Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

26th October 2018

Major clothing businesses back Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at source

Among the 290 organisations behind the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment are H&M, Inditex, M&S, Target and Burberry. Most have committed to extensive steps towards eliminating plastic by 2025 

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19th September 2018

Are we really facing total retail collapse? Or have too many retailers just been misguided?

An awful lot of people are telling us retail's collapsing - or at least fleeing to the internet. Among recent front-page horrors have been Sears in the US hinting it’s...

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1st June 2018

M&S admit: it’s too fixated on fashion

Announcing its annual results on May 23, Marks & Spencer publicly agreed with what its older customers have been saying for years: it's too fixated with fashion. Slide 9 at...

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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...

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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...

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1st August 2014

M&S triggers substantial redundancies at UK indirect suppliers

At least 150 redundancies have been reportedly caused at M&S UK suppliers as the company's earlier decision to increase direct Asian sourcing begins to bite, M&S announced in May it...

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1st May 2014

VF and PVH show interest as Kenyans “launch” proposed Textile City

VF and PVH were among garment buyers attending the Kenyan government's "launch" of a proposed Textile City on April 30. The official plan appears as insubstantial as most similar announcements...

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8th January 2014

Factory owners and retailers differ over future of Cambodian garment industry after year-end strike

Two startlingly different views emerged on January 6 and 7 about the effect of Cambodia's garment strike on the industry's prospects for 2014. Cambodian factory owners pessimistic. Garment Manufacturers Association in...

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22nd November 2013

M&S new logistics plan for non-UK stores cuts delivery time 75%

Marks & Spencer revealed publicly on November 21 that their new global logistics strategy, based on a network of hubs and DCs, would cut delivery times from factory to Asian stores...

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13th November 2013

M&S slashing sourcing from South Asia?

Marks and Spencer appear to have cut their General Merchandise sourcing from South Asia by 21% since 2012. Though announcing on November 11 plans for a substantial increase in its...

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6th November 2013

Weston family apparel sales now neck and neck with M&S

An extraordinary year at Primark, while like for like sales at M&S fell in the first half, mean apparel sales in businesses controlled by Weston family closed companies now appear...

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19th October 2013

Why’s M&S off the Sustainable Apparel Coalition membership list?

Marks & Spencer seems to have left. Without a trace anywhere on the record. Since the SAC was launched, M&S has always been listed among the SAC's founding members. Now...

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