Business News July 2018

TFL publishes every month business news with focus on the leather industry, on a worldwide basis.

Yellow Cab mother company insolvent

The Dutch shoe enterprise New Steps B.V. from Waalwijk, supplier of Yellow Cab shoes, has applied for insolvency at court on 23rd May in Zeeland-West-Brabant. S.M.P. Jacobs has been nominated insolvency administrator. The brand founded in 1992 offers young men’s and women’s shoes.

Öko-Test: modest results for children’s sandals

“So so” is Öko-Test’s conclusion regarding the children’s sandals test in the current June edition. The consumer magazine had 14 sandals for boys and girls sizes 30 and 31 tested. The cheapest cost 18 Euros, the most expensive 80 Euros. Only two models were convincing and got labelled “good”. Five are still “satisfying”. However, four children’s sandals were rated “inadequate” (3) and “insufficient” (1). In total, the situation has improved according to Öko-Test. In the last test, five years ago, “inadequate” was the best result achieved. The children’s shoes were tested for chemicals and endurance.

ISC is ten years old

On the 27th June, there will be reason to celebrate at the international Shoe Competence Centre Pirmasens (ISC Germany): The enterprise located in Pirmasens will be ten years old. The ISC Germany stands for practice-orientated specialist knowledge sharing in the international shoe and leather industry. Besides a research and development centre with a model shoe factory, the offer comprises in particular consultancy services focusing on quality management, product and process optimisation as well as a knowledge database.

Zalando starts in Ireland and the Czech Republic

This summer, Zalando will open online shops in Ireland and the Czech Republic. Thus, the online fashion dealer will be present in 17 European countries. Ireland and the Czech Republic will be the first new markets for Zalando since 2013. Both markets will be supplied by existing Zalando logistics sites.

Italy’s shoe exports increased in 2017

Exports of the Italian shoe industry further increased in 2017. They rose by 3.4 percent to about 9.5 billion Euros. The figures comprise finished shoes as well as shoe components. The performance in the last quarter with a plus in exports of 6.6 percent was especially positive.

First recycling plant for all shoe models

After five years of development work, on 6th June, SOEX – an enterprise in the sector of commercialization of old textiles and recycling – and I:Collect Ltd – a service provider for In-Store collection, reuse and recycling of used textiles and shoes – have presented the first model-independent shoe recycling plant worldwide based in Wolfen (Saxony-Anhalt). The new plant is firstly able to disassembly all shoe types mechanically into their original components in order to gain secondary raw materials like rubber, leather or foam.

Less plastic bags circulating

In 2017 the use of plastic bags in Germany has again drastically declined. In total, 1.3 billion plastic bags less were circulating than in 2016. This corresponds to a reduction of more than a third. The current figures of the association for packaging market research illustrate this.

Timberland takes action against duplicators

US lifestyle brand Timberland takes stronger action against the duplication and use of Timberland designs and technologies for products of other brands. The company informed that a recently assigned patent attorney is currently taking legal action against any violation of the intellectual property and this has been successful in many cases, especially in the economic areas of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Dr. Martens takes over distribution independently

Dr. Martens will independently operate the sales business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as of late autumn 2018 and thus replace the long-term distribution partner Bondi Marketing Ltd. Even in this year the shoe brand will open a site in Dusseldorf and staff new marketing and distribution positions.

Vibram receives design award

Italian sole specialist Vibram has received the design award Compasso d’Oro by the Italian design association ADI for the wrap shoe Furoshiki. Vibram got inspired by the Japanese Furoshiki art that is wrapping objects of any kind into a single cloth. The sole continuing out of the upper part creates an individual fit for any foot.

Clarks-CEO leaves with immediate effect

With immediate effect, Clarks-CEO Mike Shearwood has resigned due to “complaints of behaviour that contradict the code of conduct of the family enterprise”. Shearwood has been employed since September 2016. Stella David has been appointed interim CEO. Before working for Clarks, Shearwood worked from 2009 to 2015 at Karen Millen.
In a statement made by the enterprise it says that Clarks had recently found out that “aspects of the behaviour, dialogues and statements of Mr Shearwood were not according to behaviour patterns as expected by all his co-workers on several occasions.” The accusations made against Shearwood were not disclosed.

Vabene ceases operation

Swiss women’s shoes manufacturer Vabene Shoe Manufacture of Cham will be closed according to media reports. Currently a sale takes place in a pop up store. According to a report of the SonntagsZeitung, at the end of last year the shoe factory in Portugal employing 70 workers was already shut down.