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Outlook 2019 – Apparel sourcing trends and strategies 16 Jan 2019

How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2019, and what strategies can help apparel firms and their suppliers to stay ahead? As new barriers, trade tensions, and the need for speed continue to weigh on the apparel business, fashion companies need to develop contingency plans. Shifting some sourcing away from China, supplier consolidation, new investments closer to home, and the shrewd used of data and advanced analytics are some of the tactics executives recommend.

Outlook 2019 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities 15 Jan 2019

It won’t come as any surprise that uncertainty, complexity and volatility in the global economy, US-China trade and Brexit, along with rapidly changing consumption patterns, are pushing the global apparel industry and its supply chain into unchartered territory in the year ahead. But according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style, disruptions also present huge opportunities for retailers and brands to rethink their business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to using new technologies and data.

Calculating the cost benefits of supplier value added services 9 Jan 2019

As brand and own-label customers continuously try to lower their costs – often pushing them back up the supply chain to the supplier – industry consultant Malcolm Newbery offers advice on how manufacturers can fight back by adding value, and how to quantify the cost and benefits of each additional service.

Should apparel retailers conduct their own factory audits? 21 Dec 2018

Third-party auditors offer a way for brands and retailers to understand what is going on in their supply chains around the world. But one of the lines of questioning pursued by British MPs at the recent 'Sustainability of the Fashion Industry' inquiry was why should local agents be responsible for enforcing conditions in supplier factories?

Top 20 news stories on just-style in 2018... 21 Dec 2018

Of the thousands of stories published on just-style during the last year, we've filtered out the top news items of 2018. Tariffs, the US-China trade war, digitalisation, worker safety, factory lists, sustainability, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.

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Apparel industry concern as Brexit deal shot down by MPs 16 Jan 2019

Apparel industry trade bodies are warning a No Deal Brexit must be avoided at all costs after a proposed UK-EU Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by British lawmakers last night.

More than 1000 jobs to go in latest M&S store closures 16 Jan 2019

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S plans to close another 17 stores with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, as part of a review of its portfolio aimed at returning the group to profitability.

Research finds laser-etched denim better than bleaching 15 Jan 2019

A research team in the UK has concluded that carbon dioxide laser etching can create high quality faded and patterned denim effects, altering the colours of the fibres by vaporising the dye – without compromising the strength, colour or quality of the material.

Boohoo raises FY guidance on strong Q3 15 Jan 2019

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has once again upped its full-year revenue guidance on the back of strong growth across all brands and regions in the four months to December.

New Look reveals plan to slash debt by GBP1bn 14 Jan 2019

UK fashion retailer New Look has reached a "critical step" in its turnaround plans after reaching an agreement in principle with its key financial stakeholders to cut its debt by GBP1bn (US$1.3bn) and raise GBP150m in new capital to boost the business.

Denim sustainability to take centre stage at Fashion SVP 14 Jan 2019

UK apparel sourcing event Fashion SVP returns to London's Olympia this week with topics including sustainability in the denim sector and improvement on supplier lead times set to be explored.

Made-By acquired by sustainability consultancy 14 Jan 2019

Global sustainability consultancy Anthesis Group has acquired key assets of non-profit Made-By UK Ltd, which went into liquidation in October.

JD Sports full year on track as sales race ahead 14 Jan 2019

Shares in JD Sports Fashion were up by more than 7% this morning (14 January) as the UK retailer hailed an "excellent" performance during the peak Christmas trading period. 

Stellar fashion sales drive Shop Direct Christmas 14 Jan 2019

Retailer Shop Direct, operator of the Very and Littlewoods businesses, has seen revenue rise 3.7% year-on-year over the Christmas trading period, driven by clothing and footwear.

Discounting drives top line sales growth at Moss Bros 11 Jan 2019

Shares in Moss Bros Group were up by more than 4% this morning (11 January) after the men's wear retailer hailed an improving trend in the fourth quarter, despite a slip in half-year like-for-like sales due to deeper discounting.

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2019 off to a positive start 7 Jan 2019

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.

UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action 18 Dec 2018

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project 12 Dec 2018

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.