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Starbucks unveils ambitious sustainability commitment

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has announced a multi-decade commitment to be a “resource-positive” company – aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet.

Amazon India to use mom-and-pop shops as delivery points

Global online retailer Amazon has partnered with more than 20,000 local “kirana” stores in India to serve as delivery points.

Hugo Boss sales soar in China and online

Fashion label Hugo Boss has reported a staggering 52-per-cent leap in online sales which helped drive a 9 per cent boost in operating profit.

Fashion forward: 6 overseas brands to watch

In a year in which results are predicted to be mixed, retailers are exploring new ways to align with the changing needs and expectations of customers, and inventive ways to reconcile online and in-store experiences.  Established global brands are likely to continue increasing in value, and will be closely managed in 2020. It’s often those on the cusp that are the most provocative and interesting to watch, so let’s take …

‘Jeweller to the stars’ Mouawad eyes Asian rollout

Dubai- and Geneva-headquartered Mouawad Group – dubbed jewellers to the stars – is planning to open stores across Asia.

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.

Costs cited as Gap Inc cancels Old Navy spinoff plans

Gap has nixed plans to spin off its Old Navy subsidiary, saying that after further investigation the costs involved outweighed the benefits.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tiffany Flagship Next Door opens in New York, a two-year-long pop up

Tiffany & Co has opened The Tiffany Flagship Next Door – a two-year pop-up store in New York City. Located at the adjacent 6 East 57th Street, the Flagship Next Door will serve as Tiffany’s New York City flagship store until the transformation of No 727 Fifth Avenue is complete next year. The store’s main floor features high jewellery and famous collections including Tiffany…