Boohoo has appointed retired judge Sir Brian Leveson to provide independent oversight of the UK online fashion retailer's Agenda for Change programme as the company looks to drive improvement in its supply chain and business practices.
A US bankruptcy court has approved JCPenney's plan to create separate property holding companies for its 160 of its real estate assets and all of its owned distribution centres. The so-called 'PropCos' are expected to complete the restructuring process and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the first half of 2021.
Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how TAL Apparel is reinventing the face mask, according to CEO Roger Lee, and how Hong Kong is evolving into a leading sourcing and digital supply-chain services hub. A project aimed at improving communication between workers and managers in Gap Inc garment supplier factories has also boosted production efficiency, and Adidas has fallen off the Dow Jones Sustainability Index after a 20-year run.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says more than 2.3m cotton farmers received training on more sustainable farming practices in the 2018-19 cotton season, with participants achieving a reduction in water and pesticide use while increasing yields and profits.
Ascena Retail Group - owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains - has become the latest fashion industry player to ban the use of alpaca wool and commit to eliminating the material from its product lines going forward.