17th May 2018
UK Prime Minister uses Royal Wedding to disguise Single Market confirmation
Theresa May confirmed on May 16 that Britain would remain in Europe's Single Market - using the news chaos around the Royal Wedding to ensure media would overlook it. The...
17th April 2018
Primark becomes first British retailer to make over $1bn from selling clothes
Primark's H1 results, announced on April 17, make it the first British retailer to achieve over a billion dollars' annual profit from selling clothes. A disappointing performance from its parent...
9th November 2016
Post Trump and Brexit: there’s more than one way to skin the international retailing cat
While American voters were confounding practically all observers on November 8, on the other side of the Atlantic Britain’s Marks & Spencer unveiled a strategy that may be designed for...
26th February 2016
Is Primark pioneering a new wave of retail efficiency?
Has Primark identified the direction apparel retailers should be looking – or are US commentators right to claim the business is fundamentally flawed? Earlier this month, I stressed the importance of...
15th January 2015
2014’s Next Big Things that weren’t.1. Internet dominance
We're now twenty years from the launch of internet retailing. But it's had nothing like the effect on apparel buying the big 20th century revolutions did. Accident, problem - or...
29th October 2014
“Modern slavery”: Activists want tougher UK duty of disclosure on slavery-free supply chains
The UK government announced on October 13 that larger businesses will have to state publicly each year what action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free. The...
26th September 2014
Cambodian government gets subtly different pressures from foreign buyers and unions over minimum wages
In separate mid-September letters to the Cambodian government, a group of European buyers and the major international union federations pushed for surprisingly similar, but still different, approaches to setting Cambodia's...
15th January 2014
Greenpeace childrenswear focus tries to shame more brands into Detox campaign
Greenpeace launched a "Little Monsters" fairy tale, detailing hazardous chemicals in children's clothes, as its latest weapon to shame more brands into signing the Detox Challenge. A survey, describing 82...
25th October 2013
Loblaw and Primark call on other buyers to adopt their Rana Plaza compensation policy
UK-based Primark and its Canadian cousin Loblaw on October 24 voiced outspoken criticism of other buyers connected with the Rana Plaza collapse. It followed research showing that 92% of Rana...
24th October 2013
Why are the Weston family happy not to toe the garment industry line?
The apparel businesses ultimately owned by the Weston family have suddenly acquired an extraordinary habit of becoming outspoken. After a century of intense understatement bordering on being corporate recluses. I...
10th October 2013
Bangladesh Accord explains why Aswad fire site was not listed:
The Bangladesh Accord has explained why the Aswad Composite Mills plant in Gazipur was used by a number of signatories, but does not feature in the factories list the Accord...
25th June 2013
Tesco and Walmart delisting decisions spark public controversy
Tesco’s decision to stop sourcing from Liberty Fashion in Dhaka, and Walmart’s decision to blacklist Liz Apparels have shown more problems in appraising factories. On June 15 Tesco announced...