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A still from one of the online fashion retailer's campaigns.

Business Features

EXCLUSIVE: Zalando Makes Sustainability Mandatory for All Brands

Europe’s largest online-only fashion retailer is making a bold move, asking all brands to provide supply chain information. Those that don’t measure up to ethical standards by 2023 are out.

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A still from Zalando's sustainability campaign.


Zalando Seizes on Acceleration of Online Commerce

The company offered positive guidance for the rest of the year, as European shoppers flocked online.

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A fall look from Lafayette 148.


Puma Pins Hopes on China After Profits Shrivel in Q1

The German firm trumpeted a “very good April” in China, but warned Q2 overall will be worse.

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Dark days at Hugo Boss.


Hugo Boss Predicts 50 Percent Sales Drop in Q2

The German brand reported that three-quarters of its stores around the world remain closed.

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Tough times at the German sportswear giant.


Adidas Warns Sales Could Drop 40 Percent in Q2

Despite worse than expected news, Adidas’ ceo and market analysts agree that the sportswear sector still holds promise.

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Business Features

Too Many, Too Confusing: What Does the Future Hold for Eco-Labels?

Today’s unruly crop of eco-labels are puzzling customers and proving too expensive and time-consuming for manufacturers to apply for. But as the sustainability certification sector evolves, solutions are emerging.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz


Lockdowns Are Being Lifted Gradually Across Europe, Shops Included

Starting April 19, retail stores up to 800 square meters, or 8,600 square feet, may be allowed to re-open in Germany.

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An image from one of the challenges players are set in the mobile fashion game, Drest.


Tipping Point: The ‘Gamification’ of Fashion Is Accelerating

Consumers are online at home, playing games and accelerating digital trends faster than expected. That has major ramifications for how business will be done during and after this crisis.

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A Kaufhof department store in Hannover, Germany.


In Germany, Some Retailers and Brands See Insolvency as the Easiest Option

Despite a trillion euro rescue package, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof and Esprit are among those who found it easier to head straight to court to file for Chapter 11-style protection.

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Adidas has backtracked and will pay its rent during the lockdown. Last week, it said it wouldn't.


Adidas Says Sorry, Agrees to Pay German Rents After Controversy

“We made a mistake and we lost a lot of trust by doing so,” Adidas said.

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Adidas store

Government and Trade

Adidas Takes ‘Indecent’ Advantage of German Eviction Freeze

Politicians slammed the brand for refusing to pay their rent and say they’re watching to see if rules need to be adjusted, thanks to corporate rent-dodgers.

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Stores in Germany have been closed since mid-March.

Business Features

Will Fashion Benefit From Germany’s 1.2 Trillion Euro Pandemic Rescue Fund?

The country’s industry associations warn of a wave of insolvencies within a month, if they don’t get more financial aid.

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The 2020 Summer Olympics Are Officially Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Business Features

With 2020 Olympics Postponed, Brands and Sponsors Respond

Aside from attracting a global audience — 3.6 million tuned in for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio — the Olympics are known to boost participation in sports and athleticwear sales.

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Human Resources

Hugo Boss CEO to Step Down in September

Mark Langer will leave this September. His successor has not yet been named.

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An employee picking with Amazon robotics.

Government and Trade

France Says Amazon Putting ‘Unacceptable’ Pressure on Staff

The spat comes amid growing strain on the logistics chain, as workers in sectors considered essential express concern about their safety.

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