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JC Penney shifting merchandise mix from apparel

After its apparel sales took a hammering from unseasonably cold spring weather in the first quarter, US department store retailer JC Penney...


Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 2015

US department store retailer JC Penney has said it will continue to focus on enhancing the efficiency of its supply chain as one of a number of levers to help drive gross margin improvement.


Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 2014

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.


Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.


Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 2014

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, retailers continued to diversify their supply chains, and Asia continues to dominate imports into the US.

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Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 2014

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 2012

Hong Kong based Crystal Group is one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, producing more than 230m garments a year for customers including Victoria's Secret, Levi's, A&F, H&M, M&S, Uniqlo, JC Penney and Gap. Here CEO Andrew Lo talks to just-style about supply chain consolidation, productivity, setting up offshore factories, and why big is better when it comes to building a competitive edge.

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Beth Wright | 23 Mar 2018

JC Penney has joined more than 500 companies from across the global supply chain who have signed up to the Cotton Leads programme, which supports responsible production practices by cotton growers in the US and Australia.


Michelle Russell | 2 Mar 2018

JC Penney has has eliminated around 360 jobs at its headquarters, and at stores throughout the US, as it revealed fourth-quarter sales that missed expectations.


Leonie Barrie | 22 Feb 2018

US department store retailer JCPenney is launching a new capsule collection aimed at Generation Z  girls – a demographic expected to become the largest consumer segment over the next few years.


Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 2018

JC Penney is closing a large distribution centre and eight stores in a move that will impact 670 jobs as the US retail giant looks to realign its supply chain.


just-style | 6 Feb 2018

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.


Beth Wright | 10 Jan 2018

Holiday sales have seen a solid performance at many leading US apparel and footwear retailers, with Target, American Eagle Outfitters, JC Penney, Urban Outfitters and Kohl's among those who have benefited from increased consumer spending on the back of strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising home and equity prices.


Beth Wright | 5 Jan 2018

The uptick in JC Penney's holiday sales performance should help ease fears the US retail giant is in a "terminal decline", according to one analyst, as the company reaffirmed all components of its full-year guidance on the back of encouraging holiday sales. 


Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2017

US retail giant JC Penney increased its effort to audit supplier factories in the last year and has surpassed its energy and greenhouse gas emissions goals.


just-style | 22 Sep 2017

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH upped its full-year guidance based on strong second-quarter results, while Guess saw its results boosted by solid growth in both Europe and Asia. Oxford Industries, meanwhile, saw mixed results as earnings fell but sales edged up.


Hannah Abdulla | 25 Jul 2017

US department store retailer JCPenney has named Jeffrey Davis as its CFO following the departure of Edward Record.


Jordan Brace | 11 Jul 2017

US department store retailer JCPenney has announced its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Edward Record, is to step down from today (11 July) to pursue other interests.


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 2017

US retail giant JC Penney is to close two distribution facilities and around 130 to 140 stores over the next few months as part of plans to optimise its retail operations and drive profitability as it revealed a fall in fourth-quarter sales.


Michelle Russell | 24 Jan 2017

Retail giant JC Penney has appointed Snehil Gambhir to head up its first global in-house centre (GIC) in India, which was set up last year to bolster the group's digital and innovation capabilities.


Beth Wright | 18 Jan 2017

Retail giant JC Penney is to roll out hundreds of Nike "shops" across its stores in a move the company says "underscores its commitment to activewear".


Michelle Russell | 13 Jan 2017

Retail giant JC Penney is understood to be planning to close some of its 1,014 stores, joining a raft of other US retailers who have announced similar plans this year so far amid weak sales.


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.


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. 


Michelle Russell | 18 Aug 2016

US department store retailer JC Penney has unveiled a three-year turnaround plan for accelerated growth that will see it focus on advancing its omni-channel execution and driving private and exclusive brand penetration.


Beth Wright | 22 Jul 2016

Department store retailer JC Penney Company has promoted its CEO Marvin R Ellison to chairman, succeeding Myron (Mike) Ullman III, who will be retiring in line with the company's transition plan outlined in 2014.


Leonie Barrie | 18 May 2016

Building on the combined strengths of its private brands and the growing plus-size and millennial markets, JC Penney has launched its first plus-size line for millennial women.


Leonie Barrie | 11 May 2016

A lawsuit launched against three US retailers by victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh has been dismissed largely on technicalities.

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Leonie Barrie | 20 Oct 2014

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


Leonie Barrie | 20 Oct 2014

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.

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