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2021’s Christmas period will be make-or-break for retail: ARA

Inside Retail

The upcoming Christmas period is fast becoming even more critical to retailers than usual, according to ARA boss Paul Zahra, with spending down 0.8 per cent in September compared to last year.

Louis Vuitton opens locally inspired store in Philippines

Retail Focus

Louis Vuitton has announced the opening of its latest store in the newest luxury wing of Ayala Malls Makati, Greenbelt 3. Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s Spirit of Travel and intertwined with local elements, the store has special features that are unique to a traditional Filipino home.

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Soho Street Cocktails gains exclusive distribution listing with Vindependents

Retail Times

Up and coming ready-to-drink premium cocktail brand, Soho Street Cocktails, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Vindependents. Alcoholic drinks Product Time Soho Street Cocktails

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10 Ways To Maximize Wellbeing And Productivity Through Workplace Design

All Work

Neuro-architecture explores how art, color, lighting, and design can have a positive impact on our mood, productivity, and overall health. Our physiological state has a huge impact on our health, so the spaces that we spend our time in should be healthy for our mental wellbeing.

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Australia Post invests in South Australia ahead of Christmas rush

Inside Retail

Australia Post has opened its first dedicated parcel facility in South Australia in a bid to improve its business in the state, now being able to process 8,000 parcels an hour locally.

ZARA launches at One New Change

Retail Focus

Landsec has today announced the official opening of international fashion retailer, ZARA, at One New Change, the premier retail and leisure destination in the City of London.

KitKat gets festive with limited edition winter flavour

Talking Retail

Nestlé Confectionery is launching a limited edition caramelised biscuit variant for its KitKat brand. The variant consists of crisp wafer and chocolate “enhanced” with caramel, cinnamon and spices, available in multi-packs of nine two-finger bars (£1.50).

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Retail is back, but have your customers changed?

Inside Retail

Retailers around Australia are looking again to a brighter future. With New South Wales-based retailers opening their doors to shoppers and Victorian businesses set to follow, the Australian economy is being prised back open just in time for a busy holiday trading period.

The Cornish Bakery – Rising to the next level

Retail Focus

A company born on the harbourside in Mevagissey in Cornwall is powering its way out of the COVID pandemic, meeting constant challenges head-on with opportunities.

Facemasks should be compulsory again, says shopworkers union

Talking Retail

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has called on the government to make facemasks compulsory again in stores. The request comes against the backdrop of rising Covid 19 infection rates and increasing numbers in hospital.

Retailers Pledge Zero-Emissions Shipping by 2040

VMS

Retailers Amazon, Ikea and Zara are among nine multinational companies that have committed to transport all of their cargo in zero-emission ships by 2040, reports The Financial Times. Shipping is reportedly responsible for 1.7

Woolworths Group sets vaccine mandate across business

Inside Retail

Woolworths Group will introduce a vaccine mandate for its Australia-based staff working in its stores, distribution and online fulfilment centres, and support offices.

World’s smallest Primark is opening at Legoland discovery centre Birmingham

Retail Focus

Birmingham can boast that it’s home to the world’s largest Primark store but from next week it will have another claim to fame as LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham opens the doors to the world’s smallest Primark.

Nisa offers retailers deals on snacks

Talking Retail

Nisa retailers are being given the chance to offer market deals on a range of snacks and treats designed to help customers enjoying an evening in as the days shorten.

Camp Expands to Garden State Plaza in Paramus

VMS

Experiential retailer Camp (New York) continues expansion with the opening of its seventh store, located in a prior Toys R Us location in Paramus, N.J., reports Toy World. The store, in the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall, opens tomorrow.

The winners of NSW’s reopened retail: CBA

Inside Retail

New South Wales customers came out in force to support local businesses last week, after retail and personal service businesses were finally able to open their doors to the public again.

John Lewis opens Christmas Emporiums across 10 stores

Retail Focus

John Lewis opens one-stop-festive shop Christmas Emporiums across 10 of their stores.

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Raj Aggarwal Award: Shropshire retailer named first-ever winner

Talking Retail

Shropshire-based Premier retailer Julie Kaur has been named as the first winner of the Raj Aggarwal Award by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Julian Charles’s children’s bedding range raises money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity

Retail Times

Julian Charles home furnishings has launched a new children’s bedding collection to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, including a range named in memory of the daughter of its finance director. Retail News Retailer News Julian Charles

Everyhuman launches Australia’s first different-sized shoe program

Inside Retail

For people with different-sized feet, shopping for footwear is anything but easy. It often involves buying two pairs of shoes in different sizes in order to get the right fit. Not only is this costly, but it’s also wasteful, since the remaining two shoes may never be worn, or even thrown away.

Coach introduces Windows of the Future

Retail Focus

Coach introduces Windows of the Future, a new initiative where Coach stores around the world are reimagined as community hubs with bespoke experiences.

Spar own-label extension taps into frozen trend

Talking Retail

Spar is expanding its frozen own-label range in line with the category’s year-on-year sales.

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Allbirds Opens First Denver Store

VMS

Footwear and apparel brand Allbirds (San Francisco) has opened a new store and community center at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, according to a press release. The store is the brand’s first in Denver and 34th worldwide.

The return of Tigerlily: An in-depth interview with the new CEO

Inside Retail

Inside Retail : What appealed to you about taking on the role at Tigerlily?

Quality Street and John Lewis announce the return of in-store pick and mix stations

Retail Focus

Quality Street and John Lewis are making the nation’s sweet dreams come true as they announce the return of in-store pick and mix stations.

Co-op joins the groups giving staff more time off at Christmas

Talking Retail

Co-op staff will not have to work on New Year’s Day and Boxing Day if they don’t want to, says the retailer. The group is the latest retailer to announce that it is allowing staff more time off over the holiday period. It has said it will close stores early on Christmas Eve and operate.

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Forever 21 CEO Steps Down After Less than Two Years

VMS

Daniel Kulle, CEO of Forever 21, has stepped down after less than two years in the position, reports WWD. According to an e-mail he sent to colleagues, Kulle said he had resigned the position two weeks ago and plans to take time off “to find out my next move.”.

Burberry names new CEO

Inside Retail

Gianni Versace CEO, Jonathan Akeroyd, has been appointed as the new CEO and executive director of Burberry, effective April. Akeroyd will succeed Marco Gobbetti, who will step down from the role and leave Burberry by the end of this year.

Tesco launches first checkout-free high street store

Retail Focus

Tesco is launching its first checkout-free high street store where shoppers can pick up their groceries and leave without the need for a till. It is the latest retail giant to open a store where checkouts are replaced by high-tech cameras designed to track the items shoppers place in their baskets.

Get ready for a food-to-go revival with new display units

Talking Retail

Display equipment company Fri-Jado has launched a Multideck Display range, in response to the food-to-go market expecting to top £90m by the end of 2022. The range of hot holding cabinets combines “ultra-thin” shelves with patented air flow technology, which help to keep temperatures consistent.

Moosejaw Opens Bentonville, Ark. Store

VMS

Outdoor retailer Moosejaw (Madison Heights, Mich.) opened its first physical store in Arkansas, in Bentonville, home of parent company Walmart, according to a press release. The brand was acquired by Walmart in 2017.

The benefits of financing your business growth

Inside Retail

You have to spend money to make money. It’s a phrase most people know well, especially when you own or run a business.

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Laings unveils £3m ST David’s Cardiff showroom transformation

Retail Focus

Laings The Jewellers has unveiled its stunning new-look showroom at Cardiff’s St David’s as it officially relaunches.

Baker Street’s festive range capitalises on Stollen trend

Talking Retail

Long-life bakery brand Baker Street has launched a 500g Stollen Loaf into Booker wholesalers, following research which found that 50% of consumers buy Stollen over Christmas.

Amazon to Hire 150,000 Seasonal Workers

VMS

In preparation for a busy holiday shopping season, Amazon (Seattle) plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, reports CBS. Workers will be paid an average of $18 per hour, with another $3 per hour paid for overnight and weekend shifts.

Kogan’s first quarter signals recovery from difficult FY21

Inside Retail

Online marketplace Kogan has recovered somewhat from disasterous inventory and logistics costs of last year, with gross profit growing 31.6 per cent during the first quarter of FY22 compared to the prior quarter, though remained 1.7 per cent down on the same time last year.

JD Sports signs up for flagship at Lion Walk Colchester

Retail Focus

CBRE Investment Management has announced the signing of sports fashion retailer JD Sports in a new flagship store at Lion Walk in Colchester, set to open this October.