Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the level of supply chain risk faced by European retail companies with international suppliers increased in the first quarter, accusations against NIKE and adidas for paying poverty wages to those making kit for the World Cup, and how e-commerce companies like Amazon are redefining global shipping.

Nike and Adidas accused of foul play on worker wages
Ahead of the FIFA World Cup football tournament that kicks off later this week, major sponsors Adidas and Nike are accused of paying poverty wages to supply chain workers who make the football shirts and boots worn by players and supporters.

Amazon set to redefine global supply chains by 2028
The impact of e-commerce means global supply chains will be transformed within a decade, with giants like Amazon completely redefining global shipping and logistics, according to one research analyst.

How to unlock the value of time in your supply chain
A new metric has been developed to help textile and apparel supply chains evaluate the value of time in product development, merchandising and sourcing decisions. The model is aimed at brands and retailers searching for ways to increase full-price sell-through or grow profit, as Vaughn Jordan, deputy director at Cotton Council International, explains.

Ralph Lauren rolls out new strategic plan
Ralph Lauren has announced a new plan to return the US luxury retailer to sustainable long-term growth and value by overhauling core products, accelerating under-developed categories, and focusing on digital growth across all activities.

Global sourcing risk rises in European retail sector
The level of supply chain risk faced by European retail companies with international suppliers increased in the first quarter, a new report shows. A joint report by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet found 10% more buyer relationships in the first quarter were with suppliers located in high-risk countries than in the previous quarter.

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