UK-based department store Marks & Spencer has launched an online retail site in Israel with free delivery and three-day express delivery options. Other British retailers including ASOS and Next already sell online in Israel.
French retailer Groupe Galeries Lafayette has created an art foundation as part of a plan to transform the area around its Paris flagship. The neighborhood will soon be home to the first Eataly location in France, and Galeries Lafayette also aims to attract more fashion brands to the area.
Canada's beauty sales grew 9.4% last year, according to NPD Group, and brands including Chanel and Coty are expanding their presence in the country. Chanel has created a Japanese-inspired interactive gaming pop-up, and Coty has created a permanent fragrance space called Fume Scent Lounge inside a Hudson's Bay Co. store in Toronto.
Quebec-based department store retailer Simons has added six new stores since 2015, taking a long-term approach even as other retailers closed locations or exited Canada altogether. The privately held company now operates 15 stores and has also invested in building an e-commerce presence, and about 20% of its sales now happen online.
Steinhoff UK CEO Stuart Machin has been named to the new post of food managing director at Marks & Spencer, effective late next month. Machin will lead a revamp of the food department as part of a larger transformation plan focused on improving products and prices, CEO Steve Rowe said.
About 56% of China's 1.4 billion people use the internet, a percentage hit in the US in 2002, and e-commerce companies and other online operators are devising new ways to reach the working-class and lower-income consumers in China who have been slow to adapt. Pinduoduo negotiates directly with factories to offer goods at lower prices, and news site Qutoutiao rewards users for reading.
Muslim-American former banker Sarah Ansari was inspired to create California-based fashion line Artizara after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to show the diversity of the Muslim community. Artizara, which sells modest fashions inspired by diverse selections of Islamic art, has customers in international markets including Canada, the UK, Africa and the Middle East.
The rise of fast fashion and growing consumer demand for the newest looks has challenged Kohl's, Gap and other traditional apparel retailers to find ways to speed production and get new styles to their stores faster. US-based designer and manufacturer Jackie Wilson won a contract with Kohl's eight years ago, and today her company delivers new designs to the stores in eight weeks.
Under Armour has joined dozens of other footwear brands including Nike, Sperry and Stride Rite in signing a letter urging President Donald Trump not to impose new higher tariffs on imports from China. "US footwear tariffs stifle innovation and job creation and raise the cost of shoes for every American," the letter said.
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