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Where next for Walmart's 3D apparel design pilot?

For the uninitiated, 3D design and prototyping software is hailed as a disruptive technology with the potential to boost efficiency and prod...

Can robotics redefine apparel manufacturing?

As Wal-Mart ramps up its efforts to reshore more US clothing production, the recipient of a $2m grant from the retailer’s Innovation Fund ta...


Katie Smith | 4 Sep 2015

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more restrained when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, a shift in spending away from electronics, and a more optimistic consumer, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic for clothing retailers.


Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2015

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.


Leonie Barrie | 15 Jul 2015

Executives at US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores have admitted that reshoring apparel is “difficult, but not impossible” – with a new innovation fund set up to tackle the challenges of domestic textile and clothing production.


Leonie Barrie | 15 Jul 2015

Executives at US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores have admitted that reshoring apparel is “difficult, but not impossible” – with a new innovation fund set up to tackle the challenges of domestic textile and clothing production.

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Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

UK supermarket brand George at Asda is on a journey to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme. Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.


Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

UK supermarket brand George at Asda is on a journey to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme. Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.

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Michelle Russell | 1 Aug 2017

Retail giant Walmart has set out a roadmap to help tackle barriers to US manufacturing growth that it hopes will allow it – and others – to source more products domestically.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jul 2017

US retail giant Walmart and Chinese e-commerce company JD.com are strengthening their partnership in a move aimed at further integrating their platforms, supply chains and customer resources in China.


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. 


Michelle Russell | 19 Jun 2017

Walmart has inked an agreement to acquire online menswear retailer Bonobos in a deal worth US$310m as part of a broader strategy being undertaken by the US retail giant to beef up its e-commerce footprint against Amazon.


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. 


Beth Wright | 21 Apr 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include a warning from Myanmar apparel makers that a ban on moving lorries through Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's clothing sector, the latest efforts by Amazon to embed itself deeper into the apparel industry, 12 start-ups chosen under a new global initiative to find more sustainable ways of producing fashion, and Walmart eyeing US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.


Beth Wright | 20 Apr 2017

As part of its commitment to sustainability US retail giant Walmart is inviting suppliers to join a new platform, designed to help guide companies on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and supply chains.


Beth Wright | 18 Apr 2017

As part of its continued bid to beef up its e-commerce strategy, US retail giant Walmart is understood to be preparing to snap up US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.


Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 2017

The death of the department store, the exaggerated rise of Amazon as an apparel retailer power, and the threat of European fast-fashion specialists to US retail are among a number of misconceptions currently bedevilling the retail  industry, a new report explains.


Beth Wright | 28 Mar 2017

US outdoor sporting goods retailer Sportsman's Warehouse has tapped former Walmart executive, Jon Barker, as president and chief operating officer, assuming responsibility for the company's supply chain.


Beth Wright | 24 Mar 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at what the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership might mean for the US and EU textile and apparel industries, updates on the future fashion sourcing landscape from the Prime Source Forum conference in Hong Kong, and Walmart snapping up online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth.


Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2017

US retail giant Walmart is further beefing up its e-commerce strategy with the acquisition of women's online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth.


Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2017

Comparable store sales improved for UK supermarket group Asda in the fourth quarter, but parent company Walmart admits there is much work still to be done.


Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 2017

US retail giant Walmart is streamlining the process of how it gets in-store items – including apparel – to appear online, in a move that means suppliers will no longer need to deal with two separate buyers.


Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 2017

Walmart has acquired online outdoor apparel and gear retailer Moosejaw as the US retail giant works to close the gap on Amazon.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 2017

The Walmart Foundation is to provide US$3m in grants through its US Manufacturing Innovation Fund to six leading universities to help boost sustainability and innovation in domestic textile manufacturing.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 2017

US retail giant Walmart Stores is understood to be preparing to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs before the end of the month.


Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2017

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has promoted John Furner as chief executive of its Sam's Club division following the retirement of Rosalind Brewer.


Beth Wright | 5 Jan 2017

E-commerce start-up Jet.com has acquired online footwear, clothing and accessories retailer ShoeBuy through its parent company US retail behemoth Walmart, from InterActiveCorp (IAC) in a deal worth US$70m.


Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2017

Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.


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.

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Michelle Russell | 3 Aug 2017

US retail giant Walmart has topped a list of the fastest growing retailers thanks to its investment in ensuring it has the right balance between its online and brick and mortar operations.


Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.

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