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Five geopolitical issues to watch in Q1 18 Jan 2018

In a guest column, Matthew Elliott, a senior political advisor at UK-based investment advisory firm Shore Capital Markets, sets out the geopolitical events executives need to monitor in the opening weeks of 2018.

Technologies transforming key points of the supply chain 10 Jan 2018

Adopting new technologies has become critical in organisations across all industries to help improve process efficiency, effectiveness, and boost performance. Here are some with the potential to revolutionise key points of the apparel retail supply chain.

Outlook 2018 – What else is the apparel industry watching? 9 Jan 2018

For the final part of our Outlook 2018 report we asked industry executives what keeps them awake at night – and other issues the apparel sector should be keeping a close eye on in the year ahead. Not surprisingly, US trade policy and free trade agreements remain top of the agenda for many – along with health and safety, ethics and compliance, automation and efficiencies, and the continuing impact of omnichannel retail.

Outlook 2018 – Strategies for sourcing success 8 Jan 2018

What should apparel firms be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? Diversified supply chains, data, digitalisation and the smart application of artificial intelligence are key to addressing the top industry challenge of speed and complexity – and are the best hedges against uncertainty. Add in constant innovation, sustainability, and a focus on understanding your consumers and you have the ingredients to help to separate the winners from the losers in 2018 and beyond.

Outlook 2018 – What next for apparel sourcing? 5 Jan 2018

How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2018, and what strategies can help apparel firms and their suppliers to stay ahead? The days of "chasing the cheapest needle" are over, executives say, and instead the need for speed is changing the way products are sourced and manufactured. A balanced and diversified sourcing portfolio remains key to enabling retailers to react faster to trends, commit less up-front and navigate political uncertainty. But China’s dominant role seems set to stay.

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Arcadia squeezes suppliers with 2% discount 18 Jan 2018

British Retail Group Arcadia has told its clothing suppliers it is imposing a discount on all current and existing orders from next month, blaming changes in the retail market.

Global fashion brands submit circularity targets 18 Jan 2018

The global fashion brands that last year committed to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system have published their targets, with a focus on increasing the volume of used garments collected and resold, and increasing the share of garments made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres.

Primark Christmas sales jump as retail space grows 18 Jan 2018

Retailer Primark has proved it is adept at capitalising on shoppers trading down to its value fashions as it revealed record sales in the week before Christmas.

M&S could cut 380 jobs with new clothing DC 17 Jan 2018

Marks & Spencer could be cutting around 380 jobs in the UK as it moves to adopt a single-tier distribution network for its clothing and home division with the opening of a new distribution centre.

Shop Direct delivers robust sales, appoints interim CEO 16 Jan 2018

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has delivered robust Christmas results, despite being up against strong comparatives, and has appointed an interim chief executive.

JD Sports ups guidance on strong sales growth 16 Jan 2018

UK retailer JD Sports Fashion has upped its full-year guidance on the back of positive second-half sales and continued momentum in its international business.

Reebok pushes boundaries of footwear upper tech 12 Jan 2018

Global fitness brand Reebok has collaborated on a custom collection of fitness prototypes in a bid to demonstrate the power of its latest footwear upper technology, which it claims offers a single surface construction that is as strong as it is light.

Top stories this week on just-style... 12 Jan 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include a call for Armani, Primark, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Walmart to publicly disclose their factory lists, a look at what apparel firms should be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future, the new technologies with the potential to revolutionise key points of the apparel retail supply chain, and a round-up of holiday sales by US apparel and footwear retailers.

Primark teaching tools explore gobal supply chain 11 Jan 2018

Value fashion retailer Primark has produced free curriculum-based teaching resources for UK secondary schools to help raise awareness of ethical issues.

M&S Q3 clothing sales slide on tough October 11 Jan 2018

Marks & Spencer has revealed a mixed third quarter, with unseasonal weather blamed for a fall in like-for-like sales in its clothing division but a pick-up in its Christmas trading performance.

Latest blogs

How can apparel firms stay competitive into the future? 15 Jan 2018

Continuing with the publication of our Outlook 2018 reports last week, we looked at what apparel firms should be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future.

First look at 2018 8 Jan 2018

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain

What caused the biggest stir on just-style in 2017? 2 Jan 2018

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