The Department Store dilemma

Retail Focus

Unfortunately for many department stores, the pandemic has been a final blow in the battle with online retail, spiralling real estate costs and difficulty serving up physical retail that is consistently experiential, engaging and adaptable.

Amazon to test department stores in offline expansion

Inside Retail

Amazon.com is to open several department stores in its home US market to test the concept as it continues to build out its multichannel business model. Department stores’ share of the overall US market has fallen from 14.5

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How Malaysian department store Pavilion is connecting with customers

Inside Retail

Businesses that offer customers both physical and online store options tend to see higher customer engagement and sales. per cent (RM95 billion in total retail sales), and all retail sub-sectors such as fashion, department stores and grocery are expected to rebound.

Even Japan’s Takashimaya can’t escape department stores’ woes

Inside Retail

We have ‘iconic’ shopping centres, ‘iconic’ retail stores, ‘iconic’ restaurants, ‘iconic’ hotels, ‘iconic’ rock groups. But Takashimaya, a retailer of 1831 vintage and still the largest department store chain in Japan, is surely genuinely deserving of the word.

Multi-dimensional, story-telling design for South Korea’s largest, luxury department store

Retail Focus

Lotte enlisted London luxury retail designers Shed , known for a distinctly contemporary and progressive international design style, to reimagine a ‘different kind’ of department store, Lotte’s first major project in 7 years. News Projects Property Lotte Department Store Shed Design

Myer board spill avoided as the department store gets two new directors

Inside Retail

Department store Myer failed to avoid a second strike after its Remuneration Report received only ~65 per cent of shareholder votes, triggering a board spill that was ultimately avoided. Business Department stores Featured Post HR Latest Management Sectors Myer

“Not surprised”: Experts react to Amazon’s reported department store plan

Inside Retail

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that online retail giant Amazon is looking to open large bricks-and-mortar stores in the US to sell clothing, homewares, electronics and other products, much like a department store. Why would Amazon open a department store?

A-COLD-WALL* Lotte Department Store, Jamsil, Seoul set to launch

Retail Focus

A-COLD-WALL* has announced the launch of a second Seoul concept store-in-store this month. Located on the fourth floor of the storied Lotte Department Store, part of the MAN’s fashion division, this new site brings to life Samuel Ross’ singular vision across fifty-three square metres.

Kohl’s to Pivot from Department Stores

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Kohl’s (Menomonee Falls, WI) announced a bold change of direction on Monday, saying it wants to pivot from a department store into “a focused lifestyle concept,” Retail Dive reports. Remodeling existing stores when a new Sephora shop-in-shop is introduced.

Analysis: How Australian department stores can thrive in a post-Covid world

Inside Retail

Those brands that have avoided bankruptcy have often been forced to undertake aggressive cost reduction and store closures. Create differentiated in-store experiences. Australian department stores should feel optimistic about the future.

As Malls Reinvent Themselves, Department Stores Will Need to Rethink and Redesign

Retail Touch

As the American mall undergoes a period of radical reinvention, department stores are being brought along for the ride. As department stores and retailers change, the central question is how do you bring people back ?” Department Stores’ Return to Their Roots.

Department Stores – what does the future hold?

Retail Focus

The huge increase in online shopping over the past decade or so has had a major impact on department stores, with many consumers turning to Amazon, eBay and other online shops for shopping, rather than a more traditional trip out to a physical store.

The Department Store dilemma

365 Retail

Unfortunately for many department stores, the pandemic has been a final blow in the battle with online retail, spiralling real estate costs and difficulty serving up physical retail that is consistently experiential, engaging and adaptable.

David Jones is the latest department store to embrace resale. Here’s why

Inside Retail

Australian department store David Jones has become the latest retailer to sell pre-owned clothing following the announcement of its partnership with Sydney-based luxury reseller Blue Spinach last week. The post David Jones is the latest department store to embrace resale.

Can this year's department store recovery last?

Retail Dive

The sector is having a good holiday season after bouncing back this year as consumers refreshed their closets. But its problems haven't gone away

Department Stores – what does the future hold?

365 Retail

The huge increase in online shopping over the past decade or so has had a major impact on department stores, with many consumers turning to Amazon, eBay and other online shops for shopping, rather than a more traditional trip out to a physical store.

Would you get married in a department store? Selfridges says ‘I do’

Inside Retail

Selfridges has just raised the bar when it comes to giving customers an experience they’ll never forget with the launch of micro-weddings at its London store this summer. A part of that narrative has been to move to experiential retail and maximise its unique offerings and services in-store.

Is Bloomie's the future of department stores?

Retail Dive

The concept store may prove the company's agility and ability to bring in new audiences

The demise of the department store? Not so fast

Retail Dive

Department stores still have a strong value proposition, if only they can reimagine their experience, write Alvarez and Marsal's Mohit Mohal and Jonathan Sharp

“Candy Department Store” Is a Thrill for Sugar Seekers

VMS

is a store straight from your childhood dreams. It follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the American Dream store in East Rutherford, N.J., which is dubbed the first ever “candy department store.”. “At I T’SUGAR (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)

WSJ Report: Department Store Will be Amazon’s Next Brick-and-Mortar Venture

Retail Touch

Amazon is continuing its advance into brick-and-mortar with plans for a series of large-footprint department store-style locations, according to the Wall Street Journal , which cited people familiar with the matter.

Report: Selfridges Seeks $5.5B Sale as UK Department Stores Continue to Struggle

Retail Touch

Selfridges ’ owners have launched a formal auction to sell the department store chain, which has been valued as high as £4 billion ( $5.5 A successful deal could see two of the UK’s most historic department stores coming together under a single owner.

Department Store Offers Shoppers a Calming, Biophilic Space

VMS

Originally scheduled for an October 2020 opening, the seventh location for this family-run department store was caught in the middle of the global predicament – to build or not to build, to cancel or push on? Opening any store requires an exact timeline.

Walmart's store redesign could spell more trouble for department stores

Retail Dive

The retail giant seems to be taking a page from Target's revamp, which in turn has embraced some of the best elements of old school merchandising

OMA adds wood-clad escalators to KaDeWe department store in Berlin

Dezeen

Architecture studio OMA has revealed images of the first completed part of its renovation of Berlin department store KaDeWe, a retail and event space connected by wood-clad escalators. The quadrant encompasses the beauty department. The department store is located in Berlin.

Does the Historic Makeover of an Iconic Paris Retailer Chart a Path for Department Stores’ Revival?

Retail Touch

For more than 150 years, Parisian department store La Samaritaine has overlooked the banks of the Seine, a sweeping expanse of glass and intricately painted iron that proudly proclaimed the store’s position at the center of French commerce, both geographically and ideologically.

Why are department stores a target for e-commerce spinoffs?

Retail Dive

Those who've declared the Saks online-offline split a success now want the same for Macy's and Kohl's. Here's why they're vulnerable

Amazon is getting into the department store business: WSJ

Retail Dive

The e-commerce giant has yet to conquer brick and mortar, but there may be a lot of opportunity to grab share using a model that has let itself go

Amazon Opening New Retail Experience, Similar to Department Store

VMS

Seattle) has announced its intentions to open a new retail experience, similar to a department store, The Wall Street Journal reports. There’s no official confirmation of what the company plans to sell in store, but speculation is that their own private labels will be heavily showcased.

Inside Mosaic’s pivot from specialty fashion to digital department store

Inside Retail

Mosaic Brands is seeing positive results from the implementation of a digital department store strategy across several of its core apparel brands, including Noni B, Rivers, Millers and Katies. Mosaic’s department store move isn’t exactly unique in the fashion industry.

Remember when Macy's was the one removing department store names?

Retail Dive

Now it's facing the unfortunate prospect of another retailer's logo splashed upon its hometown flagship, just in time for its famous Thanksgiving parade

How Macy's set out to conquer the department store business — and lost

Retail Dive

At the dawn of the 21st century, the 160-year-old retailer expanded amid the sector's steep decline. What now

Kohl's wants to transform from a department store into 'a focused lifestyle concept'

Retail Dive

The retailer will open 100 smaller, hyperlocal stores and grow its new Sephora shops into a $2 billion business. The activists on its case aren't impressed

Amazon’s New Department Stores: Robots and 4 More Things to Expect

VMS

The retail and tech punditry were abuzz following a recent report from The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) spelling out what Amazon (Seattle) has planned for its department stores, the e-commerce giant’s latest foray into brick and mortar.

Situ Live’s fresh take on the traditional department store

A1 Retail

Launching at Westfield London on 30 September, Situ Live is a fresh take on the traditional department store. The venue will feature an everchanging curation of world-class brands—from household names to cutting-edge technology you will not find in any other stores. At Situ Live shoppers will be able to pick the right products for them from a carefully curated edit and will be able to understand how to get the most out of them, guided by our expert store staff.

Oslo’s luxury department store Steen & Strøm relaunched

A1 Retail

Oslo’s luxury, contemporary department store Steen & Strøm, which is managed by Promenaden Management, is officially relaunched today following a major NOK 300 million (£25.7 Steen & Strøm first opened in 1797 and is the oldest running luxury department store in the world.

Sears to close the last department store in its home state

Retail Dive

The retailer's perpetual diminishment continues, with only a few dozen large-format stores left under its namesake and Kmart brands

Big W launches toy recycling program through its entire network

Inside Retail

Discount department store Big W has partnered with recycling platform TerraCycle to launch a toy recycling scheme in all 176 stores nationwide. After a trial in limited stores, the retailers’ Toys for Joy program collected over 18 tonnes of old toys.

Harvey Nichols Hong Kong launches world-first NFT retail space

Inside Retail

Harvey Nichols has introduced the world’s first blue-chip non-fungible tokens (NFT) retail concept space located inside a luxury department store dubbed ‘HN NFT Vault’ at the retailer’s Pacific Place store in Hong Kong.

Leaf-shaped aluminium panels cover ceiling of Tokyo department store

Dezeen

Japanese studio Lighting Planners Associates lit a white tree-like canopy for the interior refurbishment of the historic Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Tokyo. The first floor of Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store has been refurbished.

Harris Scarfe opens two stores in Melbourne’s north

Inside Retail

Australian department-store Harris Scarfe will open two new stores in Melbourne on April 7. Harris Scarfe CEO Graham Dean said the new stores will be a ‘welcoming boost’ for the economy. . Department stores Openings & closings Sectors Stores Top Stories Harris Scarfe

Amazon to open its own department stores

Retail Wire

Amazon.com plans to open several large retail stores in California and Ohio that will offer many of the popular apparel, consumer electronics, household and other brands sold in major retail chains.

Oslo’s luxury department store Steen & Strøm relaunches following major NOK 300m upgrade

Retail Times

Oslo’s luxury, contemporary department store Steen & Strøm, which is managed by Promenaden Management, has officially relaunched following a major NOK 300 million (£25.7 The completed investment works to the more than 220-year-old iconic department store include a brand-new entrance onto Norway’s busiest shopping street for the first time in its history, a state-of-the-art beauty hall and upgraded architecture which introduces a stunning new atrium.