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Vibram ends FiveFingers retail partnership with Amazon

4 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US-based high-performance footwear sole producer Vibram will no longer sell its FiveFingers articulated toe shoes directly to Amazon USA, weeks after Nike announced it was pulling its products from the e-commerce giant.... read more


Amazon discloses supplier list for own brand products

21 November 2019 | Beth Wright

E-commerce giant Amazon has disclosed the names and addresses of suppliers of its Amazon-branded products, including apparel.... read more


Nike to stop selling products on Amazon

15 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Nike has confirmed it will no longer be directly selling its products through online platform Amazon.com.... read more


Online apparel platforms criticised over Bangladesh sourcing

31 October 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Several online apparel retailers are alleged to be hosting third-party sellers on their platforms whose products are sourced from factories in Bangladesh that could be unsafe for workers.... read more


Casual fashion continues to draw US teen spend

9 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Athletic brands such as Canadian yogawear retailer Lululemon and sportswear giant Nike continue to prove popular with teens in the US, as casualisation of fashion continues despite teen spending falling to the lowest levels in eight years.... read more


Amazon plans to meet Paris Agreement 10 years early

20 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, says the e-commerce giant has decided to use its "size and scale to make a difference" by co-founding a new climate pledge as part of a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early.... read more


Amazon will need to hike prices to offset fresh tariffs

5 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

E-commerce giant Amazon.com will need to increase prices on products sold in the US by between 2.1-2.6% in order to offset the impact of fresh tariffs announced on Chinese goods, analysts say.... read more


Amazon launches personal styling service for women

31 July 2019 | Beth Wright

E-commerce giant Amazon has introduced a new styling service for women that provides personalised outfit recommendations from thousands of brands, including 7 for All Mankind, Calvin Klein, Levi's and Adidas.... read more


Amazon launches AI-powered shopping tool

19 June 2019 | Beth Wright

E-commerce giant Amazon has unveiled a new AI-powered feature which helps consumers find clothing on its website based on a photograph or screenshot. ... read more


Next looks to boost traffic to store via Amazon tie-up

15 May 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

At a time when retail continues to lose market share to online, UK high street retailer Next is looking to drive more traffic to its stores through a tie-up that allows Amazon customers to collect their parcels from its shops.... read more


The price of US imports from China continues to fall

19 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.... read more


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more


Amazon beats Walmart to US apparel top spot

8 March 2019 | Beth Wright

E-commerce giant Amazon has overtaken Walmart as America's most-shopped retailer for apparel, new figures show. ... read more


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

4 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.... read more


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

25 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. ... read more


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension

18 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.... read more


Amazon scraps plans for New York headquarters

15 February 2019 | Beth Wright

E-commerce giant Amazon has ditched its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City and will instead proceed solely with the development of its new Northern Virginia facility. ... read more


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts

11 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.... read more


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity?

4 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.... read more


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead

28 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.... read more


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry

21 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent ... read more


US trade updates out of date

15 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.... read more


2019 off to a positive start

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts

22 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.... read more


Apparel makers - Let's get virtual

21 November 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google. ... read more


Amazon and TK Maxx again named in real fur faux pas

16 November 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

Retailers Amazon and TK Maxx have again been accused of selling clothing items containing real fur, following an investigation by a British TV programme.... read more


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

15 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.... read more


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market

6 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.... read more


Amazon expands "try before you buy" service to UK

31 October 2018 | Beth Wright

Online behemoth Amazon is accelerating the disruption of e-commerce by rolling out its 'try before you buy' service, Prime Wardrobe, in the UK.... read more


Why cotton is being battered on all fronts

29 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing.... read more


Investment fails to lift Amazon branded women's clothing sales

24 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

Despite significant investment by online retail giant Amazon to grow its fashion offering through the launch of a raft of private label brands, sales of women's clothing are not doing so well, new research suggests.... read more


New businesses shaking up a broken retail model

23 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.... read more


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