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Beth Wright | 15 Apr 2015

Just days after the closure of its remaining Canadian stores, just-style explores how empty shelves, mismanagement and over-hype combined to force US retail giant Target Corp to admit defeat.


Katie Smith | 5 Feb 2015

Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revealed that while a number of companies have made improvements to address the issue of forced labour within the sector, many are reluctant to disclose the policies they are implementing or detail information about their suppliers.


Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 2014

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.


Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2014

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

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Beth Wright | 25 Apr 2018

A project sponsored by US department store retailer Target Corp will see three concepts designed to benefit cotton production by improving water sustainability sent to the International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory for testing.


just-style | 20 Apr 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 | 20 Apr 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.


Michelle Russell | 27 Mar 2018

Kering, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Li & Fung are amongst a group of industry heavyweights backing new guidance to help fashion CEOs decide where to focus their sustainability efforts in 2018.


Beth Wright | 21 Mar 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp has pledged to improve water quality, optimise water efficiency and increase access to clean water – and introduced four new goals to guide the way.


Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2018

US department store retailer Target has launched a denim recycling pilot programme with German company I:Collect (I:CO), which specialises in collecting, recycling and reusing clothing, shoes and textiles.


Beth Wright | 8 Mar 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp has outlined a series of initiatives as part of its multi-year strategy, including expanding its suite of fulfillment options, almost tripling the size of its remodel programme, and accelerating the rate at which it introduces new brands to its portfolio.


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 | 10 Jan 2018

Holiday sales have seen a solid performance at many leading US apparel and footwear retailers, with Target, American Eagle Outfitters, JC Penney, Urban Outfitters and Kohl's among those who have benefited from increased consumer spending on the back of strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising home and equity prices.


Beth Wright | 10 Jan 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a first look at its new denim-based women's lifestyle brand, Universal Thread, that will launch next month and features tops, dresses, accessories and footwear.


Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2018

Six leading apparel brands have stepped forward to be featured on a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.


Michelle Russell | 24 Oct 2017

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) have joined forces with PVH Corp, Gap Inc and Target to scale projects aimed at dramatically improving the sustainability impact of the apparel and footwear industry.


Hannah Abdulla | 19 Oct 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has rolled out a new climate policy, committing to a "more sustainable, stronger, cleaner supply chain."


Beth Wright | 19 Oct 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a selection of clothing for children who may experience difficulty dressing under its largest-ever private label apparel brand, Cat & Jack.


Beth Wright | 18 Oct 2017

As part of ongoing efforts to increase transparency across its global supply chain, US department store retailer Target Corp is rolling out a new technology platform to boost the speed and quality of product inspections at 50 of its apparel vendors in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.


Beth Wright | 4 Oct 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has pledged to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for its owned and exclusive apparel brands – and has introduced a new policy to help guide the way.


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.


Beth Wright | 22 Sep 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a first look at its new activewear brand, JoyLab.


Beth Wright | 13 Sep 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has embarked on a 14-week 'innovation sprint' with industry experts – including designers, engineers and investors – to develop a portfolio of new growth ventures.


Beth Wright | 16 Aug 2017

US retail giant Target has raised its full year guidance after booking what it called "encouraging" second-quarter results as sales crept up and its work to improve the business starts to pay dividends, thanks in part to what one analyst says is the retailer's exclusive new brands – including Cat & Jack – and the overhaul of its stores.


Beth Wright | 15 Aug 2017

Target Corp is to acquire Grand Junction, a transportation software startup, in a move designed to help the US department store retailer make faster and more efficient deliveries and boost ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain.


Beth Wright | 20 Jul 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has set its sights on becoming the ultimate destination for moms-to-be, revealing an exclusive line of affordable maternity fashion as the latest offering under its new finance model which aims to introduce more than a dozen new brands.


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 | 7 Jul 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include news that 11 people were killed when a boiler exploded at the Multifabs garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh,  footwear group Clarks revealed details of a new manufacturing facility that will see it make shoes in the UK again, Mexican apparel makers are seeking an end to NAFTA's yarn-forward rule, while Target is tackling the issue of forced labour with worker surveys and has separately launched three new private label apparel brands.

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Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2017

Can space-based experiments be the answer to making cotton a more sustainable fibre on Earth? The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has partnered with US retail giant Target Corporation to find out.


Leonie Barrie | 12 May 2014

China and Vietnam led a surge in US apparel imports in March as retailers emerged from the annual post-holiday slowdown and started stocking up for the spring and summer seasons.

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