There was a frustrating lack of detailed info on the Tu fashion range in the Sainsbury’s Q4 trading update Thursday as the retail giant talked up its Argos business. But we did learn that fashion sales rose 5% in Q4.
The omni-channel revolution is upending retail but more than half of retailers are still playing catch up, according to a survey by U.S. software company JDA, which also says retailers need to be more customer-centric.
John Lewis has been growing fast in the fashion sector in recent years and it wants to accelerate that growth with its latest move being the launch of an own brand LA-inspired denim lifestyle offer next week.
Debenhams said it has boosted its personal shopping appointments “significantly” since adding new tech to its offer last year with a 25% rise and the system now available in 88 stores as well as online.
Jones Bootmaker could be on the verge of filing for administration with the venerable UK footwear chain having filed a notice to appoint administrators that would give it time to continue talks with potential buyers.
Personalization is one of the new buzzwords in retail. U.S. footwear and accessories chain DSW has announced an exclusive partnership with Trend:Bar, which offers stores personalized add-ons to enhance products.
As department stores agonize over declining sales, the US retailer announced the trial phase of a home improvement services concept, which CEO Marvin Ellison hopes will draw its majority female customer base in store.
Marks & Spencer has closed seven of its 10 stores in China this year, with the remaining three to close in April, but the British retailer will remain available online on TMall, where it plans to increase its business.