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Does fair trade clothing help the consumer and the retailer?

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?
Posted In: Fair trade, Retail, clothing, Bangladesh

JC Penney and what's behind (mark) ups and downs of clothing prices

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.
Posted In: JC Penney, Retail, clothing

J.C. Penney tries to freshen up with 'Joe Fresh'

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.
Posted In: JC Penney, Retail, clothing

Zara-owner Inditex translates fast-fashion into big profits

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.
Posted In: Retail, fashion, clothing, spain

Under Armour gets a makeover for women

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.
Posted In: branding, women, fashion, clothing, Retail

U.S. retailers see fallout from Bangladesh factory fire

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.
Posted In: Bangladesh, Retail, Walmart, clothing

Macy's new brands aim at younger shoppers

Oct 19, 2012
The department store looks back -- to icons including Marilyn Monroe and Madonna -- to attract shoppers in their teens and 20's.
Posted In: Retail, Macy's, clothing

The high price of cheap clothing

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."
Posted In: clothing, fashion money retail spending

American Apparel considers outsourcing overseas

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.
Posted In: outsourcing, fashion, Retail, clothing

Patagonia founder on why there's no 'sustainability'

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.
Posted In: clothing, sustainability, green, Environment, Walmart, patagonia

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