Campaigners accuse Lost Stock COVID-19 initiative

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EDINBURGH – The Lost Stock initiative to support garment workers in supply chain countries has been criticised by the organisers of the PayUp campaign to pressure brands which have cancelled orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lost Stock was set up by Cally Russell, founder of fashion shopping app Mallzee, after brands and retailers cancelled more than US$3 billion worth of orders because of COVID-19.

It has so far sold more than 100,000 boxes of clothing worth at least £70 (US$88) – originally intended for stores such as Topshop – for £39 (US$49) to shoppers based on their age, gender, size and colour preferences.

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