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New apparel institute to address sustainability impact Michelle Russell | 24 Oct 17

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.


Target unveils new climate policy and goals Hannah Abdulla | 19 Oct 17

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


Target develops disability-friendly apparel under Cat & Jack Beth Wright | 19 Oct 17

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.


Target turns to technology to speed factory inspections Beth Wright | 18 Oct 17

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.


Target commits to 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 Beth Wright | 4 Oct 17

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.


US Q2 in brief – Finish Line, Zumiez, Tailored Brands, Vince Holding just-style | 22 Sep 17

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.


Target launches new JoyLab activewear brand Beth Wright | 22 Sep 17

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


Target drives innovation with 14-week "sprint" Beth Wright | 13 Sep 17

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.


Target raises FY guidance amid "encouraging" Q2 Beth Wright | 16 Aug 17

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.


Target acquires Grand Junction to leverage local delivery Beth Wright | 15 Aug 17

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.


Target launches latest apparel brand under new model Beth Wright | 20 Jul 17

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.


US Q1 in brief – Cherokee, The Finish Line, J Crew Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 10 Jul 17

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. 


Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 7 Jul 17

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.


Target to tackle forced labour with worker surveys Beth Wright | 3 Jul 17

As part of its commitment to responsible sourcing, US department store retailer Target Corp has embarked on an 18-month project in northern India, aimed at tackling forced labour in its supply chain.


Vietnam suppliers realising benefits of IFC efficiency scheme Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 17

Around 28 textile and apparel suppliers to VF Corp and Target in Vietnam have realised a collective saving of US$15m in water, energy and chemical operating costs under a resource efficiency scheme run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


US Q4 in brief – Cherokee, Vince Holding, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 15 May 17

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. 


Target kids' line helps recycle 250m plastic bottles with Repreve Beth Wright | 21 Apr 17

US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing, having helped recycle about 250m plastic bottles by using the Repreve recycled filament fibre across its apparel collections since July 2016.


Target unveils sustainable packaging goals Beth Wright | 20 Apr 17

Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to provide sustainable packaging, including promises to eliminate expanded polystyrene and to source from sustainably managed forests.


Target reveals forest-friendly sourcing policy Beth Wright | 10 Apr 17

US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to source wood-based products from well-managed forests to avoid contributing to deforestation or forest degradation.


Target to roll out RFID across 1,600 stores Michelle Russell | 4 Apr 17

US department store retailer Target Corp has partnered with Avery Dennison to deploy Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to its 1,600 store network.


Where next for the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark? Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 17

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions too quickly and highlights a number of critical issues such as the quality and credibility of information, governance and price pressures.


Marks & Spencer tops human rights benchmark Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 17

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.


Target to evolve supply chain with new finance model Beth Wright | 1 Mar 17

In the wake of tumbling fourth-quarter earnings, US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a new financial model, promising an overhaul of stores, digital channels and supply chain, alongside the introduction of more than a dozen new brands.


Target drives solar power initiative across Colorado Beth Wright | 1 Mar 17

As part of its commitment to use more sustainable resources, US department store retailer Target Corp is to install solar rooftop panels on five of its stores across Colorado, in a bid to reduce the store’s energy grid need.


US manufacturers urge passing of tax reform plans Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 17

Top executives from 16 major US manufacturers have sent an open letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass tax reforms and the controversial border tax in order to boost growth for domestic companies and taxpayers.


Target driving transparency with first chemical goals Beth Wright | 26 Jan 17

US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge it says will be one of the "most comprehensive in the US retail industry", designed to drive transparency, proactive chemical management and innovation across all of its owned and national brand consumer products, and operations.


Target lowers Q4 guidance amid soft holiday sales Beth Wright | 19 Jan 17

US retail group Target guidance has lowered its guidance for the fourth quarter, after booking a softer-than-expected sales performance during the holiday season.


Target strategy head Ghani steps down Beth Wright | 16 Jan 17

US department store retailer Target Corp has confirmed to just-style its senior vice president of enterprise strategy and innovation, Jamil Ghani, is leaving the company, but has remained tight-lipped over reports he is joining online giant Amazon.


US Q3 in brief – The Finish Line, Destination Maternity, Cherokee, Sears Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 9 Dec 16

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.


Fashion firms failing to address deforestation risk Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 16

Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims. 

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