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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,...

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.

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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.

Wal-Mart simplifies management structure

Michelle Russell | 21 Apr 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart is simplifying its operational structure through the removal of a layer of in-store management.

Asda Q4 sales fall as market slows

Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 2015

Asda has revealed a decline in revenues in a quarter in which the retailer said the market slowed significantly.

Wal-Mart reports strong Q4 apparel sales

Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 2015

US retail giant Wal-Mart reported strong sales in apparel in its fourth-quarter and has estimated full-year earnings above analyst expectations.

Target's Canada exit seen as "a positive"

Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 2015

The decision by US-based retailer Target Corporation to shut down its Canadian stores has been welcomed by an analyst who says the "exit is a positive."

US holiday apparel sales “up 1-3%”

Richard Woodard | 6 Jan 2015

Holiday apparel sales increased by as little as 1% in the US, with higher online spending offsetting continued weakness at bricks and mortar stores.

Wal-Mart promotes McKenna in management re-shuffle

Michelle Russell | 11 Dec 2014

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has made a number of management changes including the promotion of Judith McKenna to chief operating officer for the group's US division.

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.

Perry Ellis and Delta Galil sign licensing deal

Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 2014

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has entered into a licensing deal with Delta Galil Industries for the design and distribution of its Ben Hogan socks.

Tazreen Fashions compensation agreement outlined

Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2014

An agreement on delivering compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh has been outlined - two years after the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured 300 others.

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.

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