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H&M Hong Kong plans new flagship

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is launching a new-build full-concept flagship store in Gala Place, Mongkok.

Where Chinese tourists are spending their shopping dollar

As Chinese tourists discover new destinations, retailers in neighbouring countries are being left in the dust.

Visa survey shows Singaporeans shop on the move

Fifty per cent of Singaporeans regularly use their mobile devices for shopping, according to a credit card company survey.

Aldi to launch online store

Aldi to shake up online grocery space with impending e-commerce launch.

Filipinos prefer traditional stores

Nine in 10 Filipinos prefer grocery shopping at bricks and mortar stores – not online. Nielsen’s Shopper Trends Report says 93 per cent of Filipinos prefer buying their groceries at offline shops. And eight in 10 check out all departments within the store when they shop. “The love for shopping is alive among Filipinos. They find joy in going up and down the aisles to check out grocery items,” says Lou-Ann Navalta, Nielsen’s shopper insights leader in the Philippines. “Retailers can …

Shopping in Portlandia

Hip. Seriously hip. Hilariously hip. Hipper than the hippest hipsters in Brooklyn, and that’s hyper hip. I’m talking about Portland, Oregon; a compact, very livable, and very cool city in the Pacific Northwest of the US. I visited Portland as part of the WPP Intel Futurecasting Summit and naturally snuck in time to do the downtown area in a city famed for its creative class. It’s Boston-ish or Melbourne-ish, but smaller, grungier, and easier to traverse on foot. The streets are fu…

GU lets shoppers take now buy later

Japanese retailer GU offers a new shopping experience at its store in Shibuya, Tokyo. GU, a sister brand of Uniqlo, allows shoppers to walk out of its Shibuya store with an item unpaid. The brand says it is part of its ‘fitting service’, enabling customers try the clothing outside the store premises prior to purchasing it. “Customers will be asked to leave their names and telephone numbers with us but can try out our items anywhere outside as long as they return by closing time,” sa…

Majority of Delhiites shop online

Delhiites eclipse the people of all other Indian cities in shopping online. That’s the findings of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Some 78 per cent of Delhiites prefer shopping online while 14 per cent prefer to shop in traditional markets. Around seven per cent of respondents said they prefer to visit a mall for their shopping needs while one per cent said they prefer shopping at specialty stores. In other cities like Mumbai, 45 per cent of its pop…

[:en]Ikea plans China malls[:zh]宜家计划在中国开始更多商场

[:en]Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is thriving despite the stagnant residential property market in China.Ikea plans to open shopping malls in China, the first planned for Wuxi in Jiangsu province in late June. Two more will follow in Beijing and Wuhan. The three shopping malls will cost 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion), reports say. It is targeting suburbs in first and second-tier cities as locations where prices of properties are cheaper.The new business model is aimed at augmenti…

Chinese shop more when traveling

Spending by Chinese and Asian travellers continues to rise at luxury shopping outlets across Europe. According to designer outlets developer McArthurGlen Group, total tax-free sales by Chinese shoppers at its 29 locations across Europe rose 270 per cent in the past two years (2012 and 2013). Chinese visitors now account for more than 20 per cent of all tax-free sales at McArthurGlen Designer Outlets, and they spend eight times more than the average shopper – a figure that rises t…

Indian mall space burgeons

Global consultancy Cushman & Wakefield forecasts the total fresh mall supply by the end of 2014 is projected to be approximately 14 million sqft in the top eight cities of India. That’s almost 200 per cent more than the new supply of 2013 which was recorded at almost 4.6 million sqft. “With the retail FDI in place, developers are expecting demand from foreign brands to start pointing northwards, which puts added pressure for them to create conducive shopping environment,” said Sanjay…

Giant Thai mall sets TripAdvisor first

Thailand’s massive riverside shopping and lifestyle complex Asiatique is planning to boost its brand awareness to international shoppers. Asiatique the Riverfront has partnered with travel site TripAdvisor, demonstrating its belief in the value of traveller reviews. As part of the partnership, there will be a customised Asiatique The Riverfront attractions page on TripAdvisor China, also known as Daodao to Chinese users, featuring traveller reviews and a detailed listing of its numerous bo…