Blog: Leonie BarrieWal-Mart has designs on New York

Leonie Barrie | 13 February 2009

Moves by Wal-Mart to shift its apparel buying to New York will pay dividends for the retail giant; after all, it makes more sense to have a fashion operation in Manhattan than Bentonville.

The design and development, marketing, buying, pre-season planning, and brand merchandising teams will now be based in New York where they will be nearer the garment district, designers, fabric suppliers and trend watchers. Wal-Mart is also planning to hire new employees here as part of ongoing plans to increase its focus on fashion.

But it’s not such good news for vendors like Hanesbrands and VF who maintain sizable operations near the retail giant's headquarters in Arkansas.

As one retail operations consultant points out in this Business Week article: “Most apparel suppliers with offices in Bentonville do a large business with Wal-Mart or they couldn't afford to staff a team here.”

 

US: Wal-Mart cutting up to 800 head office jobs


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