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)
It seems the Indian government is stuck between a rock–complying with global trade rules and its overall tax structure –and a hard place–supporting its apparel and textile industry.Read more
Retail executives looking to boost sales need to re-evaluate every aspect of their businesses with women, new wealth and the web in mind.Read more
Macy's Inc.'s group VP and creative director Nicole Fischelis is leaving, plus Under Armour named Ryan Drew as its new head of footwear.Read more
Companies sourcing in Mexico will very soon be facing labor costs that are 10 percent higher.Read more
The North American Free Trade Negotiations have turned into a blame game about which party is doing the most to damage the deal. Needless to say, little progress seems to have been made at the fifth round of negotiations that wrapped in Mexico City Tuesday.Read more