Joe Fresh

Business Lessons From The Classroom

I've been surprised to discover how the world of work and learning has so much in common. Organizational structure, measuring success, deadlines and the difference between hearing and learning have all come in to play. As my first cohort of students graduate here is snapshot of what I have learned so far:
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Joe Fresh Jackets Recalled

Quilted baby jackets sold through Loblaws and other retail outlets across the country have been recalled because of a possible choking hazard.  Loblaw Companies Ltd. said Saturday it is recalling all...
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Joe Fresh Gets Into The Shoe Game

TORONTO - Loblaw Co. says its Joe Fresh brand is expanding its shoe business.The company has signed a global licence agreement with Aldo Group, which will design and produce the footwear under the Joe...
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These Laos-Based Designs Are the Opposite of Fast Fashion

When I shop, I want to know how the pieces I like are made. I look at the tag. I ask where the fabrics are from. I read about the designer. These details reveal the process of a piece that earns a hanger in my closet. This is what separates Heather Smith's designs of Laos-based shop Passa Paa from fast fashion retailers and puts a value on owning her pieces.
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Joe Fresh Is Going Seriously Global

Grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) is bringing its Joe Fresh discount clothing line overseas in a major expansion that will target fashionistas in key growth markets like the Middle East and...
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Joe Fresh Shows Asian-Influences

TORONTO - Following a fall-winter range inspired by the City of Light, Joe Fresh booked an express ticket from Paris and headed east, unveiling an Asian-inspired collection at Toronto's World MasterCa...
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Joe Fresh Is Going Global

Joe Fresh, the apparel line owned by Loblaw Companies Ltd., is planning a global expansion, according to a report on a leading industry website. Fashion industry news source WWD.com quoted creative di...
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Joe Fresh Does The Right Thing

TORONTO - Loblaw Companies Ltd. said Tuesday that it will sign a pact to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of a factory in that country that killed more than 1,100...
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Your Ten Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem

The price of a piece of clothing is not at all indicative of the working conditions of its manufacturer. On top of that, implying (or outright saying) that there is something morally wrong with paying ten dollars for a t-shirt is incredibly classist. The truth is that when brand names charge higher prices for their items, that extra cash usually goes to two places: into the pockets of CEOs and other higher-ups, and into the company's advertising budget.
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'Pushed Toward Death'

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladeshi police are investigating possible murder charges against the owner of a shoddily built factory that collapsed nearly two weeks ago after the wife of a garment worker cr...

We're Asking the Wrong Questions About Bangladesh

Let's stop asking whether a company should stay in Bangladesh or leave the country. Instead let's ask whether that company is willing to take steps to create stable jobs that are safe, where workers have the right to organize, and where they receive a living wage.
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The Week In Review: Will Loblaw Let Thoughts of Bangladesh Fade Away?

In the aftermath of the deadly Bangladesh factory collapse, Loblaw has been admirably vocal about its plans to compensate victims' families and to make checking the structural integrity of factory buildings part of its future audits of suppliers. But the interesting part of this story will come in a few months, once the news cycle has moved on from the disaster in Dakha. Will Loblaw have the fortitude to get out there and remind us all of the disturbing incident in order to update us on the details of its follow-through? Or will it be content to let its customers' thoughts of the collapse quietly fade away, as they are bound to do?
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Eyes On Loblaw

International labour rights groups say they will be closely watching Canada's Loblaw Companies. Ltd., along with other retailers, to see if they live up to promises made after the deadly Rana Plaza fa...
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Want To Help Bangladesh? Try Dressing Better

You don't need to check the price tags to deduce that Joe Fresh is cheap crap -- the designs are dull and derivative, and the feel of the fabrics usually falls somewhere between cardboard and sandpaper. Joe Fresh clothing clearly isn't meant to last, and it's not meant to impress, either. If you're looking for reasons to stop buying clothes from them -- after nearly 400 people were killed last week in the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that produced products for the Canadian label -- here are two good reasons to do so.
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Clothing Brands Can Be Big and Ethical

Last week more than 300 garment workers in Bangladesh died, forcing Canadians to take a hard look at where their T-shirts and yoga pants come from, how they were made, and by whom. It's easier for a small-to-mid-sized company such as us to source at home. But can you manufacture ethically overseas?