This week, the apparel industry opened its supply chains, explored new brick-and-mortar technologies and welcomed new advanced materials for clothing production.
As global retailers continue to be called out for unethical supply chains, some fashion chains are taking a more local and transparent approach to their apparel manufacturing. The Telegraph noted how many brands, including Jack Wills are providing supply chain visibility to their consumers.
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It’s been about thirty-something years since the sports bra concept was born. WBUR provided the candid backstory of the activewear staple and how founder Lisa Lindahl would forever impact what women wear for physical activities.
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President Trump’s election isn’t resonating well with Chinese Shoppers and FashionUnited discussed how more than 40 percent of the nation’s shoppers had a more negative view of the U.S. due to proposed trade changes.
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Big box retailers, including Target and Walmart are having difficulties competing with Amazon. The Wall Street Journal analyzed how both companies will have a tough time beating Amazon in the market, due to its technology innovations and dabble in brick-and-mortar stores.
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While Prada goods remain in high demand, Yoox Net-a-Porter is turning towards a global communication app to reach more consumers. Bloomberg reported that the e-commerce giant is teaming up with WhatsApp to launch a digital marketplace for luxury goods.
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Patagonia and The North Face are causing the great outdoors to trend in the apparel market. The Guardian noted how both companies, while they don’t sell baseball bats, are encouraging consumers to go outside more in their digitally-centric lives.
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The resale apparel market is booming among millennials and Gen Z. OZY discussed how the resale apparel market is anticipated to grow from $14 billion in 2015 to $25 billion in 2025, as more young consumers are interested in the history of their apparel, not just the purchasing process.
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The Made in America store is surprisingly not stocked to the max. The Los Angeles Times interviewed founder Mark Andol about his domestic product inventory and struggle to shift business away from other nations, including China.
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Visual search technology is making moves in the fashion industry and Glossy explored how new innovations, including clothing recognition apps, could be the future of apparel e-commerce.
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While stores are closing left and right, off-price retailers are giving e-commerce a run for its money. New York Post discussed how discount companies, including Burlington Stores and TJ Maxx, are beating brick-and-mortar’s demise by providing consumers with better bargains and the ability to personally hunt for apparel.
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DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products debuted a new hangtag program for its Susterra brand, which will allow high-performance apparel to enhance consumer’s lives and promote sustainability in supply chains.
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Against the backdrop of the well documented challenges facing apparel retail in general and department stores specifically, Macy's, Kohl's and Neiman Marcus are all experiencing high-profile changes in the C-Suite.Read more
The British apparel retailer is the latest company to be prosecuted under the False Claims Act for skirting applicable customs duties.Read more
Walmart is rolling out new apparel brands across categories to shore up its position against Amazon as its sales in the sector continues to grow.Read more
Apparel companies historically have struggled with ethics and compliance, especially in sourcing and supply chain operations.Read more
VF Corp. said it will reinvest roughly $100 million back into its business to make it more agile and consumer focused, even while dealing with implications of the new Tax Act on its multinational operations.Read more