Retail

LEGO launches its first experiential pop-up retail and activity tour of the UK

The LEGO Group is hitting the road with the launch of its first experiential pop-up tour of the UK this summer, hitting major cities including Southampton, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and Bristol. Called the LEGO Pop & Play Tour, the out of store experiential activation with set up ‘shop’ within major shopping …

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UK retail enjoys best quarter on record as sales surge 13.1 per cent

Retail sales have seen a record increase over the past three months, amounting to the ‘best quarter on record’ with shoppers returning to stores in force since the easing of lockdown restrictions back in April. According to the latest BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor, total sales in June increased 13.1 per …

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UK retailer Mamas & Papas eyes licensing and franchising among global growth plans

The British nursery and children’s wear retailer, Mamas & Papas is eyeing international growth, having signed a slate of new overseas partnerships across central and eastern Europe. The move, according to the firm, arrives amid a surge in international demand for British heritage brands like the Yorkshire-based Mamas & Papas, …

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Harvey Nichols to create ‘ultimate destination for mini-me brands’ with first children’s wear launch

Harvey Nichols is readying to open its ‘ultimate destination for children’s designer clothing,’ as it launches its first kids’ range from its Leeds Victoria Quarter store next week. The department store’s kids’ section will be located on the first floorand will stock 25 kidswear brands and over 700 different styles, …

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Gap to close all 81 UK and Ireland stores and move online-only to ‘meet shoppers where they are’

Fashion retailer, Gap is exiting the UK high street, with plans to close all 81 stores in the UK and Ireland, the American company has confirmed this week. The decision has been struck following a review of the fashion brand’s operations across Europe and will see the company shift to …

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SILC21 | The Insights Family: “Kids are becoming leaders in sustainable consumption”

Children’s consumption habits are changing and a new generation of consumers are looking to become leaders in shopping sustainably, is the message to emerge from day one of two of this week’s Sustainability in Licensing Conference. An opening presentation given by The Insights Family’s chief product officer, Jonathan Watson, highlighted …

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LEGO has revamped its ‘retail entertainment’ with New York City flagship LEGO Store

The LEGO Group has opened the doors of an immersive new LEGO Store in New York City, setting up shop in a two-storey location on Fifth Avenue as the first flagship store to feature new retail formats. Elements of the innovative new store will be introduced to more than 100 …

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Disney confirms it’s in ‘consultation with group of UK Stores’ over closures

Disney has confirmed that it is holding consultations with an initial group of stores in the UK about their closure in its first official acknowledgement of speculation that all but its flagship London store was to shut up shop in the UK. Rumours have been circulating that Disney has been …

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Amazon waste investigation sparks UK government call for ‘more re-use and recycling of products’

An investigation into one of Amazon’s Scottish warehouses has compelled the UK government to call for ‘more re-use and recycling of products’ after it was discovered that the online giant is destroying millions of products a year. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said the government is ‘looking …

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Opinion | Channel hopping: Netflix becomes latest global brand to adopt direct to consumer

With Netflix becoming the latest global brand to adopt a direct to consumer model for its portfolio of licensed merchandise, consumer products, and original series brand extensions, industry insights and intelligence expert and seasoned market analyst, Utku Tansel takes a look at the ever-strengthening trend of tapping into the consumer directly Netflix’s …

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