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Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton Beth Wright | 17 Jul 19

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this season seen its entire clothing range made from 100% sustainable cotton – one of the first retailers to reach this milestone. Key to its achievement is the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest sustainable cotton programme in the world, according to Phil Townsend, technical lead, environmental sustainability and technical services at M&S. He also believes the transformation of the cotton sector should be a blueprint for other raw material initiatives.


M&S clothing director Jill McDonald to leave Beth Wright | 12 Jul 19

M&S clothing and home boss Jill McDonald has been ousted after less than two years the role, with CEO Steve Rowe poised to take over the segment amid what he calls its "long-standing" supply chain issues.


M&S unveils apparel line for children with sensitive skin Beth Wright | 27 Jun 19

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has partnered with medical technology company DreamSkin on a new range of products across baby, nightwear and underwear to alleviate sensitive skin conditions.


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard Beth Wright | 18 Jun 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. 


M&S Plan A chief Mike Barry announces resignation Beth Wright | 6 Jun 19

Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at Marks and Spencer, has announced he is to leave the UK retailer later this month.


M&S announces further store closures amid FY profit tumble Hannah Abdulla | 22 May 19

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S has revealed plans to shutter a further 85 full-line stores amid a 9.9% drop in full-year profit.


M&S confirms departure of buying, merchandising heads Beth Wright | 29 Mar 19

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed that both its head of buying for womenswear, and its head of merchandising for lingerie, are to leave the company.


M&S, Tesco to guard against supply chain exploitation Beth Wright | 27 Feb 19

A cohort of UK retailers including M&S, Tesco, and Sainsbury's - all of which boast a substantial apparel and footwear portfolio - have come together as Founding Sponsors of a new initiative which acts to guard against exploitation in supply chains. 


More than 1,000 jobs to go in latest M&S store closures Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jan 19

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S plans to close another 17 stores with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, as part of a review of its portfolio aimed at returning the group to profitability.


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.


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.


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 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.

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