- Designer Paco Rabanne dies aged 88Fashion6 February, 2023
Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at the age of 88. The name may now be mostly associated with perfumes, but in the 1960s the designer scored high with metallic dresses. He became world-famous with his creations for cult film Barbarella.
- Carrefour delays opening its “anti-crisis chain”
Carrefour thinks it has found the weapon against the cost-of-living crisis: its Brazilian cash&carry chain Atacadão. The first shops in France were supposed to open quite soon, but the implementation turns out to be quite the struggle.
- Barcelona first to ban ‘dark’ stores and kitchens
Barcelona may well be the first city to introduce a total ban on dark stores and kitchens, meaning grocery delivery companies will no longer be allowed to set up delivery distribution centres there. That is, at least, the intention of the city council, although the ban may be possible to…
- Colruyt Group acquires French food wholesaler
Colruyt Group continues to invest in the French convenience store market. The retailer is acquiring food wholesaler Degrenne Distribution, a family-run business that supplies some 1,800 local stores in the north-west and Ile-de-France region.
- With Gong Cha, entrepreneur Adlane Draou wants to conquer the Benelux and France
With bubble tea chain Gong Cha, master franchise partner Mad Vision is nurturing big ambitions not only in the Benelux but also in France, where the first branches will open before the end of this year: “This business model is crisis-proof.”
- The non-food trends in 2023, according to Jorg SnoeckGeneral20 January, 2023
- LN Knits says goodbye to multi-brand boutiques and discounts
Due to rising purchase prices and production costs, Belgian fashion label LN Knits is taking back full control of its sales. The sustainable brand is disappearing from boutiques, no longer doing sales and putting a stronger focus on second-hand.
- H&M sales disappoint again
H&M has seen its profits plummet last year, while analysts were instead counting on a positive evolution in the fourth quarter. The fashion giant thinks it is all (directly or indirectly) Putin’s fault: there were high costs in leaving Russia, disappointing exchange rates and more expensive raw materials.
- Colruyt explores potential of high-tech Okay Direct container store
Okay Direct, Colruyt Group’s autonomous convenience store concept, has opened a second branch in the car park of an Okay supermarket in Lennik. The compact container store serves customers who want to shop outside traditional opening hours.
- Picnic tackles ‘outrageous’ international A-brand price differencesFood26 January, 2023
Online retailers can get around supply restrictions by international brand manufacturers by translating product information in their webshops. Picnic uses this to offer German products cheaper in the Netherlands.