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Levi’s to close 36-year-old Manila plant
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ICONIC denim-apparel company Levi’s Strauss & Co has announced the closure of its 36-year-old Philippine cut-and-sew apparel plant in Manila by July 31 this year. Levi Strauss Philippines Inc
country manager Ramon Martelino said that the shutdown, which would lay off 257 employees, would stem costs.

The plant has been producing Levi’s jeans for the Philippines and other Asian markets since 1972.
“This has been a very difficult decision for us. We have examined comprehensively all other options, including cost containment, and improving the efficiency and productivity of this plant as first options. Unfortunately, such measures cannot overcome the significantly lower costs of outsourcing,” he said.

Brands under the Levi’s portfolio, namely Levi’s and Dockers, will continue to be sold in the country
through a large franchised retail distribution network. Officials said the goods would be sourced from a handful of selected contractors in Asia. “Levi Strauss & Co regards the Philippines as a key market in the Asia-Pacific. This move reaffirms our marketing presence as we remain
committed to bringing premium quality, branded Levi’s and Dockers products as well as innovative
marketing programmes to both our customers and consumers,” Martelino said.


2008 March Stories:

POP & Signage Solutions - Technology ushers in a new era for signages in Singapore

Armani’s first travel-retail boutique opens in HK

Beijing Olympics boosting ad spend in China

L’Oreal to focus on men in Malaysia

Esprit looks to enter luxury market

Cartier appoints new regional manager

Competition outweighs customer needs in product launches

LG, GE in agreement to share patents for home appliances

Coty’s Rimmel goes to China

US gum-maker banks on Asia

Levi’s to close 36-year-old Manila plant

Deal with causes to cap shrinkage: Expert advises

Bond girl endorses Montblanc watch

New boardwalk to help boost economic growth in Sabah

Coming soon: MBO cineplexes across Malaysia

NRF 2008 – US retailers tackle green issues, grapple with looming recession

‘Go green’ gets big boost at annual convention

The Wal-Mart story: Making ‘Sustainability Sustainable

Store of the future

What do customers want from the shop floor?

Evolving business model: Sell solutions, not products

NRF Design Studio exchange: What makes for iconic identity?

Retail executives set new benchmarks in priorities for the year ahead

Interactivity with shoppers: Big trend

Who’s hot, what’s not on Wall Street’s list

NRF honours industry excellence

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