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Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m 2 Sep 2015

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit since 2011 – and has now set its sights on yet more savings from supply chain improvements.


IN THE MONEY: Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments 14 Oct 2014

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.


“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution 10 Dec 2013

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske.


Focus: Australasia key for apparel brands going global 5 Sep 2013

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilience to the financial turmoil which has plagued much of the northern hemisphere has proved to be a key attraction for international retailers, according to Euromonitor International.


In the money: Worthless Billabong still in choppy waters 28 Aug 2013

Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong is attempting to move beyond recent turbulence and onto its turnaround plans, but uncertainty still remains.

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Australia's Country Road launches traceable merino range 13 May 2019

Supply chain traceability specialist Oritain has partnered with Australian clothing retailer Country Road to verify the fibre in its new Traceable Merino Knit range has been sourced from Australian farms, helping to ensure their quality and authenticity.


European Outdoor Group grows with Quicksilver membership 24 Apr 2019

Boardsports brand Quiksilver has become the latest company to join the European Outdoor Group (EOG), pledging to play a full role in the association’s sustainability projects.


Retailer Global Fashion Group adds sustainability filter 23 Apr 2019

Online fashion and lifestyle retailer Global Fashion Group (GFG) has launched a new initiative to help consumers in Australia and New Zealand shop in a more conscientious manner.


Rip Curl turns to cloud-based PLM platform for global collaboration 18 Apr 2019

Surfing sportswear company Rip Curl will replace its legacy PLM system with a single collaborative platform to connect its global network and speed time to market.


Woolworths Group to shrink Big W portfolio 1 Apr 2019

Australian retailer Woolworths Group is to close 30 of its Big W stores as part of a network review aimed at returning the business to profitability.


Woolmark, Nagnata partner on green activewear range 4 Mar 2019

Emerging Australian fashion and lifestyle brand Nagnata has partnered with The Woolmark Company on a merino wool range of products which it says is its "most eco-friendly collection to date".


New report claims Australian apparel is "made in poverty" 26 Feb 2019

Several major Australian brands have been called out for failing to protect garment workers in their Bangladesh and Vietnam supply chains, with Oxfam Australia alleging many are going hungry due to low wages.


Australia to host new responsible fashion summit 5 Feb 2019

A new industry event is taking place in Australia next month to discuss the business case for responsible fashion and what it takes to be a relevant brand and retailer in the era of transparency and accountability.


Dry weather hits Australia cotton and wool production 12 Dec 2018

Dry weather conditions are expected to impact wool and cotton output in Australia for the 2018-19 period, a report from the Australian government has revealed.


Australia passes Modern Slavery Act 30 Nov 2018

Large companies in Australia will be under obligation to report their efforts to identify and mitigate human rights risks such as human trafficking and child labour in their global operations after the government passed the world’s second Modern Slavery Act.