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M&S employs Blue Yonder for cost, stock efficiencies Hannah Abdulla | 12 May 21

British retailer Marks & Spencer has been working with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) specialist Blue Yonder to reduce costs and improve stock flow by re-engineering its end-to-end supply chain.

M&S bolsters tech team to push omnichannel growth Beth Wright | 5 May 21

Marks & Spencer is creating 85 new roles to help drive omnichannel growth as part of its newly formed MS2 division under which the retailer is setting itself up to serve shoppers best digitally in the future, including reflecting the shift to online shopping driven by the pandemic.

M&S to boost online capacity with automated warehouse Beth Wright | 19 Apr 21

UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer says work has begun to extend its Bradford distribution centre into a second online warehouse for M&, as part of continued efforts to turbocharge online growth.

M&S adds rival clothing brands to online offer Beth Wright | 11 Mar 21

UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer has announced the first tranche of guest brands to be sold on its website this spring under the new 'Brands at M&S' banner, as part of continued efforts to turbocharge online growth.

M&S grows to 46 new markets amid online push Hannah Abdulla | 8 Mar 21

Marks & Spencer has expanded its online offering to 46 new international markets as part of a plan to turbocharge its online business under its Never the Same Again transformation programme.

M&S sets new sustainability standards for denim Beth Wright | 12 Feb 21

UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer has launched new sustainability standards for denim, with the first range to meet the new requirements launching online today (12 February) with all products made of 100% responsibly sourced cotton, 86% less water, and kinder chemicals. 

H&M and M&S back project to reuse textile waste in Bangladesh Beth Wright | 10 Feb 21

H&M Group, Marks & Spencer, and C&A are among more than 30 brands, manufacturers and recyclers that are taking part in a new initiative to capture and reuse textile waste in Bangladesh.

M&S hires boss for newly acquired Jaeger brand Beth Wright | 9 Feb 21

UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer has announced two new hires for its clothing and home leadership team – including a former Next and River Island executive who will lead the repositioning of its newly-acquired Jaeger brand.

Joules among M&S' four new guest brands? Beth Wright | 21 Jan 21

Marks & Spencer is reportedly looking to onboard Joules, Phase Eight, Hobbs, and Seasalt as its next third-party brands.

M&S collaborative supply chain review finds human rights issues Michelle Russell | 18 Jan 21

A collaborative review into Marks & Spencer's footwear and food supply chains has identified a number of human rights and worker well-being issues, including inadequate sick pay and a lack of effective worker voice, as the UK food, homeware and fashion retailer looks to pinpoint areas to address.

Jaeger's 63 stores and concessions to close permanently Beth Wright | 15 Jan 21

More than 200 jobs have been axed at Jaeger Retail Limited and all 63 of its stores and concessions are set to permanently close after joint administrators confirmed that the sale of the business to UK retailer Marks & Spencer does not include the retail locations.

Marks & Spencer to buy Jaeger fashion brand Beth Wright | 12 Jan 21

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed it has bought the Jaeger fashion brand out of administration for an undisclosed sum, with the transaction due to complete later this month. 

Light at the end of the tunnel for M&S? – What the analysts say Beth Wright | 8 Jan 21

UK retailer Marks & Spencer saw clothing and home sales decline by 25.1% for the 13 weeks to 26 December, hit by continuing restrictions and demand distortions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. While analysts note the segment was dealt a sharp blow against the backdrop of zig-zag lockdown policies, one suggests brighter days are on the horizon for M&S with tangible progress being made.

M&S clothing sales tumble 25% in Q3 as Covid bites Beth Wright | 8 Jan 21

UK based retailer Marks & Spencer saw clothing and home sales drop by more than a quarter for the 13 weeks to 26 December, with the segment hurt by the on-off lockdown restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

M&S signs Call to Action to drive change in Xinjiang Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jan 21

Marks & Spencer is among the first brands to formally sign the Call to Action on human rights abuses – "Brand Commitment to Exit the Uyghur Region" – as it looks to drive meaningful change at scale in the Xinjiang region.

M&S doubles down on activewear amid Covid fashion shift Beth Wright | 5 Jan 21

Retailer Marks & Spencer is expanding its activewear range to include offerings for both children and men amid the accelerated shift to casualwear seen during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

M&S to double down on sustainability with Plan A relaunch Hannah Abdulla | 14 Dec 20

Retailer Marks & Spencer is relaunching its Plan A eco and ethical programme, saying the time has come to reinvigorate the initiative and return it to the "centre of the customer story."

Brands caught in crossfire as India factory workers allege abuse Hannah Abdulla | 19 Nov 20

Four major brands have found themselves caught in the crossfire after allegations of worker abuse surfaced at garment supplier factories in India.

M&S bets on kids to drive online growth Beth Wright | 13 Nov 20

Marks & Spencer's has named the Early Learning Centre as the second guest brand to be sold on its website, with management hoping the addition of some 200-plus toys to its online offering will compliment its kidswear range. 

M&S invests in technology to improve sampling process Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 20

UK clothing, homeware and food retailer Marks & Spencer has invested in new software to further improve its sampling process and help reduce waste.

M&S records first loss as H1 clothing sales plummet Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 20

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has reported its first ever loss as a publicly-listed company after coronavirus lockdowns led to a slump in clothing sales.

M&S taps Nobody's Child as first online brand partner Beth Wright | 2 Oct 20

Eco-conscious womenswear brand Nobody's Child has been selected as the first third-party clothing brand to be sold on Marks & Spencer's website.

M&S brings back Shwopping recycling programme Michelle Russell | 2 Oct 20

UK clothing, homewares and food retailer Marks & Spencer hope to continue to keep clothing out of landfill with the return of its Shwopping recycling scheme.

Marks & Spencer to cull 7,000 roles as Covid bites Michelle Russell | 18 Aug 20

UK clothing, home and food retailer Marks & Spencer is to make 7,000 job cuts across management and stores over the next three months as it looks to address the material shift in trade caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tough road ahead for Marks & Spencer amid restructuring Michelle Russell | 18 Aug 20

Following on from the 950 job cuts it announced just last month, Marks & Spencer has revealed today (18 August) it will make a further 7,000 as it once again attempts to transform the business. The news pushed the retailer's share price down over 2% this morning to 111.20 pence. Analysts believe the decision by M&S was a necessary one but that the retailer now has a tough road ahead to catch up with its rivals.

UK government aid to support fashion supply chains Beth Wright | 14 Aug 20

The UK Government has launched a new programme to strengthen global supply chains by supporting workers in developing countries during the coronavirus pandemic in a move that is estimated to benefit nearly 120,000 people working in the global garment industry. 

Marks & Spencer to cut 950 central support roles Michelle Russell | 20 Jul 20

UK clothing, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer is to cut 950 roles across its central support functions in a bid to accelerate the restructuring of its business.

Former Debenhams exec Savva named new M&S brands chief Beth Wright | 14 Jul 20

Former Debenhams executive Sarah Savva has joined UK retailer Marks & Spencer as its new business lead of brands following plans outlined by the company in May to bring in third-party clothing labels.

Marks & Spencer latest to phase out alpaca wool Michelle Russell | 17 Jun 20

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is said to be the latest fashion retailer to phase out the use of alpaca wool in all future product developments.

Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update just-style | 16 Jun 20

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.





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