BRANDS & BOUTIQUES

We selected in June  2015 :

STREET NEWS

– BIG FERNAND (Fr, food)
Opened in London its French burger concept
– COLPLÉ (Sp, fashion)
To open In France
– DECATHLON
To open its fist store in Berlin
– E.L.F (USA, cosmetics)
Opens in France its first shop (1€ concept)
– FOREVER 21
Opens a second store in Netherlands
– MUJI
Will open its first mall store next month — a 5,000-square-foot unit at Simon’s Stanford Shopping Center, in Palo Alto, Calif. Then in October the chain will open a nearly 12,000-square-foot flagship in New York City, on Fifth Avenue at 41st Street. Muji operates four stores in Manhattan and one at Kennedy Airport
– SPARTOO (Fr, shoes)
After online development, opening physical stores
– UNIQLO
Is opening its first store in Spain
– VAPIANO
To open its first restaurant in Paris

CONCEPTS & BM

– IKEA
Where once IKEA.com was mostly for browsing and checking store stock levels, now the Swedish furniture giant is expanding its online sales service by offering home deliveries to all countries where it has stores

– JD SPORT
JD Sports has leased a 30,000 sq ft store for a flagship store at the St Enoch Centre, Glasgow’s largest shopping centre. (Blackstone, Sovereign Land)
It is one of the largest JD Sports stores in the UK and one of the largest retail lettings in Glasgow city centre. JD Sports joins Debenhams, Superdry, Top Shop and H&M in having flagship stores at St Enoch

DEPARTMENTS STORES & SUPERMARKETS

– ALDI
To open its first store in Warsaw

Says it will enter California with 25 stores there by July of next year. Aldi is saying it anticipates operating nearly 2,000 stores across the U.S. by the end of 2018.

– AUCHAN
Is launching a “Simply Market Gourmand” concept

– CARREFOUR
Created its own Chinese e-commerce site and is offering web merchandise for sale through tablet computers deployed in its stores.
Carrefour.cn launched last month, selling mostly grocery and household items. It only delivers to Shanghai for now, but the retailer says it plans to expand to other cities

– JOHN LEWIS
Has announced it will be expanding its in-store food experiences by developing further partnerships with Joe & The Juice and Rossopomodoro, to introduce ten further restaurants across its shops within the next year

– LIBERTY
Liberty, the luxury department store that set up shop on London’s Regent Street in 1875, could be going public

– HARVEY NICHOLS
Harvey Nichols has today launched a new loyalty app and programme which promises to reward customers for each and every pound spent.
The programme offers 1 point for every pound spent in the UK, in store or online, and in any UK Harvey Nichols bar or restaurant, which includes its OXO Tower restaurant

– WHOLE FOODS MARKET
Whole Foods Market unveiled the name of its new banner of smaller, value-focused and millenial-targeted stores: “365 by Whole Foods Market.”

DIGITAL NEWS
– AMAZON
Is introducing free shipping on thousands of popular, smaller items—makeup, mobile phone accessories, earplugs—in its Web store, without requiring a minimum order.
The new initiative applies to all customers, including those not enrolled in Amazon Prime, the annual membership program that includes two-day shipping

– APPLE
At the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple confirmed it. From July, Brits will be able to use Apple Pay to buy goods from retailers including Marks & Spencer, Dune, Lidl, Starbucks, Ocado, Pret, Boots, JD Sports, New Look, Liberty, Waitrose, Spar and Costa.
Available across 250,000 locations, and supported by over 70% of the credit and debit cards in the UK including Visa, Apple Pay will no doubt shake up the way the nation consumes

– BEST BUY
Is developing a marketplace for other merchants to sell through BestBuy.ca, its e-commerce site serving Canadian consumers. The marketplace will launch in October, in time for the peak holiday sales season

– BOOKINDY
Independent book stores now have a new weapon against ecommerce rival Amazon and supermarket chains that pile books high and sell them low. Now booksellers have launched Bookindy, a new app to aid stagnant sales.
The app will use Amazon’s own technology to upstage it, in an endeavour to answer its inventor’s initial question: “Can you promote local independent bookshops on the very system that’s designed to destroy them?”
Bookindy works as an extension to Amazon on a Google Chrome browser, changing the appearance of the Amazon website slightly with the addition of a box that shows consumers the cheapest price of that book from an independent shop in comparison to the Amazon price. It also indicates how far that store is from consumers’ current location

– COVENT GARDEN
Visitors to Covent Garden will be able to to enjoy a more personalised experience from today onwards, with a new app called The Pass launched by the district that unlocks 50 different special offers at multiple outlets

– FACEBOOK
Announced it is letting a group of Shopify merchants try out its Buy button to see whether consumers are interested in ordering directly from the social network.
The move is the latest evolution of the social network’s Buy button test, which launched with a few small and medium-sized U.S. businesses last July

– FAST RETAILING
Has announced a new partnership with Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services company, to digitise a wide range of its functions

– TESCO AND UNILEVER
Have partnered to carry out their biggest ever trial of beacon technology as part of a campaign promoting new Magnum ice cream flavours throughout London.

– UNIBAIL RODAMCO
Created “Meet my friend”- its indoor social application – in France

SOURCES : Property EU, Retailp.comICSCSites CommerciauxAcross magazine, RetailDetail, Europe-RE, Property Magazine International, Chainstorage.com, Business of Fashion…/…

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