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Apparel retail in the age of austerity

What's wrong with retail these days? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. Like some slow-motion car wreck, global apparel re...

Vietnam leads US apparel imports in March

Apparel imports into the US saw double-digit growth from four of the top ten countries in March, with Vietnam leading the way, as retailers...

Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change

Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing mo...

Where does VF supply chain sit in growth strategy?

VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberl...

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No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.

North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

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Levi Strauss to fund supply chain innovations 24 May 2017

Beth Wright

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to grant a global fellowship programme US$350,000 to develop new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain, including the expansion of a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.

US border tax could lead to higher retail prices 24 May 2017

Michelle Russell

US retailers say they will have no choice but to pass higher costs on to consumers if Congress passes a proposed US$1 trillion border adjustment tax.

AAFA argues against border adjustment tax 24 May 2017

Michelle Russell

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has reinforced its opposition to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) provision, which it says will increase prices for consumers and hit jobs.

Sears inks deal to buy time with creditors 24 May 2017

Michelle Russell

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has unveiled steps to improve its financial position by extending some of its debt load and reducing the size of its pension obligations.

Centric VIP boosts accuracy and speed 24 May 2017

Beth Wright

Building on its strategy to develop innovations that drive retail transformation for brands, retailers and manufacturers, Centric Software has released a digital collection of boards for touch-based devices to boost accuracy and speed.

US Q1 in brief – Tilly's, DSW, New York & Co 24 May 2017

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Walmart delivered an encouraging start to the year thanks to higher sales, while Ross Stores booked growth despite market volatility. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 

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