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Nicaragua apparel and shoe firms to double in size

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet ri...

Gap bullish on China growth opportunities

US retail giant Gap Inc has said it remains bullish on its long-term growth prospects in China despite the yuan deflation, while also reveal...

Asian union development: is there another way?

The efforts of multinational brands, retailers and importers to impose minimum wages and better working conditions in their supplier factori...

JC Penney repeats focus on supply chain efficiency

US department store retailer JC Penney has said it will continue to focus on enhancing the efficiency of its supply chain as one of a number...

Latest Interviews

The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.

Kurt Cavano on “the Uberfication of everything” 26 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

Easy access to cheap capital, infinite computing power, and “the Uberfication of everything” are converging to create a perfect storm of disruption that's already starting to shake up the apparel retail industry, according to Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus.

Latest News

Stock-out paradox persists despite data overload 28 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

Despite living in the ‘golden age of data,’ with retailers having access to unprecedented levels of information on shopping behaviour and trends, their planning and prediction efforts are still failing to meet consumer demand, a new survey suggests. And the problem seems to be most acute in fashion and footwear.

US Q2 in brief: J Crew, Aeropostale, Bebe Stores 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

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. J Crew moved to a loss in its latest quarter, while Bebe Stores improved its net loss and announced a licensing deal for China. Aeropostale booked a net loss for the eleventh straight quarter, and Destination XL delivered what it said was an “outstanding” quarte. rDollar General posted increases in earnings and sales, including apparel, Burlington Stores has raised its full-year guidance after returning to profit, and PVH Corp revealed results that beat its expectations, upping its full-year guidance.

New fabric protection with battlefield beginnings 28 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

A fabric protection treatment developed to meet a challenge set by the US Army for a “self-cleaning” uniform” has now gone into production.

Perry Ellis takes control of some Canada licenses 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has assumed control of its men's bottom's and accessories businesses in Canada.

Cherokee inks licensing deal with 5 Horizons 27 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a licensing deal with 5 Horizons Group for its Everyday California brand.

Adidas files trademark suit against Forever 21 26 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Sportswear giant Adidas has filed a lawsuit against fast fashion chain Forever 21 in the US over infringement of its 'three-stripe' trademark.

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