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Brands take action to end modern slavery in UK factories Michelle Russell | 13 Nov 18

John Lewis, M&S and Next Plc are among a raft of British fashion retail giants to have signed a joint agreement with enforcement bodies to try to combat the exploitation of workers by UK fashion and textile manufacturers.


Inditex, M&S help develop forestry mapping tool Beth Wright | 8 Nov 18

Inditex, Kering, H&M, and M&S are among seven apparel brands and industry organisations that have collaborated with forestry conservation not-for-profit Canopy to develop a new interactive tool that aims to help companies transition to a more sustainable supply chain and identify areas of potential sourcing risk.


Can "restoring the basics" put M&S back on track? Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 18

Sales have dived yet again at UK retailer M&S, which earlier this year acknowledged the need for drastic change to reposition it for growth. Its "restoring the basics" agenda puts every aspect of the business under "scrutiny and change" to adapt to the new retail landscape and reshape its clothing ranges to appeal to consumers. Analysts have mixed feelings about the retailer's progress so far.


M&S revamping weak supply chain to gear up for growth Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 18

The CEO of UK retailer Marks & Spencer has said every aspect of the company including its supply chain is set to undergo "scrutiny and change" as it sets a timeframe of three to five years to return the business to profitable growth.


M&S launches disability-friendly apparel Beth Wright | 27 Sep 18

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has developed a selection of clothing for children and babies who may have disabilities or experience difficulty dressing.


M&S ramps up digital capabilities with Pee appointment Hannah Abdulla | 6 Sep 18

Jeremy Pee has been named Marks & Spencer's new chief digital and data officer as the UK retail group looks to ramp up its digital capabilities.


M&S clothing can now be returned to food stores Beth Wright | 8 Aug 18

Marks & Spencer has expanded its partnership with parcel store network Doddle in a move that means online clothing returns can now be processed at some of the retailer's Simply Food locations. 


M&S tops UK high street index Beth Wright | 3 Aug 18

Marks & Spencer has topped a new UK high street fashion ranking for brand health, which assesses consumer satisfaction, impression, and brand reputation.


M&S to train 1,000 staff at new data skills academy Beth Wright | 30 Jul 18

British fashion and food retailer Marks & Spencer is to create what it claims is the world's first data skills academy in retail, designed to bolster the company's ongoing digital transformation and train more than 1,000 M&S staff.


M&S teams with Founders Factory on tech startups Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 18

Trying to find new ways to reinvent its business and be more relevant to its customers, retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has inked a partnership with startup accelerator Founders Factory that will give it access to emerging technologies, business models and entrepreneurial thinking.


M&S prepares to cut 351 store management jobs Michelle Russell | 17 Jul 18

British fashion and food retailer Marks & Spencer is to cut around 351 store management roles as the company perseveres with its five-year transformation plan.


M&S appoints Ojulah head of kids buying Michelle Russell | 21 Jun 18

UK fashion and grocery retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed Cath Kidson’s Michelle Ojulah to head up buying for its kidswear department.


M&S closes in on sustainable cotton target Michelle Russell | 8 Jun 18

Marks & Spencer says over three-quarters of its cotton is now procured from sustainable sources, putting the UK fashion, homeware and food retailer on track to meet its commitment to hit 100% next year.


What Marks & Spencer's FY numbers mean for clothing Beth Wright | 23 May 18

Today's (23 May) full-year results from Marks & Spencer have once again emphasised the challenges it faces in reinvigorating its clothing business, with the UK retail group posting a 1.9% fall in like-for-like clothing and home sales. While CEO Steve Rowe is optimistic the group's wider five-year transformation plan is off to a good start, is this enough to revive the retailer's fortunes?


M&S FY profit slumps 74.8% on store closure costs Beth Wright | 23 May 18

M&S has revealed profits slumped by almost three-quarters last year as a result of declining sales of clothing, food and homeware and what CEO Steve Rowe called "short-term costs" as a result of its turnaround plan.


M&S "perilously close" to losing top clothing retailer spot Beth Wright | 22 May 18

Marks and Spencer is "perilously close" to losing its status as the UK's number one clothing retailer to Primark as the company announces plans to shutter more than 100 stores before 2022 as it reshapes its UK store estate in line with its target to take at least a third of sales online.


M&S among 42 retailers committed to new plastics pact Beth Wright | 30 Apr 18

UK retail group Marks & Spencer is among 42 businesses to have signed up to a new first-of-its-kind pact that aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK.


M&S creates single-tier clothing logistics network Beth Wright | 18 Apr 18

As part of ongoing efforts to transform its business, UK retail group Marks & Spencer is to implement a new single-tier clothing and home logistics network it says will allow it to move products from suppliers to stores faster and at a lower cost.


M&S in clothing leadership reshuffle Beth Wright | 26 Mar 18

As part of ongoing efforts to transform its business, UK retail group Marks & Spencer has named a new leadership team tasked with overhauling the firm's clothing and home operations – including the creation of new role to oversee the newly merged womenswear and kidswear teams.


M&S only just beginning marathon transformation Michelle Russell | 5 Mar 18

Marks & Spencer is only just beginning its marathon of transforming its operations, but while there may still be fires to put out, plans to adapt the UK retailer’s clothing offer to appeal to a broader, younger consumer base could certainly help, analysts say.


M&S data partnership to boost customer insight Beth Wright | 7 Feb 18

Clothing, home and food retailer Marks & Spencer has partnered with data science company Starcount in a bid to better understand its customers and predict their future buying behaviour.


M&S procurement head to join John Lewis Michelle Russell | 5 Feb 18

UK department store group John Lewis has appointed Marks & Spencer's head of procurement, Roger Davies, as its group procurement director after nearly a decade with the retailer.


M&S appoints Earl interim womenswear head Michelle Russell | 24 Jan 18

UK clothing, home and food retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed Belinda Earl as head of its womenswear and beauty departments until it finds a permanent hire for the role.


M&S could cut 380 jobs with new clothing DC Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 18

Marks & Spencer could be cutting around 380 jobs in the UK as it moves to adopt a single-tier distribution network for its clothing and home division with the opening of a new distribution centre.


M&S Q3 clothing sales slide on tough October Michelle Russell | 11 Jan 18

Marks & Spencer has revealed a mixed third quarter, with unseasonal weather blamed for a fall in like-for-like sales in its clothing division but a pick-up in its Christmas trading performance.


M&S consolidates technology supplier base under new plans Beth Wright | 10 Jan 18

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has announced a new Technology Transformation Programme it says will enable it to become a digital first business and deliver an improvement in customer experience.


M&S sells Hong Kong and Macau retail business Beth Wright | 2 Jan 18

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to its long-established franchise partner Al-Futtaim.


Adidas among group calling for climate action Beth Wright | 14 Dec 17

German sportswear giant Adidas is among more than 50 major global corporates calling on world leaders to tackle climate change by introducing framework conditions that lay the foundation for a pathway towards limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.


M&S partners on improving Bangladesh RMG worker health Beth Wright | 13 Dec 17

Retailer Marks & Spencer has joined forces with global confederation Care International to create a sustainable and scalable model to address the health and social needs of the more than 4m female garment workers in Bangladesh.


M&S accelerates clothing department closures Michelle Russell | 8 Nov 17

Marks & Spencer is accelerating plans to close underperforming clothing departments as the UK retailer revealed flat first-half apparel and home sales and the departure of CFO Helen Weir.

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