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Tips for developing the right sourcing strategy

When it comes to developing or adapting an apparel brand or retailer's production strategy, there are six key factors to consider, according...

US apparel retailers' September 2015 sales roundup

September proved to be another mixed month for US clothing retailers. While a later Labor Day weekend and the tail end of back-to-school sel...

Common themes unite Inditex and H&M supply chains

As the world’s two largest fast fashion retailers, it’s no surprise that Inditex and H&M continue to outperform their peers with their marke...

Private label sourcing faces range of pressures

Offering opportunities for retailers to drive margin, differentiation, and provide consumers with more new products and better visibility in...

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.

Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability 26 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.

Latest News

UK clothing and footwear sales bounce back 13 Oct 15

Katie Smith

UK fashion sales increased in September as autumnal weather encouraged shoppers to buy new season ranges and last-minute back-to-school items, helping overall sales to grow at their fastest pace since January last year. 

Primark commits to supply chain sustainability 13 Oct 15

Katie Smith

Value fashion retailer Primark has become the latest company to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), pledging to use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive improvements across its supply chain. 

Trinity reshuffles top creative talent 13 Oct 15

Leonie Barrie

High-end men’s wear retailer Trinity, part of the Hong Kong based Fung Group, has reshuffled the top creative roles at its Kent & Curwen, Gieves & Hawkes and Cerruti 1881 brands.

UK factory gate apparel prices mixed in September  13 Oct 15

Katie Smith

The output price index for all goods produced by UK manufacturers – also known as factory gate prices – continued on its downward trajectory in the year to September, while apparel prices were mixed. 

Under Armour CFO Dickerson steps down 13 Oct 15

Katie Smith

Under Armour CFO and COO Brad Dickerson is to step down to pursue other opportunities, after 11 years with the performance wear specialist.

US retail imports seen up as holiday season nears 12 Oct 15

Katie Smith

Import cargo volume at major US retail container ports is expected to grow year-on-year in October as retailers make final preparations for the all-important holiday season.

Latest blogs

Ralph Lauren’s gain a blow for Gap 6 Oct 15

Leonie Barrie

The unexpected appointment of Old Navy president Stefan Larsson to replace Ralph Lauren as CEO of his namesake business later this year saw Ralph Lauren’s share price jump 13.6%, while Gap Inc’s declined 5.7%.

New initiatives to tackle climate change 29 Sep 15

Katie Smith

After Nike and Wal-Mart last week pledged to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, more initiatives are being embarked upon to combat global climate change.

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