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12 of the world's most innovative fashion companies Leonie Barrie | 26 Feb 18

Six apparel retailers have made it onto Fast Company’s annual ranking of the world's Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, while another six clothing specialists are seen as pioneers in the ‘Style’ category.

US Q3 in brief – Deckers Brands, Boot Barn Holdings just-style | 6 Feb 18

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.

Walmart to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs? Michelle Russell | 15 Jan 18

US retail giant Walmart is understood to be cutting around 1,000 corporate jobs by the end of the month amid a shake-up of its workforce and just days after announcing the closure of some Sam’s Club stores.

Cambodian garment makers urge buyers for support Leonie Barrie | 1 Dec 17

Cambodian garment makers have today (1 December) urged international buyers to continue sourcing from the country amid fears the European Union (EU) may withdraw preferential trade terms in protest at a government crackdown on the main opposition party.

Walmart joins responsible cotton initiative Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 17

US retail giant Walmart has joined more than 480 companies from across the global supply chain who have signed up to the Cotton Leads programme, which supports responsible production practices by cotton growers in the US and Australia.

Walmart to launch Lord & Taylor flagship online store Beth Wright | 14 Nov 17

As part of its plans to deliver luxury fashion, US retail giant Walmart is to launch a dedicated online Lord & Taylor flagship store next year, offering premium fashion brands to its customers.

Walmart acquires Parcel to leverage local delivery Beth Wright | 5 Oct 17

US retail giant Walmart is further beefing up its e-commerce strategy with the acquisition of Parcel, a technology-based, same-day and last-mile delivery company based in New York.

US Q2 in brief – Finish Line, Zumiez, Tailored Brands, Vince Holding just-style | 22 Sep 17

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH upped its full-year guidance based on strong second-quarter results, while Guess saw its results boosted by solid growth in both Europe and Asia. Oxford Industries, meanwhile, saw mixed results as earnings fell but sales edged up.

Easter contributes to 3.9% Asda Q2 sales growth Beth Wright | 18 Aug 17

UK supermarket group Asda has acknowledged it must continue to up its game despite reporting its first positive quarterly sales for the first time in three years.

Walmart sets out roadmap to boost US manufacturing Michelle Russell | 1 Aug 17

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.

Walmart and JD.com further integrate supply chains Michelle Russell | 26 Jul 17

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.

US Q1 in brief – Cherokee, The Finish Line, J Crew Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 10 Jul 17

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. 

Walmart snaps up Bonobos in e-commerce push Michelle Russell | 19 Jun 17

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.

US Q4 in brief – Cherokee, Vince Holding, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 15 May 17

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. 

Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 21 Apr 17

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.

Walmart project to slash supply chain emissions Beth Wright | 20 Apr 17

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.

Walmart to acquire Bonobos for US$300m? Beth Wright | 18 Apr 17

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.

US apparel retail shifts reveal misconceptions Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 17

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.

Sportsman's Warehouse taps Walmart exec as COO Beth Wright | 28 Mar 17

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.

Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 24 Mar 17

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.

Walmart snaps up online fashion firm ModCloth Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 17

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

Marks & Spencer tops human rights benchmark Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 17

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.

Asda says "work needed" despite sales improvement Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 17

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.

Walmart streamlines online procurement process Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 17

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.

Walmart snaps up online outdoor giant Moosejaw Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 17

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

Walmart Foundation grants $3m to support US textiles Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 17

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.

Walmart preparing to make 1,000 job cuts? Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 17

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

Wal-Mart promotes Furner to Sam's Club CEO Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 17

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.

Walmart's Jet acquires ShoeBuy in $70m deal Beth Wright | 5 Jan 17

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.

Brands urged to tackle child slavery in India spinning mills Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 17

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.





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