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Partnerships key to bringing back UK manufacturing Petah Marian | 13 Apr 12

Recent talk about high street brands and retailers shifting some of their manufacturing back to the UK requires long-term collaboration with local factories. Petah Marian looks at one such partnership.

Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 13 Apr 12

Top stories on just-style last week included the numbers of retailers collapsing into administration increased by 15%, JCPenney cutting 600 jobs at its headquarters and 48 apparel brands and retailers have been accused of purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.

US: Cherokee Q4 profit rises despite sales fall Petah Marian | 13 Apr 12

Brand management company Cherokee has seen its fourth-quarter and full-year sales fall following declines in the sale of Cherokee branded products at Tesco and the non-renewal of its Norma Kamali license with Wal-Mart.

CHINA: Global brands hit by new claims of textile pollution Petah Marian | 11 Apr 12

Some 48 apparel brands and retailers including H&M, Nike, Wal-Mart, Levi's, Adidas, Gap and Marks & Spencer have been accused of purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.

Walmart works to empower women factory workers Petah Marian | 10 Apr 12

US retail giant Wal-Mart has launched a special training programme for more than 60,000 female workers at 150 of its supplier factories in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America. As part of the Women in Factories initiative, the retailer also expects to boost product quality and lower prices - as ethical sourcing director Stella Bray, and senior manager of ethical sourcing Meredith Menhennett, tell Petah Marian.

Top stories on just-style last week... Katie Smith | 10 Apr 12

Top stories on just-style last week included H&M unveiling the name of its new chain, Wal-Mart revealing details of its Women in Factories programme, and PVH being included among companies receiving top marks in a child labour risk report.

US: Wal-Mart launches Women in Factories programme Petah Marian | 5 Apr 12

US retail giant Wal-Mart today (5 March) revealed details of a new five-year initiative aimed at empowering 60,000 women working at its supplier factories in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America - which should also lead to higher quality products and lower prices.

ISRAEL: Tefron swings to Q4 profit Katie Smith | 30 Mar 12

Seamless apparel specialist Tefron has today (30 March) posted a profit in its fourth-quarter, on the back of increased sales.

Comment: Strategies for success (Part III) - the retailer's road to failure David Birnbaum | 23 Mar 12

In the third of a series of articles looking at strategies to succeed in a period of industry decline, David Birnbaum looks at the reasons why so many fashion brands and retailers are doomed to fail.

HONG KONG: Li & Fung delivers 24% hike in full-year earnings Leonie Barrie | 22 Mar 12

Li & Fung Limited, the world's largest supplier of apparel and consumer goods, today (22 March) booked a 24% hike in full-year profit thanks to the expansion of its sourcing network and growth in its Asia business.

UK: George acquires Turkish supplier GAAT Petah Marian | 6 Mar 12

Asda's George fashion brand is to acquire the sourcing arm of its Turkish supplier GAAT, in a move that will enable it to continue to develop its world class supply operation, the retailer said.

US: Wal-Mart Q4 profit slides but US comps rise Petah Marian | 21 Feb 12

Discount retail giant Wal-Mart has seen its fourth-quarter earnings fall 14.7%, but recorded its second consecutive rise in US quarterly same-store sales.

CHINA: Wal-Mart ups stake in e-commerce firm Yihaodian Katy Askew | 20 Feb 12

Wal-Mart Stores has increased its investment in Chinese online retailer Yihaodian to take a controlling stake in the company.

Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 17 Feb 12

The most popular stories on just-style this week included a feature on Bangladesh's fall in garment sales, the importance of mobile technology and JC Penney and Ralph Lauren ending their American Living line.

Wal-Mart's Foran faces challenges in China Dean Best | 15 Feb 12

Greg Foran, who moved from Woolworths Ltd to Wal-Mart last autumn, has been named as the US retail giant's new chief in China. As Dean Best writes, Foran is taking charge of one of Wal-Mart's most challenging businesses.

CANADA: Walmart to invest $750m in expanding operations Leonie Barrie | 7 Feb 12

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc is to invest more than CAD750m (US$753.8m) in expanding its Canadian operations as rival Target Corportation prepares for its move into the country next year.

CHINA: Ex-Woolworths exec to lead Walmart operations Richard Woodard | 7 Feb 12

Long-time Woolworths executive Greg Foran has been appointed as the new president and CEO of Walmart China, leading the retail giant’s expansion plans there.

just-style management briefing: Lessons learnt from the past for the future Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

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? Buyers and manufacturers need to build a deeper, long-term relationship our respondents said, as well as focusing on a sourcing portfolio that balances costs and risks.

Plassat to face French challenges at Carrefour Petah Marian | 31 Jan 12

After a tumultuous three years at the helm of the world's second-largest grocery retailer, Carrefour chairman and CEO Lars Olofsson is set to be replaced by Georges Plassat.

UK: Asda to take George to the Middle East Petah Marian | 25 Jan 12

Asda has agreed terms with two franchise partners to explore opportunities for its George clothing brand in the Middle East and the Channel Islands.

US: Wal-Mart shuffles executives Richard Woodard | 23 Jan 12

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has announced a series of changes to its executive team across its Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club businesses.

UK: Asda to invest GBP500m in stores, logistics Sam Webb | 23 Jan 12

UK supermarket chain Asda will create 5,000 jobs as part of a GBP500m (US$777m) investment in the business this year.

US: CBS exec Ashe to lead Wal-Mart e-commerce push Petah Marian | 17 Jan 12

Wal-Mart has announced that Neil Ashe has been appointed as CEO of the company's global e-commerce business.

VIETNAM: Korea's Hansae to build $30m apparel plant Ngo Tuan | 12 Jan 12

Hansae Vietnam Co Ltd, a subsidy of Korean apparel manufacturer Hansae, has begun construction of its third apparel plant in Vietnam at Tan Huong Industrial Zone in the southern province of Tien Giang.

just-style management briefing: Retail winners and losers in 2011 Keith Nuthall | 19 Dec 11

While some retailers continued to be vulnerable to cost-cutting, swingeing redundancies and store closures in 2011, others acted swiftly to respond to the changing economic circumstances, offering real value to their customers and embarking on ambitious international expansion.

US: Wal-Mart launches corruption probe Sam Webb | 12 Dec 11

Wal-Mart Stores has started a probe into bribery allegations in its operations outside the US after an internal investigation.

INDIA: FDI will benefit retail sector - Tesco CFO Dean Best | 8 Dec 11

More overseas investment would benefit India's retail sector, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee insisted today (8 December).

INDIA: New Delhi confirms suspension of retail reform Sam Webb | 7 Dec 11

India's ruling Congress Party has today (7 December) confirmed that plans to allow more foreign investment in the country's retail sector have been suspended.

INDIA: Retail reform "put on hold" Sam Webb | 5 Dec 11

India's government has reportedly put its controversial reform of the country's retail sector on hold.

BANGLADESH: Apparel conference tackles product safety Leonie Barrie | 2 Dec 11

Apparel industry stakeholders in Bangladesh had an opportunity earlier this week to learn about critical product safety, sustainability, chemical management, and social responsibility issues facing the global apparel and footwear industry.








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