Top stories on just-style this week...
Top stories on just-style this week include a report on accusations that girls are working under slave labour conditions in southern India, Inditex's first quarter results, and a story about new guidelines for assigning serialised identification numbers to individual items.
INDIA: Clothing firms accused of slave labour conditions
Textile and garment firms in southern India who supply dozens of major European and US brands and retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and supermarket giant Tesco, are accused of selling clothing made by girls working in slave labour conditions.
SPAIN: Inditex "heads pack" after Q1 profit surge
Global fashion retail giant Inditex has recorded strong increases to first quarter profit and revenue, placing the Spanish company ahead of other international businesses, according to one analyst.
US: Guidelines agreed for item level tagging in apparel
Major American retailers, brands and technology providers have agreed on a set of guidelines for assigning serialised identification numbers to individual items - a move that is expected to drive the uptake of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology across the apparel supply chain.
UK: Tesco Q1 "solid" despite weak domestic sales
Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, today (11 June) described its first quarter performance as "solid," despite seeing a drop in domestic like-for-like sales and subdued consumer confidence across Europe weighing on the performance of its clothing lines.
Comment: Inventory intelligence key to omnichannel retailing
Integrated inventory intelligence is central to delivering on the promise of omnichannel retailing as apparel retailers strive to build deeper shopper relationships and improve the in-store experience, explains Jim Caudill, senior director of global retail marketing at Tyco Retail Solutions.
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Weak consumer spending, difficulties in securing credit, competition from China and the Far East resulted in factory closures and subsequent layoffs in 2012. But ramping up labour and sustainability s...
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- Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts
- Rana Plaza three years on – Timeline of change
- Bangladesh still needs reforms to fix factories
- First figures show Bangladesh exports climb
- Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles
- BHS lacks relevance as it files for administration
- US Q1 in brief: Skechers, Steve Madden
- Improving traceability a key industry challenge
- Hanesbrands to buy Pacific Brands for $800m
- Bangladesh remediation delays "unacceptable"