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Coronavirus: what can retailers do to reduce its impact?

Coronavirus: what can retailers do to reduce its impact?

Planning for a sharp, sudden increase of home deliveries and reassuring staff are some of the steps retailers, importers and delivery companies can take to mitigate the effect of the Covid-19, said ParcelHero.
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Colette concept store’s temporary re-birth with ‘Souvenir Shop’ in Paris

Colette concept store’s temporary re-birth with ‘Souvenir Shop’ in Paris

To mark the release of the documentary film ‘Colette mon amour’, Sarah Andelman is opening a ‘Souvenir Shop’ in Paris from February 24 to March 4, in partnership with MK2 cinemas, Highsnobiety and Kitsuné.
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Britons still buying more gift cards than ever

Britons still buying more gift cards than ever

​New research has revealed that the UK gift card and voucher market continues to defy the ongoing retail downturn, but with consumers’ appetites for experiences fuelling the growth.
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Hammerson withdraws from retail parks sector

Hammerson withdraws from retail parks sector

​Hammerson has sold a portfolio of seven retail parks to Orion for £400m, in what is thought to be the largest transaction of its kind in the past decade. Only one retail park remains in the company's portfolio.
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Natti Natasha generates most social media buzz at NYFW; Salma Hayek owns Oscars

Natti Natasha generates most social media buzz at NYFW; Salma Hayek owns Oscars

The Dominican singer achieved the highest media impact value of any celebrity or influencer at this February’s New York Fashion Week, while over in Hollywood, it was the Mexican-American actress who topped the charts.
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Salesforce adopts stock optimisation solutions by French specialist OneStock

Salesforce adopts stock optimisation solutions by French specialist OneStock

American CRM services specialist Salesforce has added the stock optimisation solutions of French start-up OneStock to its suite of corporate software applications, currently adopted by some 150,000 companies.
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Under-pressure Intu creates strategic team to drive footfall, dwell time

Under-pressure Intu creates strategic team to drive footfall, dwell time

The creation of a new team dedicated to transforming retail experiences sets the tone for a new decade at Intu, the troubled shopping centre owner which is trying to raise £1 billion from shareholders to survive.
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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield sells majority stake in five large French shopping malls

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield sells majority stake in five large French shopping malls

French groups Crédit Agricole Assurances and La Française will hold a 54.2% stake in the joint-venture company set up with commercial real estate developer URW to run five leading shopping malls in France.
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Intu shares plunge as investor says it won't take part in new funding

Intu shares plunge as investor says it won't take part in new funding

Intu’s plans to raise equity from investors to cut debt have hit a wall, with a major Hong Kong-based investor pulling out, a day after confirming discussions.
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Small footfall drop no cause for celebration yet says Ipsos Retail Performance

Small footfall drop no cause for celebration yet says Ipsos Retail Performance

Following Springboard’s footfall report for January earlier this week, a second footfall study has agreed that visitor traffic to non-food stores fell just 0.5% in the UK last month.
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Selfridges MD Forster exits, group head Pitcher steps in for now

Selfridges MD Forster exits, group head Pitcher steps in for now

The managing director of Selfridges, Simon Forster, has left the luxury department store retailer after a little over a year in the job with Anne Pitcher taking the helm temporarily.
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Condé Nast appoints Christiane Mack as chief content operations officer

Condé Nast appoints Christiane Mack as chief content operations officer

The media group behind Vogue has appointed the 29-year company veteran to the newly created role of chief content operations officer, a role in which she will head up the recently established content operations group.
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Swiss mass-market distribution group Migros sells department store chain Globus

Swiss mass-market distribution group Migros sells department store chain Globus

The 48 branches of Swiss department store chain Globus have been sold to the joint-venture company formed by Signa and Central Group, the owner of top European department store groups KaDeWe, La Rinascente and Illum.
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Typos and pop-ups are features that erode trust in webstores says Reboot SEO study

Typos and pop-ups are features that erode trust in webstores says Reboot SEO study

​A new report has found that nearly 50% of consumers trust a website more if it has an active social media account, and are suspicious of pop-up ads, lack of payment options and incorrect spelling on the site.
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Snap adds more users, still misses quarterly revenue estimates

Snap adds more users, still misses quarterly revenue estimates

Snap Inc added more users to photo messaging app Snapchat in the fourth quarter, but missed Wall Street estimates for revenue on Tuesday, hurt by a shorter holiday season.
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Retail CEO turnover surged in nightmare year 2019 says headhunter Korn Ferry

Retail CEO turnover surged in nightmare year 2019 says headhunter Korn Ferry

Fifty-five UK retail chiefs headed for the door in 2019 after battling some of the toughest trading conditions seen for a generation.
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