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Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 2014

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.


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.


Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 2014

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.


Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 2013

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.

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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 | 26 Jul 2011

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

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just-style | 8 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.


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 | 9 Jun 2017

Upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom has revealed members of the controlling Nordstrom family, including its co-presidents, have formed a group to explore the possibility of taking the company private.


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 | 5 May 2017

Upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom has appointed former Avery Dennison executive Anne Bramman as its new chief financial officer.


Beth Wright | 20 Mar 2017

Upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom is switching to an innovative POS system in the cloud in a bid to attend to customers more quickly, and better manage and track information.


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.


Beth Wright | 12 Jan 2017

Nordstrom has named long-time company executive Geevy Thomas as chief innovation officer, a new role created by the US fashion retailer.


Beth Wright | 9 Jan 2017

Kumar Srinivasan, chief technology officer of upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom,  is understood to have stepped down after serving in the role for less than ten months.


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.


Beth Wright | 22 Sep 2016

Upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom is accelerating its e-commerce, digital and mobile efforts with several leadership changes, including the promotion of Ken Worzel as president of Nordstrom.com.


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 | 12 Jul 2016

US upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom is hoping to reduce supply chain complexity with the acquisition of a minority stake in software group DropShip Commerce (DS Co) and its Dsco platform.


Katie Smith | 19 Apr 2016

US upscale department store retailer Nordstrom has revealed it will be cutting up to 400 jobs in a move designed to save US$60m this year as it makes changes to its business model. 


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 | 16 Mar 2016

US upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has confirmed it has cut 120 jobs from its technology group less than a month after recording a double-digit decline in fourth-quarter net profit.


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. 


Leonie Barrie | 8 Dec 2015

US department store retailer Nordstrom is tapping into the trend for personalisation by establishing closer ties with custom shoe maker Shoes of Prey, becoming one of the equity partners in its latest US$15.5m funding round.


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. 


Katie Smith | 28 Jul 2015

US upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom is bolstering its partnership with J Crew's Madewell brand by doubling the number of stores that sell the line to 30.


Michelle Russell | 18 May 2015

US upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has reaffirmed its full-year EPS outlook despite seeing earnings slide in its first quarter on the back of acquisition costs.


Katie Smith | 3 Dec 2014

Outdoor luxury apparel company Canada Goose has opened a sales office in New York as it gears up to meet surging demand for its products in the US.

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Leonie Barrie | 23 Aug 2013

What a difference two years makes. In the past couple of weeks major US retailers including Walmart, Target, Macy's and Nordstrom have all lowered their forecasts for the rest of the year citing sluggish sales, cautious consumers and general economic uncertainty. But for specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc it's a different story.

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