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The Flanarant: Fast facilitation is key for garment trade Mike Flanagan | 18 Dec 13

Trade Facilitation is the new industry buzzword, but can anyone get excited about it? asks Mike Flanagan. They should, he says, highlighting here the potential of the WTO's Bali Package to enhance clothing supply chains. He also urges the industry to push for fast implementation, noting that garment workers would be the biggest beneficiaries.

INDIA: Jobs axed as Wal-Mart goes solo Dean Best | 17 Dec 13

Wal-Mart has admitted some jobs will be lost from its business in India as the US retail giant plots its growth in the market alone.

INDIA: Wal-Mart promotes Iyer to head up India unit Michelle Russell | 13 Dec 13

Wal-Mart International senior vice president, Krish Iyer, has been promoted to the role of chief executive for the US retail giant's India operations.

BANGLADESH: Alliance for Worker Safety opens Dhaka office Katie Smith | 11 Dec 13

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has opened an office in Dhaka, giving it a local presence from which to focus its efforts on improving fire and structural safety in the country's garment factories.

GLOBAL: Cheesewright to head Wal-Mart international arm Dean Best | 10 Dec 13

David Cheesewright, the head of Wal-Mart's operations in EMEA and Canada, is to be promoted to lead all of the retail giant's businesses outside the US.

US apparel production growth gives mixed message Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 13

Apparel production in the US was up in the third quarter for the first time in many years - indicating sustained economic recovery but also suggesting efforts to grow domestic manufacturing may be starting to take hold.

US: Wal-Mart international chief McMillon set for top job Dean Best | 25 Nov 13

Doug McMillon, the chief executive of Wal-Mart's operations outside the US, is to become the CEO of the world's largest retailer, it said today (25 November).

BANGLADESH: Campaigners fight on for Tazreen families Richard Woodard | 22 Nov 13

Campaign groups and unions are renewing calls for meaningful compensation for victims of the Tazreen Fashions factory fire – almost one year after the blaze killed at least 112 people.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 22 Nov 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include initial results of safety inspections at Wal-Mart's supplier factories in Bangladesh, a survey of Burma's labour force that could pave the way for a Decent Work Scheme, and a slowdown in US apparel imports from Bangladesh.

BANGLADESH: Wal-Mart audits find factory safety issues Leonie Barrie | 18 Nov 13

Initial results of inspections at Bangladeshi factories supplying garments to retail giant Wal-Mart Stores found that more than 30 posed a safety risk - but most have since made improvements.

UK: Asda third-quarter sales growth slows Katie Smith | 15 Nov 13

UK retailer Asda saw its third-quarter sales growth slow, but the business is looking to improve its clothing offer in store as part of a wider investment, according to one analyst.

US: Wal-Mart sees mixed Q3, improvement in apparel sales Michelle Russell | 14 Nov 13

Wal-Mart has booked mixed third-quarter results, with a drop in comparable US sales, increased group profits and an "improvement" in domestic apparel sales.

INDIA: Apparel exports increase 13% in H1 Katie Smith | 12 Nov 13

Indian apparel exports grew almost 13% during the six months from April to October, according to figures released this week.

CHINA: Wal-Mart reiterates plans to expand in China Dean Best | 25 Oct 13

Wal-Mart Stores has outlined plans to open stores and distribution centres in China over the next three years - after saying last week some existing outlets in the country would close.

BANGLADESH: Alliance approves fire and building safety standards Leonie Barrie | 23 Oct 13

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's garment factories has agreed the standards against which facilities will be assessed, and established a committee of third-party experts to help with implementation.

BANGLADESH: North American Alliance releases factory details Leonie Barrie | 18 Oct 13

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's garment factories has publicly released details of more than 620 factories used to supply its clothes.

Wal-Mart brings investment focus home Katy Askew | 17 Oct 13

Wal-Mart Stores outlined its strategy for the coming fiscal year at its annual investment community meeting yesterday (16 October). The world's largest retailer raised its capital expenditure forecast in the US while scaling back its international investment plans. Significantly, the company said it would close under performing store in Brazil and China and reduce store openings in Mexico and India - possibly reflecting concerns over the growth outlook in emerging markets. Katy Askew reports.

US: Wal-Mart boss outlines strategic objectives Richard Woodard | 16 Oct 13

Increasing comparable store sales in the US, improving international returns and reducing expenses are the key strategic objectives for retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, investors have been told.

US: Former Wal-Mart executive to lead Crocs Americas Katie Smith | 16 Oct 13

Footwear specialist Crocs has appointed former Wal-Mart Stores executive Greg Sullivan as its new general manager for the Americas region.

BANGLADESH: Garment exports soar 24% in Q1 Siddique Islam | 14 Oct 13

Bangladesh's ready-made garment exports are continuing to soar, rising by more than 24% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year despite on-going labour unrest, political turmoil and factory safety issues.

INDIA: Wal-Mart and Bharti to go it alone in India Katie Smith | 9 Oct 13

Wal-Mart Stores is to buy out Indian venture partner Bharti Enterprises, ending the speculation over the future of the business.

US: Wal-Mart eyes online growth with new warehouses Leonie Barrie | 1 Oct 13

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is racing to expand its e-commerce business with two new large-scale warehouses dedicated to fulfilling online orders and speeding up shipments.

Gildan Activewear forges ahead with expansion Leonie Barrie | 18 Sep 13

Facing up to capacity constraint issues that have been weighing on sales and the availability of certain products, apparel maker Gildan Activewear is forging ahead with its expansion plans.

US: Boot maker to open first US manufacturing facility Richard Woodard | 18 Sep 13

Sourcing group Merchant House International is moving production of a footwear line from China to the US in response to increased demand from domestic retail customers.

Spotlight on...Bangladesh safety groups to collaborate on standards Petah Marian | 13 Sep 13

Concerns that three separate initiatives underway to boost the safety of factory workers in Bangladesh would lead to multiple audits and unnecessary bureaucracy for factories are beginning to be assuaged. The groups involved are now beginning to look at ways of reaching common standards, as Petah Marian reports.

Spotlight on...Wal-Mart looks to boost made in America Petah Marian | 23 Aug 13

"America is open for business," was US secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's rallying cry at Wal-Mart's US Manufacturing Summit yesterday (22 August).

Bangladesh: The catalyst for change in the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 22 Aug 13

Far from marking the beginning of the end for Bangladesh's garment export sector, recent tragedies have set the industry on a course that could see it evolve into a world-class player, executives have told just style. And more than that, the changes underway could also redefine the apparel supply chain of the future.

US: Bangladesh safety alliance names chair as talks begin Petah Marian | 20 Aug 13

The group of leading retailers and brands who make up the North American Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has named Ellen O'Kane Tauscher as the independent chair of its board of directors.

US: Wal-Mart to host US manufacturing summit Petah Marian | 20 Aug 13

Wal-Mart is set to build on its commitment to buy more American goods, with plans to convene a US manufacturing summit on Thursday (22 August).

UK: "Tough" market slows Asda's like-for-like sales Michelle Russell | 16 Aug 13

Asda saw its like-for-like sales growth slow in the second quarter in what the UK retailer said was a "tough" market.








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