Levi Strauss & Co. announces new operating model Project F.L.X.

Advanced technology improves speed to market, brings final product decisions closer to the consumer and strengthens sustainability leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) – announced Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), a new operating model that ushers denim finishing into the digital era. Developed by the inventor of the blue jean, Project F.L.X. digitizes the design and development of denim finishing and enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale. By replacing manual techniques and automating the jeans finishing process, LS&Co. is able to radically reduce time to market and eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from jeans finishing. In short, LS&Co. achieve the ultimate balance of agility and sustainability, while upholding the Levi’s® standards of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity.

“Our goal was to tackle two predominant industry challenges — being able to respond quickly to changing consumer trends while making the manufacturing process more sustainable,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. “We are addressing both agility and sustainability without compromising the authenticity our consumers expect from us. This is the future of jeans manufacturing, and LS&Co. is well-positioned to lead the way.”

Specifically, this advancement enables the global jeanswear leader to:
• Replace manual techniques and automate the time-consuming, labor-intensive and chemicalreliant process of hand-finishing: For more than 30 years, the apparel industry has used handfinishing to accentuate worn, faded design elements on denim. By using lasers in new ways, finishing time is cut dramatically — from two to three pairs per hour to 90 seconds per garment, followed by a final wash cycle.
• Create “photo-real” finished garments digitally: By digitizing the finish design and development process, LS&Co. designers can now create finishes and final garments with a revolutionary new imaging tool. Built by LS&Co., this advanced imaging capability cuts finishing design and development time in half (from months to weeks and sometimes days) and is so accurate the digital files can be sent directly to the vendor and quickly scaled to mass manufacturing.
• Take advantage of on-demand and even hyper-local production capabilities: By delaying decisions on final products until much later in the process, LS&Co. can radically reduce its lead times from more than six months to as fast as weeks or days in some cases. This is made possible by staging garments that await their on-demand finish order closer to the market.
• Eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from its supply chain: LS&Co. plans to reduce the total number of chemical formulations used in its finishing process from thousands to a few dozen. This is a major step forward in the company’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and furthers its goal of pioneering more sustainable apparel.

LS&Co. has already begun piloting this new model with strategic vendors and has started briefing some of its key customers. Benefits to retail partners include managing core replenishment more effectively, responding to seasonal trends with greater agility and creating greater opportunities for customer exclusives.

“One of the biggest challenges we face as an industry is ensuring we have the right products at the right time, as well as the ability to respond to our customers’ evolving needs with speed,” said Paige Thomas, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids at Nordstrom Inc. “The team at Levi’s is working toward this challenge by contributing to the future of the apparel industry as one that’s both agile and uncompromising on quality, while improving sustainability. We’re excited to be part of it.”

The rollout of this new digital platform will be phased over time, with a goal of being fully scaled in 2020.

“With this new model, we can deliver the authentic and iconic products we’re known for in an incredibly responsive and responsible way,” said Liz O’Neill, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Levi Strauss & Co. “The advanced imaging capability is a game-changer for us and something that has eluded our industry for years. Key steps in the process are now concentrated into a digital file, eliminating time and waste.”

Project F.L.X. was built in-house at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab by a team of designers, developers, chemists and engineers who are passionate about revolutionizing the apparel industry to better meet consumer needs while also doing right by the planet and the people who work in the apparel supply chain. A number of LS&Co. team members were retrained and reskilled in software development and laser operations. Retraining will be a key tenet as this new model rolls out globally.

To help unlock the benefits of more sophisticated laser technology, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.

For more information about the sustainability benefits of Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

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Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
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Levi Strauss to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on Tuesday, October 10

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the third quarter ended August 27, 2017. The call will be held on Tuesday, October 10, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be hosted by Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and Harmit Singh, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

To access the live webcast, please visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/levistraussao~66713492 or dial in to listen to the live call at: +1 800-891-4735 in the United States and Canada or +1 973-200-3066 internationally; I.D. No. 66713492.

A replay of the webcast will be available on http://www.levistrauss.com/investors/earnings-webcast approximately two hours after the event and archived on the site for one month. A telephone replay will be available until October 16, 2017, at +1 855-859-2056 in the United States and Canada or +1 404-537-3406 internationally; I.D. No. 66713492.

To access the company’s related press release on October 10, 2017, please visit:
http://www.levistrauss.com/news/press-releases.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2016 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Edelita Tichepco
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:
Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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Levi Strauss & Co. to host 2Q 2017 financial results conference call on Tuesday, July 11

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the second quarter ended May 28, 2017. The call will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be hosted by Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and Harmit Singh, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

To access the live webcast, please visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/levistraussao~40251852 or dial in to listen to the live call at: +1 800-891-4735 in the United States and Canada or +1 973-200-3066 internationally; I.D. No. 40251852.

A replay of the webcast will be available on http://www.levistrauss.com/investors/earnings-webcast within two hours after the event and archived on the site for one month. A telephone replay will be available through July 17, 2017 at +1 855-859-2056 in the United States and Canada or +1 404-537-3406 internationally; I.D. No. 40251852.

To access the company’s related press release on July 11, 2017, please visit:
http://www.levistrauss.com/news/press-releases.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2016 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Edelita Tichepco
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:
Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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Levi Strauss & Co. to host 1Q 2017 financial results conference call on April 11

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the first quarter ended February 26, 2017. The call will be held on Tuesday, April 11, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be hosted by Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and Harmit Singh, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

To access the live webcast, please visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/levistraussao~89279970 or dial in to listen to the live call at: +1 800-891-4735 in the United States and Canada or +1 973-200-3066 internationally; I.D. No. 89279970.

A replay of the Webcast will be available on http://www.levistrauss.com/investors/earnings-webcast within two hours after the event and archived on the site for one month. A telephone replay will be available through April 17, 2017, at +1 855-859-2056 in the United States and Canada or +1 404-537-3406 internationally; I.D. No. 89279970.

To access the company’s related press release on April 11, 2017, please visit: http://www.levistrauss.com/news/press-releases.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2016 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Edelita Tichepco
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800)438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:
Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415)501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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Levi Strauss CEO and CFO to host 4Q and fiscal year ended November 27, 2016 conference call on February 9

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 27, 2016. The call will be held on Thursday, February 9, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be hosted by Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and Harmit Singh, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

To access the live webcast, please visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/levistraussao~50968087 or dial in to listen to the live call at: +1 800-891-4735 in the United States and Canada or +1 973-200-3066 internationally; I.D. No. 50968087.

A replay of the Webcast will be available on http://www.levistrauss.com/investors/earnings-webcast within two hours after the event and archived on the site for two months. A telephone replay will be available through February 16, 2017, at +1 855-859-2056 in the United States and Canada or +1 404-537-3406 internationally; I.D. No. 50968087.

To access the company’s related press release on February 9, 2017, please visit: http://www.levistrauss.com/news/press-releases.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Edelita Tichepco
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:
Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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Levi Strauss & Co. expands its Worker Well-being initiative to mark 25th anniversary of its Terms of Engagement

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marking the 25th anniversary of its industry-changing supplier code of conduct, called Terms of Engagement, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced a new commitment to expand the company’s pioneering Worker Well-being initiative – both within and outside the company. By 2025, the company will aim to:

• Expand Worker Well-being to reach more than 300,000 workers;
• Implement the program with all strategic vendors;
• Produce more than 80 percent of its product volume in Worker Well-being factories.

In addition to these targets, the company announced it will share with the industry its Worker Well-being best practices, tools and standards in a move to exponentially increase the reach and impact of the program. Open sourcing best practices in this way has proven effective in driving outsized impact and system-level change.

“Our intent for the Worker Well-being initiative is to continue to serve as a catalyst to transform the apparel industry by setting a new standard for valuing and investing in apparel workers’ lives,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO. “We have seen that when we lead, others follow. From our Terms of Engagement in 1991, to sharing our chemical management system with other brands, to open sourcing our Water.

Worker Well-being represents a groundbreaking shift in how companies address the needs of workers who make their products. Launched in 2011, the initiative has created proven, sustainable business and social benefits at all levels of the supply chain, including a demonstrated 4:1 return on investment for some programs. Through this initiative, LS&Co. has been able to show suppliers that healthy, financially literate workers are more productive, which contributes to the bottom line through reduced absenteeism and higher retention rates. These results spur investment in programs from suppliers themselves, which has taken Worker Wellbeing beyond LS&Co.’s initial targets.

LS&Co. is also taking measurement a step further by getting to the core of what “well-being” truly means to workers. Through a grant from the Levi Strauss Foundation, Harvard’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) program, based at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will develop a universal Worker Well-being measurement toolkit for the wider manufacturing industry. The toolkit is meant to provide suppliers with a dashboard to track key performance indicators around workers’ overall levels of engagement, health and well-being beyond typical business measures. This will allow suppliers to better understand and analyze the impact of well-being on their workers and business in real-time.

This dashboard tool will also be shared publicly.

“Building a strategy and tool for suppliers to understand and actively monitor worker well-being represents a new chapter for the apparel industry,” said Eileen McNeely, Co-Director of SHINE. “The uptake of the well-being strategy starts with the vision, moves with the metrics and sustains overtime with proof that businesses, workers, families and communities benefit from enhanced well-being. We see a huge potential for this approach to create positive social impact and the next industry standard.”

LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being program takes a unique approach that is rooted in the workers’ self-identified needs, first and foremost. Before implementing any programs or solutions, LS&Co. starts by surveying factory workers to hear firsthand what they need to become more engaged, healthy and productive employees. Only then, LS&Co. and its vendors partner with local and national non-profits and NGOs to implement programs to meet the needs of workers. Programs generally focus on financial empowerment, health and family well-being and equality and acceptance, but are flexible to workers’ changing needs.

LS&Co. will share its Worker Well-being Guidebook, which contains all the tools and materials needed for companies to implement programs in their own supply chains, including the initial worker needs survey. The company will also share key results from countries it has implemented programs in to provide proof points.

The Worker Well-being resources are available here.

Contact:
Andrea Hicklin
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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Levi Strauss & Co. to host 3Q financial results conference call on October 11, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the third quarter ended August 28, 2016. The call will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be hosted by Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and Harmit Singh, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

To access the live webcast, please visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/levistraussao~82198658 or dial in to listen to the live call at: +1 800-891-4735 in the United States and Canada or +1 973-200-3066 internationally; I.D. No. 82198658.

A replay of the Webcast will be available on http://www.levistrauss.com/investors/earnings-webcast within two hours after the event and archived on the site for one week. A telephone replay will be available through October 14, 2016, , at +1 800-585-8367 in the United States and Canada or +1 404-537-3406 internationally; I.D. No. 82198658.

To access the company’s related press release on October 11, 2016, please visit: http://www.levistrauss.com/news/press-releases.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:

Chris Ogle
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:

Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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Levi Strauss & Co. announces the appointment of David Love EVP and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (September 7, 2016) announced that David Love, currently executive vice president, Global Supply Chain, and chief transformation officer, has been appointed executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Asia, Middle East and Africa. Liz O’Neill, currently senior vice president, product development and sourcing, has been appointed chief supply chain officer. Love remains a member the company’s worldwide leadership team, and O’Neill will join the worldwide leadership team. Both will report directly to Chip Bergh, president and CEO of LS&Co.

Love is an LS&Co. veteran with more than 30 years of product development and sourcing experience throughout the supply chain. In his new post, he will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial operations, spanning all brands and channels, across Asia, the Middle East and Africa (AMA).

“David is a valued and trusted leader at LS&Co. who brings a deep understanding of how our business operates to his new role as AMA president,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO. “David has made significant contributions to the success of our business in his roles as the leader of our global supply chain and as our chief transformation officer. Liz has been a valuable thought partner and leader in driving substantial cost savings and increasing the quality of our strategic partnerships.”

Love joined LS&Co. in 1982 as a manager of technical services working in our manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. Since then, he’s held global positions throughout the supply chain, including production, product development, product services and sourcing. He has closely partnered with design and brand merchandising to encourage product innovation, increase speed to market and foster commitment to quality. Love is a proven operator — one who has consistently delivered outsized results by helping to unlock the value of the company’s global network and partnerships while championing sustainability.

O’Neill joined LS&Co. in 2013 to lead global supply chain sourcing and strategy. In this role, she is responsible for the global development, sourcing and delivery of LS&Co. products shipped to more than 100 countries. She has built strategic partnerships to improve supply chain agility while supporting investment in environmental sustainability initiatives and LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being program. In her new role, O’Neill is also responsible for the company’s worldwide Terms of Engagement and Environment, Health and Safety. Prior to LS&Co., she spent 13 years at Gap, Inc., overseeing sourcing and production for Gap’s global brands. She has also worked for The Disney Store in Los Angeles and Abercrombie & Fitch in Ohio.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,800 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2015 net revenues were $4.5 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Investor Contact:
Chris Ogle
Levi Strauss & Co.
(800) 438-0349
Investor-relations@levi.com

Media Contact:
Amber Rensen
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

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