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Whilst developing an international presence in China has become a priority for many brands, South Korea is one of the biggest e-commerce markets in the world.
With online sales of $40.6bn in 2017 it is the third largest market in Asia behind China and Japan and the seventh biggest in the world.
With 30 million ecommerce

Significant opportunities remain for retailers looking to expand overseas.
Despite M&S, B&Q, Bunnings and Tesco having to recently rein in their international operations, overseas roll out can be effective and profitable, if handled in the right way.
Research, research, research
It seems obvious, but doing your homework really does make a difference, and understanding the current

The luxury leather goods market in China is changing.
Set to be worth $6.4bn in 2020, the outlook for luxury brands which can adapt to changing consumer behaviour, looks positive. For those that don’t adapt, the picture will be different.
Over the past few years, international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel and Gucci,

Toy story

Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • Children
  • While the demise of Toys R Us has cast a long shadow over the sector, at a product level, toys remain a breeding ground for innovation.
    The global market for developmental toys will reach £28bn by 2019, according to Euromonitor, with STEM or STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, Maths) toys constituting 76% of overall

    Box set

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  • Children
  • The online subscription market is now worth £2bn globally, and rising.
    Meal kits, fashion and beauty subscription services are already well established and Target have recently announced its baby clothing subscription box in the US, but can this succeed, and if so will it work outside the US?
    Subscription models that have succeeded drive customer loyalty, resulting

    Streetwise

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  • Children
  • Fashion
  • Streetwear has garnered a lot of attention recently. While many have underestimated the segment and culture, this all changed when the Carlyle Group bought a 50% stake in Supreme for $500 million, putting the brand’s valuation at over $1.1 billion. Other signs of interest within the space include Equistone Partners’ acquisition of multi-channel streetwear retailer, DefShop and Highsnobiety, a blog that

    A gender item

    Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • Children
  • Only two years ago the idea of mainstream, gender-neutral clothing ranges for children seemed a long way off.
    But today gender-neutral is now being billed as the new normal, with ranges available from many leading retailers such as ASOS, River Island and John Lewis. Others such as Abercrombie Kids are unveiling new unisex collections this

    Retail gone stale?

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  • Airports
  • Retail sales at airports have been on an upward trajectory.
    Compared with high street retailers, retail spend continues to grow year on year and the global duty-free industry is expected to reach $67bn by 2020, up from $48bn in 2016.  However, this masks a key point that for many airports actual spend per passenger is

    Gearing up

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  • Outdoor & Sport
  • While the overall UK fitness market continues to grow, the most exciting innovations have come from premium fitness classes.
    This segment of the market has recently been attracting investors’ cash. Indoor cycling concept Psycle recently received £3m of funding, following on from a £6m investment in fitness brand Frame from Piper Private Equity and a £6.6m fundraise by spinning

    Theatre of dreams

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  • Outdoor & Sport
  • Technology, more than ever before, is shaping fan experiences both in and outside stadia. Going to a sporting event today is not just about watching the game; fans want a combination of interactive and social experiences.
    Through in-stadium Wi-Fi, apps and other digital innovations, the fan experience is becoming both smoother and more engaging. Christopher Lee, a stadium