Trends

Kim Kardashian, Thick Thighs And Our Ever-Changing Relationship With 'The Perfect Body'

Thick. I can’t remember the first time I read that descriptor, but I know what happened when I did, I didn’t identify with it. In my head ‘thick’ as …

Curvy

Who killed Sears Canada?

It was once Canada's largest and most successful department store chain. Now, it's in liquidation. Customers are angry. Pensioners are worried. And 16,000 are out of work with no severance pay. Marina Strauss reports on the slow death of Sears Canada.<p>Calvin McDonald has many vivid memories of the …

United States

Will these thong jeans turn out to be a new fashion trend?

Would you wear jeans which show your derriere? Japanese brand Thibaut has launched such unique denims.<p>The launch is part of the brand's spring/summer …

Fashion Trends

"The world is transforming, everything is changing:" IKEA's UK boss on adapting to digital, 30 years in Britain, and Brexit

• <b>IKEA is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Britain.</b>• <b><br>UK CEO Gillian Drakeford says 2018 will be a</b> <b>year of "catch-up" for the retailer.</b>• <b><br>Furniture giant is investing in digital and smaller stores to adapt to changing consumer behaviour.</b>• <b><br>Drakeford on Brexit: "The world is transforming, everything is</b> …

Business

The 'retail apocalypse' is a myth

If you read the business headlines, it sounds like brick-and-mortar retail stores are dying – a so-called "retail apocalypse."<p>Around 8,600 stores …

eCommerce

New Westminster's Army & Navy reopens as department stores struggle

Store reopens after a fire closed building for three months<p>While department stores across the country close their doors, Army & Navy isn't calling it …

New Westminster

Nike: The Startling Gap Between Predictions and Reality

When Nike hosted its last Investor Day, back in 2015, business was roaring. Nike was on pace to be one of the best performers in the S&P 500 that …

Markets

Low pay, no bonus: U.S. retailers struggle with hiring

(Reuters) - U.S. retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire employees for stores and for middle and higher management as low pay and a feeling of uncertainty clouds the industry following a spate of bankruptcies and store closures.<p>Retailers including Macy's Inc and J.C. Penney have …

Business

From Choupette charms to ear-lobe ache: this week’s fashion trends

What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this week<p><b>Going up</b><p><b>Tequila and soda</b> Victoria Beckham’s preferred drink, appaz. Is thought not to give hangovers. Only one way to find out.<p><b>XOXO</b> Gossip Girl’s sign-off is cool again. This is how Vogue’s Edward Enninful signs off Instagram posts. Dan Humphrey was …

Karl Lagerfeld

Under Armour Jumps On the Subscription Box Bandwagon

Under Armour uaa has joined the ranks of brands offering subscriptions in a move aimed at reigniting the pace of its sales growth.<p>The sportswear …

Under Armour

As competition rises, plus-size fashion gets more stylish

Plus-size fashion has long carried something of a stigma. It’s been known for unfashionable, utilitarian clothes — products created with a focus on …

Canadian News

Target’s Plan To Combat Online Rivals: Open, Remodel More Actual Stores

While Walmart increasingly turns its focus online to bring in customers, Target is doing the opposite, doubling down on efforts to get customers …

Consumer News

Browns East draws shoppers to playful innovations and revives brick-and-mortar retail | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Brick-and-mortar retail stores aren’t history just yet. London’s luxury department store Browns, backed by e-tailer Farfetch, has added a new address …

Brick And Mortar

Target CEO: This Is How We Will Beat Walmart

Target Corp. (TGT) CEO Brian Cornell came home again (take that, Thomas Wolfe) on Thursday to christen the company's brand-new Herald Square store …

Investing

Department stores want to cash in on the indie beauty boom

Independent beauty brands are having a moment. Their trendily packaged products combined with smart marketing strategies have drawn cult customer …

Beauty

This luxury e-tailer lets customers build their own shopping street

The world of online luxury retail is getting crowded. Between Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, 24 Sevres, and Matches, well-heeled shoppers have a wealth of options. All of these brands are coming up with innovative ways to provide customers with the kind of white-glove service they used to get when they …

Technology

Macy's: For Value Shoppers

It is not so good since this market is overvalued and vulnerable to a normal correction. Corrections are a normal part of the stock market. In the …

Business

More UK Shoppers Move Online As Retail Sales Slump

The Brits are shopping less than usual this year — and when they do, it’s usually online.<p>Retail sales in the United Kingdom fell by 0.8 percent since …

Fashion Industry

Amex rebounds from its loss of Costco quicker than anticipated

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>American Express posted a strong quarter in Q3 2017, which marked the close of the first full year since the firm sold its Costco co-brand portfolio to Citigroup and …

Business

Confusing ‘Thong Jeans’ Leaves A Hole In Your Pocket… And Everywhere Else

Video screenshot via Male Fashion Trends<p><b>Ain’t nothing wrong</b> with a little bit of thong, right? What if it was made of denim?<p><b>A pair of scanty,</b> …

Target will open more of its small-format stores in big cities

• <b>Target is opening a new store in New York City on Friday.</b>• <b><br>The retailer says the small-format store is emblematic of its future.</b>• <b><br>It also wants to expand same-day delivery to more markets.</b><p>NEW YORK (AP) — Target sees its new smaller store in Manhattan as a symbol of where it's headed. The store opening …

Snow Peak’s Fall Collection Is Perfect for Urban & Outdoor Enthusiasts

Japanese lifestyle label Snow Peak delivers its latest offerings for FW17 with a lineup of new apparel and accessories.<p>Designed for the new …

Fashion

Opening more stores is just the right medicine for Dis-Chem

The group segments itself into a retail and a wholesale division. Its retail arm contributed 91% of the group’s R9.6bn total sales and a pre-tax …

Business (South Africa)

The latest market research, trends & landscape in the growing AI chatbot industry

With messaging apps on the rise, chatbots are all the hype now. Chatbots are artificial intelligence systems that interact with users via messaging, text, or speech.<p>Many are deployed on chatbot platforms such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Slack, or text messages. Facebook’s expansion …

Chatbots

Tampa-based Checkers testing delivery, aims for record expansion

TAMPA — Tampa-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants continues to fly under the radar compared to dominant burger chains like McDonald's and Burger King.<p>…

Restaurants

Spring 2018 Fashion Trend: Topstitching – WWD

Spring 2018 Fashion Trend: Top Stitch<p>Colovos silk dress and cotton and polyester shirt.<p>Paolo Testa/WWD<p>Ulla Johnson’s cotton coat over Temperley …

Fashion

Canadians prefer shopping in store over online, survey finds

TORONTO - A survey done for BMO Capital Markets suggests Canadians prefer shopping in store to ordering online.<p>The bank asked Canadians if they would …

Business (Canada)

BoF Exclusive | With $2 Billion IPO Under Belt, SMCP Plots China Growth

As SMCP goes public, BoF speaks exclusively to the company's co-founders and chief executive about the affordable luxury giant's trajectory and …

Fashion

Amazon's Stamp on Whole Foods: How Strong Is It Now?

Two months after Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) completed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, there's plenty in the works, mostly behind the scenes.<p>…

Retail

‘Honor of Kings,’ the Red-Hot Mobile Game in China, Tries to Crack the U.S.

Tencent can’t lean on its messaging apps in world’s second largest videogame market<p>China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. is banking on a successful launch abroad for “Honor of Kings,” but the hit smartphone game faces an uphill battle in the U.S., where the company can’t lean on its popular messaging apps …

Tencent