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Spotlight on...Lectra helps fashion firms face the future 10 Jun 2015

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The fashion industry is changing - faster than ever - as firms face intense pressure to produce more styles in less time, without losing sight of quality, fit and cost. On top of this, the growth of new fashion markets in emerging countries, and increasingly connected consumers, add additional challenges. Helping unravel this complexity is Lectra, which is focusing its expertise and software on making sure brands, retailers and manufacturers have the tools to deliver into the future.


Spotlight on...Target's Canada debacle 15 Apr 2015

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Just days after the closure of its remaining Canadian stores, just-style explores how empty shelves, mismanagement and over-hype combined to force US retail giant Target Corp to admit defeat.


Spotlight on... Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan 27 Mar 2015

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Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.


Spotlight on...Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on the rise 27 Jan 2015

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Innovation in materials and performance in the outdoor apparel and footwear category is on the increase as enthusiasm for technology grows, a recent industry conference highlighted.


Spotlight on...Nike sees "tremendous energy" in women's apparel 22 Dec 2014

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Sporting giant Nike has homed in on the "tremendous energy" in women's apparel and believes there is a significant opportunity for the company to grow this business further globally.


Spotlight on...Rethink needed as low-cost labour options dwindle 25 Nov 2014

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Apparel businesses need to end the race from one low-cost sourcing country to another and rethink their entire sourcing philosophy in the future, according to a new report.


Spotlight on...Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally 28 Oct 2014

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Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.


Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc 14 Oct 2014

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Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.


Spotlight on...Pacific Crystal Textiles gears up for Vietnam production 25 Sep 2014

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A long-standing investment between two Hong Kong based companies - Crystal Group and Pacific Textiles Holdings - to set up a new fabric mill in Vietnam is nearing completion. Add in Crystal Group's new garment manufacturing facilities, and the site is expected to be the largest vertical textile and garment operation in the country.


Spotlight on...Organic cotton faces potential supply shortage 5 Aug 2014

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Brands and retailers seeking to use more organic cotton in their ranges over the next few years are likely to face a potential supply crisis as new figures show a 21% decline in organic cotton production last year.


Spotlight on...Indian apparel exporters discuss policy changes 18 Jul 2014

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Indian apparel exporters have demanded a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government while welcoming foreign buyers at the 53rd India International Garment Fair, held in New Delhi this week.


Spotlight on...Textile and garment makers discuss 'Made in the UK' 19 Jun 2014

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The growing hunger for ‘Made in the UK' products is finally translating into business for many UK textile and garment manufacturers, according to exhibitors at the inaugural Make it British ‘Meet the Manufacturer' sourcing event in London last week. While some believe the move is still in its infancy, others are looking to expand their production capacity in response to growth and new opportunities. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


Spotlight on...South China Sea protests hit Vietnam production 14 May 2014

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Escalating anti-Chinese protests by thousands of workers in Vietnam have led to the suspension of production at a number of Chinese and Taiwanese garment and footwear plants in Binh Duong province in the south of the country.


Spotlight on...Teen retail being rocked by fast fashion headwinds 11 Apr 2014

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The popularity of fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M and Zara has changed the way consumers shop for value on a global basis. And according to new research, continued expansion of these concepts is likely to put more pressure on speciality retailers in the US - particularly those in the teen space.


Spotlight on...The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK 3 Mar 2014

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The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But according to industry experts speaking at last week's ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?', there are still challenges to overcome if the 'Made in Britain' movement is to be successful once again. Katie Smith reports.


Spotlight on... Mothercare CEO departure comes as no surprise 24 Feb 2014

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In what comes as another blow for UK clothing retailer Mothercare, chief executive Simon Calver stepped down today (24 February) in a move analysts view as inevitable given the group's recent struggles.


Spotlight on...Jos A Bank adds to armour with Eddie Bauer buy 19 Feb 2014

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Jos A Bank Clothiers last week revealed its plans to acquire outdoor wear brand Eddie Bauer in deal worth $825m. Coming amid an onging buyout battle with rival Men's Wearhouse, some industry observers suggest the move was made to ensure the US men's apparel and footwear business remains independent. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.


Spotlight on...American Eagle CEO departure stuns industry 24 Jan 2014

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Retailer American Eagle Outfitters stunned the industry when it announced the sudden departure of its CEO, Robert Hanson, earlier this week. Despite industry pressures and a tough year in the teen retail space, observers have voiced their disappointment at the departure of a chief executive they saw as amongst the best in retailing.


Spotlight on…Analysts surprised at Tesco interest in Mothercare 20 Jan 2014

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Reports surfaced over the weekend that UK retail giant Tesco weighed up a bid for Mothercare around six months ago. The claims seem to have taken industry observers by surprise given Tesco's focus on sweating its existing assets and improving capital discipline. Some believe it more likely that any potential tie-up would see the supermarket chain strike a deal to sell the baby goods in its stores.


Spotlight on...Can Sycamore turn Jones Group fortunes around? 20 Dec 2013

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Jones Group shares jumped nearly 5% in late trading yesterday (19 December) on the long anticipated news the struggling US clothing and footwear firm is finally set to get a new owner.


Spotlight on....Divestments key to Quiksilver turnaround 10 Dec 2013

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US surfwear brand Quiksilver has had a somewhat busy year as it implements a long-term strategy designed to boost its bottom line. The company has chosen to divest some of its assets in a bid to strengthen its core brands, which industry observers believe may be key to turning the group's fortunes around.


Spotlight on...What do fashion consumers really want? 4 Oct 2013

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What do consumers really want from their fashion products and shopping experience? That was the question industry experts attempted to answer this week - with their conclusions suggesting retailers need to offer value, quality and convenience to shoppers, preferably all at the same time. Another challenge is for retailers to engage with their customers online or in-store to make sure they keep returning. Katie Smith reports.


Spotlight on...Bangladesh safety groups to collaborate on standards 13 Sep 2013

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Concerns that three separate initiatives underway to boost the safety of factory workers in Bangladesh would lead to multiple audits and unnecessary bureaucracy for factories are beginning to be assuaged. The groups involved are now beginning to look at ways of reaching common standards, as Petah Marian reports.


Spotlight on...Wal-Mart looks to boost made in America 23 Aug 2013

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"America is open for business," was US secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's rallying cry at Wal-Mart's US Manufacturing Summit yesterday (22 August).


Spotlight on...Croatia clothing eyes boost from EU membership 1 Jul 2013

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The Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE) has told just-style that the country plans to utilise European Union (EU) funding to help boost its textile and clothing industry after it becomes the 28th EU member state today (1 July).


Spotlight on...Closed loop clothing continues to make progress 14 Jun 2013

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Closing the loop in the clothing supply chain is continuing to make progress, with more brands beginning to launch products that use recycled fibres.


Spotlight on...M&S shakes up supplier base as part of turnaround 15 May 2013

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Marks & Spencer is set to shake up its supplier base as part of plans to turn around its fortunes in women's wear through a focus on quality and style.


Spotlight on...Ron Johnson's tenure at JC Penney 9 Apr 2013

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Since Ron Johnson was appointed chief executive officer of department store retailer JC Penney just 18 months ago, the company has suffered a string of losses and has been forced to make a number of U-turns as it tried to make headway on its turnaround plans.


Spotlight on...H&M sustainability report 27 Mar 2013

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H&M is continuing to drive its sustainability agenda forward, with the release of its fifth annual sustainability report.


Spotlight on...EU-US trade deal will benefit clothing and textiles 15 Feb 2013

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Textile and clothing industry groups on both sides of the Atlantic have welcomed the news that the EU and the US are to commence talks on the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated.

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