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UK fashion industry not environmentally sustainable in current form 14 Nov 2018

A probe by Britain's lawmakers into the environmental sustainability of the UK clothing industry has heard how increasingly high volumes of so-called fast fashion items are magnifying the issues from fibre choice through to reuse and recycling. Industry experts suggest solutions may lie in educating designers and consumers in the impacts of their choices, extended producer responsibility, and even new policy recommendations.

Pricing, sourcing and stock control in a multi-channel world 7 Nov 2018

No one can deny that the fashion industry now is operating in a multi-channel world. But when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice – and often no best practice at all – on the three key issues of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Malcolm Newbery unravels some of the complexities.

Can "restoring the basics" put M&S back on track? 7 Nov 2018

Sales have dived yet again at UK retailer M&S, which earlier this year acknowledged the need for drastic change to reposition it for growth. Its "restoring the basics" agenda puts every aspect of the business under "scrutiny and change" to adapt to the new retail landscape and reshape its clothing ranges to appeal to consumers. Analysts have mixed feelings about the retailer's progress so far.

How to make informed decisions on sourcing strategy – it's easier than you think 2 Nov 2018

Developing informed sourcing decisions can be a laborious and time-consuming process. Here we show how re:source by just-style can be used to quickly analyse five of the biggest low cost exporter countries as a starting point to setting a future sourcing strategy.

Doom and gloom at Debenhams – What the analysts say 25 Oct 2018

British department store group Debenhams announced this morning (25 October) it is to shutter almost one-third of its store base – putting around 4,000 jobs at risk – amid what is understood to be the biggest loss in its 240-year history. The news, analysts say, is the starkest indication yet that the high street is floundering as, just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable that retailers were planning on cutting staff levels ahead of Christmas. With the department store model seemingly "unfit" for purpose in today's retail environment, the brands set to thrive will be those agile enough to offer consumers flexible ways to shop and pay while those who refuse to move with the times will be left to suffer the consequences.

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Athleisure comfort drives apparel purchasing decisions 15 Nov 2018

Apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers have been urged to respond to consumer demand for "comfort" clothing that fits their changing lifestyles and is driving the growth of the GBP$2.5bn athleisure industry.

Cruelty claims intensify against UK wool industry 15 Nov 2018

Animal rights group PETA has submitted over seven hours of footage from 49 farms to Trading Standards and the Scottish SPCA as part of its investigation into what it claims is uncovered alleged abuse of sheep on UK farms.

Avocet polyester flame retardant gets Oeko-Tex certification 15 Nov 2018

UK dye manufacturer Avocet Dye & Chemical Co Ltd has received Oeko-Tex accreditation for its CetaFlam PDP and PDP 30% polyester flame retardants.

Committee calls on fast fashion bosses for answers 14 Nov 2018

Five leading UK online fast fashion retailers including Asos and Boohoo are to be questioned by British lawmakers later this month in the last of a series of hearings focusing on the environmental impacts of the garment industry, as well as social issues such as workers' rights and fair pay.

House of Fraser to close all Intu stores 14 Nov 2018

UK department store retailer House of Fraser (HoF) has confirmed it is to shutter a further four stores, all of which are located in Intu shopping centres.

Asos among new ZDHC affiliates 14 Nov 2018

UK-based online fashion retailer Asos is among seven new companies and associates to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.

Brands take action to end modern slavery in UK factories 13 Nov 2018

John Lewis, M&S and Next Plc are among a raft of British fashion retail giants to have signed a joint agreement with enforcement bodies to try to combat the exploitation of workers by UK fashion and textile manufacturers.

UK fashion retailer Blue Inc seeking new buyer? 13 Nov 2018

Embattled UK fashion retailer Blue Inc is understood to have sought the help of insolvency practitioner Begbies Traynor to find a buyer for the business.

More House of Fraser stores to close? 12 Nov 2018

UK department store retailer House of Fraser could be preparing for another tranche of store closures after landlords refused to agree to new boss Mike Ashley's proposed terms.

Online-only retailers to dominate UK market by 2023 9 Nov 2018

Apparel and footwear spend via online-only retailers is set to soar by 67.4% over the next five years in the UK, reaching GBP7.5bn (US$9.8bn) in 2023 and accounting for over one-third of online clothing and footwear sales by 2023, a new report claims.

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Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control 15 Nov 2018

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.

Fashion firms struggle on speed to market 6 Nov 2018

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.

Why cotton is being battered on all fronts 29 Oct 2018

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing.