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Selfridges launch 2021 Christmas Windows

Retail Focus

With less than 60 days to Christmas Day, Selfridges unveils its Christmas of Dreams theme through iconic window displays and a new campaign.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Australia to head up UK revival

Inside Retail

Returned children’s goods retailer Toys ‘R’ Us Australia has signed a long-term exclusive licence agreement to facilitate the return of the Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us brands to the United Kingdom.

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Rustlers moves into ‘meat mimicking’

Talking Retail

Rustlers is set to launch a “meat mimicking” burger to “tap into the booming plant-based market”. Rustlers Meatless Maverick will be available from November in One Stop stores and the Booker Group, retailing at £2.

France Creates Legislation to Protect Its Book Industry from Amazon

VMS

The French government has introduced new legislation that could impose a minimum shipping fee for new books in a move to protect its book industry from Amazon (Seattle) and the online behemoth’s shipping discounts, according to Reuters.

Ikea buys former Topshop Oxford Street store

Retail Focus

Ikea is buying the former Topshop flagship store on London’s Oxford Street for £378 million. Since 2019 Ikea has opened shops in major cities such as Tokyo, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and New York to grow its presence on busy high streets.

Australia Post sets deadline for Christmas deliveries

Inside Retail

Australia Post has released its ‘deadline’ for packages to be delivered before Christmas in an effort to help retailers and customers avoid disappointment during what it believes will be its busiest-ever festive season.

Dead Man’s Fingers expands core range

Talking Retail

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has added a Black Rum and White Rum to its core Dead Man’s Fingers portfolio. The Black Rum variant is available to all channels now, while the White Rum is available exclusively from Booker until 1 January 2022, when it will be made available to all channels.

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How To Take Your Retail Business To The Next Level

Retail Focus

Are you looking to take your retail business to the next level? It has been a tough period for those in the retail sector, but the ones that have survived during the pandemic will be feeling bullish and now want to take steps to take their business to the next level.

Australian online sales tipped to reach $91.5 billion in 2025

Inside Retail

Australia’s e-commerce market is projected to reach $91.5 billion in 2025, according to research house GlobalData. According to GlobalData’s E-Commerce Analytics , online sales in Australia grew by 16.8 per cent last year and the company expects them to grow by a further 13.4

Ipro targets convenience sector with wellness partnership

Talking Retail

Wellness drinks range Ipro has kicked off a six-year partnership with community fitness group Parkrun.

JCPenney Names Marc Rosen CEO

VMS

JCPenney (Lewisville, TX) has appointed Marc Rosen its new CEO, effective Nov. 1, the retailer announced. Rosen brings more than 25 years of retail and e-commerce experience to the role, most recently serving as executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Americas.

Winners announced at The 2021 Creative Retail Awards

Retail Focus

As physical retail evolves, design and experience have become more powerful tools than ever. The Creative Retail Awards have recognised the retail industry’s best companies and talent since 2018.

Aldi removes 2,000 tonnes of plastic from its shelves

Inside Retail

Aldi has removed almost 2,000 tonnes of plastic from its shelves, and has lowered its overall plastic use by 10 per cent in its fresh produce range, in the last year.

Florette joins forces with social media star this winter

Talking Retail

Bagged salad brand Florette is partnering with a social media personality to launch a winter campaign.

Amazon Sales Reach $332 billion YTD

VMS

Amazon (Seattle) sales have reached $332 billion year to date, according to Forbes. Though company profits fell in the third quarter, sales are still up by 15 percent this year. Amazon says they are implementing strategies for “deeper customer loyalty.”.

Seven Dials gives a royal welcome to Warm and Wonderful

Retail Focus

Shaftesbury has announced the opening of a debut pop-up store in Seven Dials for Warm & Wonderful, the independent British knitwear brand, most well-known for its iconic red sheep sweater, famously worn by Princess Diana, David Bowie and a host of other 80s icons.

Facebook changes name to Meta as it refocuses on virtual reality

Inside Retail

Facebook Inc is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the successor to the mobile internet.

Campo Viejo makes sustainable packaging choices

Talking Retail

Spanish wine brand Campo Viejo has updated the bottle and label design across its portfolio.

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Call for Holiday Windows: VMSD’s Annual Recap

VMS

It’s that time of year again – time to deck the pages of VMSD with your 2021 holiday windows! VMSD will be showcasing holiday windows and displays from around the world in its annual recap, to be published in the January/February 2022 “Look Book” issue.

Johnstons of Elgin brings luxury craftsmanship to Kildare Village

Retail Focus

Johnstons of Elgin, the luxury Scottish Cashmere and fine Woollens manufacturer, has launched its debut outlet store at Kildare Village in Ireland. .

Coles’ growth stifled by shift in shopping behaviour

Inside Retail

Coles has suffered under the same quarterly conditions as rival Woolworths, with shopping and movement restrictions causing sales in its supermarkets to grow a slight 1.8 per cent and sales in its Express business to fall 10.1 per cent. Overall, total sales rose 1.5

Lees of Scotland unveils new design for premium range

Talking Retail

Confectionery brand Lees of Scotland has launched new packaging for its Premium Meringue range, following the roll-out of several new meringue launches. The new design features product photography and will run across the entire range, including the new Strawberry and White Chocolate Meringue Shells.

On Our Radar: Tommy Hilfiger, Berlin

VMS

Tommy Hilfiger’s (Amsterdam) Berlin flagship has undergone an expansive renovation and expansion to add a Tommy’s Coffee, and in the near future, a 40-seat cinema. The 476-square-meter space, reimagined by rpa:group (Ashford, U.K.),

Dental Practices and The HR Involved

Retail Focus

Dental practices are no different from other businesses. Managing dental practices is quite similar to managing small and large businesses. Dentists have unique skills that allow them to excel in their fields.

Luxury Escapes overwhelmed by ‘revenge travel’ bookings

Inside Retail

Close to two years on from the closure of Australia’s borders with the rest of the world, airlines are preparing to resume flights from certain states next week and Australians are excitedly booking overseas trips.

Chocolate wins out in build-up to Halloween celebrations

Talking Retail

Sweets brands have lost out to chocolate in terms of retail listings in the run-up to Halloween celebrations on Sunday.

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VMSD Accepting ‘Look Book’ Submissions

VMS

VMSD is now accepting submissions to its annual January/February 2022 “Look Book” issue, featuring a range of the latest and greatest retail products – from lighting to materials to mannequins to signage/graphics, and much more.

The Isle of Raasay Distillery launches festive Sherry-Finished Whisky

Retail Times

The Isle of Raasay Distillery, famously known for its unique and beautiful island location and tight-knit community off Scotland’s west coast, is launching a festive Sherry-Finished Whisky.

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How retailers are getting more out of TikTok advertising

Inside Retail

TikTok’s rise as the world’s leading short-form entertainment platform has not gone unnoticed by retailers.

The Famous Grouse campaign inspires togetherness

Talking Retail

Whisky brand The Famous Grouse has kicked off a global campaign to “inspire consumers to share, savour and enjoy The Famous Grouse together”. The “Join Us By The Fire” campaign will kick-off during November across digital channels around the world.

Shell Acquires 248 Landmark Convenience and Fuel Stores

VMS

Shell Retail and Convenience Operations LLC (Houston) has acquired 248 fuel and convenience stores from Landmark, which operates the Timewise brand, according to a company press release. An additional 117 independently operated convenience and fuel sites were also part of the deal.

The Next Workplace To Bring People Together

All Work

People’s return to the office has been slow when compared to other activities like sports games, concerts, and going out to bars.

Coles to stock rapid antigen testing kits next week

Inside Retail

Coles and Woolworths are set to stock consumer-grade rapid antigen testing kits for sale, with Coles to stock the kits as soon as next week.

Tetley celebrates Britain’s love of tea with TV campaign

Talking Retail

Tea brand Tetley is set to launch a campaign as part of a £2.5m marketing drive. The “For the love of tea, For the Love of Tetley” campaign kicks off with a TV advert that “celebrates all the ways we love tea”, from taking a flask of original Tetley to a rainy sports match, to.

Starbucks Shares Fell 6 Percent in Q3

VMS

In the most recent premarket trading, Starbucks’ (Seattle) shares fell 6 percent, according to CNBC. Starbucks cites faltering sales in China as one of the main reasons for this decline; a recent resurgence of Covid-19 in China has reportedly slowed down sales in the coffee company’s foreign markets.

Gold Accents in Melbourne Upscale Bakery

Mindful Design

Gold accents have always been used in interior design to suggest luxury and sophistication. A bakery in Melbourne proves that such touches are not necessarily restricted to traditional designs.

Amazon’s holiday-quarter forecast disappoints as labour, supply issues mount

Inside Retail

Amazon.com Inc on Thursday reported a slump in profit that it expects will continue through the holiday quarter, as higher wages and spending to attract workers diminish the company’s windfall from online shopping. Shares fell 4% in after-hours trade.