Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how companies under pressure to get products to market faster must jettison traditional sourcing models in favour of more agile methods of production, why Marks & Spencer is "perilously close" to losing its status as the UK's number one clothing retailer to Primark, Target taps Bill Foudy as its new sourcing chief, and how purchasing practices impact apparel supply chains.

A digital-first future requires an agile mindset
As the 'see now, buy now' culture gathers pace, retailers are feeling the pressure to get products to market faster than ever before. To achieve this means jettisoning traditional sourcing models in favour of more agile methods of production, and embracing new technologies.

Avery Dennison partners on fully-digital supply chain
Apparel labelling and RFID specialist Avery Dennison has partnered with US robotics firm SoftWear Automation to help apparel manufacturers create a fully-digital supply chain.

How purchasing practices impact apparel supply chains
Sustainability and social responsibility is no longer just an option in business, it has become a commercial imperative and needs to be integrated into the DNA of a company. But are businesses really there yet? And are workers' lives are actually improving as a result of social and environmental auditing? Bill McRaith, chief supply chain officer for PVH Corp, joins the discussion at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

M&S "perilously close" to losing top clothing retailer spot
Marks and Spencer is "perilously close" to losing its status as the UK's number one clothing retailer to Primark as the company announces plans to shutter more than 100 stores before 2022 as it reshapes its UK store estate in line with its target to take at least a third of sales online.

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