This week, the apparel industry questioned home-shopping, fought back counterfeit merchandise and received a new eco-calculator for supply chain sustainability.
Amazon is still the e-commerce monarch, so is there time for home-shopping channels, including QVC? The Wall Street Journal discussed how election coverage, store promotions and the Olympics hurt QVC’s third quarter sales.
Next week U.S. president-elect Donald Trump will have his inauguration and according to Financial Times, America could be forfeiting its democracy-centric geopolitical order for a lonely four years.
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Woolmark debuted The Wool Lab Spring/Summer 2018 edition at Pitti Uomo from January 10 to January 13, which featured six-oriented fashion themes and yarns dedicated to wool denim, in addition to technical wool for the sports industry.
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Korean fashion is stopping by Nordstrom with a new pop-up series. Curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, the three-part shop is called KPOP-IN@Nordstrom and will showcase products by eyewear line Gentle Monster, K-Beauty and other popular Korean labels.
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Oxford Industries, the conglomerate of Lilly Pulitzer, Tommy Bahama and Southern Tide, is showcasing a new sportswear collection at the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla. at the end of January, according to WWD.
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Prime perks aren’t just limited to free two-day shipping anymore. The Wall Street Journal explained how Amazon is introducing a new credit card for Prime members, which may boost the e-tailer’s sales this year.
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Counterfeit dilemmas may be over for eBay. Fashion United said the e-commerce giant is launching a new service, eBay authenticate, to ensure authenticity for luxury apparel items sold on its platform.
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Will omni-channel services play a crucial role in future retail performance? Boston Retail Partners thinks so. Luxury Daily investigated the retail consulting firm’s data and insights about how consumers favor more digital experiences when they shop at traditional brick-and-mortar stores.
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Hazaribagh is the artery of Bangladesh’s $1 billion tanning industry, but comes at the expensinvestigated e of the environment and human rights. Wired conducted a deep dive on the nation’s leather sector and how it is detrimental to nearby waterbodies and community health.
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Although Amazon confirmed it will create 100,000 full-time benefit jobs by 2018, Fast Company questioned how the e-tailer would be able to juggle human employment with increased automation. Local startups, including American Giant and Reformation, may be the solution for this situation since they’ve contributed to more manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
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A border adjustment may be applied to the U.S. corporate tax soon and The Wall Street Journal said major toy makers, including Mattel and Hasbro, could face major price increases in upcoming years.
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Fibre2Fashion reported that the Australian Government, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Cotton Australia are working together to train 225,000 cotton farmers in Pakistan for the 2017 season.
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Polartec, along with Whittaker and RMI Expeditions, debuted MtnLogic, a new top-of-the-mountain apparel brand to provide alpine climbers with advanced cold weather clothing.
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Sympatex created an eco-calculator, which will track the ecological footprint of textile laminates and foster sustainable purchases among apparel industry consumers.
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