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Top Apparel-Related Stories From Around the Web

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.
(Related on SJ: Amazon Launches Own Athletic Apparel Line, Bids to Buy American Apparel)

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.
(Related on SJ: Phantom Inventory May Be Retailers’ Biggest Holiday Season Headache)

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.
(Related on SJ: Nineteen States Will Raise Minimum Wages in 2017)

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.
(Related on SJ: REI Recognized for Sustainable Distribution Center)

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.
(Related on SJ: New Year, New Approach to Active Retailing)

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)