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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


Private equity firms go head-to-head for Asda stake

25 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Two private equity firms – both fronted by retail veterans – are preparing to place bids for a stake in UK supermarket chain Asda.... 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


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


Walmart to discontinue Jet.com e-commerce site

20 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart is to wind-down the operations of its Jet.com brand just four years after its purchase.... 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


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


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


Walmart in talks over sale of stake in Asda

27 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart has said it is in discussions with interested parties over the purchase of a stake in its UK supermarket subsidiary Asda and that it will consider a flotation for the chain.... 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


Sports Direct International to rebrand as Frasers Group

26 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK-based retail business Sports Direct International, which bought the House of Fraser department store chain last year, is to rebrand as the Frasers Group Plc to reflect its changing focus as a lifestyle and luxury retailer.... read more


House of Fraser makes U-turn on real fur sales

25 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has removed all real fur items from its shop floors and online after coming under fire from a campaign group over a reported return to selling products containing animal fur.... read more


Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.... 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


Levi Strauss & Walmart cut their chemical footprints

18 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co and Walmart are among the leading companies when it comes to disclosing information about efforts to reduce their chemical footprints, according to a new survey.... 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


Walmart snaps up online retailer Bare Necessities

15 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart has expanded its e-commerce portfolio with the acquisition of leading intimates online retailer Bare Necessities.... 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


House of Fraser cancels online orders amid dispute

17 August 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer House of Fraser is cancelling all online orders and refunding customers following a reported dispute with its warehouse operator.... read more


House of Fraser future in doubt as C.banner exits deal

2 August 2018 | Michelle Russell

The future of UK department store retailer House of Fraser has been thrown into doubt after its potential new owner, C.Banner, walked away from a rescue deal.... read more


House of Fraser silent over "rescue talks"

31 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

Struggling UK department store retailer House of Fraser has declined to comment on reports it is in talks with Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley over a GBP50m (US$65.8m) rescue deal.... 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


Brands under fire for gender-based violence in Asia factories

1 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Walmart, H&M and Gap Inc have all come under fire from a global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organisations that claim women who work in Asian factories making clothes for the companies are at daily risk of assault, sexual abuse and other harassment.... read more


UK fashion retailers under fire over "abuse" of CVAs

30 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion chains including House of Fraser and Mothercare are coming under fire from high street landlords who accuse the retailers of pushing them into accepting lower rents via increasingly controversial CVAs.... read more


Walmart to support India sourcing with Flipkart stake

11 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Retail behemoth Walmart has its eye on growth in the Indian market with the acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce retail giant Flipkart Group, in a move that will allow it to support local supply chains.... read more


House of Fraser enters into acquisition talks

25 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

House of Fraser has entered into talks with Chinese retail group and owner of Hamleys, C Banner International, over the potential purchase of a 51% stake in the struggling UK department store retailer.... 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


House of Fraser receives £30m cash injection?

3 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

House of Fraser is understood to be receiving a GBP30m (US$42.2m) cash injection from its Chinese shareholder Sanpower Group in a move that could ease the UK department store retailer’s strained finances.... 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


House of Fraser appoints apparel buying head

30 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has named Reiss executive Simon Pickering as its new head of buying for apparel, just weeks after posting "disappointing" Christmas sales.... read more


Walmart to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs?

15 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart is understood to be cutting around 1,000 corporate jobs by the end of the month amid a shake-up of its workforce and just days after announcing the closure of some Sam’s Club stores.... read more


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