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Five ways to tackle market and demand volatility

Volatility and complexity are endemic in today's business environments, which makes planning extremely difficult. Along with streamlining pr...

‘Fixing Fashion’ one stitch at a time

A spate of books written over the past few years explores various aspects of the global garment business. But for Robert Antoshak, managing...

Why China 5-year plan won't change garment-making

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But does the Plan really tell...

Supply chains under pressure as Black Friday looms

Retailers on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up for the hoped-for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping bonanzas – but many will als...

Latest Interviews

Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic evolution 10 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.

Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

Latest News

Uniqlo under fire again for China worker abuses 27 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has come under fire from labour rights groups for failing to improve working conditions and environmental pollution at Uniqlo supplier factories in mainland China.

T-shirt exports from Heathrow up 62% on last year 27 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

Around 3,640 tonnes of T-shirts and similar knitted garments are shipped through London’s Heathrow airport, making this one of the top exports by weight and one of the fastest-growing categories.

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. 

Mammut enhances product development and planning 27 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

International outdoor apparel and equipment manufacturer Mammut Sports Group is deploying a digital solution to streamline collection planning and control brand identity.

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.

3D tool uses product data to shake up shopping 26 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

A just-launched 3D tool enables retailers to leverage product development data to offer what is said to be "the ultimate personalised purchase experience" across all channels – from digital ‘look books’ and catalogues to e-commerce shops or interactive in-store concepts.

Latest blogs

A focus on fit pays off for C&A 25 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

If proof was needed of the link between consistent garment size and fit and its impact on top-line growth, then look no further than European value fashion retailer C&A – where a 10-month overhaul of fit and product development processes is already paying dividends.

Sourcing plans unwise to target TPP 16 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

The release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement earlier this month coincided with a number of events showing how unpredictable the deal’s approval is likely to be.

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