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Crocs signs up A-listers as brand ambassadors

Casual footwear brand Crocs has added five new global ambassadors as it launches the fourth year of its Come As You Are global marketing campaign.

Stelux sales slump as network trimmed

Stelux Holdings, parent of the City Chain watch retail business, says its sales in the December quarter were down 32.6 per cent, or by US$25.6 million.

Luk Fook upbeat despite plans to trim Hong Kong store network

Hong Kong-headquartered Luk Fook group has followed its archrival Chow Tai Fook in revealing plans to shutter stores in the territory’s tourist areas.

Watsons China launches WeChat Work and Cloud stores

Health-and-beauty retailer Watsons has partnered with Tencent’s WeChat Work platform to establish an online presence and launch cloud-based WeChat stores this quarter.

Jeanswest enters voluntary administration due to online pressure

The Australian business of Hong Kong-owned apparel retailer Jeanswest has entered voluntary administration, due to the difficult trading conditions facing the clothing retail market Down Under.

Yum China prepares to list in Hong Kong

Pizza Hut and KFC restaurant operator Yum China is preparing for a second listing in Hong Kong.

Chow Tai Fook to close raft of Hong Kong stores

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group has revealed plans to shut about one in five of its Hong Kong stores, the majority of them in prime tourist areas.

Chinese fruit-vending machines driven by AI

AI-run fruit-vending machines are offering Chinese consumers a new way of buying fruit and vegetables, according to FreshPlaza.

Burberry launches online game Ratberry for Year of the Rat

Burberry has launched an online game called Ratberry as part of its 2020 Lunar New Year campaign.

Five key apparel-sourcing trends for this year

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands, retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade, says research house GlobalData, outlining five key apparel-sourcing trends for the year ahead. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion business…

South Korean beauty firms flourish as hopes rise of end to China sanctions

Stocks of major South Korean cosmetics and duty-free operators traded higher yesterday amid hopes that China may lift its retaliatory economic measures under way for years against Seoul’s decision to deploy a US anti-missile system there. AmorePacific, the country’s largest cosmetics maker, closed at 232,000 won (US$200), up 5.22 per cent from the previous session’s close, after touching as high as 236,000 won, the highest…

RELX China flagship opens in Shanghai

E-cigarette company RELX Technology has opened its first RELX China flagship, and says it aims to have 10,000 stores globally within three years. Located in Shanghai’s CBD, the RELX China flagship occupies a 140sqm area, creating a space to educate existing adult smokers and vapers on RELX vapour products. “Consumers nowadays prefer immersive shopping experiences, and we want to …