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18 Oct 2019

In the News: Top Stories from The Retail Summit Team

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In the News: Top Stories from The Retail Summit Team

Keeping pace with a shifting retail landscape and the industry’s constantly evolving news is an endless task! In order to ensure the agenda is as up-to-date as possible, The Retail Summit team work hard to stay abreast of the top news stories of the moment. The stories that have caught our eye this week…

1. Primark

From cheers across the industry that the discount clothing retailer might (finally!) be going online to a stark warning from the organisation about unofficial third-party sellers operating through Amazon, this one was a rollercoaster. With some products being marked-up by over 100%, shopping in-store remains the only way for customers to get the bargains they desire from the retailer. Confirming they have no immediate plans to launch online shopping or ‘click and collect’ services, the physical store is here to stay.

Read more:

https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2019/10/15/primark-launches-online-for-the-first-time-via-amazon/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/10137891/primark-online-shopping-amazon/

2. Levi’s

Continuing on the theme of keeping a close eye and tight control of your product offering, Levi’s are moving away from their mature wholesale business to focus on D2C sales. With aims to open over 100 new stores, including testing smaller footprint locations across the US, the brand demonstrates their push to control how their customers are accessing their products and are working hard to move away from massive discounts and marketplaces.

Read more: https://www.retaildive.com/news/levis-opening-100-more-stores-as-wholesale-declines/564643/

3. LEGO

Sustainability is a growing industry, and as Extinction Rebellion continues in rainy London this week, LEGO have announced new plans in line with their goal to remove plastics entirely from their supply chain by 2030 by trialling a rental toy service. Reducing manufacturing of brand new toys and tapping into a growing consumer demand for more sustainable retail models, it will be interesting to see how this works – or will there be too many lost pieces?

Read more: https://www.chargedretail.co.uk/2019/10/14/lego-could-be-next-to-launch-a-rental-scheme/

 

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The Retail Summit 2020 – Postponed

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Urgent Notice – The Retail Summit 2020 Postponement

New Dates for The Retail Summit – 10-11 November 2020, Atlantis, Dubai

Over the past few weeks, we have been monitoring closely the global coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and assessing whether The Retail Summit 2020 should take place. Particularly as it affects the majority of our participants who are unable to travel due to restrictions.

Until yesterday evening we were confident that the situation would not impact our ability to deliver the event and bring together the international retail community.
 
While the UAE remains safe to travel and continues to adhere to and implement the highest levels of medical measures and hygiene protocols, we feel that the delivery of a world-class international event will be inevitably impacted by such travel restrictions.
 
With this in mind, and following close consultation with our event partners, key stakeholders and hosts, we have taken the decision to postpone The Retail Summit 2020.
 
By opting to defer the event to a later date, we believe that we will be in a better position to deliver The Retail Summit 2020 at full capacity offering our event partners and participants the value and international exposure they have come to expect from us. The new dates will also align the Summit with Expo 2020 Dubai, offering an enhanced experience for all attendees. 
 
We have committed to hosting the event at the Atlantis in Dubai on the new dates: 10-11 November 2020.

For any questions, please contact our team by emailing info@theretailsummit.com.
 
Thank you for your support and understanding on this matter.
 
Gary Thatcher
CEO & Co-Founder
The Retail Summit