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The history of sneakers: From commodity to cultural icon

From sportswear and street style to catwalk fashion, sneakers have made their mark as cultural commodities...

By Naomi Braithwaite 3 Jun 2021

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Covid-19 is giving us a new appreciation for physical shops

The outlook for high street stores seems gloomy. Social distancing measures and lockdowns have driven people to shop online, leading to shop closures and a boom for online retailers...

By Cathrine Jansson-Boyd 14 May 2021

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Target to spend more than $2bn with Black-owned businesses by 2025

Target will add products from more than 500 Black-owned businesses across its multi-category assortment and increase its spend with more Black-owned companies...

8 Apr 2021

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E-commerce to account for half of global retail growth by 2025

By 2025, e-commerce will expand by an additional $1.4tn, and account for half the growth in the global retail sector...

25 Mar 2021

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How online markets are helping local stores survive Covid-19

Thanks to platforms that link online consumption to local interests, the desire to buy local, a trend fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic, is giving rise to a new phenomenon known as digital localism...

By Myriam Ertz, Damien Hallegatte, Imen Latrous and Julien Bousquet 19 Mar 2021

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How Bezos and Amazon changed the world

Amazon announced Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO almost 27 years after he founded the company to sell books to customers over dial-up modems...

By Venkatesh Shankar 4 Feb 2021

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Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO

Jeff Bezos is stepping down from his role as Amazon CEO, and will transition to the role of executive chair in the third quarter...

3 Feb 2021

GLOBAL

2020 digital holiday sales climb to $1.1tn globally - Salesforce

Digital sales grew around 58% during the five days leading up to Christmas, despite earlier shipping cutoffs...

13 Jan 2021

GLOBAL

Global cyber week online sales hit record high

Salesforce data shows global online spend of $270bn...

2 Dec 2020

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Luxury goods: why elite brands are weathering the pandemic better than high street retailers

Clothes shops are among the worst-hit retailers from the coronavirus pandemic, but luxury brands appear to be weathering the conditions relatively well...

By Shaun Borstrock 17 Nov 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

Why harmonised retail is the future

For many industries, predicting the future during a pandemic would be difficult - if not impossible. Retail is different. Why?

By Oliver Guy 13 Nov 2020

GLOBAL

Vans donates $1m to charities focused on mental health

For its second annual Checkerboard Day, Vans will focus on the vital role creativity plays in helping individuals and communities address mental health and well-being, in light of the period of global isolation experienced as a result of Covid-19.

3 Nov 2020

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2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - Salesforce

Digital sales are expected to hit all-time highs and lead to strained shipping capacity as retailers grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

21 Oct 2020

GLOBAL

How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector

A significant number of Chinese tourists spend large sums on luxury items, such as designer clothes and accessories, when they travel overseas...

By Xiaoqing Chen and Carol Zhang 1 Oct 2020



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