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Wal-Mart eyes China growth with Yihaodian buy Michelle Russell | 24 Jul 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has taken full ownership of its Chinese e-commerce business Yihaodian, as part of its long-term plans to grow its China business.


Wal-Mart expands north China distribution Leonie Barrie | 17 Jul 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart has opened four new logistics warehouses in Tianjin in northern China as it works to improve its distribution network in the country.


Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 17 Jul 15

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the textile investments flowing into Vietnam in anticipation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the complexity of sustainability in the polyester production process, and the impact of transparency on compliance in Cambodia's garment sector.


Wal-Mart: Reshoring apparel "difficult not impossible" Leonie Barrie | 15 Jul 15

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.


Wal-Mart: Reshoring apparel "difficult not impossible" Leonie Barrie | 15 Jul 15

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.


Wal-Mart taps into product content from suppliers Leonie Barrie | 2 Jul 15

Wal-Mart is tackling the problem of inconsistencies and inaccuracies in online product information by asking all suppliers and manufacturers to share their complete product catalogues with the retailer.


Wal-Mart Asia accused of garment worker abuses Michelle Russell | 17 Jun 15

Garment workers in Wal-Mart's Asia supply chain are being subjected to serious labour violations and abuse, a report has claimed.


Apparel bright spot in Wal-Mart Q1 Michelle Russell | 19 May 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart has posted first-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations but achieved a double-digit comp performance in women and children’s wear.


Wal-Mart Canada takes on former Target stores Katie Smith | 12 May 15

Wal-Mart Stores is to acquire 12 stores and one distribution centre previously operated by Target Canada as the US retail giant looks to invest CAD$350m (US$289.7m) in the country.


Campaigners call for Rana Plaza fund completion Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 15

Campaigners are calling on fashion brands and retailers to pledge the final US$2.7m needed to hit the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund target.


Wal-Mart silent on Rana Plaza lawsuit Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 15

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is remaining silent on a class action launched against it in the US by victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.


Wal-Mart outlines China investments Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart has reaffirmed its commitment to growing its business in China with plans to open 115 stores in the country over the next two years.


Wal-Mart simplifies management structure Michelle Russell | 21 Apr 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart is simplifying its operational structure through the removal of a layer of in-store management.


Wal-Mart eyes lower prices, products and Primark Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 15

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has set out some of its plans to improve sales and market share, including more competitive apparel prices, better assortments, and “systematic” sourcing – and says it welcomes the US arrival of Primark later this year.


Asda Q4 sales fall as market slows Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 15

Asda has revealed a decline in revenues in a quarter in which the retailer said the market slowed significantly.


Wal-Mart reports strong Q4 apparel sales Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart reported strong sales in apparel in its fourth-quarter and has estimated full-year earnings above analyst expectations.


INTERVIEW: George at Asda on responsible retail journey Katie Smith | 20 Jan 15

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.


INTERVIEW: George at Asda on responsible retail journey Katie Smith | 20 Jan 15

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.


Target's Canada exit seen as "a positive" Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 15

The decision by US-based retailer Target Corporation to shut down its Canadian stores has been welcomed by an analyst who says the "exit is a positive."


US holiday apparel sales “up 1-3%” Richard Woodard | 6 Jan 15

Holiday apparel sales increased by as little as 1% in the US, with higher online spending offsetting continued weakness at bricks and mortar stores.


Bangladesh: The road ahead on remediation Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 14

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.


Bangladesh: The road ahead on remediation Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 14

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.


Wal-Mart promotes McKenna in management re-shuffle Michelle Russell | 11 Dec 14

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has made a number of management changes including the promotion of Judith McKenna to chief operating officer for the group's US division.


Wal-Mart promotes McKenna in management re-shuffle Michelle Russell | 11 Dec 14

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has made a number of management changes including the promotion of Judith McKenna to chief operating officer for the group's US division.


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.


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.


US apparel retailers' November 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 5 Dec 14

Early Black Friday promotions, falling fuel prices, and labour market improvements all helped the majority of US apparel retailers to record better-than-expected comparable store sales growth in November.


US apparel retailers' November 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 5 Dec 14

Early Black Friday promotions, falling fuel prices, and labour market improvements all helped the majority of US apparel retailers to record better-than-expected comparable store sales growth in November.


Perry Ellis and Delta Galil sign licensing deal Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 14

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has entered into a licensing deal with Delta Galil Industries for the design and distribution of its Ben Hogan socks.


US textile and apparel trade and sourcing snapshot Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 14

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, retailers continued to diversify their supply chains, and Asia continues to dominate imports into the US.

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