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James Knowles

Comment: Many unhappy returns eat into profit margins

30 June 2015 | By

Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.

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Memo from Musgrave: Shops remain the strongest link in the retail chain

25 June 2015 | By

How many shops is enough shops? That rather basic question must be bothering retailing chiefs as never before as the shift in shopping patterns requires them to recalibrate some of the basic formulae of the business.

Antony Hawman

Former My-Wardrobe director launches brand partnership consultancy

1 July 2015 | By

Antony Hawman, whose previous roles have included brand partnership director at pure-play etailer, has launched a brand partnership consultancy.

La Redoute Richard Burke

La Redoute promotes internally for top job in reshuffle

30 June 2015 | By

The UK arm of French mail order company La Redoute has promoted its chief operating officer Richard Burke to the role of chief executive, taking over from Saida Gallouj, who is now head of

Metis Partners most recently instructed the sale of Bank Fashion\'s IP assets

Failing fashion brands prompt launch of specialist IP brokerage

30 June 2015 | By

The consultancy that sold the intellectual property assets belonging to young fashion chains Internaçionale and Bank has launched a specialist IP brokerage to meet growing demand.


H&M to launch new fascia for 2017

30 June 2015 | By

H&M Group is planning to launch a new fascia in 2017.

Carolyn Fairbairn

CBI appoints first female director general

30 June 2015 | By

Former BBC and ITV director of strategy Carolyn Fairbairn has been appointed director general of the Confederation of British Industry, replacing John Cridland who will leave in November.

TrueStart\'s hub in London\'s Victoria

Applications open for retail start-up funding scheme

30 June 2015 | By

Applications for retail start-up accelerator programme TrueStart Collection have opened for the autumn 2015 season, offering a six-month mentoring scheme and either £25,000 or £50,000 equity funding options.

Best of Britannia

Best of Britannia to grow online following move to biannual shows

30 June 2015 | By

Manufacturing showcase Best of Britannia has revealed plans to grow its transactional website by the end of the year following its move to a twice-yearly format.

Shop closing

Irish retail insolvencies increase by 50%

30 June 2015 | By

The number of corporate insolvencies in the Irish retail sector rose by 52% in the three months to the end of June, according to a new survey.

Matalan\'s Oxford Street store

Shopwatch: Matalan signals its high street ambitions on Oxford Street

30 June 2015 | By

The traditionally out-of-town value retailer is raising its high street profile by packing plenty into its Oxford Street debut

Nike women\'s store King\'s Road

Shopwatch: Nike just does it for women

23 June 2015 | By

Nike is flexing its muscles in the fitness market with its first female-only European store.

Farfetch Korea

Etail Europe: Launch international sites quickly to start the learning

30 June 2015 | By

Retailers should not hold out on creating a “Rolls Royce solution” for new international websites, but launch them quickly to immediately start learning, and should not feel like every element must be adapted to the new market, ecommerce experts have warned.

Apple Pay

How to: Use and set up Apple Pay

17 June 2015 | By

As Apple gears up to launch its Apple Pay contactless payment system in the UK next month, with retailers including New Look, Marks & Spencer, Dune, JD Sports and Liberty already signed up, Drapers looks at what you need to know to take advantage of the new system.

Ed Connolly John Lewis

The Drapers Interview: Ed's own brand dream for John Lewis

24 June 2015 | By

After a year in the job and having recently reshaped his fashion buying team, Ed Connolly is preparing to ramp up John Lewis’s women’s proposition and own brand collections.

Nitin Passi, Missguided

The Drapers Interview: Missguided's Nitin Passi is taking it to the street

17 June 2015 | By

Missguided’s founder Nitin Passi talks about the etailer’s rapid online growth and its first UK move into stores.

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