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What are the top threats to supply chains in 2019? 25 Apr 2019

Brands shifting to new sourcing markets as a result of rising uncertainty over trade policies, mass migration, and cybersecurity have been identified among the biggest supply chain risks facing firms during 2019.

How clothing brands’ business practices fuel factory abuses 24 Apr 2019

Many fashion brands and retailers have codes of conducts that their suppliers should follow – yet one of the key areas that needs urgent reform is how they do business across their supply chains, a new report asserts.

Re-shoring – Has its time finally arrived? 10 Apr 2019

Cost and time are the two big factors influencing off-shore versus domestic sourcing decisions. But other issues also come into play, such as ethics, sustainability, and patriotism. Here industry consultant Malcolm Newbery weighs up the arguments for and against, with a look at two companies in the US and UK who are surviving and prospering from re-shoring.

An exciting chapter begins with new just-style magazine 8 Apr 2019

We've stepped into an exciting new chapter at just-style, with the launch of the first issue of our new just-style magazine. Each quarter this free digital publication will explore major topics that are top-of-mind for today’s apparel industry executives, plus regular sections on key market developments, sourcing strategy, new technologies and sustainability.

How to move towards better modern slavery reporting 28 Mar 2019

Existing legislation on modern slavery is failing to prevent forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains – with many companies not complying with reporting requirements and others not disclosing specific or detailed enough information, new research has found.

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Mothercare widens FY loss amid sourcing overhaul 24 May 2019

Losses have continued to mount at UK-based mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare amid declining sales and costs incurred during major restructuring activity.

Top stories this week on just-style... 24 May 2019

Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how the potential for additional tariffs on US apparel and footwear imports from China poses a threat to retail profitability, Arcadia Group has unveiled a rescue plan that will see the closure of 23 stores, and Kontoor Brands begins trading as an independent company following its spinoff from VF Corporation.

Arcadia Group CVA to close 23 stores – but is it enough? 23 May 2019

Retailer Arcadia Group, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton and Dorothy Perkins chains, has today (23 May) announced plans for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will see the company shutter 23 of its stores in the UK and Ireland. 

New coat hanger recycling service launches in UK 23 May 2019

Recycling company First Mile has launched a new coat hanger recycling service aimed at tackling the millions of hangers that end up in UK landfill sites every year – with the UK operations of major fashion retailer Inditex (including Zara) already signed up.

Instagram Shopping a platform for impulse purchases 23 May 2019

Clothing retailers stand to benefit from a new tool developed by Instagram that makes it easier to shop on the platform by translating social media views to sales.

M&S announces further store closures amid FY profit tumble 22 May 2019

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S has revealed plans to shutter a further 85 full-line stores amid a 9.9% drop in full-year profit.

Bonmarché pushes on as sceptical bidder "takes step back" 22 May 2019

Bonmarché is pressing on with plans to improve the performance of the business and has urged investors not to take any action on a takeover bid that remains on the table for the UK value women's wear retailer.

Shoe Zone shares slip on "uninspiring" first half 21 May 2019

Shares in Shoe Zone dropped by more than 5.7% this morning (21 May) as the UK value footwear retailer reported what one analyst called a set of "uninspiring results" for the first six months of the year.

Vivobarefoot launches plant-based vegan shoe 21 May 2019

London-based shoe company Vivobarefoot has officially launched what it claims is its most innovative sustainable shoe to-date and the world’s first plant-based performance shoes.

Marks & Spencer invests in 3D digital fit company 20 May 2019

Marks & Spencer has announced 3D digital fit company Texel as the third startup selected for its retail accelerator programme under its joint venture (JV) with Founders Factory.

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Trump moves forward on tariff threats 20 May 2019

The ongoing tariff war between the US and China took another turn last week in a move US apparel and footwear retailers and importers have been dreading, as the Trump administration moved forward on threats to impose a 25% tariff on nearly all Chinese exports to the United States.

US-China trade war takes a turn for the worse 13 May 2019

Just as it seemed the ongoing US-China trade war was heading into the final round of talks, US President Donald Trump last week escalated the dispute by hiking tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese exports – and threatening to extend the tariffs to cover all US imports from China. Tariffs on the targeted exports increased from 10% to 25% on Friday 10 May.

Reflecting on Rana Plaza 29 Apr 2019

Last week marked the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh – with just-style taking a step-by-step look at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry.