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Outlook 2020 – What next for apparel sourcing? 16 Jan 2020

The search for the ideal sourcing destination is set to continue as Western fashion brands and retailers seek to reduce their exposure to China in 2020. At the same time they’re having to navigate a more complicated matrix, which includes factors ranging from cost, speed to market, production capacity and flexibility to compliance risk. Along with these challenges come opportunities to rethink business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to digitalisation and data, executives say.


Outlook 2020 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities 14 Jan 2020

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.


Record trading at Boohoo – What the analysts say 14 Jan 2020

Online retailer Boohoo has hailed record trading in the last four months of 2019 – which includes the peak Christmas trading season – with group revenue surging 44% across all key geographic regions in the period to 31 December. The performance has seen the business raise its annual sales forecast, with analysts noting the group continues to excel in a challenging market.


How 3D design tools drive leaner and cleaner production 13 Jan 2020

Making the switch from a traditional fashion design process to 3D design and prototyping tools could save the industry billions of dollars in development samples, not to mention improved collaboration, productivity, and profits across the supply chain. An added bonus is reduced pressure on overflowing landfills.


The high price of retail returns – and how data can help 8 Jan 2020

There's no escaping returns, but trying to change customer behaviour risks losing sales altogether. The trick is for retailers to manage the process more efficiently to minimise lost profits. Georgia Wickes and Hamish Wilson, of change management specialist Newton, explain the returns conundrum and how retailers should embrace the changing consumer landscape to ensure supply chains are fit for the future.

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Strong Black Friday but not-so merry Christmas for UK retailers 17 Jan 2020

Strong sales growth over the Black Friday period has failed to boost performance for struggling UK retailers over the crucial Christmas trading period, new analysis suggests.


Top stories this week on just-style... 17 Jan 2020

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at some of the biggest challenges set to face apparel brands and retailers in the year ahead, the US and China sign the long-anticipated 'Phase One' trade agreement, the Myanmar Government begins its bi-annual review of the country's minimum wage, and we explore what changes are likely under Nike's new CEO John Donahoe.


Store growth continues to drive Primark sales 16 Jan 2020

Value fashion giant Primark has again credited the continued expansion of its store portfolio both at home and abroad for a rise in first-quarter sales but cited a "marginal" decline in UK like-for-like sales during the period.


N Brown shares tumble amid profit warning and Q3 sales drop 16 Jan 2020

Shares in N Brown Group tumbled by more than 26% this morning (16 January) as the online, catalogue and stores retailer lowered its annual adjusted pre-tax profit guidance amid a drop in third-quarter revenue. 


Stella McCartney, Candiani partner on biodegradable denim 16 Jan 2020

UK fashion designer Stella McCartney has partnered with Italian denim manufacturer Candiani Denim to launch what they claim is the world’s first biodegradable stretch denim made from plant-based yarns.


Debenhams pledges new sustainability commitments 15 Jan 2020

Department store retailer Debenhams has outlined a new sustainability programme alongside a series of new commitments, including a guarantee that by September 2020 all own-brand product sold in a Debenhams store will have at least one sustainable attribute.


Asos harnesses augmented reality for fit tool trial 15 Jan 2020

Asos has become the first retailer in Europe to trial a new Augmented Reality (AR) tool that offers consumers a simulated view of a garment in different sizes and on different body types to help drive more informed purchases.


Fashion drives "strong" peak trading for Very.co.uk 15 Jan 2020

A standout performance in online retailer Very.co.uk's fashion and sports segment has helped drive a rise in retail sales across the festive trading season.


Quiz posts festive sales slump 15 Jan 2020

UK fast-fashion retailer Quiz has seen sales slide over the Christmas trading period with declines in both online and its brick-and-mortar revenue streams.


Five key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020 14 Jan 2020

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020.

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US apparel imports down four months in a row 13 Jan 2020

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs.


Global apparel prices on the rise 23 Dec 2019

One effect of the US-China trade war is the rising price of apparel imports – not just from China, but the rest of the world too. 


Progress on trade deals welcomed 19 Dec 2019

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal in a move that will delay new tariffs that were due to take effect over the weekend and halve the rates currently imposed on most apparel and textile products imported from China.