After a series of raids on downtown Los Angeles garment factories suspected of underpaying their workers, federal authorities are demanding that Forever 21 produce documents that list the names of the LA garment factories used by the low-cost retail chain.
Just because apparel is made overseas, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of U.S. jobs that go into making a label.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Los Angeles–based retail chain Forever 21 with two alleged violations of workplace-safety standards after an inspection was conducted at the company’s Burlington, Mass., store.
Apparel and accessories were the top counterfeit items confiscated by customs officials in fiscal-year 2012, followed by consumer electronics and parts; optical media; and handbags, wallets and backpacks.
In the wake of the brutal assault and “takeover” robbery of Nordstrom Rack employees in a Los Angeles neighborhood, security experts are stressing the need for proper training for retail employees to help avoid possible violence or injury in the event of an attack.
There’s more trouble for struggling retailer The Wet Seal Inc. A complaint recently filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retail chain broke a major contract with Sekses Distribution LLC, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer that makes private-label fashions.
A new year often means out with the old and in with the new.