This week, the apparel industry contemplated brick-and-mortar’s worth, dabbled in the e-commerce market and fostered supply chain transparency for consumers.
Macy’s new CEO, Jeff Gennette, is ready to revamp the struggling retailer. Fortune discussed how Gennette is planning to make Macy’s more of a fashion destination, focus less on heavy discounting and prioritize the integration of stores and e-commerce.
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Tax reform has been the talk of many companies, including apparel businesses. CNN Money analyzed what could happen to tax reform if the Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare. It is possible that the Republicans’ tax reform agenda could lag and not deliver results this year.
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Global public health organization NSF International certified Silver Hill Farm, a down provider, to the Global Traceable Down Standard for its commitment to animal welfare supply chain traceability.
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Cotton remains a conflict material today for the apparel industry. The Pulitzer Center investigated how cotton hasn’t improved from its Western capitalism past, since many garment workers are still exploited in supply chains today.
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Clothes could be the most avid globe-trotters. BBC reported how most garments are sent to multiple countries before landing on clothing racks and how most apparel companies continue to conduct complicated supply chains.
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Zara is not playing lightly when it comes to e-commerce. Inditex, the parent company of the fast-fashion retailer, is spending over $1 billion this year to boost its integrated store and online platform, so consumers everywhere could experience a more seamless purchasing process. Last year, Inditex expanded its online reach in the European Union and other markets, including Turkey and Singapore.
According to Fibre2Fashion, Colorado State University students debuted an eco-friendly fashion collection at the CSU Avenir Museum Gallery. The exhibition, ‘Eco Fashion: Through the Looking Glass,’ has an Alice and Wonderland Theme and features garments created from renewable materials.
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Amazon is dabbling in the Middle East’s e-commerce scene. The New York Times explored how the e-tailer recently acquired Souq.com for $1 billion and how Amazon will grow its digital footprint with the business.
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AsiaInspection, a global compliance service provider, acquired Eyeglass Testing and Inspection Co. Ltd., a leading fashion brand inspection company in China.
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Lord & Taylor is upping the ante on dress shopping. The retailer launched The Dress Address at its New York flagship, which provides consumers with an elevated shopping experience and exclusive garments.
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