Posts Categorised: International Retailing

The French retail and consumer market is undergoing a period of significant realignment, but have the great national traditions of fine food and high-end fashion been affected?
Restauration rapide
The downfall of the ‘steak frites’ in the face of the competition by the hamburger, already noted in 2014, suggested a tipping point between bistro eating

Given the challenges of the UK casual dining market, many are understandably setting their sights on the opportunity for international expansion as a growth strategy.
Several British F&B operators are succeeding internationally. In the US, smaller businesses such as Leon and Hawksmoor have opened sites recently, and larger chains such as Wagamama are becoming well

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,

Although it can seem at times as if the retail sector talks about nothing but millennials, very little has been written about this group of consumers in the Middle East.
Whether the difference is double, triple or even greater, Gulf-based Arab millennials spend significantly more than those in the West. They benefit from, amongst other

When it comes to emerging markets, the BRIC countries tend to hog the headlines, but Vietnam is a market worth considering, particularly for retailers.
There are a number of positive macroeconomic factors which make it an enticing market, both from a retailer’s and investor’s point of view. Vietnam’s GDP per capita growth rate has been

US Department Store Overview from Nick Zinzan

We’ve encountered many US consumer trends taking root in Europe: Athleisure, craft beer and subscription apparel to name but a few. But it’s European brands that have led the way in changing the global fashion watch market.
The dynamics of the European watch market have progressed considerably over the past decade, driven largely by developments

From Starbucks’ Teavana to Macys to Gymboree, the number of high profile US retailers announcing significant store closures and seeking bankruptcy protection is growing at record rates.
There is no shortage of finger pointing at ecommerce. But there’s far more to the story.
Two decades ago in the US, retail emerged as one of the