With sophisticated, innovative and super-demanding consumers, the German retail market requires innovation from brands and retailers alike.
Drapers investigates the real costs of running an online operation for fashion retailers, and analyses what steps retailers can take to make the most of this fast-growing route to market.
The children's stories behind stellar salesSubscription
Demand for designer names and brands with a story to tell is helping the childrenwear market stay buoyant through difficult retail times.
Inside JD.com’s robot-powered revolutionSubscription
Drapers visits Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com’s headquarters to find out how developments in its fulfilment capabilities could benefit UK brands.
Fashion retailers are exploring solutions to reduce carbon emissions from final-mile deliveries, including promoting click and collect, and introducing electric vans
Content: the best ways to tell your brand storySubscription
Retailers are increasingly working with content – video, editorial, social media or podcasts – to build their brands and encourage sales. Five experts explain to Drapers how they are leveraging content to drive their businesses forward.
Selling to the silver spendersSubscription
Fashion retailers are starting to wake up to the fact that older women want stylish, well-fitting clothing, and are increasingly digitally savvy.
The resale business models to knowSubscription
As resale gains in popularity, Drapers examines the different business models used by the established and emerging players
How multichannel fashion is evolving in 2019 Subscription
The year is already shaping up to be an interesting one in UK multichannel fashion: several trends are developing, and new technologies are emerging on the horizon.
Co-chief executives of international etailer Global Fashion Group Christoph Barchewitz and Patrick Schmidt are bringing 10,000 fashion brands to shoppers in the far-flung corners of the earth.
India's middle-class fashion frenzySubscription
A booming economy is leading to a thriving middle class in India and retailers are beginning to explore the potential of the new market – both at home and abroad.
Making money from marketplacesSubscription
Online marketplaces are evolving into a more sophisticated selling channel for fashion brands and a way to attract new fans, and present an opportunity for retailers to expand their offer with labels that suit their customer.
Retailers are delving deep into consumer data to provide a more personalised experience and make customers feel valued.
Five must-listen business podcasts for retailersSubscription
Podcast listenership in the UK has almost doubled over the past five years, rocketing from 3.2 million weekly listeners in 2013 to 5.9 million last year. Drapers rounds up the best of the bunch for keeping retailers in the know.
The high-tech new standard for sampling Subscription
Digital sampling technologies require brands to change their approach, but could significantly speed up lead times and reduce waste
Brands are winning customers with super-speedy copy-cat celebrity styles – but this comes at a cost.
What's up with WhatsApp?Subscription
As messaging app WhatsApp gears up to introduce advertising, what should brands know before attempting to conquer the private messaging realm?
Online styling services put to the testSubscription
Styling services are a blossoming sector of the ecommerce world. Drapers puts five to the test – and finds many of them lacking.
Going viral: how fashion harnesses hypeSubscription
As platforms such as Instagram continue to shape the way consumers shop, products garner frenzied attention on social media – but what is behind the pieces that go viral, and how is the phenomenon impacting the way brands and retailers function?
Drapers multichannel trends report 2019Subscription
Drapers’ multichannel trends report explores the most important trends in cross channel retail this year. Download it here for interviews with River Island, M&S, Mango and more.
Everything you need to know about TikTokSubscription
As TikTok becomes the latest social app to target the UK, we look at its potential for marketing fashion to a younger audience.
Fashion brands and designers are facing the perfect storm of an upsurge in copying and the post-Brexit loss of pan-European intellectual property protections.
Clothing rental has the potential to make fashion retail more sustainable and provide benefits to both consumers and brands.
As high street store sales decline, brands are turning to online concessions to get their product in front of consumers
Key fashion retail takeaways from NRF 2019Subscription
The latest conference of the National Retail Federation in the US showed that tech changes do not erase retail’s most important fundamentals
Retail's new digital toolboxSubscription
Digital trends in fashion retail can be gimmicky and fleeting, but in 2019 retailers will recognise the practical role new technologies can play.
Look back on 2018 to see what Drapers readers thought were the most interesting stories of the year.
US-based app Liketoknow.it is helping influencers to monetise their fashion content, and let their fans buy into the look.
It is not only high street stores that come under the microscope of Drapers’ mystery shopper. Here we put retailers’ latest digital tech innovations to the test.
Expectant and new mothers are demanding more from maternity fashion, presenting fresh challenges and opportunities for high street and specialist retailers.
Pinterest is shifting from scrapbook to marketplace, but when it comes to selling fashion it faces stiff competition from other visually rich digital platforms that blend shopping with shareable content.
Inside Amazon’s robot-run warehouse Subscription
Drapers tours an Amazon fulfilment centre to learn how robots and humans are working side by side to power the etailer’s deliveries
China’s rising digital stars Subscription
Alibaba and JD.com remain prominent, but several other platforms are making big inroads into the world’s biggest ecommerce market. Drapers investigates China’s emerging online leaders.
Digital fit technology comes of ageSubscription
New technology is helping to solve sizing and fit – one of online fashion retail’s biggest bugbears
Earlier this month, Drapers took a trip to Canada to view luxury etailer Ssense’s vision of bricks-and-mortar retail’s future.
Our annual survey of fashion shoppers provides in-depth insight into what shoppers want in a multichannel retail world.
JD.com's luxury revolutionSubscription
Last week Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com announced it has renewed its sponsorship of the British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
As artificial intelligence starts to replace human resource, Drapers examines how retailers are using the technology to leverage business opportunities
Fast fashion's love affair with reality TVSubscription
After a summer dominated by powerhouse show Love Island, Drapers explores the growing influence of reality TV over fast fashion
Ever-more sophisticated cyber-attacks pose a greater and greater threat to fashion retail businesses. Drapers learns what retailers need to do to fight back.
Instagram's new tools for fashion retailersSubscription
In partnership with Instagram, Drapers explores the platform’s range of recent new tools - including the launch of IGTV last month - and how they are boosting consumer engagement.
As automation blurs the line between etail and bricks-and-mortar shopping, retailers are going automatic to lure shoppers in store
From social media megastars to micro-influencers, Drapers explores how retailers and brands can best work with the next generation of celebrities
Zalando's 2020 vision for doubling in sizeSubscription
Fashion and lifestyle etailer Zalando has unveiled ambitious plans to double in size by 2020. Drapers takes a closer look at how it expects to achieve this growth.
Luxury's Digital Revolution Subscription
Despite the success of early trailblazers such as Net-A-Porter and Farfetch, the luxury sector has lagged behind the rest of fashion world when it comes to adapting to a digital future.
Cashing in on searchable catwalksSubscription
Alexandra Van Houtte founded the website Tagwalk in 2016 with the aim of helping brands, retailers and stylists to work more efficiently to find the inspiration and latest trends they need from the international catwalks.
Drapers speaks to former Burberry and Tom Ford buyer Agatha Lintott about Antibad, her newly launched sustainable and ethically focused ecommerce site.
Fail fast and win: design sprint to successSubscription
Forward-thinking retailers and brands are borrowing “fail fast” methods from the technology sector to innovate at pace.
Drapers speaks to Giulio Xiloyannis, chief operating officer of Zalora, to find out how brand exclusivity and next-day delivery by canoe fuels its ecommerce dominance of the south-east Asian market.
What H&M is doing to tackle its troublesSubscription
Like-for-like sales growth at H&M group has slumped over the past three years, suggesting the Swedish retailer is starting to lose its footing. Drapers examines why it is struggling and what it can do to win back its customers