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Harvey Norman profit tumbles 35 per cent from pandemic high

Inside Retail

Harvey Norman has been hit by falling sales and depreciating exchange rates, with global sales falling 8.8 per cent during the period between July and November, and unaudited gross profit falling 35.5 per cent between July and October, compared to the same periods of last year.

Seven Dials Winter Festival

Retail Focus

The ‘Seven Dials Winter Festival’, is a three-day shopping, dining and cultural event that took place over the weekend from 19th-21st November, in the heart of London’s West End.

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Co-op expands its robot delivery scheme in Northampton

Talking Retail

Co-op’s revolutionary scheme to use robots to make home deliveries in Northampton has been expanded to make it available to 150,000 residents in the town. The scheme relies on the boxes-on-wheels robots made by Starship Technologies.

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Why it works: when the fitting room becomes your home – giving customers convenience, comfort and independence

Retail Times

French lingerie brand Etam is using digital ID technology from Avery Dennison Smartrac to make every item ‘digital’ so customers can try lingerie at home, avoid queues in store and get video content to learn more about the sustainable origins of the products they love.

Retail media – the future of personalisation in a privacy-conscious world

Inside Retail

If your brand isn’t rethinking data consent and tracking, now is the time to act. We know that privacy laws in Australia are under the microscope and expected to continue tightening in 2022 (and beyond).

Bershka has selected Liverpool ONE for its regional debut

Retail Focus

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (GBI) has announced that Bershka, the international fashion label from Inditex, has selected Liverpool ONE for its regional debut. The 8,000 sq ft flagship is set to open early next year and will enhance Liverpool ONE’s already extensive international fashion offering.

Retailers warned of festive drinks shortages as delivery fears mount

Talking Retail

Retailers are being warned that supplies of alcohol brands are being hit by continuing driver shortages – presenting a major threat to festive drinks business.

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Aje Athletica launches flagship store in Westfield Sydney City

Inside Retail

Australian fashion label, Aje, has launched an Aje Athletica flagship store at Westfield Sydney City, with six more standalone locations scheduled to open across the country early next year. .

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Dior launches 3D printed sustainable pop-up store at Dubai Expo

Retail Focus

Dior has opened a pop-up store at Jumeirah beach in Dubai. The initiative, which coincides with the Dubai Expo includes two 3D printed pavilions created in collaboration with Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP and is located at the Four Seasons Hotel in Nammos.

Squash brand Vimto brings back Winter Warmer limited edition

Talking Retail

Vimto has brought back its seasonal limited edition squash flavour, Winter Warmer. Available in a 725ml bottle, Winter Warmer is on-shelf now until the end of January 2022, while stocks last. It comes with an RRP of £1.25.

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Royal Mail crowned most carbon-conscious delivery company

E Delevry

New research of eight of the leading delivery companies in the UK has crowned Royal Mail the most carbon-conscious delivery company for the second year in a row. It is followed by Amazon, DPD and Parcelforce, according to the research by Money.co.uk.

Toymate to open Australia’s ‘largest toy store’ in the run up to Christmas

Inside Retail

Australian toy retailer Toymate is set to open “the largest toy store in Australia” early next month, standing at 2960 square metres.

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Pop Mart to open European flagship in Chinatown London

Retail Focus

Shaftesbury has announced that leading art toy brand, Pop Mart, has selected Chinatown London for a European flagship and UK debut, and will be joined by Yolé, the world’s first no-sugar added ice cream and frozen yogurt brand.

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New launch targets growing taste for premium rum

Talking Retail

Mallows Bottling has launched a range of flavoured rums to help retailers take advantage of the growing premium rum market. The newly created distillery is bringing its first spirit to the market with The Rummers, a brand developed in partnership with Dutch rum specialist Scheer.

Dollar Tree Products to Rise in Cost

VMS

Dollar Tree (Chesapeake, Va.) announced it will begin selling most of its products for $1.25 throughout its fleet of stores instead of $1, Reuters reports. The new strategy comes after pandemic-related challenges as well as rising freight costs, according to the retailer.

Adairs to buy up Focus on Furniture for $80 million

Inside Retail

Homewares group Adairs will acquire omni-channel furniture retailer Focus on Furniture for $80 million, in a play to expand its market share in the furniture and bedding space.

Armani, Hugo Boss and Moss Bros take space in Grantham Designer Outlet Village

Retail Focus

As it builds momentum ahead of opening in 2023, the Grantham Designer Outlet Village has announced a suite of fashion and F&B brands that will take space in the premium outlet – alongside the news it will feature online sales platform Wishibam, a UK-first for outlet retail destinations.

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Starbucks creates 23 new jobs as first store in Aylesbury opens

Retail Times

A new Starbucks® store will open in Sainsburys, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, on Wednesday 24 November. The new store will be the first in the local area and will create 23 new jobs. Retail News Retailer News Starbucks

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Black Friday Thrift Store Deals in Vegas & LA

Thrifts and Tangles

Black Friday shopping is a great way to get deals for cheap. Did you know that thrift stores offer some amazing Black Friday Deals? You will get the best bang for your buck and be sustainable by choosing to thrift on Black Friday. Here is a list of the Black Friday Thrift Store Deals in […].

Step inside The Sensorium, Aesop’s new fragrance experience

Inside Retail

Luxury body and skincare brand Aesop has just unveiled its world-first fragrance experience, The Sensorium, within its Sydney flagship store. Inside, customers are invited to experience the luxury brand’s seven eaux de parfum.

Libby Blakey Design opens seasonal store on Kings Road

Retail Focus

Sloane Stanley celebrates the return and opening of Libby Blakey Design , an interior and retail design specialist, at 336 Kings Road, in the heart of Chelsea until January 2022.

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Mad Lords Plans Expansion

VMS

Mad Lords (Paris) is planning to expand its footprint with an additional three stores in 2022, Forbes reports. The fine jewelry boutique is planning to open new locations in Belgium, Brussels, and another on Rue St. Honoré, where the brand has an existing flagship.

Usdaw ballots Tesco delivery staff on strike over pay

Talking Retail

Workers at nine Tesco distribution centres are being balloted on industrial action over a pay dispute. The Usdaw trade union is carrying out the ballots in distribution centres in Daventry, Goole, Hinckley, Lichfield, Livingston, Magor (both trunk and main site), Peterborough and Southampton.

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Fashion label to close online store in protest at BFCM ‘frenzy’

Inside Retail

Sustainable knitwear brand, Mia Fratino, is set to shut its doors during the upcoming Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping sale to protest against waste and over-consumerism. .

For customers, retail staff are the embodiment of your brand. It’s time to get serious about their status in your business.

Retail Focus

Senior retail teams should be serving their frontline staff, first and foremost, so they’re empowered to get on with the important business of serving customers.

ARKET to open its first store in Russia on 9 December

Retail Times

Stockholm-based lifestyle brand ARKET is opening its first flagship store in Russia, 0 0 4 0 2 5 - 9 4 2 , on 9 December.

MPs join in recognition of inaugural Family Business Week

Talking Retail

The UK’s first Family Business Week has been launched today (22 November) by the Institute for Family Business (IFB). The week-long event, supported by NatWest bank, is focusing on the role of business as a force for good.

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New South Wales retail to see restrictions ease next month

Inside Retail

Retailers in New South Wales will no longer need to enforce mandatory masks indoors, QR code check ins, or adhere to the current density limits as soon as the state hits 95 per cent vaccination rate or on December 15 – whatever comes first.

Warning retailers: Mind the Gap – before your customers fall through it!

Retail Focus

Has the word ‘proximity’ cropped up in your 2022 planning meetings yet? Thought so. But what does retail’s favourite new buzzword actually mean? . In the dictionary, it’s nearness in space, time or relationship – in other words, the things that are close, nearby and on hand.

80 People Loot Nordstrom with Crowbars

VMS

About 80 people ransacked a San Francisco Nordstrom on Sunday, assaulting employees and making off with merchandise in cars waiting outside, the Associated Press reports. With some wearing ski masks and wielding crowbars, the hoard of thieves rushed the store in a flash mob-style raid.

Vitality CBD now offers the most extensive CBD product range in 300 ASDA stores

Retail Times

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Lush exiting Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat due to whistleblower revelations

Inside Retail

Global beauty brand Lush is shutting down its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat accounts until the platforms take action to provide a safer experience for their users.

Treat shop staff kindly at Christmas says anti-abuse campaign, as MPs and retailers sing from same hymnsheet

Talking Retail

The latest research on violence and abuse of shopworkers has revealed not only that most staff have been abused, but more than a third of customers have seen it happening.

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Director of Operations?

Compliantia

The director of operations is crucial to the success of national retail chains. Anyone who takes on this role is tasked with managing high-ranking staff such as district and general managers.

Retailers urged to ensure loyalty is the lasting legacy of Black Friday

Retail Times

We’re on the countdown to Black Friday 2021 - an event that has become one of the defining moments in the UK retail calendar and this year, it’s more important than ever. Comment In my opinion Opinion Time Retailer News Black Friday White Label Loyalty

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Petal & Pup marketing lead talks US expansion and social media tactics

Inside Retail

As a pureplay e-commerce business, Australian fashion brand Petal & Pup was in a strong position to manage lockdown pressures this year, and the pandemic didn’t stop the business venturing into new categories and new markets.

Authentic Brands No Longer Seeking IPO

VMS

Authentic Brands (New York) will no longer be working towards a planned initial public offering (IPO), according to CNBC. Instead the company will be selling equity stakes in its business to HPS Investment Partners and CVC Capital, in addition to a range of existing stakeholders.