Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention and Expo, has been pushed back to June of next year with the organisation to host a virtual event in January amid health and travel concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the new normal in the apparel factory auditing process, why technology is at the heart of the industry's emergence from post-Covid lockdown, and Next and Asos are among a number of online retailers that have dropped the Boohoo Group's brands from their websites over claims of exploitation one of its UK supplier factories. Elsewhere, Brooks Brothers has become the latest company to file for bankruptcy protection.
H&M Foundation is to donate SEK12m (US$1.3m) to help young women and their families in and around Dhaka with emergency relief from the Covid-19 pandemic as part of a long-term project to support female garment workers in Bangladesh.
Swiss speciality textile chemistry company HeiQ's antiviral textile technology, developed for use against the coronavirus, has been certified as safe and sustainable as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has opened a 50-bed Covid-19 field hospital in Chattogram to provide free medical treatment to garment workers infected with coronavirus.
The reopening of the UK high street last month appeared to have little impact on online retail sales as they spiked to a new 12-year high in June but demand for clothing failed to return with both womens and menswear hit.