BNPL specialist Klarna has rolled out Virtual Shopping, “connecting online shoppers directly with experts in physical stores, through live video and messaging, to provide a highly personalised experience online”.
Coinciding with the launch of its first store on Fifth Avenue, the brand has announced an expansion plan that aims to open 40 points-of-sale in the U.S., set to become one of its top five markets, by 2024.
Tech firm Nexite has announced a new funding injection. It takes its total funding up to $100m for its breakthrough Bluetooth tag and SaaS platform that boosts physical shopping and makes it more e-tail-like.
It may be up for sale, but Ted Baker’s expansion plans are clearly not on hold. It intends to open a new store at Milton Keynes’ centre:mk mall as the retailer continues to mull “a number of non-binding proposals".
Newbie, the brand for children from Kappahl, has expanded into 10 new markets. The new e-tail markets are Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Slovakia.
UK health & beauty retailer Superdrug has expanded its same-day courier service, ‘Store to Door’, in Scotland. The service is available within a five-mile radius of nine stores within the Glasgow and Edinburgh regions.
Bershka has opened a store at Liverpool One, marking the Inditex-owned fashion brand’s regional debut. Spanning 8,000 sq ft on South John Street, the space houses the brand’s three main lines, Bershka, BSK and Man.
Milanese luxury fashion resale platform Lampoo is about to make its UK debut with a retail store on London’s King’s Road. Combining both online and physical platforms, Lampoo brings the latter to Chelsea.
UGC is becoming ever more important to the shopping journey and the latest international Shopper Experience Index report shows that “purchase influence has shifted from business-to-consumer, to consumer-to-consumer”.