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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


Mothercare outlines more sustainable business model

20 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK mother and baby goods retailer Mothercare has launched a new business model following talks with its franchisees, that it says will be more sustainable and less capital-intensive.... 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


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


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


Mothercare to close all UK stores putting 2,800 jobs at risk

6 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Mother and baby products retailer Mothercare is to close all 79 of its UK stores and shift its focus to its international business, with the potential loss of around 2,800 jobs.... 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


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


Digital and international key to Mothercare future

11 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

Mothercare needs to focus on further investment in digital and development of international online sales if it is to convince shoppers it is the leading global specialist for parents and young children, analysts say.... 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


Mothercare gets go-ahead for store closures under CVA

4 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Ailing UK-based mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has had its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposals approved by its creditors, giving the firm the green light to go ahead with its planned 50 store closures.... read more


Former Mothercare CEO returns under restructuring

17 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Mothercare is to close 50 stores and bring back former CEO Mark Newton-Jones under a new rescue plan aimed at securing the financial footing of the ailing mother, baby and children's goods retailer.... read more


Mothercare silent over new financing talks

30 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Ailing UK-based mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has declined to comment on reports it has appointed investment bank Rothschild to explore new financing options, as its seeks to secure a rescue deal.... 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


Mothercare sales tumble despite online growth

12 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Ailing UK-based mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has booked a drop in UK sales on the back of lower footfall as it remains in dialogue with lenders over refinancing.... read more


Mothercare to close up to one-third of store network

9 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Ailing UK-based mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare is considering closing a chunk of loss-making stores and cutting rents to battle challenging high street conditions.... 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


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


UK plus-size market a retail growth opportunity

1 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

Retailers must continue to invest in plus-size clothing, as research finds that one in every five pounds spent on womenswear this year will be spent on plus-size garments.... 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


Mothercare finance chief Smothers resigns

11 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Richard Smothers, the chief financial officer for UK mother and baby products retailer Mothercare, has announced his intention to step down.... 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


Mothercare Q4 sales tumble on international weakness

6 April 2017 | Michelle Russell

Mother and baby products retailer Mothercare Plc has booked a drop in group sales in its fourth-quarter on the back of weak international revenues, which offset UK sales growth.... read more


Trump and Brexit generate more confusion

20 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.... read more


Bangladesh works to resolve labour activist issues

2 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced plans to pull out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit, held at the weekend, in protest.... read more


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