Even though more parents started back-to-school shopping early this year, the average US family with children in grades K-12 had completed only 45% of their shopping as of early August, the lowest level since 40% in 2012.
The US has said it is still focused on "amending or modifying" its Free Trade Agreement with Korea (KORUS) in a way that will benefit American workers and businesses, even though Korea has refused to renegotiate its terms.
As part of its efforts to enhance store profitability and improve customer experience, US department store retailer Kohl's will continue its efforts to "rightsize" its stores and says by the end of 2017, nearly half of its locations will be "operationally smaller".
The US-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has filed comments with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to China's proposed ban on scrap imports, which it says would have a negative impact on the global textile recycling progress.
Unions say they must look beyond the minimum wage for the global garment industry and push for a new wage fixing mechanism that takes account of the way brands contract with suppliers and the prices they pay.
Following the success of its events in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Dhaka, ThreadSol is to hold a technology seminar in Chittagong, Bangladesh, later this week in which leading garment manufacturers and technology providers will discuss how the apparel industry can find its footing in a "landscape of constant change".
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with the Government of Bangladesh to develop a national initiative to support maternity rights and promote breastfeeding at workplaces, with a particular focus on the country's readymade garments sector, which has the largest concentration of female workers.
US retail giant Macy's has revealed a number of changes aimed at boosting speed and responsiveness, including hiring former eBay executive Hal Lawton as president and restructuring its merchandising operations with the loss of 100 jobs.