2020 has been a year like no other. Fashion retailers were hit especially hard early on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, they have been racing, fighting even, to adapt, evolve and innovate fast enough to save their businesses. Changes that were once part of a long-term strategic plan had to be […]

France’s second lockdown has ravaged brick and mortar retailers, who have yet to see sales recover to pre-pandemic levels, despite the reopening of “non-essential” businesses. The French Council of Commerce (CDCF) a group of multiple business federations, said in a statement many clothing, shoe, jewelry, […]

The UK government has announced an 830 million pound boost to high streets to help them recover from the pandemic. The money, from the Future High Streets Fund, will help 72 areas in England and protect thousands of jobs, communities secretary Robert Jenrick announced on Boxing Day. Confirmed plans […]

Marks & Spencer is to expand its womenswear activewear range Goodmove in 2021 to include both kidswear and menswear, as the British retailer continues to increase its focus on more casual clothing. Over half (52 percent) of Marks & Spencer’s customers have been wearing activewear more and more as everyday […]

Chinese fintech giant Ant Group has been ordered by regulators to drastically change its business model and return to its roots as a payment services provider, as the state squeeze continues on the once unbridled empire of tech tycoon Jack Ma. China's central bank summoned Ant executives over the weekend […]

UK shoppers are expected to spend a record 1.9 billion pounds online on Boxing Day, the biggest online shopping day of the year. In 2019 shoppers spent 1.2 billion pounds online on Christmas Day while on Boxing Day 4.3 billion pounds was spent in High Streets and online. Except this year much of the […]

As a most challenging year comes to a close, retailers are looking back at a tumultuous time that started early in 2020. Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge combined to make February the wettest on record, while at the same time the onset of the coronavirus that originated in China in December, spread quickly […]

Footfall in the UK was rising last week before plummeting following the introduction of new, stricter restrictions on Sunday, according to the latest data from retail experts Springboard. Footfall across all retail destinations increased by 2.3 percent last week - 6.2 percent in shopping centres, 4.9 […]

The H&M Group is rolling out a new paper packaging system across its brands to offer more sustainable packaging for online orders. This new system will serve as an alternative to methods that may increase plastic waste, utilizing materials that are both reusable and recyclable. The company has started […]

As several retailers plan to shutter physical stores and refocus efforts on digital commerce, Rue21 has said that it will open 15 more stores in the new year. These new locations will join the retailer's existing 673 stores across 45 states. The company's CEO Bill Brand said in a statement that this […]

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