Blog: Leonie BarrieRetail's rapid transformation requires "platform thinking"

Leonie Barrie | 29 January 2018

There’s no doubt the retail industry is undergoing rapid transformation as technology continues to reshape how retailers think about their supply chains and meeting their customers’ needs. But to position themselves for future growth, they must adopt "platform thinking" and offer a radically diverse sets of experiences.

Female migrants are being exploited by garment factories in India supplying to international fashion brands such as Benetton, Gap Inc, and Levi Strauss, a new report claims, with many subjected to conditions of modern slavery.

And a group of investors is urging the 220 original signatories of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety to re-commit to the new three-year extension.

The calls came as a settlement of US$2.3m was reached in an arbitration case filed against a leading multinational fashion brand for non-compliance with the Accord.

Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group, the world's largest woven shirt maker, has partnered with an industrial wastewater treatment firm in a bid to achieve zero liquid discharge at its wet processing manufacturing facilities.

While Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Hela Clothing is to increase its investment in Ethiopia in a bid to reduce lead times and increase output after shipping its one millionth garment from the country.

FatFace, Romwe, Tesco, and Boots are among the latest British retailers to have been found mis-selling clothes and footwear containing real fur falsely advertised as fake fur.

And one year after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the remaining 11 countries have agreed to move ahead with a revised version of the agreement.

And in other news, US yarn maker Unifi has named its first ‘Repreve Champions of Sustainability’; China and Russia are failing to live up to key commitments they made upon joining the WTO; and over 450 supplier factories are expected to take part in next month's Asia Apparel Expo trade show in Berlin.

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