Could Toys R Us Go From Retail Casualty to Comeback?

Could Toys R Us Go From Retail Casualty to Comeback?

Toys R Us Cancels IP Auction, Focus Shifts to Brand Development Toys R Us could be making a surprise comeback. The iconic 70-year old US specialty toy store has received court approval to cancel a previously scheduled October auction of its brand marks and intellectual property.  Instead, it will pursue a plan of reorganisation that will shift the focus to developing its popular brand names.In the court filing, Toys R Us attorneys said that by retaining its IP (rather than selling...
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Hidden Data that Could Be a Game Changer – or Life Saver

Hidden Data that Could Be a Game Changer – or Life Saver

A transparent supply chain is not that easy to achieve, especially for the apparel industry where manufacturing spans many nations, and where documentation is often nebulous, if you can even get it.
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The Greening of Pakistan

The Greening of Pakistan

Can one company change an entire industry? Muhammad Sohail has a vision for Pakistan’s textile industry and his company, Green Textiles International (GTI), is working with companies to help them find practical, commercially viable ways to become more sustainable.
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Racing to Vietnam: Could Too Many Orders Threaten Vietnam's Apparel Industry?

Racing to Vietnam: Could Too Many Orders Threaten Vietnam's Apparel Industry?

A race to open factories in Vietnam (in part driven by the US-China trade war) could be both a blessing and a curse for the nation.  Most countries actively court inward investment however for Vietnam, there’s the very real threat of ‘too much, too soon’.  Here are the potential threats Massive investment could lead to disorder in Vietnam’s market, as competition for land on which to build factories and labor heats up. Vietnamese manufacturer...
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Can Versace Take Michael Kors Where It Wants to Go?

Can Versace Take Michael Kors Where It Wants to Go?

Michael Kors is said to be negotiating to buy Versace for an estimated $2.4 billion. Versace has sales of around $800 million. Kors had $4.7 billion in sales in the year ended in March. While the Versace acquistion will help to boost top line sales, will make enough of a contribution to the bottom line?
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Shipping Fast, Shopping Slow

Shipping Fast, Shopping Slow

In an age when everything seems to be getting faster, shopping is actually getting slower. What’s reducing its pace? The surprising answer is e-commerce. Touted by every ‘expert’ as driving instant purchases – consumers alledgedly having Amazon and others on the digital equivalent of speed dial – and with the advent of one-day, even same day, delivery – we might be led to believe that we really are living in a see it-want it-buy it world. A...
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5 Things We've Learned About E-commerce That No One Anticipated

5 Things We've Learned About E-commerce That No One Anticipated

Online shopping continues to grow, now expanding quickly into developing nations.  However fast growth has made this a fiercely competitive retail channel. Here are some of the top ‘pain points’ for brands and retailers. There is an unbreakable consolidation of ‘power’.  In each major market, one or two platforms dominate with market share that even the biggest offline retailers wouldn’t dare to dream of. Survival of the Cheapest.  Ther...
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Bangladesh:  6 Things No One's Talking About

Bangladesh: 6 Things No One's Talking About

1.  67 of Bangladesh’s garment factories have achieved LEED certification. Of them, 17 are platinum rated and 37 gold rated. A further 280 factories are under process for LEED certification.  2. Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT), the world's largest apparel resource efficiency program (backed by the World Bank) is based in Bangladesh.  The organization aims at environmental sustainability of the textile wet processing sector by reducing water, energy and chemic...
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Have We Gotten Too Fast To Be Fashionable?

Have We Gotten Too Fast To Be Fashionable?

For Laurent Garigue Partnership, the demand for designers to create more frequent collections has  helped to drive sales.  “The pressure to do more collections has led designers to rely on more unique fabrics to give each collection uniqueness,” said Laurent Garigue, owner of a UK-based mill that specializes in high-end textiles.   "Using the fabric to define the garment takes some of the pressure off the design team." Still, even exclusive material...
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Currency Chaos!

Currency Chaos!

Trump’s trade war tariffs have helped to send global currencies on a downward spiral.  Turkey’s lira fell over 16% on Friday, when in addition to mounting economic concerns, US President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on the nation’s aluminum and steel exports. China’s yuan has depreciated by about 8% against the dollar since March, falling to 6.7751 per dollar last Friday. Impact on Buyers:  If the yuan remains at this low point, buyers c...
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