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Retailers warned of high volatility in Brexit wake

Retailers need to prepare for a period of high volatility, is the message from analysts in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European...

Brexit campaigning reaches final stages

As the final day of campaigning ahead of the UK's vote on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU) ramps up, retailers a...

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcin...

Faster supply chain key to Ralph Lauren turnaround

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed this week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO Stefan Larss...

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Omega Compliance commits to supply chain integrity 14 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.

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.

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Nike faces domestic and future order headwinds 29 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

Shares in Nike Inc fell 7% to $49.31in after-hours trading as the sporting goods giant reported a disappointing fourth quarter that saw profits slip, flat sales in North America, and first quarter guidance described as "significantly worse" than expected.

Adidas pushes into China with Wanda sports deal 29 Jun 16

Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas has struck a deal to work with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group to promote football and basketball in the country and open large-scale stores in its malls.

Asics in PLM investment amid global growth plans 29 Jun 16

Beth Wright

Japanese sporting goods giant Asics Corporation has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to strengthen its product development capabilities as part of wider plans to drive global growth.

Kenya designers and SMEs set for financial boost 28 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

A number of new initiatives, including access of up to US$1m (KES1m) in financing, are underway to help Kenyan designers and small-scale manufacturers tap into the opportunities offered by global apparel value chains.

US Q1 in brief – Finish Line, Gymboree, Cherokee 28 Jun 16

Michelle Russell

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 

Uniqlo said to be scaling back US expansion 27 Jun 16

Beth Wright

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has declined to comment regarding reports it is scaling down its US operations, closing five of its US stores since January.

Latest blogs

Weak merchandise margins blamed on sourcing woes 20 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

A lack of speed in the apparel supply chain is being blamed for weaker merchandise margins, with significant structural changes needed to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model.

All change in Ralph Lauren's supply chain 13 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed last week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO Stefan Larsson, including a new test pipeline, shorter lead times, reduced inventory and a focus on fewer styles and more on-trend merchandise. The luxury retailer is also set to close more than 50 stores and slash its workforce by around 8%.

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