This week, the apparel industry faced the year’s biggest return day, welcomed a new design hub and prepped for Amazon’s potential store debut.
There has been great buzz about Amazon’s potential dabble into the brick-and-mortar scene. The Washington Post explained the reason Amazon won’t kill the mom-and-pop convenience store meanwhile The Wall Street Journal shared Amazon’s plan for its first Manhattan bookstore.
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Jan. 5 was dubbed National Returns Day by UPS and The Washington Post provided readers with an inside scoop on how many returns the shipping company may have processed—a whopping 6 million that outnumbered those of 2015.
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Uniqlo conglomerate Fast-Retailing Co. was nominated for the Black Company Award after allegedly exploiting workers. The Japan Times explored this claim with the personal account of Masuo Yokota, a journalist who went undercover as a Uniqlo sales associate in Japan.
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Downlite furthered its sustainability commitments and installed a new wastewater recover system, which will allow the down manufacturer to reuse up to 99 percent of water used to clean its feather fills.
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Ohio is becoming America’s newest design hub. The Columbus Dispatch informed readers about how major apparel brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria’s Secret, are boosting their local headquarters with America’s most talented designers.
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Manchester e-tailers Boohoo, Missguided and PrettyLittleThing are shaking up the way young women dress today. The Guardian reports on how the online retailers are taking over the e-commerce scene and how their fast-fashion approach is a boon for market success.(Related on SJ: Fast-Fashion Phenom Boohoo Continues Growth Path, Acquires PrettyLittleThing)
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
There are many ways to create newness in footwear, and new brands—including some familiar names—introduced new collections and novel business models at FN Platform this week.Read more