As artificial intelligence starts to replace human resource, Drapers examines how retailers are using the technology to leverage business opportunities
Sustainability Scandi-style with Filippa K Subscription
Environmental initiatives have been placed at the core of Swedish brand Filippa K, as founder Filippa Knutsson and sustainability director Elin Larsson explain
How immigration shapes UK fashionSubscription
Immigration was one of the biggest factors in the Brexit vote. Yet British fashion retail would be much poorer without the people who came to settle here
Ahead of next month’s international sourcing trade show Fashion SVP in London, Drapers catches up with chief executive Buzz Carter about adding a denim area and why manufacturers need to be more in tune than ever with retailers’ needs.
Five years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, Drapers examines whether the fashion industry has stepped up its efforts to improve supply chain transparency, and how it can benefit brands and retailers.
How retailers can future-proof their logistics Subscription
Bots, drones and driverless cars may be grabbing the headlines, but for fashion retailers and brands, the key to future-proofing logistics will be using the right technology effectively.
British cotton is once again being spun in Manchester following a multimillion-pound investment in a new mill. Drapers explores the opportunities and challenges facing textile reshoring.
Quiz has the answer to peak fast fashion demandSubscription
Drapers joined women’s fast fashion retailer Quiz Clothing during its peak pre-Christmas trading period, to find out how it capitalises on the spike in demand.
Behind the scenes at Boohoo’s Burnley baseSubscription
Drapers takes a look inside Boohoo’s revamped distribution centre and staff facilities.
Comment: Squeezing suppliers is short-termistSubscription
Arcadia Group’s latest demand for a discount from its suppliers
After three years of planning and a £5m investment, lifestyle retailer Fat Face has opened the doors to its brand new distribution facility in Havant, Hampshire.
Spencer Fung is the Silicon Valley-trained CEO of Li & Fung, the billion-pound supplier to the high street’s biggest names. Now, he is tasked with revolutionising the 111-year-old business founded by his great-grandfather.
Changing the mindset around excess stock Subscription
Off-price product, rather than being a problem to avoid, is a part of every retail business and is fast becoming a bona-fide channel in its own right.
Protecting brand reputation while discounting Subscription
Mismanaging excess stock can harm a brand and train shoppers to only buy at Sale prices, but you can discount without damaging your reputation
Drapers explores Morocco’s bid to the become the next sourcing hub for fast fashion.
Why fashion needs an orderly BrexitSubscription
As the UK government attempts to secure a transitional deal to ease our exit from the European Union, we explore how this could benefit the fashion and textiles industry.
Clearing Excess Stock Beyond British BordersSubscription
Offloading excess inventory in international markets can be challenging but some fashion retailers and brands think it is worth doing
Lord Tariq Ahmad, minister of state for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, is urging more fashion retailers to collaborate with the government to usher in meaningful change, following a visit to India and Bangladesh earlier this month.
The new delivery models disrupting the industrySubscription
Drapers examines the pros and cons of two emerging models of pay-later delivery.
Christopher Nieper, managing director of Derbyshire manufacturer David Nieper explains how the next generation hold the keys to Britain’s manufacturing future
How to navigate Myanmar's ethical mazeSubscription
Myanmar is becoming an increasingly attractive sourcing destination, but retailers should insist strongly on ethical compliance when doing business there
Kate Hills, founder and CEO of directory and website Make it British, and trade show Meet the Manufacturer
Optimise your operations for a post-Brexit worldSubscription
Ahead of Drapers Operations Forum on Thursday, retailers tell us how they are preparing for the operational challenges posed by Brexit.
There is a myth that making clothing in the UK is much more expensive than manufacturing overseas, but Make it British founder and chief executive Kate Hills argues that this is not always the case, even on simple products like T-shirts.
The next steps to an ethical fashion industrySubscription
Ethical fashion champion Safia Minney talks to Drapers about what more retailers should be doing, the impact of the Modern Slavery Act and the importance of a fair supply chain.
Why big names are joining the ethical bandwagonSubscription
As the high street wakes up to the benefits of sustainable collections, and more and more design-led brands emerge, Drapers looks at how ethical fashion is evolving.
Four years on from the Rana Plaza collapse, Drapers looks at what steps have been taken by fashion retailers to prevent a similar disaster and how once secretive supply chains are being opened up.
The secret source of the high street's biggest namesVideoSubscription
High street supplier and sourcing firm PDS Multinational is poised to open two new state-of-the-art factories in Bangladesh to take more control over its supply chain
A wake-up call for Bangladeshi manufacturingSubscription
A cloud hung over the second annual Dhaka Apparel Summit last month, after reports of police brutality against protesting garment workers in Bangladesh shocked the world.
As retailers are rocked by a series of high-profile ethical scandals, Drapers looks at how effective the Modern Slavery Act is at eliminating exploitation in the supply chain.
Retailers are reluctant to pass on rising cost pressures to consumers in the form of price rises, but suppliers say they are already working at the tightest possible margins. Drapers explores the impact this is having on relationships in the sector.
As an industry, we condemn the illegal practices seen in the factories featured on Channel 4’s Dispatches programme and call on enforcement agencies such as HMRC to investigate and take immediate action, says the UKFT’s Adam Mansell
Debates heat up first winter Fashion SVPSubscription
The first winter edition of Fashion SVP was a slow but steady affair.
It’s easy to gasp in horror when you hear Turkish factories used by British brands like Marks & Spencer, Next and Asos are using child labour.
A Drapers roundtable finds businesses without an effective model will suffer in the current competitive retail climate
The only consistent thing in fashion retailing is change. Today retailers find themselves being led by, rather than leading, the consumer, who dictates how they want to browse, buy, receive and return.
The only consistent thing in fashion retailing is change. Today retailers find themselves being led by, rather than leading, the consumer, who dictates how they want to browse, buy, receive and return. You might be meeting customer expectations now, but are you looking ahead and asking ‘how will I meet those needs tomorrow?’
Inside John Lewis's £150m Magna Park Subscription
John Lewis showed off two new all-singing all-dancing distribution centres at its 2.4m sq ft Magna Park campus earlier this month – the results of a £150m investment and a decade of planning.
An in-depth study of what businesses will need to do to future-proof their supply chains.
An over-subscribed guest list including a number who have recently invested in PLM systems at Drapers recent roundtable, proved that product lifecycle management (PLM) has really risen up the fashion investment agenda.
Journey to greater transparencySubscription
Close working relationships with suppliers are essential in today’s fast-paced industry, said delegates at a recent Drapers roundtable
From mobile to click-and-collect, we asked some of fashion’s digital leaders how they are keeping pace with rapid chang
As we count down to the Drapers Operations Forum next week, we are turning the spotlight on the back-office functions that are the driving force behind any fashion business in this Drapers Operations Special Report.
Into the dragon's den of Chinese retailSubscription
As Chinese economic growth slows, retailers and brands are questioning how they can still reap riches from this vast market
Weathering the perfect retail storm Subscription
Experts warn that 2016 could see a higher-than-usual rate of retail insolvencies, following a perfect storm of warm autumn weather and unprecedented discounting.
With work under way to create the UK’s first cotton-spinning mill since the early 2000s, Drapers hears why the reawakening of a once-dormant industry could boost British garment producers.
Compliance and cash flow are some of the issues that challenge the growth of UK garment manufacturers but retailers and suppliers are making strides in the right direction by working together.
Fashion retailers are working under severe time constraints to reprocess Black Friday and Christmas returns, but getting it right can protect margins and keep customers happy.
Fashion Enter outlines its plans for further expansion to offer the UK’s manufacturers the skills required to grow.
Cheap denim, the true costSubscription
Many choose jeans for their fashionability, others for authenticity and some for functionality. Whatever the reason, with 70 million pairs sold in the UK every year, clearly our love affair with denim continues.