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Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold is Inside Retail Asia's associate editor. An experienced author, copywriter, and communicator with extensive experience writing for English publications and websites, he has spent 10 years living, working and shopping in Asia.


Lawson unveils portable convenience stores in China

Japanese convenience store chain Lawson is launching a series of prefabricated stores in China.

Li & Fung, JD to invest $100 million in developing digital supply chain

Chinese e-commerce giant JD has invested US$100 million in Li & Fung via newly issued capital as a move to further develop its digital supply chain.

Taobao looks to boost young entrepreneurs showing originality

Chinese social commerce platform Taobao has inaugurated a new ratings system to reward deserving young creators and small enterprises.

Japan retail sales fall in June

Japanese retail sales have fallen by 1.2 per cent during the month of June over statistics for the same month last year.

AS Watson opens MoneyBack platform to all retailers and restaurants

Health and beauty retailer AS Watson has opened up its Moneyback loyalty programme to help retailers in Hong Kong promote their businesses for free in preparation for an easing in the coronavirus pandemic.

Starbucks sales soured by Covid-19

Fiscal third quarter results for international coffee giant Starbucks show a drop in sales globally – partially offset by increases in average ticket – as the firm continues to battle a poor business climate heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong’s Swindon Book Co closes after 100 years

Swindon Book Co, one of the oldest bookstores in Hong Kong, will be permanently closed at the end of this month.

Revenge shopping and getting personal: luxury shopping in China post Covid

Shanghainese women purchasing luxury goods in the post-Covid-19 era are making conscious choices in consumption – with a tendency towards revenge shopping amongst younger buyers.

Covid-19 has fuelled digital boom in Greater China, says KPMG

Chinese buyers on the mainland and in Hong Kong have steadily migrated towards e-commerce in the midst of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, communicating with businesses via social media or digital channels and remaining focused on “value for money”.

Malaysian jeweller looks online to boost sales

High class Malaysian jeweller Aurora Italia International will extend its e-commerce efforts to build sales growth in the coming year.

King Power Thailand sales plunge 50 per cent

Thai duty-free retailer King Power is anticipating a drop in sales revenues of 50 per cent in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

DTC is now a sustainable alternative retail strategy, says GlobalData

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail models are coming to light as a dependable strategy following on from the coronavirus era, according to new research by GlobalData.