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Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more


New fashion retail landscape emerging

10 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.... read more


Leicester garment industry dominates headlines

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.... read more


Primark places GBP1bn in new orders as stores reopen

2 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Primark is pressing ahead with new store openings and is placing GBP1bn (US$1.25bn) worth of orders for the autumn/winter season after reporting an "encouraging" start to post-lockdown trading.... read more


Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.... read more


Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

18 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.... read more


Concerns mount as Covid-19 impacts supplier orders

20 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

The coronavirus (Covid-19) continued to dominate our news coverage last week as supplier orders continue to be cancelled, apparel sales continue to plummet, and industry jobs remain on the line.... read more


Primark extends supplier support by GBP370m

20 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

Value fashion retailer Primark has extended support to its suppliers by committing to pay for GBP370m (US$461m) worth of additional orders, over and above the GBP1.5bn of stock already in stores, depots and in transit.... read more


Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on industry

23 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain continued to dominate content on just-style over the past week.... read more


Primark cancels all orders as UK stores close

23 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK value fashion retailer Primark has cancelled all orders with its suppliers and closed all of its stores – including the 189 it operates in the UK – as countries around the world go into lockdown to try to halt the spread of coronavirus.... read more


Coronavirus continues disruption of apparel and textile supply chain

9 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands. ... read more


Apparel supply concerns hit as coronavirus impact builds

17 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Novel coronavirus (now officially named 2019-nCo) is continuing to shake up China’s supply chain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 17 February 2020 there have been 71,329 confirmed cases in 26 countries – with by far the majority (70,635) in China. ... read more


Progress on trade deals welcomed

19 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Vietnam's textile-garment plan hits hurdles

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.... read more


Primark warns customers over online products

16 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

Value fashion giant Primark has warned its customers not to buy its products online after it emerged some of the retailer’s items were being sold on Amazon at inflated prices.... read more


New B2B marketplace connects suppliers and retailers

3 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

A B2B fashion marketplace has launched that aims to help retailers find innovative styles at competitive prices from the best suppliers in the business, while helping sellers expand their reach and increase sales.... read more


Rwanda gearing up for a slice of sourcing action

24 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world's next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country's newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.... read more


French Connection H1 hit by difficult trading

17 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

French Connection Group may have done little to assure prospective buyers of its future potential, analysts have said, after the UK fashion retailer booked falling revenues weighed down by "extremely challenging" trading conditions in the first half.... read more


Primark warns of tough trading in run-up to Christmas

7 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

The owner of value fashion retailer Primark has warned of challenging trading in the run-up to Christmas – but says it expects earnings outlook remains unchanged.... read more


Trump moves forward with trade threats

26 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain. The tariffs will take effect today (24 September) and will be set at a level of 10% until the end of the year. On 1 January 2019, the tariffs will rise to 25%.... read more


Primark expands sustainable cotton programme to Pakistan

21 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

Value fashion chain Primark has expanded its sustainable cotton programme into a second major sourcing country – Pakistan – as the company looks to build on its work to trace the raw material through every stage of the supply chain and improve the lives of farmers.... read more


Trump tariff dispute rumbles on

26 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."... read more


Concern mounts over Trump's trade policies

16 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers.... read more


Asia-Pacific trade deal now signed by 11 nations

12 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

The 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have now signed a revised version of the multilateral trade pact without the US, reviving a deal that will slash tariffs and foster trade in a marketplace worth close to around US$13.5trn.... read more


Primark Christmas sales jump as retail space grows

18 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Why Primark is working to do "the right thing" – Interview

31 October 2017 | Michelle Russell

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.... read more


Primark launches 100% sustainable cotton pyjama line

9 August 2017 | Michelle Russell

Primark is this week launching its first line of clothing made using 100% sustainable cotton – marking a first for the British value clothing retailer in being able to track its cotton through the supply chain from farm to store.... read more


Agile logistics key to new hybrid retail world

3 August 2017 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart has topped a list of the fastest growing retailers thanks to its investment in ensuring it has the right balance between its online and brick and mortar operations.... read more


Is outer space the answer to more sustainable cotton?

31 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

Can space-based experiments be the answer to making cotton a more sustainable fibre on Earth? The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has partnered with US retail giant Target Corporation to find out.... read more


Primark sales jump on sales and store growth

6 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

Value clothing retailer Primark saw sales jump in the first ten months of the year thanks to the expansion of its store portfolio both home and abroad and strong trading in the run-up to Easter.... read more


Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA

23 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement.... read more


Cutting edge technology defining apparel industry

15 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Cutting-edge textile processing products including a new technology for dyeing yarns in a more sustainable manner and a digitalised sewing machine set up via a touchscreen or app, were among the most exciting developments at last week's Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.... read more


Ethiopia apparel and textile industry making massive gains

8 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

just-style's editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.... read more


Primark H1 trading boosted by expansion

19 April 2017 | Michelle Russell

Value clothing retailer Primark has increased earnings in its first-half thanks to higher sales, particularly in the UK, and a "substantial" increase in selling space.... read more


US apparel retail shifts reveal misconceptions

3 April 2017 | Michelle Russell

The death of the department store, the exaggerated rise of Amazon as an apparel retailer power, and the threat of European fast-fashion specialists to US retail are among a number of misconceptions currently bedevilling the retail  industry, a new report explains.... read more


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