Top stories this week on just-style include a call for Armani, Primark, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Walmart to publicly disclose their factory lists, a look at what apparel firms should be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future, the new technologies with the potential to revolutionise key points of the apparel retail supply chain, and a round-up of holiday sales by US apparel and footwear retailers.

Armani, Primark and Walmart urged to disclose factory lists
Armani, Primark, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Walmart have come under fire from a trio of human rights groups who are urging major garment brands and retailers to publicly disclose the factories that produce their clothes.

Outlook 2018 – Strategies for sourcing success
What should apparel firms be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? Diversified supply chains, data, digitalisation and the smart application of artificial intelligence are key to addressing the top industry challenge of speed and complexity – and are the best hedges against uncertainty. Add in constant innovation, sustainability, and a focus on understanding your consumers and you have the ingredients to help to separate the winners from the losers in 2018 and beyond.

Technologies transforming key points of the supply chain
Adopting new technologies has become critical in organisations across all industries to help improve process efficiency, effectiveness, and boost performance. Here are some with the potential to revolutionise key points of the apparel retail supply chain.

H&M preparing to launch discount fashion site?
As part of a so-called secret bid to become a "digital powerhouse", Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has reportedly inked agreements with 60 brands to launch a discount fashion site later this year.

US holiday sales in brief – The Children's Place, Nordstrom, Target Corp
Holiday sales have seen a solid performance at many leading US apparel and footwear retailers, with Target, American Eagle Outfitters, JC Penney, Urban Outfitters and Kohl's among those who have benefited as consumers opened their purse strings fuelled by strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising home and equity prices.