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South Korean convenience-store chain CU to accept cryptocurrency

Major South Korean convenience-store chain CU is preparing to accept payments in cryptocurrency.

Four steps to enhance personalised shopper experiences

Every consumer has a unique preference, so here’s how retailers can enhance the shopper experience.

Harvey Nichols flagship reopens at Pacific Place

The Harvey Nichols flagship at Pacific Place has reopened after a three-month refurbishment, adopting a new store model which takes up just half the space of the original store.

Honestbee wins creditor reprieve

Struggling grocery retailer and delivery startup Honestbee has been granted a four-month debt moratorium by the Singapore High Court.  While two months shorter than the protection period the company sought from the court, it allows the business to restructure free from creditor pressure.  Reports by Singapore business media show Honestbee owed around US$236 million in curre…

Uniqlo to launch clothes made from recycled plastic bottles

Japansese fashion retailer Uniqlo and Toray Industries are creating clothes made from recycled plastic bottles, which will go on sale next year in Singapore and other Asian markets.

Line Friends launches online fashion customisation platform

Character brand Line Friends has launched an online fashion customisation platform where consumers can purchase personalised fashion items based on their lifestyles.

Three innovations Asian retailers are prioritising for next year

Tofugear has published its annual Asia Digital Transformation Report, in which 150 Asian retail leaders and executives spokes of their innovation plans.

Lush opens the world’s first language-free concept store in Japan

Foreign Lush customers in Japan can now shop without language barriers as the brand launches the first language-free concept store in Shinjuku district.

Starbucks and Alibaba team up in ‘Genie-us’ delivery service

Starbucks and Alibaba have teamed up to allow consumers in China to order coffee using their Tmall Genie smart speaker.

Shinsegae testing a cashierless grocery store concept, similar to Amazon Go

South Korean retail giant Shinsegae is developing a cashierless grocery-store modelled on the Amazon Go concept.

Rakuten and Seiyu launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots

Rakuten has partnered with Seiyu to launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots service with JD in Umikaze Park.

Lycra to launch elastane made with recycled content

Fibre and technology firm The Lycra Company is launching its first branded elastane made with recycled content.