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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.

Bangkok’s Thaniya Plaza to be refurbished for the first time in 30 years

Thai developer Thaniya Group plans to invest more than US$33 million on renovating Thaniya Plaza, its first major makeover project in 30 years.

Why Google’s acquisition of Irish startup Pointy is big news for retailers

Google has acquired Irish start-up Pointy, a firm that allows physical stores to make their products discoverable online.

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,

New partner signed to manage Esprit Kids range

Hong Kong headquartered fashion brand Esprit has signed with Kids Fashion Group (KFG) to manage the firm’s design, production and distribution of the Esprit Kids collection.

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.

Bose shutting stores across Australia, North America, Europe, Japan

Electronics retailer Bose is shutting down its 19 Australian retail stores over the next few months, with the intent to focus on its e-commerce offer in the region.

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.

Braun Buffel unveils new store design at Ion Orchard

Braun Buffel has launched its new store concept at Ion Orchard in Singapore, creating a brand experience with multiple physical and digital touch-points. The store’s facade features Champagne-gold fonts against soft white frames. To create a modern look, marble stone tiles in light grey with streaks of white tones are used. Hand-brushed finishes on the cement provide a three-dimensional textured effect on both the floors and w…

Hyundai Department Store aims to eliminate paper receipts

Hyundai Department Store says it will launch an electronic receipt issuance service with the aim of “zero” paper receipts within three years. Electronic receipts will be issued in the form of the automatic issuance of receipts through mobile applications instead of paper receipts when purchasing goods. Last year, about 160 million paper receipts were issued by Hyundai Department …

Assa Abloy plans 500 Yale Smart Shop franchise stores across Asia

Locks and security-solutions company Assa Abloy plans to expand its Yale Smart Shop franchise network to 500 stores across Asia after a successful pilot in Toa Payoh, Singapore.