As brands seek to add compelling reasons for consumers to buy their products in the austere post-Christmas environment, print and textile specialist Marimekko has announced a link-up with global beauty brand Clinique.
UK stores face a post-Christmas returns flood and could refund £2.5bn of unwanted gifts this month with January 2 the heaviest returns day. Meanwhile consumers are expecting a more seamless returns process than ever.
As the UK gets ready for a spate of trading updates, it seems that the week before Christmas saw a late shopping surge with fashion sales rising year-on-year, but it's unlikely to have rescued an otherwise weak season.
The Yves Saint Laurent beauty brand has taken a deep dive into interactive retail with the opening of a pop-up store at Heathrow’s Terminal two last month that aims to maximise the ‘retailtainment’ experience.
In her first results announcement since taking over as CEO, The White Company chief executive Mary Homer reported sales growth and an operating profit rise at the UK-based company, although profit was only up by 2%.
Offering online stores the ability to provide clients a physical address by which they can make order returns, American firm Happy Returns has raised $8 million in funds to continue its development in the retail market.
New beauty concept Indulge beauty has launched online and its first store at Westfield Stratford City. Located on the lower ground floor, the store aims to become a one-stop destination for beauty lovers.
Bad weather, a touch of complacency and expectations of bigger discounts may have kept Britons from splashing out in a big way so far this Christmas season, but the shopper trickle will turn into a flood this weekend.