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27 April 2012
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  Global Industry Watch 
  • Report: Canada a sweet spot for US retail chains
    US retailers looking to grow their international presence are increasingly looking to Canada, where retail spending is on the rise and mall productivity is rising faster than in the US, according to a report from Colliers International Consulting. Canada's mall retailers rang up sales of $600 per square foot last year, compared to an average of $400 at US shopping centers. The Toronto Star (26 Apr.), Calgary Herald (Alberta) (26 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail in Europe 
  • Non-sponsors face hefty fines for using Olympics in ads
    Retailers face fines of up to 20,000 pounds just for combining "games" and "2012" in summer promotions, as the International Olympic Committee and London organizers aggressively protect the Summer Games' 53 sponsors. Many are finding generic ways to allude to the Olympics. "The usage of Olympics in terms of logos et cetera is a very restricted area, and we’re not in that category, but we'll certainly be part of the strong celebrations," said Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland. Bloomberg Businessweek (26 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail in Asia 
  • Tesco to test online shopping in Shanghai
    Shoppers in Shanghai will soon be able to order Tesco groceries online for home delivery. The UK-based retailer opened a distribution center in Zhejiang province in 2011 to support expansion in China, where it plans to open 16 stores this year; late last year, Tesco partnered with China's Taobao to launch online sales of non-food items. China Daily (Beijing) (27 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower Canton Fair orders foretell export slowdown
    China's largest exporter trade fair booked only a 1.1% increase in orders this month compared to the previous session, signaling a slowdown in exports to Europe and the US. Some participants said they plan to shift their focus to developing markets including Russia, India, South America and the Middle East, where demand is growing. China Daily (Beijing) (26 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail in Latin America 
  • Mexico's attorney general launches Wal-Mart investigation
    The attorney general in Mexico has reversed course and now plans to investigate allegations that Wal-Mart's Mexican subsidiary paid bribes to local officials to speed up store openings in the country. The Mexican government had initially declined to investigate, saying the matter was a local problem because state and municipal authorities are the ones that issue construction permits. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (26 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  E-commerce Spotlight 
  • Report: Italian e-commerce grows at home, not abroad
    Italy's online retailers are flourishing with double-digit sales growth at home, but they aren't yet making their mark in international markets, according to a report from Casaleggio Associates and Adobe Systems. “Compared to the past, there is now a much greater need (for retailers) to expand sales abroad, not only to increase revenues, but also to create economies of scale sufficient to counter the international competition," the report says. Internet Retailer (26 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spotlight on Fashion 
  • Truworths' CEO reveals wish list
    South African apparel retailer Truworths has about $231 million in cash on the books, and CEO Michael Mark would like to see the 552-store chain use at least some of the funds to expand, possibly through an acquisition, rather than pay a special dividend, he said this week. Bloomberg (25 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online fashion brand Menlook adds small shops
    Paris-based online menswear retailer Menlook has opened three small brick-and-mortar shops designed largely for order pick-ups and meet-and-greets with customers and VIPs, and plans to expand the network to other major European cities by 2013. The company has also launched a biannual newspaper focused on men's fashion. “Our client likes to have a paper in the hand, shop in stores and buy online,” said founder Marc Ménasé. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (25 Apr.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • The proof is in the packaging when shipping internationally
    E-retailers are constantly walking the fine line of providing reliable shipments to international customers while not compromising their bottom line. In a recent addition to the white paper library, Bongo International analyzed how 16 U.S. retailers managed packaging inefficiencies and refined their strategies. Learn from their results and grow your international customer base. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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