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Leonie Barrie | 23 Sep 2015

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.


Katie Smith | 4 Sep 2015

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.


Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2015

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.


Leonie Barrie | 15 Jul 2015

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.

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Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

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.


Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

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.

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Beth Wright | 26 Jun 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp and UK supermarket group Tesco have joined Walmart in collecting data from suppliers to reduce environmental risk and cut carbon emissions in the supply chain.  


just-style | 25 Jun 2018

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH Corp saw revenues exceed guidance thanks to strength across the business, while Guess saw continued momentum in Europe and Asia push earnings and sales up in the three months ended 5 May. Dick's Sporting Goods raised its full-year outlook and Destination XL narrowed its net losses.


Beth Wright | 5 Jun 2018

Global private equity firm Advent International is to acquire a majority stake in Walmart Brazil in a move designed to strengthen the business and position it for long-term success.


Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 2018

Walmart, H&M and Gap Inc have all come under fire from a global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organisations that claim women who work in Asian factories making clothes for the companies are at daily risk of assault, sexual abuse and other harassment.


Beth Wright | 21 May 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp has named former Walmart sourcing executive, William Foudy Jr, as president of its global sourcing organisation.


just-style | 18 May 2018

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination Maternity narrowed its net loss, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.


Michelle Russell | 11 May 2018

Retail behemoth Walmart has its eye on growth in the Indian market with the acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce retail giant Flipkart Group, in a move that will allow it to support local supply chains.


Leonie Barrie | 4 Apr 2018

US retail giant Walmart plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its China supply chain by 50 million metric tons (MMT) by 2030.


Beth Wright | 27 Mar 2018

Women's online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth, which was acquired by Walmart last year, has named former Bonobo's finance chief Antonio Nieves as its new CEO.


Beth Wright | 1 Mar 2018

US retail giant Walmart has boosted its apparel offering by rolling out four new apparel private brands for women, men and its first child-centric line.


just-style | 6 Feb 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 15 Jan 2018

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.


Leonie Barrie | 1 Dec 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 14 Nov 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 5 Oct 2017

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.


just-style | 22 Sep 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 18 Aug 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 1 Aug 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jul 2017

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.


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. 


Michelle Russell | 19 Jun 2017

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.

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Michelle Russell | 3 Aug 2017

US retail giant Walmart has topped a list of the fastest growing retailers thanks to its investment in ensuring it has the right balance between its online and brick and mortar operations.


Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.

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