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Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55%

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.... 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


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


US retail stores close amid civil unrest across the country

3 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Adidas and Target Corp are among a number of retailers in the US to have closed stores or postponed openings in response to the civil unrest taking place across the country over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.... 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


VF Corp warns of full-year sales decline

21 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

VF Corp has seen its share price fall as the US apparel giant said it expects to report lower sales for the full year. ... 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


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


VF Corp strategic plan to focus on digital and big brands

26 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

VF Corp has targeted double-digit earnings growth through to 2024 and outlined a new strategic plan that will see the apparel giant distort investments to Asia, prioritise digital, and optimise its portfolio with a focus on its biggest brands.... 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


Wrangler supports US cotton growers on sustainability data

6 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

Jeans brand Wrangler has partnered with farm-management software company MyFarms to show how field-level sustainability data can be used to strengthen agricultural supply chains.... 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


The North Face to sell refurbished apparel

8 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

The North Face, the largest brand in VF Corp's outdoor and action sports group, has launched an online "recommerce" initiative that aims to keep its clothing in use for longer.... read more


North Face parks project turns plastic bottles into clothes

17 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

The North Face, the largest brand in VF Corp's outdoor and action sports group, has initiated a project that turns recycled bottles collected from the waste streams of US national parks into garments.... 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


Icebreaker publishes its first transparency report

11 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

New Zealand natural fibre performance apparel brand Icebreaker, recently acquired by VF Corp, has published its first transparency report offering an insight into all aspects of the company’s operations and supply chain.... read more


Wrangler works with suppliers on water saving technology

29 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

US jeans brand Wrangler is working with major denim suppliers around the world to adopt what it claims is a revolutionary water-saving technology.... 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


VF Corp eyes faster speed-to-market with new DC

19 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

US apparel giant VF Corp is investing US$52m in a new distribution centre in Pennsylvania in a move to help it improve speed to market in northeastern America.... read more


VF Corp partners with university to boost innovation

12 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

US apparel giant VF Corporation has begun a new long-term partnership with North Carolina State University to help drive industry-leading research, provide education opportunities for VF executives, and develop a pipeline of future talent for the company.... read more


VF Corp furthers fur-free commitment

28 November 2017 | Michelle Russell

US apparel giant VF Corp has furthered its commitment to ensuring and communicating that its products are free of animal fur through a partnership with the Fur Free Retailer programme.... read more


VF Corp sees sustainable benefits in Icebreaker deal

3 November 2017 | Michelle Russell

Apparel giant VF Corp is amplifying its focus on high-performance apparel made of natural fibres with the purchase of New Zealand based ethical and sustainable performance apparel brand Icebreaker.... 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


VF Corp in support of growing NAFTA trade

13 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

Instead of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the US should seek to improve it, according to apparel giant VF Corp, in a testimony adding that any changes to textile and apparel rules should be aimed at increasing competitiveness and flexibility.... read more


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