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just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 12 Apr 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include a report on efforts by retailers, brands and suppliers to solve sustainability issues, Ron Johnson stepping down as CEO of JC Penney, and the apparel industry being urged to collaborate when managing chemicals in the supply chain.


BANGLADESH: Wal-Mart to fund academy to improve fire safety Petah Marian | 10 Apr 13

Wal-Mart is set to donate US$1.6m to set up a training academy to help improve fire safety in Bangladesh.


Apparel software trends: Supply chain challenges Leonie Barrie | 2 Apr 13

Social and environmental compliance are the main issues facing today's apparel supply chains, according to industry experts consulted by just-style. The continued shift towards faster and faster fashion cycles, along with pressure on retailers to adapt to an omni-channel experience, are also throwing up challenges when it comes to flexibility in global sourcing.


UK: George to launch graduate fashion line Petah Marian | 26 Mar 13

George at Asda is set to launch a new label called G21 Talent, a line of limited edition, catwalk inspired collections created by designers from Graduate Fashion Week.


HONG KONG: Restructuring costs weigh on Li & Fung FY profit Leonie Barrie | 21 Mar 13

Global sourcing giant Li & Fung Ltd has seen its full-year profit slump despite a slight rise in turnover, blaming ongoing restructuring costs and weakness in its distribution business.


CAMBODIA: Suppliers to pay workers at shuttered factory Petah Marian | 4 Mar 13

Workers at a shuttered apparel factory in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh are set to receive some US$200,000 worth of unpaid wages and benefits after the factory closed unexpectedly.


In the money: Wal-Mart apparel turnaround efforts gain traction Katie Smith | 22 Feb 13

Wal-Mart has revealed that its efforts to turn around its apparel business is starting to gain traction after reporting its first full-year of positive comparable apparel sales in the US in seven years.


George at Asda remains committed to Bangladesh Petah Marian | 21 Feb 13

The UK-based George at Asda clothing brand remains committed to sourcing in Bangladesh, even though at least 112 workers were killed in a factory fire last year while illegally subcontracted to produce clothing for parent company Wal-Mart.


Outlook 2013: Other issues to watch Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Generally, 2013 is seen as being another challenging year for the apparel industry – although there is cautious optimism for an improved business environment. Issues such as compliance, sustainability and product safety are likely to come to the fore, and keep a close eye on trade talks to expand duty-free opportunities such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


Outlook 2013: Apparel industry opportunities Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Opportunities the apparel industry should focus on this year include developing strategic relationships to improve flexibility across the supply chain; a focus on adding value through design, innovation and branding to protect margins; and the use of technology to integrate the multichannel experience.


Outlook 2013: Lessons that should have been learnt Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

What should apparel firms have learnt from the upheaval of the past couple of years - and what should they be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? They need to remain nimble enough to respond to changing buying patterns, develop strong partnerships across the supply chain, and focus on a sourcing portfolio that balances costs and risks.


Outlook 2013: Apparel industry challenges Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Uncertainty is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the apparel industry in 2013. The economic situation in Europe and the US, a combination of rising production costs and flat prices, the pressure to improve working conditions, a lack of new production centres and low volume growth in fashion all add up to a worrying year.


The Flanarant: Compliance campaigns set to take a new direction Mike Flanagan | 1 Feb 13

Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. Mike Flanagan looks at what the Bangladesh factory fire row tells us about the future of compliance.


MEXICO: Alvanon launches fit mannequins for Mexico Petah Marian | 1 Feb 13

Fit company Alvanon is set to launch standard AlvaForm fit mannequins for the Mexican market next week, based on its analysis of the recent Size Mexico body scan campaign.


BANGLADESH: Buyers urged to commit to worker safety Leonie Barrie | 28 Jan 13

Labour rights groups have stepped up their calls for retailers and brands buying apparel from Bangladesh to take steps to ensure the safety of workers making their clothes.


Wal-Mart's new supplier guidelines Petah Marian | 25 Jan 13

In the wake of the Tazreen Fashion factory fire in Bangladesh at the end of November, where more than 111 workers lost their lives, Wal-Mart has announced a series of new rules for its suppliers. Clothing for the US-based retailer was being manufactured at the site, without its authorisation, and its new guidelines are aimed at improving safety standards. Details are outlined below.


Wal-Mart's new sourcing guidelines get tepid reception Petah Marian | 25 Jan 13

Updated sourcing guidelines released this week by Wal-Mart have received a tepid reception at best, with industry watchers warning they are sceptical as to whether the new rules will be fully enforced.


KENYA: Apparel maker United Aryan selects WFX ERP Leonie Barrie | 24 Jan 13

Kenya-based clothing manufacturing giant United Aryan (UAL) has selected the WFX Cloud ERP software for its African production facilities.


US: Wal-Mart “zero tolerance” policy after Tazreen fire Richard Woodard | 23 Jan 13

Retail giant Wal-Mart is to enforce a “zero tolerance” policy on unauthorised sub-contracting with suppliers, in a bid to improve safety standards following the Tazreen fire.


CANADA: Wal-Mart to invest in Canada expansion Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 13

Retail giant Wal-Mart has revealed expansion plans for its Canada division that will see it invest US$450m in supercentre and distribution facility projects.


CANADA: Wal-Mart to invest in Canada expansion Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 13

Retail giant Wal-Mart has revealed expansion plans for its Canada division that will see it invest US$450m in supercentre and distribution facility projects.


US: Walmart to boost US apparel sourcing Katie Smith | 17 Jan 13

Retail giant Walmart has pledged to increase the amount of apparel it sources from the US, in a bid to help onshore production.


US: Walmart to boost US apparel sourcing Katie Smith | 17 Jan 13

Retail giant Walmart has pledged to increase the amount of apparel it sources from the US, in a bid to help onshore production.


BANGLADESH: Woven garment exports up 12% in H1 Siddique Islam | 15 Jan 13

Bangladesh's woven garment exports grew by nearly 12% in the first half of the current fiscal year, helped by a shift in orders from China, exporters said.


Top ten comment articles on just-style in 2012... Katie Smith | 21 Dec 12

Among the most-read comment articles on just-style this year were a look at China's competitiveness and the sourcing potential of Bangladesh and Burma, as well as the challenges facing retailers including Gap, Marks & Spencer, and Wal-Mart.


US: Lawmakers urge action following Bangladesh fire Siddique Islam | 13 Dec 12

A group of US lawmakers is calling on President Barack Obama to take action in the wake of the recent fire in Bangladesh to ensure that clothing imported into the US - particularly products for the military - is made in factories that protect their workforce.


BANGLADESH: Wal-Mart admits goods made at fire factory Petah Marian | 27 Nov 12

The garment factory in Bangladesh where a fire at the weekend killed at least 111 people and injured another 100 had been making clothing for Wal-Mart without its knowledge, the world's largest retailer confirmed today (27 November).


US: Shoppers out in record numbers for Black Friday weekend Petah Marian | 26 Nov 12

A record 247m shoppers visited US stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 226m last year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).


INDIA: Bharti Wal-Mart suspends CFO amid bribery probe Michelle Russell | 23 Nov 12

Bharti Wal-Mart has suspended a number of its employees, one of whom is understood to be its CFO, while it investigates alleged violations of US anti-bribery laws.


INDIA: Bharti Wal-Mart suspends CFO amid bribery probe Michelle Russell | 23 Nov 12

Bharti Wal-Mart has suspended a number of its employees, one of whom is understood to be its CFO, while it investigates alleged violations of US anti-bribery laws.

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