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M&S collaborative supply chain review finds human rights issues

18 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

A collaborative review into Marks & Spencer's footwear and food supply chains has identified a number of human rights and worker well-being issues, including inadequate sick pay and a lack of effective worker voice, as the UK food, homeware and fashion retailer looks to pinpoint areas to address.... read more

Jaeger's 63 stores and concessions to close permanently

15 January 2021 | Beth Wright

More than 200 jobs have been axed at Jaeger Retail Limited and all 63 of its stores and concessions are set to permanently close after joint administrators confirmed that the sale of the business to UK retailer Marks & Spencer does not include the retail locations.... read more

Marks & Spencer to buy Jaeger fashion brand

12 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed it has bought the Jaeger fashion brand out of administration for an undisclosed sum, with the transaction due to complete later this month. ... read more

Light at the end of the tunnel for M&S? – What the analysts say

8 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK retailer Marks & Spencer saw clothing and home sales decline by 25.1% for the 13 weeks to 26 December, hit by continuing restrictions and demand distortions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. While analysts note the segment was dealt a sharp blow against the backdrop of zig-zag lockdown policies, one suggests brighter days are on the horizon for M&S with tangible progress being made.... read more

M&S clothing sales tumble 25% in Q3 as Covid bites

8 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK based retailer Marks & Spencer saw clothing and home sales drop by more than a quarter for the 13 weeks to 26 December, with the segment hurt by the on-off lockdown restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

M&S signs Call to Action to drive change in Xinjiang

6 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Marks & Spencer is among the first brands to formally sign the Call to Action on human rights abuses – "Brand Commitment to Exit the Uyghur Region" – as it looks to drive meaningful change at scale in the Xinjiang region.... read more

M&S doubles down on activewear amid Covid fashion shift

5 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Retailer Marks & Spencer is expanding its activewear range to include offerings for both children and men amid the accelerated shift to casualwear seen during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read more

M&S to double down on sustainability with Plan A relaunch

14 December 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Retailer Marks & Spencer is relaunching its Plan A eco and ethical programme, saying the time has come to reinvigorate the initiative and return it to the "centre of the customer story."... read more

Brands caught in crossfire as India factory workers allege abuse

19 November 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Four major brands have found themselves caught in the crossfire after allegations of worker abuse surfaced at garment supplier factories in India.... read more

M&S bets on kids to drive online growth

13 November 2020 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer's has named the Early Learning Centre as the second guest brand to be sold on its website, with management hoping the addition of some 200-plus toys to its online offering will compliment its kidswear range. ... read more

M&S invests in technology to improve sampling process

9 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, homeware and food retailer Marks & Spencer has invested in new software to further improve its sampling process and help reduce waste.... read more

M&S records first loss as H1 clothing sales plummet

4 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has reported its first ever loss as a publicly-listed company after coronavirus lockdowns led to a slump in clothing sales.... read more

M&S taps Nobody's Child as first online brand partner

2 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Eco-conscious womenswear brand Nobody's Child has been selected as the first third-party clothing brand to be sold on Marks & Spencer's website.... read more

M&S brings back Shwopping recycling programme

2 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, homewares and food retailer Marks & Spencer hope to continue to keep clothing out of landfill with the return of its Shwopping recycling scheme.... read more

Sateri says Covid-19 is an industry wake up call

29 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has kept its foot firmly on the gas in recent months, with milestones that include starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial-scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic.... read more

Mounting pressure for Xinjiang cotton ban

21 September 2020 | Leonie Barrie

As pressure mounts on the global apparel industry to ban all cotton-made goods from China's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns, US lawmakers have been told such a move would "wreak unending havoc" on global supply chains.... read more

Covid-19 is fashion's sustainability catalyst

14 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Though sustainability and ethics fell under the radar at the start of the Covid-19 crisis as many retailers struggled to survive, more enlightened players realised it was an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in an area that would soon return to the top of consumers' agendas. Those leading the way will be able to reach a new, more sustainability-conscious audience, as well as helping to set standards for the sector.... 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

Trade tensions and tariffs add to industry woes

2 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Trade tensions and tariffs are among the top concerns facing US companies operating in China this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also making a prominent appearance, all breeding uncertainty into the business environment.... read more

China hammered on all fronts in US apparel trade

24 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Mid-way through 2020 and the impact of the global coronavirus on US apparel supplier countries is starting to become clear. Among the changes, sourcing powerhouse China has seen its unit prices tumble 17%.... read more

Marks & Spencer to cull 7,000 roles as Covid bites

18 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, home and food retailer Marks & Spencer is to make 7,000 job cuts across management and stores over the next three months as it looks to address the material shift in trade caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Tough road ahead for Marks & Spencer amid restructuring

18 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Following on from the 950 job cuts it announced just last month, Marks & Spencer has revealed today (18 August) it will make a further 7,000 as it once again attempts to transform the business. The news pushed the retailer's share price down over 2% this morning to 111.20 pence. Analysts believe the decision by M&S was a necessary one but that the retailer now has a tough road ahead to catch up with its rivals.... read more

Pandemic sees garment workers underpaid by up to $5.8bn

17 August 2020 | Beth Wright

A new report has claimed garment and footwear factory workers globally could have been underpaid by as much as US$5.79bn for the months of March, April, and May.... read more

UK government aid to support fashion supply chains

14 August 2020 | Beth Wright

The UK Government has launched a new programme to strengthen global supply chains by supporting workers in developing countries during the coronavirus pandemic in a move that is estimated to benefit nearly 120,000 people working in the global garment industry. ... 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

Tackling greenhouse gas emissions in fashion supply chains

3 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions – making it imperative that fashion supply chains find more environmentally friendly ways of operating. The journey starts with the first step of understanding and measuring the impacts.... read more

Does the clothing supply chain need to push the reset button? 

27 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The global apparel and textile industry supply chain is in need of a complete reset if it is to survive beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, and this could mean changing to a demand-driven calendar, embracing 'stratification', and distributing margin differently.... read more

Marks & Spencer to cut 950 central support roles

20 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer is to cut 950 roles across its central support functions in a bid to accelerate the restructuring of its business.... read more

UK government urged to protect Leicester garment workers

20 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Campaigners in the UK are calling for the government to provide practical support to protect all workers in the Leicester garment industry, including the payment of unpaid wages and benefit... read more

Former Debenhams exec Savva named new M&S brands chief

14 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Former Debenhams executive Sarah Savva has joined UK retailer Marks & Spencer as its new business lead of brands following plans outlined by the company in May to bring in third-party clothing labels.... 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

US apparel imports slump 58% year-on-year in May

6 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

US apparel imports in May fell by 58% against the same month last year as the global garment industry continued to crumble under the coronavirus pandemic. However, there was a resurgence in shipments from Central America and Mexico as retailers appear to have turned to those suppliers closest to home as stores started to reopen.... read more

Garments on Hangers – Strategies for a digital world

29 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

"To hang or to box" is a question that has long been debated within the fashion retail supply chain. With companies now emerging from the coronavirus pandemic looking to reconfigure their supply chains to withstand future disruptions, the way garments are moved from factory to consumer is a critical consideration as the industry pivots to a digital future... read more

Cambodia's apparel industry particularly vulnerable to EU trade curb

22 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Cambodia's garment industry, already buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic, is set for a further hit after the European Union decided to suspend duty-free access for some products from 12 August over "systematic" human rights violations. Here we look at the potential impact and possible shift in trade patterns.... read more

Marks & Spencer latest to phase out alpaca wool

17 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is said to be the latest fashion retailer to phase out the use of alpaca wool in all future product developments.... read more