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Zalando warns on "significantly lower" Q1 amid Covid-19

31 March 2020 | Beth Wright

German fashion e-tailer Zalando expects its first-quarter results to be "significantly" below analysts' consensus earlier this month, which did not take into account the effects of the coronavirus.... read more

Tunisia garment sector adds concerns over Covid-19 impact

31 March 2020 | Elizia Volkmann

Tunisia’s textile and garment sector is warning of major commercial and humanitarian damage because of production stoppages and order cancellations resulting from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.... read more

Covid-19 highlights need for apparel purchasing practices reform

31 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The fashion industry needs to re-think how it does business, in light of the impact of Covid-19, and purchasing practices must be reformed for social and environmental sustainability, a new academic paper has suggested.... read more

Inditex pays virus-hit factory workers in Spain – for now

31 March 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

Spanish fashion giant Inditex, which owns the Zara fashion chain, is to pay its Spanish workers their full salaries until 15 April, just-style has been told – including those in its domestic factories.... read more

Vietnam textile sector anticipates $467m hit from coronavirus

31 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Vietnamese textile and garment sector could see a VND11trn (US$467m) hit from the fallout of coronavirus, one of the country's main textile groups has said. ... read more

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

31 March 2020 | just-style

Retailers H&M, Canada Goose, Nike Inc and luxury firms including Kering are among those mobilising their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ... read more

FDA issues guidance to expand US availability of surgical apparel

31 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance to help expand the availability of surgical apparel for health care professionals, including gowns, hoods and gloves.... read more

Timeline – How coronavirus is impacting the global apparel industry – FREE TO READ

31 March 2020 | just-style

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.... read more

Apparel events postponed and cancelled by coronavirus – Update

31 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The organisers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have rescheduled an initial postponement of the co-located events from December to 1-3 October. ... read more

Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update

31 March 2020 | Beth Wright

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. ... read more

H&M agrees payment to suppliers for cancelled orders

31 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swedish apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has said it will pay and take delivery of goods already manufactured by its suppliers, as well as those in production.... read more

US Q4 in brief – Iconix Brand Group, Oxford Industries, Shoe Carnival

31 March 2020 | just-style

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Oxford Industries has reported its twelfth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales, and G-III Apparel Group saw profit rise but revenue fall. Elsewhere, Guess CEO Carlos Alberini has hailed a "strong" performance, and Lands' End has reported increases in both earnings and revenue. ... read more

Pressure grows on brands to support garment suppliers

31 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fashion Revolution, a global movement calling for greater transparency in the fashion industry, is urging consumers to demand clothing brands do more to protect workers in their supply chains amid the coronavirus crisis.... read more

Covid-19 daily update 30 March 2020 – Governments and commentators – FREE TO READ

30 March 2020 | Dave Leggett

A daily update of major developments in the evolving Covid-19 coronavirus crisis and its global implications – with emphasis on major national government developments, forecasts and commentaries.... read more

Esprit places German subsidiaries in administration

30 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-listed fashion retailer Esprit has placed six of its German subsidiary companies in administration while it works out a restructuring plan for the business.... read more

Apparel industry in crisis – Why we need to work as a team

30 March 2020 | Guest author

At this time of crisis it's critically important that apparel brands and retailers avoid taking any drastic action that could sink the entire supply chain, writes Rick Helfenbein.... read more

Romania clothing sector faces recruitment crunch

30 March 2020 | Alexandra Popescu

Romania's clothing and textile industry is facing a recruitment crunch and experts worry that it will struggle to find a strategy to hire sustainably to ensure long-term growth. ... read more

US signals intent to start Kenya trade talks

30 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Office of the US Trade Representative has put the wheels in motion on the beginnings a potential trade deal with Kenya after informing Congress of its intent to start negotiations with the East African country.... read more

HSBC rolls out support for Bangladesh factories hit by Covid-19

30 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Bangladesh arm of HSBC bank has said it will roll out measures to provide "immediate assistance" to the suffering textile and garments sector that has been hit by Covid-19 and the related economic impact.... read more

Better Cotton Initiative suspends activities in Xinjiang

30 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Better Cotton Initiative has suspended its activities in Xinjiang in China on the back of concerns over the prevalence of labour abuses in the region.... read more

Sourcemap, Resortecs join Ellen MacArthur CE100 network

30 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new cohort of global innovators and thought leaders have joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network, including Belgian thread manufacturer Resortecs and digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap.... read more

WTO forecasts sharp decline in global trade

30 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is predicting a "very sharp" decline in global trade, with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic expected to have an "enormous impact" on the economy and on jobs.... read more

Ted Baker names Osborne permanent CEO

30 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Ted Baker has named Rachel Osborne as its permanent CEO.... read more

Mothercare claims significant progress on transformation

30 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK mother and baby goods retailer Mothercare says the coronavirus crisis will likely impact its revenues short-term and there have been delays to its franchise deal with Boots, but says "significant" progress is being made on its transformation project. ... read more

US apparel group praises move on stimulus efforts

27 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

An unprecedented $2.2 trillion US economic rescue package has been welcomed by groups representing apparel and footwear brands and importers – who are also urging for further action in the form of tariff relief.... read more

India lockdown of little impact as orders already cancelled

27 March 2020 | Raghavendra Verma

The three-week lockdown ordered by the Indian government from Wednesday (25 March) to contain the spread of the coronavirus will have a limited impact on apparel exporters because production is already largely halted by a wave of order cancellations.... read more

Bangladesh factories told to operate despite lockdown

27 March 2020 | AZM Anas

Bangladesh has ordered thousands of clothing factories to continue production throughout a 10-day countrywide lockdown in force since Thursday (26 March) aimed at slowing the spread of new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.... read more

Covid-19 daily update 27 March 2020 – Governments and commentators – FREE TO READ

27 March 2020 | Dave Leggett

A daily update of major developments in the evolving Covid-19 coronavirus crisis and its global implications – with emphasis on major national government developments, forecasts and commentaries.... read more

FREE Covid-19 Executive Briefing report

27 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is incredibly fast-moving, uncertain and complex – with potentially profound and long-term impacts on a global, cross-industry scale. A new, free Covid-19 Executive Briefing report can help you navigate the challenges. ... read more

Full pay for South Africa clothing workers during virus lockdown

27 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

80,000 clothing and textile workers in South Africa are set to receive full pay for the next six weeks as part of a landmark package agreed as the country goes into lockdown to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. ... read more

British Fashion Council launches GBP1m Covid-19 crisis fund

27 March 2020 | Beth Wright

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is making GBP1m (US$1.2m) of emergency funds available to help support creative fashion businesses and individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read more

SGS product recalls platform adds Australia & Canada data

27 March 2020 | Beth Wright

Verification, testing and certification company SGS has expanded its product recalls online platform with Australia and Canada now contributing official data alongside the European Union and the US.... read more

Retailers will be remembered for their coronavirus response

27 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Retailers that have made bold commitments to their staff, customers and the wider community during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak are most likely to be in favour with shoppers when normality returns – including fashion brands that are harnessing their production capacity to produce equipment to help fight the pandemic.... read more

Lululemon Q4 profit jumps 36% as uncertainty looms

27 March 2020 | Beth Wright

Canadian activewear brand Lululemon Athletica has reported a 36.4% jump in fourth-quarter profit as sales grew 20% on last year.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

27 March 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style were all centered around the Covid-19 virus pandemic with a look at how the crisis is encouraging textile trade shows to consider virtual and other digital alternatives, and why Bangladesh's apparel industry is in gridlock. Meanwhile, retailer Primark has cancelled all orders with its suppliers and closed all of its stores, and Next Plc has warned it could lose up to GBP1bn (US$1.15bn) in sales as the coronavirus impacts demand.... read more