Weekly Global Retail News 25th of May 2021

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Google Store:

Google has announced its plans to open the first ever physical retail store, in New York City this Summer. The new Google Store in Chelsea will be a space where customers can experience Google hardware and services in a helpful way. They will be able to browse and buy an extensive selection of products made by Google, ranging from Pixel phones to Nest products, Fitbit devices to Pixelbooks and more. The Google Store Chelsea will be part of the company urban campus in the Chelsea neighborhood, which is home to more than 11000+ Google NYC employees.

US Malls Mask Rules :

The largest shopping mall operator in the United States, which owns 13 locations in Massachusetts, is adjusting its face mask rules. Simon Property Group, which has shopping centers, malls and retail properties in 37 states and Puerto Rico, said Friday in locations where there is no state or local jurisdictional mask mandate, visitors who are fully vaccinated may enter without a face mask or face shield. Massachusetts will drop its face mask mandate for fully-vaccinated people on May 29, which will bring the state in line with current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MetaVRse :

MetaVRse is offering businesses a way to provide a shopping experience, training or tours, in a virtual showroom rather than with the previously required physical presence. The Web-based solution allows users to enter a store’s digital showroom and move around products in a 3D environment as though they were physically there. They can view products from different angles, zoom in, look inside and access relevant content like videos. For retailers, the system is designed to help them put products on display, link those goods to additional content and offer purchasing options. Shoppers could, for instance, explore a shoe from various angles, including its sole and interior, before making a purchase. The showroom could provide marketing or advertising displays for consumers.

Clarins :

Luxury French skincare, cosmetics and perfume brand Clarins has unveiled its brand new retail boutique concept with locations having already opened in Dubai, Paris and China this year. Focused on the customer journey, the concept consists of boutique hubs that offer holistic beauty services, retail opportunities and immersive client experiences. A fourth destination is scheduled to open in Hong Kong in June 2021. All hubs will include Clarins’ new Skin Atelier experience where clients can receive face-to-face skincare consultations and complimentary express beauty and wellness treatments.

C&A :

Fashion retailer C&A has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art garment factory in the Germany city of Mönchengladbach which will focus on sustainable production. C&A’s ‘Factory for Innovation in Textiles’ (FIT), due to open this Autumn, will initially focus on manufacturing jeans using the latest digital technologies in a carbon-neutral plant. The fashion company is working with scientists from Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, the North Rhine-Westphalia Textile Academy and RWTH Aachen University, as well as pioneering start-up companies, on the new development.

Swiss Arabian :

Swiss Arabian, a pioneer in Middle Eastern perfumes in the UAE, is launching 11 new brick-and-mortar stores this year across the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. The expansion plans follow the launch of the new dedicated online portal.  The Emirati fragrance house, which was first launched in the UAE in 1974, now boasts 80 stores across the GCC with a flagship store on level 1 of The Dubai Mall. Swiss Arabian’s planned retail expansion is bolstered by the company’s robust UAE-based manufacturing operation, producing tens of millions of bottles of perfume annually. Consisting of 165,000 square meters across five plants, the manufacturing area creates 35 million units which are exported to 80 countries around the world.

Presented By: Jalal JIHAZI

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