Top stories on just-style this week...
Top stories on just-style this week include a report on how the Olympic Games failed to boost August retail sales in the UK, a look at just-style's latest management briefing on RFID technology and H&M calling for higher wages for garment workers in Bangladesh.
UK: Olympics fail to boost August retail sales
The Olympics failed to boost UK retailers in August as consumers stayed at home in order to watch the games, figures showed today (4 September) - leading to one of the worst sales months this year.
just-style management briefing: RFID technology gets increasingly sophisticated
Despite the increasing number of roll-outs of RFID item-level tagging by retail giants such as Walmart, JCPenney, Marks & Spencer and supply chain giant Li & Fung, the price of RFID inlays (the electronic component that comprises of an antenna made of copper, silver or aluminium along with a silicon chip attached to a synthetic backing) has not budged.
BANGLADESH: H&M calls for higher wages for garment workers
Swedish fashion giant H&M has called on the Bangladesh government to raise minimum wages at the country's garment factories and to carry out annual wage reviews in a bid to tackle the violent strikes and disruption that have plagued the sector in recent years.
SRI LANKA: Supplier Timex launches dress label in the UK
The Timex Group, one of Sri Lanka's leading export apparel manufacturers, has launched one of its own brand labels in the UK through high street department store chain BHS.
INDIA: Exporters seek seek help on rising cotton yarn prices
Indian apparel exporters are calling on the government to allow duty-free imports of cotton yarn to ensure local fabric and garment makers are "not starved of raw material at reasonable price."
Teen clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has confirmed plans to close up to 50 stores in the US this year as it revealed a downbeat forecast for the first quarter. ...
Kelheim Fibres has developed what it claims to be the first viscose fibre with intrinsic water repellent properties. ...
Italy's first serial measurement survey using 3D scanners is underway, with the goal of optimising the size and fit of clothing....
US department store operator JC Penney saw fourth quarter net losses widen as the company said sales and traffic fell below expectations amid efforts to turn around the business....
Outdoor apparel specialist Patagonia has launched a limited edition parka - claimed as "the first of its kind" and retailing at US$699....
International fashion retailer C&A has started an in-depth fire safety audit at all of its suppliers in Bangladesh, after 112 workers lost their lives in a fire last year at the Tazreen Fashion factor...
- New wage ladder lifts workers towards living wages
- US retailers to face logistics issues into 2015
- African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive
- UK fashion sector prospects depend on partnerships
- New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles
- Bangladesh worker dies as factory boiler ruptures
- Eight footwear factories lead on social compliance
- Global unions join forces on apparel wage poverty
- Gap unveils management changes as Q3 profit rises
- Low cotton prices lead to government intervention