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          About 6-7.5 million retail jobs in the US are likely to be automated out of existence in the coming years, leaving a large portion of the retail workforce, mostly women and working poor, at risk of becoming 'stranded workers', says a recent report. Retail cashiers are at highest risk for automation technologies, and women hold 73 per cent of these positions.

          The ministry of textiles has taken multiple steps to promote the wool sector in India in the last three years, according to the latest achievements report of the ministry. A total grant of Rs 33.98 crore has been released under pashmina Wool Development Scheme (PWDS) and pashmina Promotion Programme in the last three years, says the report.

          Following a few weeks of uncertainty and mixed sentiment, the Australian wool auction market this week finally relented to a weakening price versus demand scenario. Prices for all types and descriptions across the Merino offering faltered somewhat and falls of varying degrees occurred, the Australian Wool Innovation said in its Wool Market weekly report.

          With the objective of supporting its small and medium-sized (SME) supplier partners become ready for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Walmart India has flagged off a series of workshops for SME supplier partners to help them evaluate their GST compliance levels and prepare for the transition. The tax bill is all set to be rolled out from July 1.

          Welspun, one of the largest home textile companies in India, will launch its newest collection at Heimtextil India comprising bed sheets, quilts, duvet covers, bedspreads, towels, bathrobe, bath mats, curtains, rugs, carpets and more. Welspun has also signed as the Hospitality Linen Partner for the event to be held in New Delhi from June 20-22.

          There's a new eco-friendly fibre on the anvil—Austrian speciality fibre-maker Lenzing will soon be launching EcoVero, a viscose with the lowest environmental impact in the industry. This, Lenzing believes, will set a new industry-wide benchmark in the sustainability of viscose fibres.