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Clarks to cut 900 jobs under new strategy Michelle Russell | 21 May 20

UK footwear firm Clarks has outlined a new strategy that will see the brand make 900 job cuts globally, and introduce digital enhancements as well as a focus on sustainability and product innovation.

Clarks hires advisors for potential restructuring? Michelle Russell | 7 May 20

UK footwear group C&J Clark International, which trades as Clarks, is understood to have appointed three accountancy firms to look at a potential restructuring of the business.

Clarks brings in advisors to help with turnaround Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 19

UK footwear group C&J Clark International, which trades as Clarks, has appointed management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co to try to return the business to sustainable levels of growth and profitability by 2023.

Clarks closes "cutting-edge" UK footwear factory, 35 jobs lost Beth Wright | 5 Mar 19

UK footwear group Clarks has confirmed the closure of its facility in Street, Somerset - a move that will result in 35 job losses. 

Clarks taps Giorgio Presca as new CEO Beth Wright | 25 Feb 19

UK footwear group Clarks has named Giorgio Presca as chief executive officer following the resignation of Mike Shearwood last year.

Clarks to close cutting-edge UK footwear factory Beth Wright | 18 Jan 19

Less than two years after setting up a new facility to restart its UK footwear production, Clarks is to close the unit after failing to meet production and cost targets.

Clarks CEO Shearwood quits after conduct inquiry Beth Wright | 26 Jun 18

Clarks chief executive officer Mike Shearwood has resigned following an investigation into complaints surrounding his conduct.

Clarks invests in software to aid transformation Michelle Russell | 15 Nov 17

UK footwear manufacturer Clarks has invested in JDA Retail Planning and Intelligent Fulfillment software as part of its global business transformation initiative.

Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 14 Jul 17

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at whether or not NAFTA has been good or bad for the US textile and apparel industries, Clarks' CEO speaks with just-style about the firm's new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK, new data shows supply chains have been struggling with ethical performance this year, and we share some top tips for choosing supplier factories.

Clarks manufacturing model steps into a faster future – Interview Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 17

With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.

Clarks strengthens senior team with global appointments Michelle Russell | 10 Jul 17

UK footwear group Clarks is strengthening its senior management team with the appointment of two new leaders for its Asia Pacific and Europe operations.

Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 7 Jul 17

Top stories this week on just-style include news that 11 people were killed when a boiler exploded at the Multifabs garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh,  footwear group Clarks revealed details of a new manufacturing facility that will see it make shoes in the UK again, Mexican apparel makers are seeking an end to NAFTA's yarn-forward rule, while Target is tackling the issue of forced labour with worker surveys and has separately launched three new private label apparel brands.

Clarks eyes speed to market with new UK manufacturing facility Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 17

UK footwear group Clarks is to begin making shoes in the UK again, with a new manufacturing facility that will utilise "cutting-edge technology" for greater speed to market and greater flexibility and innovation in design.

Clarks appoints Kenyon finance chief Michelle Russell | 8 Jun 17

UK-based footwear group Clarks has appointed Paul Kenyon as chief financial officer to take over from interim CFO Mike Coley.

Clarks FY profit plunges on sterling weakness Michelle Russell | 22 May 17

UK footwear group Clarks said it made tangible progress in fiscal 2016/17, despite booking a near 50% fall in earnings due to extremely challenging trading conditions globally.

Clarks to cut jobs at UK head office Michelle Russell | 26 Apr 17

Footwear firm Clarks says it is continuing to review and reorganise the business after revealing a number of job cuts, understood to be around 50, at its headquarters.

Clarks cites "considerable challenges" as FY profit tumbles Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 16

Struggling UK footwear retailer Clarks said it confronted considerable challenges in the business in its last fiscal year as it revealed full-year results that came in below expectations.

Footwear veteran returns to Clarks as Americas president Katie Smith | 12 Feb 16

UK footwear brand Clarks has appointed footwear veteran Gary Champion as president of its Americas business, with responsibility for guiding the division to "its next stage of growth". 

Clarks to cut 170 jobs in global restructure  Katie Smith | 11 Feb 16

UK footwear brand Clarks is to lay off 170 people across its global operations in a move aimed at making the business leaner, faster and more effective and better able to respond to customer demand and rapidly changing markets.

Update – Retailers eye refunds on EU footwear anti-dumping duties Andrew Burnyeat | 10 Feb 16

The European Commission has indicated that to just-style that it may accept a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling against "anti-dumping" duties imposed on leather footwear made in China and Vietnam imported into the European Union (EU). The decision means there may now be claims for refunds of duties paid by retailers.

Clarks develops "game-changing" flex shoe Michelle Russell | 21 Jan 16

UK footwear retailer Clarks has developed what it says is a "game-changing" new style of shoe, combining new technology, modern design and traditional manufacturing methods. 

Clarks CEO and CFO in "immediate" step down Michelle Russell | 18 Sep 15

The chief executive and head of finance at UK footwear retailer Clarks have both stepped down from their roles “with immediate effect”.

M&S to appoint international supply chain chief Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 14

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to appoint a head of international supply chain.

Pacific Brands divests brand and workwear units Katie Smith | 1 Dec 14

Australian retailer Pacific Brands has completed its divestments of the Brand Collective and Workwear businesses.

Pacific Brands divests Brand Collective for AUD39m Katie Smith | 18 Nov 14

Australian retailer Pacific Brands is to split and sell off its loss-making Brand Collective apparel and footwear business for AUD39m (US$34m).

US: ISA TanTec setting up eco-friendly tannery Leonie Barrie | 22 Sep 14

Ecological leather manufacturer ISA TanTec is responding to growing demand for locally produced leather in the US shoe industry with a new tannery due to begin operations in January 2015.

AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands swings to $219m H1 loss Leonie Barrie | 18 Feb 14

Australian clothing and footwear group Pacific Brands has booked its first rise in reported sales in five years, but swung to a net loss on write-downs linked to its struggling workwear division.

US: Wolverine names Hernowitz Stride Rite president Katie Smith | 4 Nov 13

Footwear and apparel company Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Ira Hernowitz as president of the Stride Rite Children's Group.

US: Wolverine Worldwide appoints Annunziata as Sebago VP Michelle Russell | 1 Nov 13

US footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Clarks executive, Frank Annunziata, to the role of vice president and general manager of Sebago.

2012: A year in review - Manufacturing winners and losers MJ Deschamps | 14 Dec 12

Weak consumer spending, difficulties in securing credit, competition from China and the Far East resulted in factory closures and subsequent layoffs in 2012. But ramping up labour and sustainability standards, eco-friendly production technologies, cost cutting and efficiency improvements saved others from significant losses.





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