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Doing business in Germany is an attractive opportunity for fashion retailers and brands, but are you prepared for the return fraud that has become increasingly prevalent?
Retailers face significant cost challenges over the next couple of years as the combined impacts of pension auto-enrolment, the apprenticeships levy and the national living wage all increase payroll. However, there are some inventive ways to boost productivity that could help.
Last week we held our annual Next Generation conference and networking event for first, second and third jobbers. Not only was it a great success, it was a wonderful reminder of how inspiring our industry is.
It was a tale of two extremes last Thursday when the launch of Ivy Park, the new athleisure collaboration from singer Beyoncé and Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green, caused the Topshop website to crash, and at the other end of the fashion spectrum the debut episode from ITV’s Bargain Shop Wars tipped the Pep&Co website over the edge.
As much a fashion calendar staple as Paris, London or New York fashion weeks, the annual Coachella music festival, which takes place in Indio, California, has long since sat in a league of its own with its annual parade of bohemian tresses and full-on fringing. This year’s event, between April 15 and April 24 is no exception, but it has seen a few subtle new festival trends on the rise
We all want to progress quickly and the offer of a more senior job title or a plumper pay packet can be all too tempting. But think longer term and before you jump ship, ask yourself how each new role will develop your skills and open new doors.
Talent is ultimately at the core of this industry and, as fashion retailing evolves at a quicker pace than ever before, it is paramount that we invest in and celebrate new talent – the leaders of the future.
A vote to leave the European Union would be a disaster for UK ecommerce and fashion brands, writes Philip Rooke, chief executive of on-demand clothing etailer Spreadshirt.
With 30 million new Chinese consumers making their first online purchase each year, the scope is very real for brands that develop robust strategies. But blind faith in numbers alone won’t work, says Jonathan Smith, founder and managing director of China-specialist online branding and creative agency Hot Pot Digital.
There is no doubt the industry is facing tough times. Unseasonable weather, continuous discounting and the possibility of a Brexit are among the mounting challenges for retailers, and many are looking hard for opportunities to overcome these difficulties and any losses they can lead to.
Do you have what it takes to work for a fashion entrepreneur and is it a good career move for an aspiring chief executive, asks Nicola Wensley, director of fashion, executive appointments at recruitment firm Page Executive.
Personalisation might be the big focus in retail at the moment, but do fashion retailers lack the in-house skills to really capitalise on it?
The deadline for entries to this year’s Drapers Independents Awards has been extended to Friday April 8.
In the face of doping scandals and match-fixing and cover-up claims, is sports sponsorship as attractive for brands as it once was? They now find themselves forced to decide.
I have now been on a recruitment drive for what feels like the last six months, although in reality it has been two.
As Twitter turned 10 this week, it was interesting to look back and see not only how the platform has changed, but also how retailers’ attitudes towards social media have evolved.
Christmas might be nine months away and consumers will be looking forward to long summer days before they think of cold winter nights. But for retailers, Christmas must come early as they prepare for the peak season. While the sun shines, behind the scenes they should thinking about tinsel and trees.
Less than three months into the year, and there have already been several high-profile departures from top-level roles in the industry.
An investigation into Lidl’s £5.99 jeans last weekend underlined the murkiness that surrounds retail prices in stores and how much garments actually cost to make, but perhaps we can learn from one US retailer that is establishing a serious business out of being completely up front about its sourcing costs.
Company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) have been a theme in fashion retailing this week: high street retailer BHS and department store group Beales both proposed CVAs as way of sorting out their store estates in the last few days (news, p2).
Amazon made a first-quarter profit of $513m (£351m), compared to a loss of $57m (£39m) in the same period last year, as sales jumped 28%.
Property owner Yousuf Bhailok is reportedly interested in rescuing collapsed chain BHS out of administration.
Agent Provocateur has appointed former Dior Homme managing director Fabrizio Malverdi as its new chief executive.
German womenswear brand Escada has appointed former brand president for Calvin Klein Iris Epple-Righi as its new chief executive.
Fashion retailers from Shop Direct to John Lewis and New Look scooped multiple prizes at the Drapers Digital Awards last night. Here we bring you all of the photos of this year’s winners.
John Lewis won the Overall Award for Excellence at the Drapers Digital Awards 2016 tonight, after scooping the gongs for Best Customer Experience, Best Multichannel Retailer (over £200m turnover) and Best Use of Mobile/Best App.
A panel of global retailers discussed in The Drapers Digital Forum Global Voices debate how they built their businesses and what the emerging trends were in the international market.
Mary Turner, the chief executive of etailer Koovs.com said mobile is key to operating in India as 70% of all online transactions take place on smartphones.
Customer referral boosts customer acquisition by 10% to 30%, marketing referral firm Mention Me told Drapers Digital Forum in London today.
Crotch shots boost conversion rates at men’s trouser brand Spoke, founder and director Ben Farren told delegates at Drapers Digital Forum today.
Administrators at Duff & Phelps have said they are still seeking to sell BHS as a going concern and confirmed that staff will continue to be paid while the business remains in administration.
Disney’s vice-president for consumer products Francesca Romana Gianesin gave Drapers a tour of the business’s “lifestyle showcase” for 2016 at London’s Somerset House.
Fashion retailers only have 63% of the items showcased online at any given time, a supply chain expert revealed at Drapers Digital Forum.
Nickyl Raithatha, founder and chief executive of womenswear etailer Finery, gave the audience at Drapers Digital Forum in east London an exclusive insight into how it had grown to 600,000 monthly site visits since its launch in February 2015.
“Making strategic choices, understanding customer intelligence with the use of data and analytics, and transforming customer culture – the way they behave – are the ingredients of a world-class digital success,” Gareth Jones, deputy chief executive at Shop Direct told the Drapers Digital Forum in London this morning.
The director of digital at Marks & Spencer David Walmsley has said the retailer is making “good progress” on its digital journey but there is still a “ton” of work to do.
Customer fit data can be leveraged as a powerful sales tool, House of Fraser director of customer insights Madeleine Melson said at Drapers Digital Forum in London today.
Premium women’s fashion and beauty etailer Very Exclusive will launch a menswear offer for the autumn 16 season, Drapers can reveal.
The relaunched Warehouse collection for autumn 16 is “elevated, contemporary and unique”, chief executive Liz Evans has exclusively told Drapers.
LK Bennett’s turnover fell 1.8% to year to August 2015 as it shut some loss-making UK stores, but like-for-like sales grew by 5% in the same period.