May 9, 2013 Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?
Apr 9, 2013 Ron Johnson's ousting as CEO of JC Penney ends his bid to break retail's cycle of marking products up just to mark them down in sales. Shoppers rejected Johnson's strategy of keeping low prices instead of discounting.
Mar 14, 2013 J.C. Penney seriously needs to catch a break right now. Shoppers were scared off when the chain eliminated big sales in favor of everyday low prices. Now, Penney's will open 681 'Joe Fresh' shops inside their main stores.
Mar 13, 2013 The Spanish company Inditex, which owns Zara among other chain stores, has just unveiled an impressive set of figures: a 22 percent jump in profits.
Feb 15, 2013 The company that was founded by a former football player and is known for its hard-core, performance sportswear is testing a new branding strategy geared towards women.
Nov 28, 2012 A growing number of U.S. companies -- including Wal-mart, Sears, Disney, Dickies, and hip-hop star Sean Comb's clothing line -- have been linked to the deadly garment factory fire in Bangladesh.
Oct 19, 2012 The department store looks back -- to icons including Marilyn Monroe and Madonna -- to attract shoppers in their teens and 20's.
Stacey Vanek Smith
Jun 13, 2012 Americans spend an average of $1,100 a year on clothes, and a lot of that is spent on cheap and trendy "fast fashion." Elizabeth Cline joins us to talk about the high cost of discount clothing detailed in her new book, "Overdressed."
Jun 4, 2012 American Apparel's CEO says he's getting pressure from other executives and members of the board to make clothes cheaper overseas.
Apr 17, 2012 Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has written a new book he hopes will be a blueprint for companies to do better... by doing good.