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Zalando hikes FY outlook on standout Q1 6 May 2021

Beth Wright

German fashion e-tailer Zalando has upgraded its outlook for the financial year 2021 following what it called exceptionally strong and profitable growth in the first quarter, continued elevated growth levels in the second quarter, and a stable outlook for the second half of the year. 

Nogin acquires ModCloth from Go Global Retail 6 May 2021

Beth Wright

Nogin, a specialist in outsourced e-commerce for major fashion and consumer product companies, has acquired women's clothing company and online retailer ModCloth for an undisclosed sum from brand investment platform Go Global Retail.

Next ups central profit guidance on Q1 sales beat 6 May 2021

Michelle Russell

UK clothing and homeware retailer Next Plc has upped its central profit guidance for the year after reporting first-quarter sales that beat guidance.

Eurofins partners with BeVeg on vegan verification 7 May 2021

Michelle Russell

Vegan verification services provider Eurofins Chem-Map has been approved with US-based company BeVeg as a robust way of verifying products, materials and chemicals as vegan.

Casualwear supports Hugo Boss as European lockdowns disrupt trade 6 May 2021

GlobalData Retail

Hugo Boss experienced a continued sales decline during Q1 FY2021, with revenue falling by EUR58m to EUR497m (US$599m), despite being up against weak comparatives last year, when most markets were approaching the initial peak of the virus.

Call for policy consistency ahead of EU Industry Strategy review 5 May 2021

Hannah Abdulla

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) says it welcomes the upcoming revision of the EU Industry Strategy but is urging consistency across EU policies as it grows increasingly concerned textile and apparel companies are facing significant challenges related to over-regulation and raising energy and supply costs.

Gap Inc to offload Intermix in latest Power Plan 2023 move 5 May 2021

Hannah Abdulla

US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has struck a deal to sell Intermix to private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners in another move under its Power Plan 2023, which sees the group focus on its core portfolio.

Avery Dennison sets 2050 net-zero ambition 7 May 2021

Beth Wright

Avery Dennison has announced its ambition to be net-zero on greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 alongside a series of new sustainability goals for 2030.

Debenhams prepares to close all doors for final time 5 May 2021

Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer Debenhams says all its remaining stores will permanently close on either 12 or 15 May.

France to invest EUR68.5m in Ivory Coast cotton sector 5 May 2021

Hannah Abdulla

France is investing EUR68.5m (US$83.05m) over the next five years to boost cotton production in the Ivory Coast, according to reports.

Boohoo in FY beat as sales soar to GBP1.7bn 5 May 2021

Beth Wright

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group saw sales soar by more than 40% for the full year, surpassing its guidance for the period, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

US apparel imports from China soar 174% in March 5 May 2021

Michelle Russell

US apparel imports continued to surge in March as retailers worked to meet increased consumer demand fuelled by federal stimulus cheques and money saved by staying home for the best part of a year. Import data is also skewed by comparisons with last March, when the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold. China recorded by far the largest year-on-year growth, with apparel shipments to the US almost tripling.

Vietnam and India pulling buyers away from China 5 May 2021

Michelle Russell

Vietnam is continuing to pull US buyers away from China, a new report has found, with India also a top favourite as companies increasingly look for alternative sourcing locations.

Lenzing invests EUR200m to reduce emissions in China, Indonesia 6 May 2021

Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is investing more than EUR200m (US$240m) to produce more environmentally-friendly speciality fibres at its production sites in China and Indonesia.

Apparel Impact Institute targets Italy for supply chain programme 6 May 2021

Michelle Russell

The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), an environmental accelerator for the apparel and footwear industries, has partnered with Italian non-profit Legambiente to implement its programme to accelerate and realise positive environmental impacts in Italy’s supply chain.

M&S bolsters tech team to push omnichannel growth 5 May 2021

Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer is creating 85 new roles to help drive omnichannel growth as part of its newly formed MS2 division under which the retailer is setting itself up to serve shoppers best digitally in the future, including reflecting the shift to online shopping driven by the pandemic.

Lindex launches water project for Bangladesh garment workers 5 May 2021

Beth Wright

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has launched a joint project in Bangladesh to increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation and improved hygiene in communities where textile workers live.

US economy could see fastest growth since 1980s 6 May 2021

Beth Wright

With more businesses reopening and bringing employees back to work, the US economy is on firm footing and could see its fastest growth in more than three decades.

Trade disputes likely to impact global cotton prices 5 May 2021

Beth Wright

Global cotton prices might be influenced by more than traditional market fundamentals in the 2020/21 season, as trade disputes among major players continue and US restrictions on cotton from Xinjiang could put stress on global supply chains and their lack of transparency.

3D printing paves way for bio-garments made from algae 4 May 2021

Leonie Barrie

Researchers have used 3D printing to create a novel, environmentally-friendly material made of algae that has applications for products including photosynthetic bio-garments that could help tackle climate change.

Brands urged to sign binding Bangladesh safety agreement 5 May 2021

Michelle Russell

The witness signatories to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety say remaining safety hazards in Bangladeshi factories show that apparel brands must not abandon a binding safety programme.

Asos to explore on-demand textile production with Kornit 4 May 2021

Beth Wright

Online fashion retailer Asos and its supplier Fashion-Enter Ltd are partnering with digital printing firm Kornit Digital to explore the future opportunities presented by on-demand manufacturing.

L Catterton seals Birkenstock deal 4 May 2021

Hannah Abdulla

Private equity firm L Catterton and Financière Agache have completed their acquisition of German footwear brand Birkenstock.

MySize launches instant in-app sizing recommendations 4 May 2021

Michelle Russell

E-commerce measurement solutions firm MySize has launched an application with added direct-to-retailer sizing.

Tesco rolls out finance scheme for green suppliers 4 May 2021

Hannah Abdulla

Tesco is rolling out an initiative that will see its supply base offered sustainability-linked supply chain finance, in a move the UK supermarket retailer hopes will encourage more suppliers to sign up to science-based emissions reduction targets.

US textile industry calls for post-pandemic support 4 May 2021

Michelle Russell

The US textile industry says it has demonstrated enormous resiliency and value to the economy during the pandemic, but that lessons need to be learned and the government needs to support the sector going forward if it is to exit the current crisis stronger and more agile.

VF Corp deepens engagement with Better Work 4 May 2021

Beth Wright

VF Corporation is advancing its engagement with Better Work by strengthening its partnership status to Global Partner as part of its ongoing commitment to human rights and improving worker well-being throughout its global supply chain.

Top stories on just-style in April... 4 May 2021

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in April include interviews with Carol Shu, senior manager of global sustainability at The North Face, and Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), in addition to a look at trade trends in the world's three largest apparel exporters – China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. Elsewhere, we explore why sustainability must drive the fashion industry's Covid reset, the impact of the Ever Given blockage of the Suez Canal, and what's next for the Bangladesh Accord and garment worker safety.

Delta Galil boosts efficiencies with PLM 4 May 2021

Beth Wright

Multinational apparel manufacturer Delta Galil has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to boost product development efficiency.

WTO launches database to calculate trade costs 4 May 2021

Michelle Russell

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has launched a database that details the impact of regulatory barriers and other factors on costs to trade.






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