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Why collaboration is key to fashion supply chains

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective su...

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...

Post-Brexit customs chaos could snag apparel trade

As the two-year process for Britain leaving the European Union (EU) officially got underway this week, a critical but little-discussed probl...

Why US sporting goods retailers are struggling

Despite strong growth in US sportswear sales, sporting goods retailers are struggling as consumers change their purchasing habits, sportswea...

Latest Interviews

How KiK is raising the bar on working conditions 11 Apr 2017

Leonie Barrie

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.

"Power of the many" drives change at Otto Group 22 Feb 2017

Beth Wright

With pressure mounting on apparel brands and retailers to give more weight to sustainability and social responsibility in their sourcing decisions, Andreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group, is convinced that collaboration and the "power of the many" is key to driving lasting change.

Latest News

UK retail sales volumes accelerate to April 28 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

UK retail sales volumes grew at a fast pace in the year to April, slightly above seasonal norms, new figures show.

US retail industry welcomes online sales tax push 28 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

The US retail industry has welcomed renewed efforts by the US Congress to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores.

Top stories this week on just-style... 28 Apr 17

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry on the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, Gap's pledge to use more sustainable fibres in the production of its namesake and Athleta brand apparel, how direct worker feedback from mobile surveys is being used to drive sourcing decisions, and Adidas partners with Siemens on a "digital twin" of its Speedfactory facility.

US Q1 in brief – Columbia Sportswear, Amazon 28 Apr 17

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Amazon booked both earnings and sales growth, Levi Strauss & Co saw sales increase but profits slip, while Hanesbrands is expecting sales of around US$1.38bn. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines and while Under Armour booked a net loss but beat analyst expectations resulting in a share price spike. 

Hibbett Sports lowers Q1 guidance 28 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

US retailer Hibbett Sports has lowered its first-quarter guidance due to the impact of using markdowns to clear older stock.

FatFace sweaters recalled over burn hazard 28 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

Lifestyle clothing brand FatFace has recalled two styles of women's sweaters due to a violation of the US Federal Flammability Standard.

Latest blogs

Why digital supply chains are top of mind 3 Apr 17

Leonie Barrie

Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.

Navigating global political frictions and economic uncertainty 28 Mar 17

Leonie Barrie

As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.

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