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H&M takes action over Myanmar child labour breach

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has demanded two of its Myanmar suppliers immediately establish an action plan after learning t...

New Myanmar textile association to boost garment makers

A Myanmar Textiles Manufacturers Association has finally been launched, following years of discussion about creating an upstream textile-spe...

JC Penney 3-year strategy to focus on omni-channel

US department store retailer JC Penney has unveiled a three-year turnaround plan for accelerated growth that will see it focus on advancing...

UK retail sales surge as shoppers shrug off Brexit concerns

The first official UK retail sales figures for the full month after the country’s referendum to leave the EU suggest consumer spending remai...

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Nike veteran joins Hohenstein Institute America 23 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

Now, in addition to working directly with consumer product brands and manufacturers, Frazier will continue to serve in textile and apparel trade associations and to speak at industry events to promote collaboration and raise the environmental awareness of consumers, corporations, and young scientists.

Simon Jersey on to a winner with flashing Olympic shoes 23 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

As Great Britain's Olympic medallists touched down on home soil today (23 August), Simon Jersey, the British designer of the team's kit, is hoping for a legacy of its own from the games thanks to the interest in the athletes' flashing shoes.

New textile finish offers sensory cooling effect 23 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

A new textile finish has been developed that provides a sensory cooling effect and is aimed at products for therapeutic use and for treating sports injuries.

Tristate Holdings implements PLM at CP Company unit 23 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

Following its acquisition last year of Italian luxury sportswear brand CP Company, international garment manufacturer Tristate Holdings has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help develop the brand.

Volatile cotton prices weigh on Weiqiao Textile H1 23 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Weakened domestic and overseas demand for textile products and volatile cotton price fluctuations weighed on results for Weiqiao Textile Company in the first half of the year. 

MESH01 plans platform integration with PTC FlexPLM 23 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

MESH01, which provides metric-driven insights for consumer-centric brands, is to integrate with PTC FlexPLM in a move that will provide a single platform to streamline product development and information.

H&M takes action over Myanmar child labour breach 22 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has demanded two of its Myanmar suppliers immediately establish an action plan after learning teenagers as young as 14 have been working for more than 12 hours a day in factories near the country's capital, Yangon.

Neiman Marcus buyer jobs hit by omnichannel restructuring 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Upscale department store retailer Neiman Marcus has eliminated around 50 jobs across buying, IT and alterations as it completes its omni-channel transformation. 

JD Sports silent on potential Go Outdoors "takeover" 22 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

UK retailer JD Sports is keeping tight-lipped regarding reports it is eyeing an acquisition of rival retailer Go Outdoors.

Vietnam garment industry calls for "strategy update" 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Vietnam's garment and textile industry has called on the government to create a development strategy to 2025, with a vision toward 2040, in order to help firms take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges brought by free trade agreements.

Sequential Brands appoints Cooper as president 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Brand management company Sequential Brands has appointed Andrew Cooper as its president in a move it says will help strengthen the company's infrastructure and drive its long-term goals.

Myanmar-Korea MoU to build garment zone 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Investment group Olympus Asia has teamed up with Korea's Panko Corporation to build a 500-acre garment zone in Myanmar through a joint venture agreement. 

US Q2 in brief - The Buckle, Stein Mart, Foot Locker, Stage Stores 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters delivered record results, while Nordstrom delivered what analysts described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, despite results coming in better than management expectations. Dillards, meanwhile, reported "poor" earnings and sales figures, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses. 

Dick's Sporting Goods buys Affinity Sports software group 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

US omni-channel sports retailer Dick's Sporting Goods is looking to grow its footprint in the youth sports technology space through the acquisition of Affinity Sports.

Li & Fung joins FTA in sustainable sourcing pledge 22 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

As part of its commitment to responsible sourcing, global sourcing giant Li & Fung has joined the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), becoming a participant of its Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), which aims to help improve working conditions in factories globally.

Macy's appoints Lennox following Reardon departure 22 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

US retail giant Macy's has named Richard Lennox as chief marketing officer, replacing Martine Reardon, who left the company in May after a 32-year tenure.

Global news roundup 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

American Apparel silent over Los Angeles exit and sale reports 19 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

Troubled US retailer American Apparel has declined to comment on what it calls "rumour and speculation" that its days as a Los-Angeles-based manufacturer are over, and reports it is exploring a possible sale of the business. 

Rocky Brands sets out efficiency programme for long-term growth 19 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands has set out plans to cut costs, reorganise and refocus its sales efforts and increase operating efficiencies as part of a strategy to drive long-term sales and earnings growth. 

Nike and Apollo join forces on supply chain partnership 19 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

US sporting giant Nike has formed a supply chain partnership with private-equity firm Apollo Global Management in a move designed to speed up delivery, increase regional manufacturing capabilities and drive investment in sustainability. 

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