9 February 2016 in Algemeen

What will a store look like in the future? A new study, ordered by one of the world's largest shopping center owners (Westfield), gives us a view on the shape of physical retail in 5 key trends.

9 February 2016 in Food

Belgian Edwin Botterman will become Alken-Maes' new managing director next month. He will succeed Dutuch Erik van de Ven, who will head to the brewer's parent company, Heineken, in Amsterdam.

9 February 2016 in Wonen

Ikea is currently in the eye of the storm after its Australian and British websites promoted seats with synthetic coating as leather seats. The company admits it could have communicated more clearly, but denies the mentions were misleading.

9 February 2016 in Algemeen

American toy manufacturer Hasbro's turnover and profit grew a lot last year, mainly because of an excellent fourth quarter on the back of the new Star Wars movie and Jurassic World.

9 February 2016 in Mode

Dutch textile discount chain Zeeman will invest a lot into its stores this year, while it also seeks further European expansion on top of eCommerce trials. The goal is to turn around the very first turnover drop in a few years. 

9 February 2016 in m-Tail

Jacques-Antoine Granjon, CEO and founder of French Vente-privée.com, believes Amazon will destroy classic distributors like Carrefour. It will compete these distributors into the ground and make them disappear.

8 February 2016 in Algemeen

The average Dutch consumer is not willing to share his date with retailers just yet. According to an ABN Amro report, that willingness to share has even dropped in the past two years, with customers wanting to know what retailers will do with the information provided.

8 February 2016 in m-Tail

Store chain Fnac has now given sellers of sports products, kitchen appliances and household appliances the opportunity sell items on its marketplace. In France, this puts the company in direct competition with major online players.

8 February 2016 in Mode

The European Commission approved American Carlyle Group's acquisition of Dutch lingerie chain Hunkemöller. It feels there is no overlap between Hunkemöller and the investor's other activities.

8 February 2016 in Food

Chocolate manufacturer Mars has announced it will ban all artificial colour additives from its candy, answering the ever-louder call from the consumer who desires more natural ingredients.

Food

Belgian Edwin Botterman will become Alken-Maes' new managing director next month. He will succeed Dutuch Erik van de Ven, who will head to the brewer's parent company, Heineken, in Amsterdam.

  • Chocolate manufacturer Mars has announced it will ban all artificial colour additives from its candy, answering the ever-louder call from the consumer who desires more natural ingredients.

  • Pepsi will open a bar-restaurant in New York's trendy Meatpacking district in the spring, but will it be more than merely a marketing stunt?

  • Almost simultaneously, three French retailers will launch a scanner to allow shoppers to scan products at home, which are then automatically added to a shopping list. This will make eCommerce even easier. 

Mode

Dutch textile discount chain Zeeman will invest a lot into its stores this year, while it also seeks further European expansion on top of eCommerce trials. The goal is to turn around the very first turnover drop in a few years. 

  • The European Commission approved American Carlyle Group's acquisition of Dutch lingerie chain Hunkemöller. It feels there is no overlap between Hunkemöller and the investor's other activities.

  • Fashion label Burberry has decided it will alter the way it presents its collections. It will do 2 fashion shows every year, for both its men's and women's collections, with the items on sale directly afterwards.

  • American clothing chain Forever 21 has filed a notice of collective dismissal, which means more all Belgian employees (over 100) will lose their job. Forever 21 has only one Belgian store left, on the Meir in Antwerp.

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