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1. Kit & Ace sees speedy store growth ahead

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

John James "JJ" Wilson and his stepmother, Shannon Wilson, plan to expand their seven Kit & Ace stores to as many as 50 new stores in North America this year. JJ Wilson is the son of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson, and Shannon Wilson was the yoga wear chain's first lead designer. Financial Post (Canada) (27 Feb.)

2. Report: Target may leave Canada's malls better off

NRF Global SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Canadian malls that are losing Target stores may see a temporary bump in vacancy rates, but in the long run the exit creates opportunities for shopping centres to bring in more lucrative stores, according to a new report from CBRE Research. Financial Post (Canada) (25 Feb.)

3. Taiwan tells Alibaba to leave the country

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

The government in Taiwan has given China-based Alibaba Group six months to withdraw from the country or transfer the ownership of its operations there. The company was also ordered to pay a fine of about $3,824 based on allegations that it violated investment rules. The company said it will work with the government to resolve the issues. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02 Mar.) Reuters (02 Mar.)

4. IKEA creates furniture that doubles as a phone charger

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

IKEA will start selling a line of tables, desks and other pieces that will be able to wirelessly charge mobile devices that are placed on them. The line, set to launch in Europe and North America next month, will use Qi wireless charging technology. CNET (28 Feb.)

5. Hudson's Bay teams with Simon on real estate venture

NRF Global SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Canada-based Hudson's Bay has partnered with US-based mall operator Simon and Canada's RioCan to create two separate real estate joint ventures. Hudson's Bay, parent of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, will contribute 42 of its retail properties in the US and abroad and Simon will contribute cash, including $100 million to make improvements to some of the retail properties; for its deal with RioCan, Hudson's Bay will contribute 10 properties. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (25 Feb.) Financial Post (Canada) (25 Feb.)

6. Target's brief Canada stint pays off for rivals

NRF Global SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Retailers Loblaw, Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart Canada reported fourth-quarter sales increases this month, as Target holds liquidation sales to end its short-lived experiment north of the border. All three are reaping the rewards from improvements and expansions begun four years ago when the US retailer announced plans to enter the market. "They prepared well -- and quite deliberately and publicly -- for the big competitor coming in and they upped their games," said Jim Danahy, CEO of consultancy CustomerLab. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (26 Feb.)

7. KFC to roll out sweet edible coffee cups in the U.K.

NRF Global SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

KFC has created an edible coffee cup made of a wafer-thin cookie wrapped in sugar paper and lined with white chocolate that won't melt into hot beverages. The quickserve chain plans to start testing the "Scoff-ee Cup" with Seattle's Best Coffee at its U.K. restaurants, in a push to appeal to environmentally-conscious millennials. USA Today (25 Feb.)

8. M-commerce soars in China, India

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

About 80% of online shoppers in China use their mobile devices to make at least 25% of their purchases, and 65% in India do the same, making the Asian countries the top two on the global list of m-commerce leaders, according to a survey from Dyn. Business Standard (India) (02 Mar.)

9. Will drones fly in retail?

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Drone industry experts say it's going to be more than a few years before autonomous drones are making deliveries in and around U.S. cities, but DHL is already doing it in Germany. This month's issue of STORES Magazine looks at what it will take for the retail industry's use of drones to really take off. Read the cover story. Blank (02 Mar.)

10. Myer's new chief maps digital turnaround strategy

NRF Global SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Australian department store Myer has named ALDI and Woolworths veteran Richard Umbers as its new CEO and ex-Burberry executive Daniel Bracken as deputy chief. The new leaders aim to use customer data and digital technology to fuel a turnaround effort and reverse two decades of slowing sales. Age (Melbourne, Australia), The (02 Mar.)

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