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Sportswear firms debate digitalisation, disruption

Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands...

Adidas poised to thrive in a competitive landscape

Despite a number of difficult years, Adidas is back on track. The company's strong performance has been helped by the health of the global s...

Under Armour slowing down to speed up growth

Amid signs of a slowdown in its North American business, US sportswear brand Under Armour has made a number of "strategic deep dives" into s...

Why Nike is laser-focused on getting faster

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc continues to pin its hopes on speed and scale as the driving forces for future growth – and is already getting...

Latest Interviews

Clarks manufacturing model steps into a faster future – Interview 11 Jul 2017

Michelle Russell

With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.


Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 2016

Leonie Barrie

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.

Latest News

Top stories this week on just-style... 24 Nov 17

Michelle Russell

Top stories this week on just-style include reports from the recent US Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference looking at the current state of play in US trade policy? and sustainable sourcing, why African countries are hoping to divert manufacturing from Asia, and the opening of the first of 150 mini clothing factories in Sri Lanka.


Mothercare shares tumble more than 16% amid H1 loss 23 Nov 17

Beth Wright

Mothercare has revealed plans to stop selling clothing for older children in its domestic markets next year as the group moved to a loss in the first-half as its turnaround efforts and failure to take-off in the Middle East took its toll in the period.


Job cuts on the cards at Payless ShoeSource? 23 Nov 17

Beth Wright

Job cuts could be on the cards at US footwear giant Payless ShoeSource as the retailer, which emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in August, has announced a series of initiatives it says will increase efficiencies – including plans to "streamline" its corporate headquarters.


Under Armour head of footwear leaves as sales stumble 22 Nov 17

Leonie Barrie

Embattled athletic wear maker Under Armour is parting company with Peter Ruppe, the head of its struggling footwear division, after less than two years in the role.


US Q3 in brief – Guess, Caleres, Dollar Tree, Chico's, J Crew 22 Nov 17

just-style

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, fashion retailer Guess moved to a loss as sales declined in the Americas, Urban Outfitters booked mixed results but with record sales, Foot Locker revealed results in line with expectations, while US apparel giant VF Corporation hailed "strong" third-quarter results, despite a drop in profit.


Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises 21 Nov 17

Leonie Barrie

While wages in developing Asia’s garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall – particularly for women – a new analysis suggests.

Latest blogs

A confusing mix of sustainable cotton options 20 Nov 17

Leonie Barrie

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely complicates the decision-making process for so many firms.


Have your say – Take part in just-style’s State of Sourcing survey 6 Nov 17

Leonie Barrie

The global apparel industry and its supply chain is going through a period of unprecedented change. How do you and your colleagues see the outlook for 2018? And what strategies are you likely to be turning to in the year ahead?

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