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Top 20 analysis stories on just-style in 2015... Katie Smith | 21 Dec 15

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. 

Tesco's F&F joins ZDHC as new board formed Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 15

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.

UK apparel retail sales growth beats 5-year average Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 15

UK apparel retail sales grew 2.4% in the 24 weeks ended 2 August, above the five-year average, estimates have shown.

Sourcing in East Africa: Collaboration key to success Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 15

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 ahead won't be an easy one.

Tesco Q1 sales beat expectations Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 15

UK retail giant Tesco has booked a decline in first-quarter sales that was less than it had predicted and that beat analyst expectations.

Sourcing in Africa: Foreign investment flows in Matthew Newsome | 5 May 15

With its cheaper labour and resources, East Africa has already attracted foreign investment, particularly from Asia - as well as business from major international fashion brands and retailers.

Tesco swings to GBP6.38bn loss in “nightmare” year Michelle Russell | 22 Apr 15

UK retail giant Tesco has published what analysts have described as “a nightmare year” after it revealed a significant reduction in UK trading profit, the worst result in its 96-year history.

Tesco rolls out RFID for F&F clothing Katie Smith | 9 Apr 15

UK retailer Tesco is rolling out radio frequency identification (RFID) technology across its F&F clothing range in 550 UK stores, in a bid to improve in-store stock accuracy and product availability.

The Fit Factor: Tesco's F&F cuts costs and lead times with 3D fit Leonie Barrie | 10 Mar 15

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.

Tesco appoints Allan to chairman role Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 15

UK retail giant Tesco has appointed John Allan, chairman of the housebuilder Barratt Developments, as its new chairman.

Internet pureplays winning in UK apparel space Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 15

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.

Target names Tesco tech exec McNamara as CIO Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 15

Global technology and innovation executive Mike McNamara has left Tesco to join retail giant Target Corp as chief information officer.

Tesco store closures to hit 2,000 jobs Michelle Russell | 29 Jan 15

Retail behemoth Tesco has revealed the locations of the 43 unprofitable stores it is closing in the UK as part of CEO Dave Lewis's turnaround plan, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

Tesco launches online supplier platform Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 15

Tesco has launched an online network for its 5,000 global suppliers as it works to increase transparency and improve its relationship with trading partners and customers.

Outlook 2015: Challenges and opportunities Leonie Barrie | 15 Jan 15

One of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – facing the apparel industry in 2015 is how best to embrace the omni-channel retail model, improve the shopping experience, and respond with new supply chain solutions. The changing profile of consumers in Asia is also likely to impact consumption and production, while global compliance and factory safety will continue to be a focal point.

THE FLANARANT: Online apparel retailing: Amazon-ly unviable? Mike Flanagan | 12 Jan 15

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.

Union blasts Tesco for "boardroom failure" Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 15

Thousands of workers at UK retail giant Tesco should not be made to pay because of boardroom failure, a leading union has warned.

Tesco Q3 sales brighter as clothing surges Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 15

Retail giant Tesco posted better than expected Christmas trading results, boosted by a notable surge in online clothing sales.

Sainsbury’s Q3 sales dip despite clothing surge Richard Woodard | 7 Jan 15

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s recorded sales declines over the Christmas period, despite strong trading from the company’s clothing and general merchandise businesses.

Tesco remuneration committee head steps down Michelle Russell | 2 Jan 15

Beleaguered retail giant Tesco has revealed the head of its remuneration committee, Stuart Chambers, is to step down.

Tesco teams with union on UK garment supply chain Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 14

UK trade union Community has signed what it claims is a ground-breaking agreement with retail giant Tesco to improve conditions in its domestic apparel supply chain.

2014: Year in review - Retail winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 17 Dec 14

International expansion, strong online performance and ethical commitments helped lift some retailers during 2014, but merchandise misses, the closure of underperforming stores, and a profit overstatement weighed on others.

Lidl commits to hazardous chemical detox Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 14

Discount retailer Lidl has pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its textile production by 1 January, 2020 - a move that has been welcomed by environmental pressure group Greenpeace.

Cherokee Q3 earnings and sales climb Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 14

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has booked an increase in third-quarter earnings and sales, and says it is exploring expansion in Central Europe.

Tesco issues new profit warning Richard Woodard | 9 Dec 14

Beleaguered supermarket giant Tesco has issued another profit warning, sending shares in the company spiralling to new lows.

Mothercare appoints Smothers as finance chief Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 14

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has appointed Richard Smothers as its chief financial officer.

Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality Jozef De Coster | 5 Dec 14

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.

Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 5 Dec 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include M&S increasing the amount of Better Cotton it sources, Cache considering a third-party acquisition offer, and Tesco's management changes could help the retailer build a "a credible trading strategy".

Tesco exec changes will drive "credible strategy" Michelle Russell | 2 Dec 14

Tesco has revealed a raft of management changes - including two departures - that analysts believe will allow the UK retailer to now press on with building "a credible trading strategy".

Tesco F&F director Bolger steps down Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 14

Tesco's F&F global brand director, Anita Bolger, is to step down after a 14-year career with the UK retail giant.





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