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Low cost sourcing less of an option for retailers

Upward pressure on sourcing costs is one of the new challenges set to face US apparel retailers in 2016 as a "fair, living wage" and "decent...

Kohl's cranks up efforts to reverse sluggish sales

US department store retailer Kohl's Corporation last week held its first investor day for seven years, setting out detailed plans for future...


Michelle Russell | 7 Aug 2014

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now seeking a sustainable balance between the two - in addition to adapting their supply chains in order not to lose out.


Katie Smith | 19 May 2014

US department store retailer Kohl's has outlined a new strategic initiative designed to generate sales growth, after booking a drop in earnings and revenue in the first quarter. The plan, dubbed "Greatness Agenda", focuses on giving customers what they want, when they want it - and however they want it.


Ed Zwirn | 12 Nov 2013

Hot topics under discussion at the annual meeting of the rebranded United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) included major trade negotiations, and the changing concerns of the US apparel industry.


Leonie Barrie | 23 Aug 2013

Already one of the largest garment makers in Bangladesh, Epic Group is embarking on an expansion drive that will see it double its production capacity in the country over the next two years.

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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 | 28 Feb 2012

Faced with what he describes as a "never-ending battle" against rising costs, Ranjan Mahtani, the CEO of Hong Kong based apparel supplier Epic Group, is in fighting mood. But what is also clear is his concern that the apparel industry's current preoccupation with price leaves it in danger of failing to see an even bigger and more worrying issue: the lack of new supply countries coming through.

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just-style | 21 Nov 2017

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters booked mixed results but with record sales, Foot Locker revealed results in line with expectations, while US apparel giant VF Corporation hailed "strong" third-quarter results, despite a drop in profit.


Hannah Abdulla | 27 Sep 2017

US department store retailer Kohl's has named a new CEO ahead of the retirement of Kevin Mansell next year.


Beth Wright | 23 Aug 2017

As part of its efforts to enhance store profitability and improve customer experience, US department store retailer Kohl's will continue its efforts to "rightsize" its stores and says by the end of 2017, nearly half of its locations will be "operationally smaller".


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. 


Beth Wright | 28 Jun 2017

US department store retailer Kohl’s has named Bruce Besanko as CFO, reporting directly to Kohl’s chairman, CEO and president Kevin Mansell.


In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.


Michelle Russell | 5 Jan 2017

US department store retailer Kohl's has cut its full-year earnings outlook as it revealed expectations for lower-than-planned sales for the fourth quarter.


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.


Michelle Russell | 18 Nov 2016

Department store retailer Kohl's has launched a new line of "fashion-forward" product that it says will constantly change based on evolving trends, with the time from concept to delivery slashed to a matter of weeks.


Beth Wright | 10 Nov 2016

Department store retailer Kohl's has revealed its chief financial officer (CFO), Wesley McDonald, is to retire in the late spring of next year after 14 years with the company.


Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2016

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


Katie Smith | 14 Mar 2016

US department store retailer Kohl's has relaunched its US$1bn private brand Sonoma Goods For Life, with new designs, in-store and online experiences. 


Michelle Russell | 7 Mar 2016

Macy's, Kohl's, and Kate Spade & Co are among a number of top apparel groups that have committed to mentoring at this year's New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFT Lab).


Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 2016

Department store retailer Kohl's has cut its full-year earnings guidance as a result of lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margin. 


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2015

A group of seven apparel companies, including Levis Strauss & Co, VF Corp and Gap Inc, have signed a declaration calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement. 


Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp and department store retailer Kohl’s are just two of a further 73 companies to have joined the White House pledge to address climate change and reduce their carbon footprints.


Katie Smith | 17 Nov 2015

US department store retailer Kohl's has appointed Sona Chawla to the newly-created position of chief operating officer, with responsibility for omni-channel operations. 


Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2015

US department store retailer Kohl's is to open up to ten smaller format stores next year to offer consumers more convenience as part of its multi-year strategic initiative, designed to drive sales growth. 


Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2015

US department store retailer Kohl's is to open up to ten smaller format stores next year to offer consumers more convenience as part of its multi-year strategic initiative, designed to drive sales growth. 


Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

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Leonie Barrie | 10 Nov 2014

US firms including apparel retailers and importers are urging the government to intervene in the ongoing dispute at US west coast ports, amid worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise and fears a total shutdown may be imminent.

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