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John Lewis axes bonus as losses slump to GBP635m

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis & Partners has said it will not pay a staff bonus next year as it revealed a loss before tax in the first half of GBP635m (US$822m). ... read more


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


Timberland turns to nature for net positive goals

1 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has set out a number of goals to ensure its products are net positive by 2030 through circular design and more sustainable sourcing sourcing.... read more


John Lewis reviews replacing price pledge

24 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis & Partners has indicated it could replace its 'Never Knowingly Undersold' price promise as part of sweeping changes being made by the UK department store retailer.... 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


John Lewis Partnership in push to become digital first

30 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis & Partners says it is working to become digital first as it looks to continue simplifying how the business works, with plans to add extra services outside of retail and consider acquisitions to grow the company.... 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


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


John Lewis warns FY sales could tumble 35%

21 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK high street department store John Lewis is accelerating its strategic review to be completed by the summer in light of the global pandemic, as it warns full-year sales could decline by as much as 35%.... 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


VF Corp offers notes to fund sustainability projects

19 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Apparel giant VF Corp is offering EUR500m (US$540m) in unsecured notes to investors, with plans to use the proceeds to fund a number of sustainability projects.... 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


John Lewis pilots buy-back clothing initiative

8 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has become the latest retailer to adopt a circular initiative aimed at combatting clothing waste destined for landfill.... 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


John Lewis restructuring to hit a third of top roles

1 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

The John Lewis Partnership is to merge its two businesses under one executive team, resulting in the loss of a third of the group's senior management roles.... 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


Fashion sales boost fails to lift John Lewis Partnership

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Investment in its fashion ranges contributed to strong revenues for the category at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners – but it was not enough to offset a slump in first-half sales and earnings as the tough trading environment took its toll on consumer spending.... read more


Brands take action to end modern slavery in UK factories

13 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis, M&S and Next Plc are among a raft of British fashion retail giants to have signed a joint agreement with enforcement bodies to try to combat the exploitation of workers by UK fashion and textile manufacturers.... read more


New Timberland creative director has eye on responsible sourcing

29 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has appointed Christopher Raeburn as its global creative director in a move that will see the new appointee elevate the company’s commitment to responsible sourcing.... 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


John Lewis proposes 200 job cuts amid rebrand

5 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer John Lewis has put around 200 back-of-house jobs at risk of redundancy as the company launches a multimillion-pound rebrand.... 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


Timberland aggressively pursues patent infringements

15 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has put what it says are "aggressive measures" into place to prevent its footwear designs and technologies from being copied.... 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


Timberland to buy up to one-third of cotton from Haiti

9 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

Haiti is making its return to the cotton supply chain with the country’s first cotton harvest in three decades thanks to help from US outdoor apparel and footwear giant Timberland – which also says it hopes to launch products made with the fibre in the next two years.... read more


M&S procurement head to join John Lewis

5 February 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK department store group John Lewis has appointed Marks & Spencer's head of procurement, Roger Davies, as its group procurement director after nearly a decade with the retailer.... read more


New audit framework allows increased focus on remediation

8 November 2017 | Michelle Russell

A converged assessment framework for social and labour compliance that aims to reduce or eliminate audit fatigue could allow brands and suppliers to invest more in true corrective remediation, its organisers have said.... 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


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