.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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. 


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.


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.

Latest blogs

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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