Daily Links

1. Billionaire Philip Green Fails to Get Sex-Discrimination Claim Thrown Out: Former Topshop boss’ attempt to be removed from a lawsuit accusing him of sex discrimination has been refused by a London tribunal. The claim is part of a constructive-dismissal case brought against the retail tycoon and his companies, Arcadia Group Ltd. and Top Shop/Top Man Ltd by Topshop’s former head of design. – Read More on Bloomberg

2. Retailers Cancel Orders From Asian Factories, Threatening Millions of Jobs: Primark’s parent company has suspended or canceled orders, while U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer Group PLC sent a note to suppliers this week suspending purchase orders that are due to be handed over. – Read More on WSJ

3. RELATED READ: The Global Garment Supply Chain Faces Significant Job Uncertainty Due to Coronavirus. With so many jobs on the line, working conditions risk quickly deteriorating at the hands of unscrupulous employers, particularly as worker desperation rises. “This can result in modern slavery, including situations of forced labor.” – Read More on TFL

4. How Will China’s Luxury Fashion Market Bounce Back? As more people in China begin to go back to work after a required quarantine period, many are looking at reduced salaries, which has led to more conservative spending. This will require brands to quickly develop a better understanding of consumer expectations on pricing and products during this time (and over the coming months), so they can reform their marketing strategies and approaches accordingly. – Read More on Jing

5. Everlane Reassures Workers, Then Lays Off and Furloughs Hundreds: The clothing retailer Everlane, the branding of which has long been insistently focused on “radical transparency” and ethical behavior in all parts of its business, has made sweeping layoffs, after sending an email to staffers assuring them the company was “stronger than ever” during the coronavirus pandemic. – Read More on Vice

6. RETRO READ: Radical Transparency? H&M and Zara Might Actually More Transparent Than Everlane. A closer look at Everlane’s website and marketing materials – which appears to be rife with vague language in place of definitive facts to support its claims of transparency and ethical production – reveals that there is almost certainly more at play in the Everlane model than meets the eye. – Read More on TFL

7. The apparel industry had an inventory problem before coronavirus. Now what? Since many apparel companies experienced shipment delays when Chinese factories did not recover for weeks due to COVID-19 concerns, spring was somewhat delayed already. “Effectively spring-summer is pushed to fall.”  Anything in stock now that can be sold in fall, will be. – Read More on Retail Dive

1. Guns, Groceries and News: What Sells in a Pandemic—and Doesn’t . Web traffic to retailers Amazon, Target, and Walmart climbed in March too, according to Comscore. With audiences holed up at home and seeking information about the fast-moving virus, news viewership and, in particular, online news consumption are sharply growing. – Read More on WSJ

2. RELATED READ: Luxury and Logistics, Banking and Big Pharma: Here’s How Industries Will Fare as a Result of COVID-19. – Read More on TFL

3. Target CEO withdraws forecast: Target’s same-store sales thus far in March have been up more than 20% over last year. In the essentials and food and beverage categories, same-store sales are up more than 50%, but this metric is down more than 20% in apparel and accessories. – Read More on CNBC

4. What Does the $2 Trillion Aid Deal Mean for the Fashion Industry? Smaller fashion businesses that pledge not to lay off their employees can apply for and receive emergency loans through June 30. If the employer continues to pay employees through the end of the crisis, the loans will be forgiven. – Read More on Vogue

5. The quest to sell and consume more fashion shouldn’t cost the earth: At no other time in human history has fashion been so accessible to so many people, and the industry has for too long promoted overconsumption as a good thing. – Read More on the Guardian

1. Board games, yoga mats and yeast: What people are buying as they heed coronavirus stay-at-home orders. As the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S., people are purchasing items based on three needs: to protect, to entertain and to connect. “Once folks feel like they are physically safe — have enough food and protection — there is a shift to buying items that are more geared toward emotional well-being.” – Read More on CNBC

2. RELATED READ: How COVID-19 is impacting the e-commerce market. Average order values by sector show that consumers seem to be spending more than usual in several areas. Grocery, pharmaceutical and general retail order values, for example, are higher than usual, as people buy the products they need online. – Read More on the Drum

3. How Will Italy’s Factory Shutdown Impact Its Fashion? The fashion industry is a backbone of the Italian economy. It’s a $97 billion industry that employs 600,000 people. – Read More on Vogue

4. Fashion influencers are rethinking their curated aesthetics: Do people still want to see cute outfits during a global crisis? Fashion influencers’ accounts might never be the same after the pandemic ends, and it’s already forcing them to adjust how they make content and what they post. Sure, they’re still receiving swag in the mail to produce unboxing and try-on videos, but they’re also grappling with the pandemic themselves and figuring out how their accounts should look. – Read More on the Verge

5. As Stores Cancel Orders, Brands Scramble to Adapt: Some brands said retailers canceled spring orders that hadn’t arrived yet. Many said they’re trying to negotiate with stores and push the deliveries back a few weeks since the brands have already produced and paid for the merchandise. – Read More on WWD

6. LVMH late to e-commerce, but luxury giant sees it as an advantage: There is one important segment of the luxury economy, however, where LVMH has lagged behind: digital sales, which according to consultancy Bain & Company will account for about 25 per cent of the global luxury goods market by 2025. – Read More on SCMP

7. Retailers are dangling deals online amid coronavirus, but shoppers may not show up: Promotional activity among retailers online is picking up, and while, companies like Nike and Macy’s are trying to draw some sales, as their bricks-and-mortar stores remain dark, the demand from consumers still might not be there. – Read More on CNBC

1. Retailers Start Usefully Quantifying Virus Impact: UK fashion chain Next Plc has produced a stress test that outlines potential outcomes – in a worst-case scenario, full-price sales would be down by about 1 billion pounds ($1.16 billion), a quarter of its total, which would mean pre-tax profits of just 55 million pounds for the financial year (against 729 million pounds in the year earlier). – Read More on Bloomberg

2. Fashion retailer H&M weighs tens of thousands of job cuts because of coronavirus: As of Monday morning, the company said 3,441 of its 5,062 stores worldwide are closed, and has started talks about temporary layoffs “in a number of markets.” – Read More on CNBC

3. Advertising in the age of coronavirus: Some brands have chosen to make the sudden life changes affecting many Americans a core part of their messaging. Italic Inc., an e-commerce site that sells luxury goods, sent out an email marketing campaign to some of its customers that read: “Working from home?” – Read More on WSJ

4. How internet culture and Instagram changed the rules of internships: Students are looking to their schools’ career advising offices or scouring online job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed. Instead, they are going straight to social media. – Read More on Modern Retail

5. From His Kitchen Table, Everlane’s CEO Tries to Keep his Brand Running: E-commerce sites continue to operate, even for retailers that have closed stores to slow the virus. And they are still stocked with jeans, jackets and dress shoes, even though two of the hardest-hit nations, China and Italy, are crucial producers. – Read More on Bloomberg

1. Balenciaga, Saint Laurent to Produce Masks in French Workshops: Luxury fashion conglomerate Kering SA, which owns Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, among other luxury brands, said it would switch to producing surgical masks at the French workshops of its Balenciaga and Saint Laurent brands as the country ramps up its efforts to contain the coronavirus. – Read More on Bloomberg

2. “The Fashion Business Has Been Hit Hard”—Retail Industry Sends Letter to the White House Calling for Support Amidst Coronavirus Crisis: “Fashion is a $400 billion driving force of the US economy employing 4 million people, not including retail jobs. The retail industry is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $4 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs—53 million working Americans.” – Read More on Vogue

3. How Meghan could become the world’s most powerful fashion influencer: Experts predict the Duchess of Sussex’s earning power as a brand ambassador could be up to $100 million. – Read More on the Telegraph 

4. Sales of luxury goods increase amid virus spread: The new coronavirus situation in Korea is not getting any better with more cases recorded over the weekend; but this has not stopped certain people from shopping for luxury goods. – Read More on Korea Times

5. Influencers Are Milking the Coronavirus for Clout—and Money: Wellness influencers and micro-influencers have also been doling out dubious advice. – Read More on Daily Beast