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Digital offers the greatest area of opportunity for fashion retailersSix ways retailers can keep up with digital trends 16 May 2018

Online fashion sales appear to be on an upward trajectory, generating GBP16.2bn (US$22bn) in 2017 and expected to jump 79% by 2022. Here we set out six areas for retailers to focus on over the next year if they want to grow their presence digitally.


The 24 April ritual – Rana Plaza’s unfinished legacy 24 April 2018

Every year on 24 April, I browse through a poignant online memorial for garment workers who died in 2013 in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. The website is a collection of national IDs, passport-size and other photos—a man posing with a phone, a woman against a backdrop of flowers, and appointment letters of workers. It's a strong reminder of the human cost of negligence in the garment sector.


The fashion industry has come under continued scrutiny about its sustainability and ethical practicesEco-fashion: Green is the new black 4 April 2018

With ethical consumerism on the rise, manufacturers and brands unable to meet 'green is the new black' expectations risk damaging their reputations. Weaving transparency throughout the end-to-end process is a proven path to a sustainable future.


For best results, sourcing must be seen as an activity handled harmoniously with logistics and trade complianceGlobal supply chains still missing sourcing strategy links 3 April 2018

Like the scientists and academics debating the missing link in human evolution, global supply chains are still missing "links" when it comes to their sourcing strategies, even after years of practice. In today's supply chains this is the compelling connection between sourcing and logistics.


Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)Trump Trade – The tariffs are coming, the tariffs are coming! 20 March 2018

Tariff discussions are looming over the White House – and everyone in the apparel, footwear, and accessory industry should be on high alert, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).


Retailers are adopting see-now-buy-now strategies to get product to consumers fasterHow 'see-now-buy-now' is disrupting the retail supply chain 20 February 2018

Technology and social media have transformed consumers into veritable fashion industry insiders. No longer looking to retailers to direct them towards the newest hot looks, they're shaping them themselves in a new fashion world where the only true trend is that there are no trends. When consumers see something they want, even if it's on the runway, the expectation is that they will be able to buy it right then, not next season.


Sustainability in clothing is top of mind for brands now, more than it has ever beenFour ways to ensure sustainable fashion is here to stay 16 February 2018

With London Fashion Week kicking off today, how can the fashion industry make sure that sustainable fashion is always in season rather than a passing fad?


India is slow in driving sustainability into its manufacturing economy as a growth strategyGaps remain in India's move towards sustainability 12 February 2018

India's textile and garment industry is making strides in ensuring ethical compliance and environmental standards in its factories. Yet gaps still exist, and filling these will be key if it is to reach its full potential, cement long-term relationships with brands, and compete more effectively in Asia.


It's time for the retail industry to place transparency at the top of its agendaWhy it's time for retail to focus on transparency 1 February 2018

The responsible sourcing tactics popular in food and drug industries are permeating into other areas of retail, including fashion and apparel, leading to a more granular form of traceability throughout the supply chain.


Sales events are becoming all-important and how they are managed can have a major impact on the bottom lineMachine learning – The intelligent way to grow margin 29 January 2018

Profits and gross margins are under pressure for fashion retailers. But could Artificial Intelligence (AI) hold the key to optimising markdowns and unlocking value in the supply chain? asks Dr Manuel Davy, founder and CEO of Vekia.


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