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LVMH to acquire Tiffany & Co. for $16.3bn
LVMH to acquire Tiffany & Co. for $16.3bn

LVMH has reached an agreement to purchase luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co. for approximately $16.2 billion, making this LVMH's most expensive luxury acquisition...

25 Nov 2019

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Coty buys controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics for $600m
Coty buys controlling stake in Kylie Cosmetics for $600m

Kylie Jenner is selling a 51% stake in her beauty business Kylie Cosmetics to multinational fragrance and cosmetics company Coty for $600 million...

18 Nov 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Activate shopper senses and grow in-store sales - Mood Media
Activate shopper senses and grow in-store sales - Mood Media

Sensory marketing has positive emotional, cognitive and behavioral impacts on shoppers in-store, notes a new behavioural study...

13 Nov 2019

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Continuous adaptation: Staying ahead of customer needs
Continuous adaptation: Staying ahead of customer needs

As customers' needs evolve, retailers must adapt to meet those needs, or better yet, stay ahead of them. Retailers must rethink the traditional test and learn cycles...

By Melissa Campbell 8 Nov 2019

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The robot wears Prada: what happens when AI starts giving out fashion tips?
The robot wears Prada: what happens when AI starts giving out fashion tips?

Is fashion styling the next field to be disrupted by artificial intelligence, or will the human eye remain supreme?

By Mark Liu 25 Oct 2019

GLOBAL

Pentawards 2019 honours best in global packaging design
Pentawards 2019 honours best in global packaging design

The winners of the annual Pentawards, a prestigious packaging design competition, were recognised at a gala ceremony held on 12 September in London. Microsoft scooped the top Diamond prize...

16 Sep 2019

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New York luxury retail icon Barneys files for bankruptcy

Luxury department store chain, Barneys New York, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and secured $75m in emergency financing from affiliates of Hilco Global and the Gordon Brothers Group...

6 Aug 2019

GLOBAL

Kantar CEO, Eric Salama. Image supplied.
Kantar's Eric Salama discusses the way forward under new owner Bain Capital

Kantar CEO Eric Salama presented an update on the new ownership structure and the opportunities under, Bain Capital during a press call held on Thursday...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Aug 2019

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Record sales on Prime Day 2019
Record sales on Prime Day 2019

Sales for Amazon's 2019 Prime Day event surpassed those the company recorded for the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Prime Day, held over two days on 15 and 16 July this year, was the largest shopping event in Amazon history...

24 Jul 2019

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African design showcased at Bloomingdale's The Lion King pop-up
African design showcased at Bloomingdale's The Lion King pop-up

African brands like MaXhosa by Laduma, Pichulik and AAKS are on show in the U.S. as part of The Lion King pop-up concept shop at Bloomingdale's...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Jul 2019

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The real story of the Barbie doll: strong female leadership behind the scenes
The real story of the Barbie doll: strong female leadership behind the scenes

In marking the 60th anniversary of one of the world's best-known toys, the Barbie doll, scholars and journalists have a wealth of angles to explore. One story that's much less known is that of Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie...

By Bertrand Venard 12 Jul 2019

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Amazon is turning 25 - here's a look back at how it changed the world
Amazon is turning 25 - here's a look back at how it changed the world

A quarter of a century ago, on 5 July 1994, a company, which shared a name with the world's largest river, was incorporated. It sold books to customers who got to its website through a dial-up modem...

By Venkatesh Shankar 4 Jul 2019

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Amazon's bottomless appetite
Amazon's bottomless appetite

Amazon is shrinking time and eating up the planet...

By François Lévêque 3 Jun 2019

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Mobile body-scanning startup wins LVMH Innovation Award
Mobile body-scanning startup wins LVMH Innovation Award

3DLook, a US-based startup specialising in mobile body-scanning technologies for apparel retail and other industries, is the winner of the LVMH Innovation Award...

24 May 2019

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Footwear giants call tariffs 'catastrophic' in open letter to Trump
Footwear giants call tariffs 'catastrophic' in open letter to Trump

Some of the biggest names in footwear have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reconsider the proposed tariffs on shoes made in China...

22 May 2019

GLOBAL

The most valuable global retail brands for 2019
The most valuable global retail brands for 2019

The results of the second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands have been revealed. The research shows that the world's most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more...

14 May 2019

GLOBAL

Instagram's @shop a curated showcase of shoppable products
Instagram's @shop a curated showcase of shoppable products

Instagram has launched a @shop account, essentially a curation of posts from online merchants that sell products through the image-sharing app.

14 May 2019

GLOBAL

Best in global visual merchandising awarded
Best in global visual merchandising awarded

The winners of the 2019 International VM Awards were announced at the RetailExpo in London...

13 May 2019

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Nike's new app feature helps customers find the perfect fit
Nike's new app feature helps customers find the perfect fit

Nike has launched a new in-app scanning solution in the US, called Nike Fit, that provides customers with their recommended shoe size in each of the company's footwear products...

10 May 2019

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IRL: AI powers Walmart's store of the future
IRL: AI powers Walmart's store of the future

Over the past few months, a Walmart Neighborhood Market in New York has quietly transformed into the company's first Intelligent Retail Lab...

2 May 2019

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Macy's new creative in-store retail concept, Story
Macy's new creative in-store retail concept, Story

Macy's new Instagram-friendly retail concept shop, Story, has launched in 36 stores across the United States. The narrative-driven space opened with 'Colour' as its inaugural theme...

12 Apr 2019

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Beyoncé teams up with Adidas in "partnership of a lifetime"
Beyoncé teams up with Adidas in "partnership of a lifetime"

Beyoncé Knowles has signed a partnership with Adidas, which will see the singer become a creative partner to the company, developing new apparel and footwear across the performance and lifestyle categories...

8 Apr 2019

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Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing in the wake of Leaving Neverland
Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing in the wake of Leaving Neverland

Louis Vuitton is pulling Michael Jackson-inspired items from its autumn/winter 2019 menswear collection, as controversy mounts following the release of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland...

18 Mar 2019

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Barbie at 60: instrument of female oppression or positive influence?
Barbie at 60: instrument of female oppression or positive influence?

Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Wisconsin US, is celebrating her 60th birthday. She is a toy. A doll. Yet she has grown into a phenomenon. An iconic figure, recognised by millions of children and adults worldwide...

By Gemma Witcomb 11 Mar 2019

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Amazon's Project Zero lets brands remove fake product listings
Amazon's Project Zero lets brands remove fake product listings

Through a new initiative called Project Zero, Amazon wants to empower brands to help stop the spread of counterfeit products on the marketplace...

5 Mar 2019

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Samsung rolls out experiential stores in the U.S.
Samsung rolls out experiential stores in the U.S.

Samsung has opened three physical Experience Stores in major U.S. cities, where customers can to test out products, address repairs and receive one-on-one assistance...

25 Feb 2019

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Festival-goers can now shop and ship to Amazon lockers at Coachella
Festival-goers can now shop and ship to Amazon lockers at Coachella

Visitors to the USA's popular Coachella festival in April will now be able to shop festival essentials from Amazon to be delivered to an Amazon locker located inside the event...

14 Feb 2019

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Toys 'R' Us reincarnated as Tru Kids
Toys 'R' Us reincarnated as Tru Kids

Less than a year after Toys 'R' Us liquidated its assets and shut the doors to hundreds of toy stores and Babies 'R' Us stores in the U.S., the company has reemerged under a new brand...

13 Feb 2019

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Facebook caught skewing the review score of its Portal device on Amazon
Facebook caught skewing the review score of its Portal device on Amazon

Facebook employees have been spotted giving the company's Portal video calling devices five-star ratings on Amazon...

By Shereesa Moodley 22 Jan 2019

GLOBAL

Elevated sensorial experiences drive shoppers back to stores
Elevated sensorial experiences drive shoppers back to stores

According to a new global report by in-store media company Mood Media, sensory experiences drive 9 out of 10 shoppers back to stores...

15 Jan 2019

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