Blog: Leonie BarrieTeen retail troubles continue

Leonie Barrie | 27 January 2014

The troubled teen retail space saw more upheaval last week with the surprise departure of the chief executive of American Eagle Outfitters after less than two years in the role. Robert Hanson's exit follows a run of poor results for the firm - but even so, the move has stunned and disappointed many industry observers.

Reports also surfaced that UK retail giant Tesco may have been considering a potential bid for struggling baby goods group Mothercare. The claims relate to events around six months ago, but have also taken industry watchers by surprise. Some believe any potential tie-up is more likely to see the supermarket chain strike a deal to sell Mothercare products in its stores.

China-based shirt manufacturer and yarn supplier Luthai Textile Co has its sights firmly set on growing its global business. After the company earlier this month revealed plans to open an office in New York, Luthai general manager Liu Zibin spoke with just-style about the rationale behind the move.

Pressure from environmental groups to reduce the vast volumes of water used in textile and garment dyeing has led to a number of developments in waterless dyeing technology.

With Nike and Adidas among the first to adopt this new process, we ask whether waterless dyeing is the solution the textile industry has been waiting for - and talk about some of the key issues with high-tech equipment supplier DyeCoo.

Indeed, there's no doubt that sustainability in textiles is high on the apparel industry's agenda, and has the potential to benefit a company's bottom line. But the issue is far from clear-cut. A new report from just-style rounds up the challenges and opportunities in sustainable textiles - and suggests that being informed is the first step in the journey.

When it comes to the latest retail technologies, engaging more deeply with customers, and offering a seamless capability no matter where or how they shop, is set to remain one of the biggest challenges in the year ahead according to experts at Retail's 'Big Show,' the National Retail Federation's 103nd Annual Convention & Expo.

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