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Where next for Corporate Human Rights Benchmark?

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions t...

Sourcing East Africa: Collaboration key to success

Interest in East Africa as a potential apparel sourcing destination has been on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest the road a...

Leonie Barrie | 10 Mar 2015

Supermarket retailer Tesco has calculated that cutting lead times by one to two weeks on around one-third of the styles in its F&F clothing range adds 4-8% to net margin and generates savings of between GBP20m and GBP40m (US$30-60m). And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of 3D virtual fit and prototyping technology.

Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2015

Internet pureplays like Asos are gaining the most share in the UK apparel market year-on-year, new data shows, while general stores are losing out.

Mike Flanagan | 12 Jan 2015

Despite the hype, it's amazing how insignificant the internet is on the garment trade, writes Mike Flanagan. While every clothing brand and retailer uses the web for moving, receiving and monitoring information, relatively few clothes are sold this way.

Jozef De Coster | 5 Dec 2014

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 2014

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.

Joe Ayling | 27 Jun 2011

With 20 years of experience across manufacturing, retail and international development to her name, Abi Rushton is well-placed to help steer apparel sourcing strategies of the future. just-style news editor Joe Ayling found out more in the first part of an extended inteview on the global supply chain.

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Beth Wright | 2 Aug 2018

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co and supermarket retailer Tesco are among the latest companies to join 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.

Beth Wright | 26 Jun 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp and UK supermarket group Tesco have joined Walmart in collecting data from suppliers to reduce environmental risk and cut carbon emissions in the supply chain.  

Beth Wright | 11 Apr 2018

UK supermarket retailer Tesco posted its ninth consecutive quarter of positive sales growth, with its clothing sector performing well throughout the year as its F&F range continued to prove popular with customers.

Beth Wright | 23 Jan 2018

UK supermarket retailer Tesco has outlined plans to simplify its operational structures in a move that will affect some 1,700 employees in a bid to improve efficiency and ensure it remains competitive in the future.

Beth Wright | 11 Jan 2018

UK supermarket retailer Tesco posted its eighth consecutive quarter of positive sales growth, with its clothing sector performing well throughout the Christmas period as its F&F ranges continue to prove popular with customers.

Michelle Russell | 20 Dec 2017

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Hela Clothing has joined forces with Tesco to launch an augmented reality children’s T-shirt as the UK retailer continues its work to develop and test new technologies in the apparel space.

Beth Wright | 4 Oct 2017

UK supermarket retailer Tesco posted its seventh consecutive quarter of positive sales growth, with its clothing sector performing well throughout the first half thanks to the range and strength of its F&F Brand.

Michelle Russell | 14 Jul 2017

UK supermarket retailer Tesco has committed to immediately begin the process of eliminating hazardous chemicals from its clothing supply chain, as well as releasing a complete list of its suppliers.

Michelle Russell | 25 May 2017

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

Michelle Russell | 12 Apr 2017

UK supermarket retailer Tesco moved to a loss in its last fiscal year as a result of one-off charges, but booked its first rise in UK sales for seven years.

Beth Wright | 13 Jan 2017

Clothing outperformed the market over the Christmas period for UK supermarket giant Tesco, helping push total sales for the third quarter up 1.5%.

Michelle Russell | 10 Jan 2017

UK retail giant Tesco is to close two of its distribution centres – which will include the relocation of its garment operations – in a move expected to result in up to 1,000 job cuts.

Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

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. 

Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 2016

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 

Michelle Russell | 5 Oct 2016

UK retail giant Tesco says it made "strong progress" in its first half as sales rose but earnings tumbled.

Michelle Russell | 23 Jun 2016

UK retail giant Tesco has booked an increase in group sales in the first quarter, and offered an optimistic outlook thanks to ongoing efforts to rebuild profitability.

Michelle Russell | 24 May 2016

Six international brands and retailers including Tesco, Esprit, KappAhl and New Look have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.

Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 2016

Tesco said it made significant progress last year as it reported a return to profit and its best quarterly sales growth for three years, but expressed caution on its ability to grow earnings in the coming year. 

Leonie Barrie | 19 Feb 2016

UK-based retailer Tesco has become the first supermarket to commit to the CoppaFeel! #brahijack campaign, by putting potentially life-saving labels into its bras.

With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 

Katie Smith | 21 Dec 2015

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 

Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2015

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2015

Tesco's deal with Arcadia to sell some of the apparel group's largest brands in its supermarkets is a style of collaboration we are increasingly seeing more of as retailers secure a ready-made customer base and guaranteed footfall.

Leonie Barrie | 27 Oct 2014

Speculation emerged last week that a group of investors is planning to bid for Adidas Group's Reebok unit, and that a likely sale would enable the German sportswear giant to realign its strategy as a fitness and lifestyle brand.

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