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Freeing up working capital in the supply chain

The economic environment in the aftermath of the financial crisis meant many brands became lazy about their working capital, almost half of...

US apparel retailers' October retail roundup

Unseasonably warm weather weighed on US retailers' sales of autumn clothing in October, combining with sluggish mall traffic, softer Hallowe...

Hugo Boss eyes further investment in Turkey

German fashion house Hugo Boss says it sees Turkey as an important sourcing destination and will invest further in the country, despite faci...

What M&S's H1 numbers mean for clothing

Today's first-half results from Marks & Spencer have offered a mixed picture for its clothing business. Like-for-like sales fell, but margin...

Latest Interviews

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.

Multi-channel a "powerful proposition" for N Brown 10 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

A "constant run to keep up" with consumer demands is keeping multi-channel retailer N Brown on it toes as it adapts its sourcing model, its systems and international growth to keep apace. Paul Kendrick, customer, financial services and international director, explains.

Latest News

El Corte Inglés and BRAC make Tazreen donations 27 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

Spanish department store retailer El Corte Inglés and international development organisation BRAC have made "significant" donations into the Tazreen compensation fund, three days after the third anniversary of the factory fire that killed 112 workers. 

Top stories this week on just-style... 27 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the kick-off of Cambodia's living wage campaign, a look at why China's five-year plan is unlikely to change garment-making, a review of a new book on Fixing Fashion, and figures that suggest global apparel and footwear expenditure is expected to decline in 2015 to its lowest level since 2011.

UK consumer confidence falls in November 27 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

UK consumer confidence dropped in November as shoppers worried about wider economic, political and social events, according to new figures.

Billabong shares fall as margins under pressure 25 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

Billabong saw its share price plummet this week after it revealed sales and margins in its new financial year have come under pressure from the weaker dollar and subdued trading in North America. 

US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's 25 Nov 15

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch recorded higher earnings thanks to less discounting, while Foot Locker revealed a mixed quarter, and Destination XL narrowed losses. Also, Kate Spade & Co returned to profit, while L Brands, Ross Stores, and Perry Ellis lifted their full-year guidance. Guess revealed declining earnings as a result of the stronger US dollar, while Dollar Tree's earnings fell on acquisition costs, and DSW recorded "disappointing" figures.

US retailer profit under pressure from promotions 25 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

US retailers are selling around 21% fewer items at full price this year in the run-up to Black Friday, compared to the same time last year, as many find themselves trapped in the cycle of promotions and markdowns. 

Latest blogs

Take part in just-style's ‘State of Sourcing’ survey 3 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

How do you feel about the big issues facing you, your company and apparel sourcing in 2016? We're compiling feedback as part of our annual ‘State of Sourcing’ survey – and would love to hear your thoughts on what challenges and opportunities you're expecting in the year ahead.

Safety just one of several issues facing Bangladesh 26 Oct 15

Leonie Barrie

Fears were played down last week that international retailers are postponing trips to Bangladesh following the recent killings of two foreign nationals in the country.

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