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Chico's taps former Wal-Mart executive to take helm  Katie Smith | 28 Oct 15

US women's wear retailer Chico's has tapped former Wal-Mart executive Shelley Broader as its new president and CEO. 

Apparel firms joint White House climate pledge Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 15

A number of apparel firms, including Nike and Levi Strauss & Co, have joined the White House pledge to address climate change and reduce their carbon footprints.

Wal-Mart to add supply chain capabilities as forecast cut Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 15

Wal-Mart has said it will add capabilities to its supply chain in a bid to be more efficient as the US retail giant cut its profit forecast for the next fiscal.

Cherokee signs Tony Hawk deal with Wal-Mart Canada Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 15

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a licensing deal with Wal-Mart Canada for its Tony Hawk signature apparel, accessories and footwear skater brand.

Wal-Mart and Sae-A join Free Zones of the Americas event Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 15

Executives from retail giant Wal-Mart and Sae-A Trading, one of the world’s largest apparel manufacturers, are among speakers taking part in next month’s Free Zones of the Americas Conference in Nicaragua.

Wal-Mart appoints Biggs to CFO role Michelle Russell | 12 Oct 15

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has appointed Brett Biggs as finance chief, to replace Charles Holley who is to retire.

Wal-Mart cuts 450 jobs to become more “nimble” Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 15

US retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores has cut around 450 jobs at its head office in Bentonville, Arkansas, in a bid to become more “nimble”.

US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee, Gymboree Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 25 Sep 15

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

Can robotics redefine the future of apparel manufacturing? Leonie Barrie | 23 Sep 15

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 talks about progress in developing systems to automate apparel-making.

What's in store for US apparel back-to-school sales? Katie Smith | 4 Sep 15

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.

Wal-Mart joins forces with Reshoring Initiative Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 15

Wal-Mart has joined forces with The Reshoring Initiative as part of ongoing plans to boost domestic manufacturing by buying an extra US$50bn in US-made products over the next ten years.

Sourcing in East Africa: Collaboration key to success Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 15

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.








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