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Workplace culture

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House of Fraser and JD Sports back new retail qualification Subscription

4 December 2018 By

Retailers including House of Fraser, Jigsaw and JD Sports, the government and charity Retail Trust have joined forces to launch new retail qualification the Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree.

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How can retailers be more entrepreneurial?Subscription

1 November 2018 By

A spirit of innovation can help retailers to survive in tough markets, so learn from the brands that are putting it at their core

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Empowering your staff to give their bestSubscription

12 October 2018 By

Oasis and Warehouse COO Hash Ladha, FitFlop global people director Kathy Alison and DL1961 founder Sarah Faisal Ahmed gave their tips for creating a great workplace culture at the Drapers Fashion Forum.

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Ignoring flexibility to cost retailers £792m a year Subscription

9 October 2018 By Grace Whelan

UK retail businesses could make an extra £792m per year in economic output by 2023, if they embrace flexible working, a new study has found.


What skills do retail leaders need today?Subscription

13 September 2018 By

Challenging times require strong leadership. Nowhere is this more true than on the UK high street, where fashion bosses are battling a sluggish economy and shaky consumer confidence in an ever-changing retail industry 

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Drapers Investigates: the cost-cutting conundrumSubscription

6 August 2018 By

As store closures and redundancies rock the high street, Drapers explores how retailers are cutting costs in the battle against shrinking margins.

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Nike concludes global pay reviewSubscription

24 July 2018 By Kaisha Langton

Nike is set to raise wages for around 7,500 employees after it concluded a global pay review, two months after the sports brand finished a probe into workplace behaviour that resulted in the departure of some top executives.


Retailers demand action on slaverySubscription

2 July 2018 By Grace Whelan

Marks & Spencer, Clarks and Tesco have joined the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in calling for government to take stronger action to eliminate slavery in the supply chain.

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Guess co-founder steps down amid claims of 'improper conduct'Subscription

13 June 2018 By Emily Seares

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano is understood to be stepping down as executive chairman of the US fashion brand, following reports of claims of “improper conduct” by model Kate Upton.

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John Lewis sets up 'better jobs' supplier frameworkSubscription

25 May 2018 By Tim Clark

John Lewis has announced plans to setup a framework with suppliers to promote better jobs.

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Fail fast and win: design sprint to successSubscription

24 May 2018 By Kaisha Langton

Forward-thinking retailers and brands are borrowing “fail fast” methods from the technology sector to innovate at pace.

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Sustainability improves in 75% of fashion businesses Subscription

9 May 2018 By Emily Seares

Three quarters of fashion companies have improved their environmental and social performance over the last year, a new study has revealed.

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Demand for retail staff declinesSubscription

9 May 2018 By Kaisha Langton

Demand for retail staff fell in April, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) Report on Jobs has shown.

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DPD drivers to choose employment terms Subscription

8 May 2018 By

DPD has pledged to enable all its drivers to choose how they are employed, and to pay at least the Real Living Wage, as well as pension, paid holiday and sick pay.

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How far has transparency progressed since Rana Plaza?Subscription

30 April 2018 By

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.

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Does fashion retail have a problem with disability?Subscription

2018 4 May By Kaisha Langton

Drapers investigates why people with disabilities are so invisible in the industry.

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Number of retail jobs falls Subscription

26 April 2018 By Emily Seares

The number of full-time jobs in retail declined 2.5% in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year, as the industry continues to go through a period of significant transition.


Exclusive: House of Fraser culls director roles in restructuringSubscription

24 April 2018 By

House of Fraser has cut a number of director-level roles across various departments, Drapers has learned.

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Fashion retail's gender pay gap: the next stepsSubscription

23 April 2018 By

What does the gender pay gap data really tell us about inequality in the fashion industry?