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Ikea online flagship opens on Tmall

Ikea launches a flagship store on Alibaba’s marketplace Tmall, the first third-party platform the brand has partnered with in Asia.

Ikea eco-store under construction in Vienna

A seven-level Ikea eco-store is being built in Vienna – with no car parks, targeting pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

H&M unveils Chinese New Year collection

H&M launches Chinese New Year collection celebrating the Year of the Rat.

Uniqlo to launch clothes made from recycled plastic bottles

Japansese fashion retailer creates apparel made from recycled down and fabric from polyester fibres made with recycled PET bottles.

Bubble-tea chain Milksha launches in Australia

Taiwanese bubble-tea chain opens a flagship store in Melbourne.

Starbucks and Alibaba team up in ‘Genie-us’ delivery service

Starbucks-themed smart speakers allow users to order coffee by voice.

The Coffee Club Vietnam opens its first store

The first The Coffee Club Vietnam store opens, marking the Australian-founded chain’s 10th international market.

Timberland to plant 50 million trees within five years

Global outdoor lifestyle brand commits to planting 50 million trees around the world by 2025.

Superdry licensing deal signed with IMG

British fashion brand appoints IMG to develop a strategic licensing program.

Tapestry chairman steps up after CEO ousted

Luxury retailer ousts CEO due to company’s poor sales results, plunging share price.

Alibaba adds 20 million users; sales surge 42 per cent

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group boosts second-quarter revenues.

Australia’s The Source Bulk Foods opens in Singapore

The country’s largest bulk foods and zero waste retailer unveils its first outlet in Singapore.

Controversial CMO of Victoria’s Secret owner quits

L Brands exec disparaged plus-size, transgender models.

Inside Aesop’s new, monochromatic store in Seoul

Take a peek inside the skincare brand’s distinctive new store.

Sephora data breach impacts Southeast Asia customers

Sephora data breach spans customers from Hong Kong across Southeast Asia and into Australasia.

Starbucks buys stake in retail-technology startup Brightloom

Coffee chain announces deal with Brightloom (formerly Eatsa) to create a best-in-class end-to-end digital customer experience platform.

Crabtree & Evelyn returning to Australia: CEO

Reinvented beauty brand opening flagship stores worldwide.

Prada to phase out virgin nylon

Luxury Italian fashion brand to phase out virgin nylon during the next two years.

Starbucks China launches world-first Starbucks Now store

The new Starbucks Now store offers express retail experience that integrates Starbucks physical and digital customer touch points.

Global personal luxury goods market growth endures despite weakening consumer confidence

Global personal luxury goods market growth reaches “new normal”.

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