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Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective su...
Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing mo...
As the two-year process for Britain leaving the European Union (EU) officially got underway this week, a critical but little-discussed probl...
Despite strong growth in US sportswear sales, sporting goods retailers are struggling as consumers change their purchasing habits, sportswea...
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.
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.
UK retail sales volumes grew at a fast pace in the year to April, slightly above seasonal norms, new figures show.
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 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.
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.
US retailer Hibbett Sports has lowered its first-quarter guidance due to the impact of using markdowns to clear older stock.
Lifestyle clothing brand FatFace has recalled two styles of women's sweaters due to a violation of the US Federal Flammability Standard.
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.
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.
- Why collaboration is key to fashion supply chains
- Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change
- Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh
- Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism
- Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change
- Adidas to digitalise Speedfactory concept
- Nike filed patent for "reinforced denim"
- M&S extends sourcing deal with Lindsey brothers
- Gap unveils five-year sustainable fibres pledge
- US Q1 in brief – Columbia Sportswear, Amazon
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Clothing Market in the Top 5 American Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar