As store re-opening begins, brands and retailers globally are having to think on their feet and adapt quickly to a radically new world of physical retail. All experiential aspects are up for revision from safety, hygiene and in-queue entertainment challenges, to utilising VR in place of make-over beauty […]

Showfields is leaning on digital innovations to offer its customers its signature, unique retail experience in the age of social distancing. The retailer, which calls itself “the most interesting store in the world,” has reopened the doors to its New York location as the city's restrictions begin to […]

UK employers will receive a one-off bonus of 1,000 pounds for each furloughed employee that returns to work, the government has announced. It's part of a wider 30 billion pound package unveiled Wednesday by chancellor Rishi Sunak to support jobs and boost the economy after months of lockdown. The Jobs […]

Ascena Retail Group, the parent company of Ann Taylor, is set to close 1200 stores. Bankruptcy appears to be on the horizon for the company as they took a major hit from coronavirus like the rest of the apparel and retail sector. Ascena Retail Group is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early […]

Gap Inc. has launched a new B2B product program to supply large organizations with high-quality, reusable cloth face masks. These non-medical grade protective wear will be sold to companies wishing to supply their employees with masks as offices and workplaces reopen. The company has sold approximately […]

British department store Harrods has opened the doors of its new concept store at Westfield London. Announced in May, Harrods Outlet aims to help the company sell inventory built up during lockdown and take pressure off its store in Knightsbridge by providing additional space for shoppers who will need […]

Francesca's has teamed with Poq to launch its first mobile app. The boutique chain plans to introduce an iOS app this summer and an Android app in time for holiday shopping later this year. "During the temporary store closure period resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, our ecommerce business surged," […]

The fragility of a consumer’s purchasing journey is revealed post-Covid-19, with nearly four in ten UK shoppers abandoning a purchase at least once a week. That’s according to new research commissioned by payment provider Klarna and e-commerce platform BigCommerce, who called on retailers to prioritize […]

ANALYSIS New York - Wesfarmers, the owners of the Australian division of US department store operator Target, has decided to accelerate the integration of its online retail brands and offline. One year after acquiring Catch for 230 million dollars, Wesfarmers has taken a further step toward full integration […]

This spring, when then pandemic migrated to Europe and North America, all eyes were on Asia for signs of recovery and positive consumer sentiment. That recovery hasn’t fully happened. “Covid-19 has forced luxury brands to postpone their fashion shows and cancel promotions events, and has disrupted supply […]

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