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Transparency mixed in Uzbek cotton supply chain

Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revea...

Connected sourcing networks ease payment problems

Just as it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for American Apparel, reports emerged earlier this month that the struggling retailer has be...


Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2014

The role played by factoring in the apparel supply chain came under the spotlight last week with reports suggesting that factoring companies have scaled back on coverage to vendors supplying department store retailer Sears Holdings. However, the transaction offers a lifeline to many apparel makers, and is seeing a resurgence as a major source of capital for the industry.


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.


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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just-style.com | 23 Aug 2007

Harry Debes’ first year as CEO of Lawson Software was dominated by the company’s merger with Intentia International, in early 2006. Now, 15 months after the deal’s completion, he tells just-style how the firm is leveraging its strength in the fashion sector with some exciting new ERP software developments, to help companies reduce lead times and improve delivery performance.


just-style.com | 23 Aug 2007

Harry Debes’ first year as CEO of Lawson Software was dominated by the company’s merger with Intentia International, in early 2006. Now, 15 months after the deal’s completion, he tells just-style how the firm is leveraging its strength in the fashion sector with some exciting new ERP software developments, to help companies reduce lead times and improve delivery performance.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 2018

The finance chief of embattled US department store retailer Sears Holdings has admitted there is still much work to be done to return the company to profitability as it announced plans to close a further 72 stores.


just-style | 18 May 2018

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination Maternity narrowed its net loss, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.


just-style | 6 Feb 2018

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.


Beth Wright | 2 Feb 2018

Embattled US department store retailer Sears Holdings is to axe more than 200 positions at its corporate offices, as part of ongoing efforts to return to profitability.


Beth Wright | 12 Jan 2018

Embattled retailer Sears Holdings has identified US$200m in additional cost savings it can make this year and secured more financing as part of a new plan it says will enhance liquidity and accelerate its return to profitability.


Beth Wright | 9 Jan 2018

Embattled US department store retailer Sears Holdings is to shutter an additional 39 Sears and 64 Kmart stores as part of its efforts to return to profitability.


Beth Wright | 14 Dec 2017

As part of its ongoing efforts to return to profitability US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has struck a deal to extend the maturity of its existing term loan.


Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2017

An investor in Sears Holdings has called for the embattled US retailer to consider its options – including going private – amid 24 straight quarters of sales declines.


Beth Wright | 9 Nov 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has announced the next series of steps – including the potential sale of a further 140 properties –  as part of its efforts to return to profitability


Beth Wright | 6 Nov 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp is to shutter an additional 18 Sears and 45 Kmart unprofitable stores in the New Year as part of its efforts to return to profitability.


Beth Wright | 17 Oct 2017

Sears Canada has received court approval to proceed with a liquidation that will result in a wind-down of its business and the closure of its remaining stores.


Beth Wright | 11 Oct 2017

Following its efforts to turnaround the company, Sears Canada has announced it is seeking court approval to commence a liquidation that would result in a wind-down of its business.


Michelle Russell | 6 Oct 2017

Edward Lampert, owner and CEO of Sears Holdings has thrown another lifeline to the troubled retail chain with a further cash injection in the lead-up to the key holiday shopping season.


just-style | 22 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.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Jul 2017

Troubled US department store retailer Sears Holdings has just been thrown a US$200m lifeline from its CEO Edward Lampert.


Beth Wright | 11 Jul 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp is to shutter an additional eight Sears and 35 Kmart unprofitable stores as part of its efforts to return to profitability.


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. 


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 | 23 Jun 2017

Department store retailer Sears Canada is to axe around 2,900 jobs and shutter 59 stores as part of a court-supervised restructuring of the business.


Beth Wright | 22 Jun 2017

Department store retailer Sears Canada and certain of its subsidiaries is seeking court protection from its creditors in a bid to restructure its business.


Michelle Russell | 24 May 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has unveiled steps to improve its financial position by extending some of its debt load and reducing the size of its pension obligations.


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. 

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 20 Oct 2014

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


Leonie Barrie | 13 Oct 2014

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant Gap Inc, look no further than the company's new leadership change. It was revealed last week that CEO Glenn Murphy is to step down in February, making way for Art Peck, the head of Gap's digital division.

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