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David Beckham launches eyewear line with Safilo

Football legend David Beckham has launched his own eyewear collection, Eyewear by David Beckham, in partnership with Safilo Group.

Beauty&You by The Shilla Duty Free kicks off Lunar New Year

Travel retail concept Beauty&You by The Shilla Duty Free is celebrating the Year of the Rat at Hong Kong International Airport with an array of Lunar New Year offers until the end of February.

Mobile dominates Southeast Asian internet, says Google’s Year in Search report

Google has released its Year in Search 2019 report for Southeast Asia, showing that 90 per cent of the region’s 360 million internet users now connect primarily via mobile phones. The report offers five key search insights for brands in the territory seeking to drive business impact in the new year. The Year in Search notes that Southeast Asian consumers are becoming increasingly s…

Japanese restaurant group Skylark to end 24-hour trading

Japanese corporate restaurateur Skylark Holdings says it will discontinue 24-hour trading of 150 stores by April.

China takes first step to banning single-use utensils, plastic bags

China’s National Development and Reform Commission has revealed plans to cut the production and use of single-use plastic in China in the next five years.

Ikea eco-store under construction in Vienna

A seven-level Ikea eco-store is being built in Vienna – with no car parks, targeting pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Iconic US stationer to close all of its physical stores

US stationery retailer Papyrus is preparing to close all of its more than 260 physical stores throughout the country.

7-Eleven Singapore partners with Pay2Home to serve the unbanked

7-Eleven Singapore will collect cash payments for transactions initiated via home-grown financial-services company Pay2Home’s digital platform.

CapitaLand wins rights to manage Bugis Village for up to nine years

Singapore property developer CapitaLand is set to refurbish the Bugis Village and Bugis Street retail spaces after winning a joint tender to manage both from the Singapore Land Authority.

Health and wellness is driving wearable-technology growth in fashion

Wearable technology has come a long way from the original clunky smartwatch, with innovation having taken a giant leap forward in the last five years.

Pomelo appoints Anders Heikenfeldt as chief retail officer

Asian digital-fashion brand Pomelo has appointed Anders Heikenfeldt as Chief Retail Officer to lead the firm’s retail expansion plans across Southeast Asia.

Hong Kong restaurants bounce back in final quarter of 2019

Hong Kong restaurants appear to have shrugged off the worst of the impact from the city’s social unrest in the final quarter of last year,