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INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle"

8 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.... read more


Nike under fire over World Cup supply deal for Iran

15 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Nike has come under fire again over its role in the FIFA World Cup after the Iranian national team accused the US sporting giant of failing to provide them with football boots just days before the tournament started.... read more


Nike criticised over Vietnam sourcing ethics

29 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

Sporting giant Nike has been slammed by a human rights organisation for lacking “guts and morale” when it comes to sourcing in Vietnam.... read more


Nike expands eco-friendly European logistics campus

3 June 2016 | Michelle Russell

Sporting goods giant Nike is further pushing its vision for a low-carbon, closed-loop future with an expansion of its European logistics campus, which it says will make its operations more efficient, responsive and sustainable.... read more


Nike scaling up 'Express' supply chain initiative

22 December 2016 | Michelle Russell

US sporting goods giant Nike is looking to speed up its supply chain process and deliver products to market quicker through the scaling up of a new 'Express Lane' manufacturing initiative.... read more


Nike to cut 1,400 jobs in speed-to-market shake-up

16 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

Nike is to axe around 1,400 jobs or 2% of its global workforce and reduce its number of styles by 25% as part of a restructuring that will see the US sportswear giant move closer to the consumer.... read more


Nike to streamline organisation and corporate leadership team

23 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Nike Inc has said it will streamline its organisation, including its corporate leadership team, as the sporting goods firm looks to become a nimbler, flatter organisation.... read more


Waterless dyeing garners mixed industry reaction

21 January 2014 | Michelle Russell

Pressure from environmental groups to reduce the vast volumes of water used in textile and garment dyeing has led to a number of developments in waterless dyeing technology. With Nike and Adidas among the first to adopt this new process, Michelle Russell asks whether waterless dyeing is the solution the textile industry has been waiting for?... read more


IN THE MONEY: Innovation and supply chain remain key for Nike

20 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc says it will continue to put substantial money and resources into its supply chain to increase speed to market, and ensure it stays ahead on innovation.... read more


Interview: Brad Poorman, CMSO, DryDye Fabrics

21 January 2014 | Michelle Russell

Waterless dyeing took a step forward in December when Nike revealed plans to launch sportswear made from fabric dyed using a process that eliminates water and cuts down on chemicals. The technology is not new though. The Yeh Group first launched a range of DryDye fabrics three years ago using high-tech equipment from DyeCoo Textile Systems. Michelle Russell asks Brad Poorman, chief marketing sales officer for DyeDry, some burning questions about the new technology.... read more


Nike sees permanent digital shift as online sales soar 82%

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sporting giant Nike says the shift to online sales could be a permanent trend after it revealed an 82% increase in digital sales in the first quarter.... read more


Puma commits to 100% PFC removal

24 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear business Puma has laid out an action plan for the elimination of chemicals in its products and set milestones to achieve full transparency in its supply chain.... read more


CAMBODIA: Adidas, Nike and Puma "complicit" in mass faintings

7 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Adidas, Nike and Puma need to take some responsibility for recent mass faintings at two facilities in Cambodia producing their sportswear, a human rights group has said.... read more


CHINA: Adidas shoe supplier factory strike enters second week

23 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Workers striking at the Yue Yuen shoe factory in China have rejected management's latest offer, pushing what has become the country's largest worker strike in recent history into its second week.... read more


CHINA: Yue Yuen to boost employee benefit payments

6 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Chinese footwear manufacturer Yue Yuen, which was subjected to a two-week long strike by its workers in April, says it will raise employee benefits this year - a move that will impact on its first-half results.... read more


CHINA: Workers strike at Adidas supplier shoe factory

16 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Thousands of workers at Taiwanese-owned Yue Yuen shoe factories in Dongguan, which supplies Adidas and Nike, have continued to strike for a second time over social security payments.... read more


Global labour standard key to addressing audit fatigue

26 October 2015 | Michelle Russell

Plans for a single industry-wide global standard for auditing social and labour performance in apparel supply chains could solve the long-standing issue of audit fatigue – as well as providing an opportunity to improve transparency and invest more in factory safety and ethics.... read more


CHINA: Adidas says its production has resumed at Yue Yuen

25 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Adidas has confirmed its production facility within the Yue Yuen shoe factory is now fully operational following a near two-week strike, likely one of the country's largest in history. ... read more


UPDATE: CHINA: Adidas supplier in Government discussions over strike

16 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Adidas has said it is closely monitoring the Yue Yuen shoe factory strike in China and that the supplier is in talks with the country's Government in a bid to address worker's concerns.... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

11 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

The most-read stories on just-style this week include data that reveals cotton's share of the US clothing market has fallen, a ban by Walt Disney on Pakistan and Bangladesh production, VF Corp's new China hub, and the high tariffs imposed by the Bangladesh government on building and safety equipment for the country's factories.... read more


ANALYSIS: Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue

19 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done. just-style takes a look at the challenges of committing and the need for industry collaboration.... read more


Global brands back training for Pakistan cotton farmers

29 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. ... read more


H&M worker rights pledge showing early results

8 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.... read more


Where next for the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark?

22 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions too quickly and highlights a number of critical issues such as the quality and credibility of information, governance and price pressures.... read more


CHINA: Brands urged to uphold responsibility at Yue Yuen

24 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong-based advocacy group Globalization Monitor has issued an open letter to brands sourcing from the striking Yue Yuen factory in China - Adidas, Nike, and Timberland - demanding they uphold their corporate social responsibility.... read more


Fashion firms failing to address deforestation risk

6 December 2016 | Michelle Russell

Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims. ... read more


Clothing brands commit to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

25 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.... read more


Top 20 news stories on just-style in 2016...

19 December 2016 | Michelle Russell

Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.... 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


Is Ethiopia the place to be?

2 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years ­– yet exports in 2014 were just US$112m. But that could finally be set to change, with sourcing specialists at this year's 'Origin Africa' event seeming to agree that Ethiopia is the place to be.... read more


Public opinion matters more than Modern Slavery Act

17 August 2015 | Michelle Russell

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which began coming into force at the end of July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact, says one industry observer, who believes public opinion matters more.... 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


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


China promotes its 13th Five-Year Plan

30 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But Mike Flanagan questions whether the Plan really tells us how garment-making in China will be affected.... read more


The winners and losers of 2015

21 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.... read more


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