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Amazon to offer "try before you buy" service Michelle Russell | 21 Jun 17

Online behemoth Amazon is accelerating the disruption of e-commerce with a "try before you buy, and only pay for what you keep" service through its new Prime Wardrobe launch.

Amazon's rise fuels fewer bricks and more clicks Leonie Barrie | 2 Jun 17

While all retailers appear at risk of losing some market share to online giant Amazon, analysts suggest some are more vulnerable than others.

H&M, Inditex and Nike ranked supply chain leaders Leonie Barrie | 30 May 17

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world's leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a new review.

Amazon launches own-label fashion line Find Michelle Russell | 2 May 17

In a further move to expand in the apparel category, online retail giant Amazon has quietly launched an own-label fashion line.

Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 21 Apr 17

Top stories this week on just-style include a warning from Myanmar apparel makers that a ban on moving lorries through Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's clothing sector, the latest efforts by Amazon to embed itself deeper into the apparel industry, 12 start-ups chosen under a new global initiative to find more sustainable ways of producing fashion, and Walmart eyeing US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.

Amazon secures on-demand clothing manufacturing patent Michelle Russell | 19 Apr 17

Amazon has filed a patent for on-demand apparel production in a move that will see the online retail giant embed itself deeper into the apparel industry.

US apparel retail shifts reveal misconceptions Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 17

The death of the department store, the exaggerated rise of Amazon as an apparel retailer power, and the threat of European fast-fashion specialists to US retail are among a number of misconceptions currently bedevilling the retail  industry, a new report explains.

Amazon to grow UK business with 5,000 jobs Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 17

Online retail giant Amazon has revealed plans to open a new head UK office and create more than 5,000 full-time jobs as it looks to grow its business in the country.

Amazon eyes new US intimate apparel line? Beth Wright | 13 Feb 17

Online retail giant Amazon is keeping tight-lipped on reports it plans to roll out its own private-label intimate apparel line in the US.

Amazon expands supply chain capacity with new DC Beth Wright | 20 Jan 17

Online giant Amazon is expanding it supply chain capacity with the opening of a third facility in Maryland; a 1.2m sq ft fulfillment centre in North East, which will create 700 new jobs in the town.

Amazon to boost US workforce by 100,000 Beth Wright | 13 Jan 17

Online giant Amazon is to create more than 100,000 additional full-time jobs in the US over the next 18 months, in a move that would take its workforce to over 280,000 by mid-2018.

Amazon eyes apparel growth with new workout line Michelle Russell | 5 Jan 17

Amazon's expansion into the apparel category looks to be continuing as it prepares to develop its own line of workout clothing.

Amazon and Forever 21 vying for American Apparel? Michelle Russell | 5 Jan 17

Online giant Amazon and teen apparel chain Forever 21 are understood to be among the companies considering offers to acquire bankrupt retailer American Apparel.

Airbourne Amazon warehouse to aid drone delivery? Beth Wright | 3 Jan 17

Online retail giant Amazon has remained silent on reports it has been awarded a patent for an "airborne fulfillment center" (AFC) that will act as a launchpad for delivery by drones.

Amazon expands supply chain capacity with new DCs Michelle Russell | 23 Dec 16

Online retail giant Amazon is expanding its supply chain capacity with the addition of a further two fulfillment centres in Aurora, Illinois.

US Q3 in brief – The Finish Line, Destination Maternity, Cherokee, Sears Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 9 Dec 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.

Amazon expands in apparel with new menswear brand Leonie Barrie | 8 Dec 16

Amazon's expansion into the apparel category has continued with the launch of a new private label menswear brand available exclusively to members of Amazon Prime.

Amazon rolls out first fashion-focused TV campaign Beth Wright | 3 Oct 16

Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled its first fashion specific television advertisement, geared at marketing its move to carry brands with higher price points and to further state its position as a leader in apparel.

2015 – A year in review – Retail winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 15 Dec 15

Online apparel sales, the right product mix at the right price points and a successful stance against counterfeiters helped lift some retailers during 2015, but bankruptcy filings and inventory mis-management weighed on others.

Mothercare making progress as moves to H1 profit Katie Smith | 20 Nov 14

Mothercare still has to achieve a "significant" recovery in sales densities, an analyst has said, despite the UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer returning to profit in the first half.

US: Children's Apparel Network recalls girl's clothing sets Katie Smith | 25 Apr 13

Around 9,200 girl's three-piece clothing sets have been recalled by Children's Apparel Network because the waist belt could get caught in small spaces, posing an entanglement hazard.

US: Target hires e-commerce head Katie Smith | 25 Jan 13

Discount retailer Target Corp has appointed Jason Goldberger to the newly-created position of senior vice president of and mobile.

US: Retailers fined over alleged textile mislabelling Petah Marian | 4 Jan 13

Four US retailers have agreed to pay penalties totalling US$1.26m for allegedly falsely labelling textiles as made from bamboo, when they were actually rayon.

US: Amazon to fold into main fashion site Leonie Barrie | 21 Sep 12

Internet retail giant Amazon is to merge its shoe and accessories website into its main fashion offering as part of ongoing plans to build its share of the online apparel market.

CANADA: Sears Canada taps apparel merchandising specialist Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 11

Department store retailer Sears Canada Inc has tapped Limited Brands executive Steven Goldsmith as executive vice-president of merchandising, apparel and accessories.

US: offers international shipping | 14 Jul 11, the shoe and accessories website owned by internet retail giant Amazon, is extending its free international shipping customers in 50 countries worldwide.

US: Bluefly names Park as COO | 3 Jun 11

Online fashion retailer Bluefly has appointed Joseph Park as chief operating officer, effective immediately.

US: Amazon launches private sale fashion site | 4 May 11

Internet retailer is taking another step to grow its share of the global online apparel market with the launch of a US private sale website offering discounted designer brands.

US: Wal-Mart to buy social media company Kosmix | 19 Apr 11

Wal-Mart Stores has agreed to buy Kosmix, a social media start-up focused on e-commerce, as it looks for new ways to tap into customers via social networking sites and smartphones.

COMMENT: The Googlisation of the garment industry | 25 Jan 11

The clothing retail industry is an easy target for internet giants Google, Amazon and eBay, all of whom are vying for growth in the global online apparel market. Just look at what happened to bookstores, says David Birnbaum.



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