Facebook Inc. has said its WhatsApp messaging app will begin to provide in-app purchases and hosting services. Whatsapp will now permit businesses to sell products on the Whatsapp app via Facebook shops, an online store launched in May. Users will be able to browse through a store’s catalogue in a chat, […]

UK retail sales increased by 1.5 percent in September compared to August, marking the fifth consecutive month of growth. Sales are now 5.5 percent higher than they were at February's pre-pandemic levels, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In the three months to September, retail […]

Three years ago, in 2017, Gap closed its UK merchandising operations. The New York-based company had sought to centralise its global workforce, despite the European market showing different requirements in assortment and fit. At the time it affected all roles within the UK team, from allocators and […]

Coronavirus isn’t stopping Rei Kawakubo’s plans for retail expansion. Dover Street Market, which has become a cornerstone of retail in cities including New York, London, and Tokyo, will be opening a new store in Paris. It would be the company’s second multi-brand retail store. Speculation that Dover […]

Lee has launched a collaboration with agricultural tech company AppHarvest to be the exclusive denim provider for the company’s employees at its new high-tech greenhouse in Appalachia. The announcement follows the opening of AppHarvest’s new 60-acre controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, […]

A new campaign, ‘Fashions Change, Forests Stay’, has been launched by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) to encourage fashion brands and retailers to source their materials from sustainably managed forests. The PEFC aims to raise awareness of the value of sourcing natural […]

Revolve Group is working to elevate its customer experience across all markets, and has recently turned its focus to Canada. The retailer recently launched new initiatives to enhance convenience for its consumers, and has now made it easier for customers to make returns. Consumers in Canada will now […]

Gap has told its European store network it is likely that stores across the continent could close. The company is looking at trying to form external partnerships to still maintain a presence across Europe in addition to boosting e-commerce efforts. The news was reported by WWD. Gap posted a statement […]

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has partnered up with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to develop the ‘Cyber Resilience Toolkit for Retail’. The toolkit is a guide which calls attention to threats faced by retailers, key questions to consider when developing cyber resilience strategies, […]

Greater Manchester is to move to the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions - transitioning from ‘high’ alert to ‘very high’ alert - as the region continues to experience a spike in cases. Under the new tier 3 restrictions, which will come into effect at midnight on Friday 23 October, people “must not […]

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