Retail

Classic greetings brand Holly Hobbie secures Truffle Shuffle deal through Bulldog Licensing

Truffle Shuffle has been confirmed as the latest retail partner for the vintage Holly Hobbie brand and a recently launched collection that spans limited edition t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags all based on the classic greetings card characters of the 1960s. Illustrated by the artist of the same name, the …

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The Rolling Stones launch virtual RS No.9 Carnaby store for social-distancing shoppers

The Rolling Stones have followed up on the launch of the band – and brand’s – world first flagship store in London’s Soho, with the introduction of a new, global e-commerce shop featuring virtual experiences that allow customers to shop ‘inside the store’ from anywhere in the world. The launch …

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Rise in shoppers planning to stay local this year, as “support for indies has never been so important”

With the Prime Minister’s confirmation that all non-essential shops will be able to reopen across England when the nation-wide lockdown lifts on December 2nd playing like music to many a retailer’s ears amid the essential Christmas shopping period, independent toy shops are rallying the message that ‘shopping local has never …

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Funko’s Loungefly brand sees sales surge and global growth of 25 per cent

While it’s true enough that the world’s pandemic crisis saw some of the biggest forms of live entertainment hit the pause button for the best part of the year, the likes of Disney’s portfolio of theme parks that draw all manner of pop culture enthusiasts year on year, the desire …

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Early Learning Centre partners with Poetic Brands for baby, children’s wear and accessories

The Early Learning Centre brand is expanding into baby, children’s wear and accessories, thanks to a new licensing partnership with the clothing specialist, Poetic Brands. The partnership has been brokered by the Early Learning Centre’s licensing agency, Riverside Brands. The new ELC collection will incorporate baby and children’s wear products, …

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The Pokémon Company marks first Zavvi partnership with new capsule collection for the online retailer

The Pokémon Company International is partnering with the online retailer Zavvi to launch a special European Pokémon capsule collection across adult apparel, footwear and accessories. Launching on November 30th, the collection marks the first collaboration between the two, with a range that comprises 19 items including sweatshirts, T-shirts and hoodies …

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Katie Piper launches her own collection at Superdrug to inspire confidence and kindness this Christmas

The TV presenter and philanthropist, Katie Piper, has launched her own product range exclusively with Superdrug. Arriving in time for Christmas, the collection features a line of fragrances, candles, diffusers, and skin balm sets. Piper’s debut collection includes; Confidence by Day, Confidence by Night, and Courage – Perfect Little Perfumes. …

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Shoppers fuel sales growth in October but BRC warns that lockdown easing by December “is vital for survival”

Shoppers taking the opportunity to stock up on home comforts and food supplies ahead of the England-wide lockdown helped total retail sales increase 4.9 per cent in the four weeks to October 31, indicating some respite for the UK retailer hampered by coronavirus restrictions this year. Despite the lift – …

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The Pokémon Company expands it D2C platform Pokémon Center into Canada for the first time

The Pokémon Company International is taking its direct to consumer platform into new international territories, having confirmed the expansion of its official e-commerce arm, the Pokémon Center, into Canada for the first time. Recognised as a premier destination for official Pokémon merchandise, the online platform was previously limited only to …

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Sainsbury’s to close 420 Argos stores amid plans to save £600 million by 2024 and meet changing consumer habits

A total of 420 standalone Argos stores are to be closed by March 2024, the super market giant and owner of the Argos store brand, Sainsbury’s has confirmed, amid news that it is to cut 3,500 jobs across its portfolio. The retail giant’s boss Simon Roberts said that the move …

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