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From Moscow to New York, fast delivery takes off amid pandemic

Moscow - Like millions of people around the world, Yuri Nekrasov stopped going to the grocery store every day last year when authorities in Moscow enforced a coronavirus lockdown.

Consumers support brands who paid employees more during COVID-19

There have been several news stories about brands and stores helping consumers during the pandemic and other emergency situations. The company Vrity has commissioned a survey to assess consumer views about such companies.

'Violent' ducks? Hong Kong clothing brand cartoons rile China

Fpo - Cute cartoon animals have been at the heart of Hong Kong clothing brand Chickeeduck since 1990, displayed on everything from t-shirts and tote bags to baby rompers and pillows.

Retail giant discloses data breach two months too late Special

British clothing giant FatFace has experienced a data breach after a hacker accessed its systems. It is likely that customer and employee information was taken by a malicious actor. The incident has been reported two months late.

Ikea goes on trial in France for spying on staff

Versailles - The French branch of Swedish retailing giant Ikea went on trial Monday accused of running an elaborate system to spy on staff and job applicants using private detectives and police officers.

Ikea France goes on trial for spying on staff

Versailles - The French branch of Swedish retailing giant Ikea goes on trial Monday accused of running an elaborate system to spy on staff and job applicants using private detectives and police officers.

Ikea France goes on trial for spying on staff

Versailles - The French branch of Swedish retailing giant Ikea goes on trial Monday accused of running an elaborate system to spy on staff and job applicants using private detectives and police officers.

Consumer attitudes and behaviors are shaping the future of retail

To survive the current global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, retailers need to fully accept mobile device shopping. To succeed, the e-commerce industry needs to learn about how consumer behaviors are shaping the future of retail.

GameStop phenomenon spreads to Malaysian glove stocks

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian retail investors joined forces on social media and pushed up stocks of under-pressure rubber glove makers on Friday, taking inspiration from the recent GameStop trading phenomenon in the US.

Reddit users say GameStop rocket is revenge of the masses

San Francisco - For some Reddit users, GameStop's dizzying rocket ride on Wall Street is a case of the masses rebelling against one-percenters hoarding the world's wealth.

Online or offline? What strategies should retailers adopt? Special

As retailers continue to struggle, many who had physical stores will be pushing on with digital-based businesses. Going fully digital may not be the best solution for all firms, according to a leading analyst.

Four strategies for retail stores to survive the COVID-19 wave

For retail it will come as no surprise that 2020 was a uniquely difficult year, with some of the worst economic data in history recorded. Leading analysts present a recovery strategy for the outlet sector.

Fresh ideas for improving the logistics chain under COVID-19 Special

No matter how sophisticated the logistics chain is in the 'thick of it' in the warehouse setting, the challenge is all about helping to fulfill orders, and making sure clients are happy. A logistics expert, provides some improvement tips for 2021.

Hundreds shrug off pandemic for Ikea's new India store

Mumbai - Hundreds of masked shoppers defied pandemic fears to visit Ikea's second Indian store, which opened Friday, as the Swedish giant tries to lure the country's burgeoning middle class with minimalist design and a dash of local masala.

China's Alibaba 'dismayed' by Uighur facial-recognition software

Shanghai - Chinese tech giant Alibaba has sought to distance itself from a face-recognition software feature devised by its cloud computing unit that could help users to identify members of the country's Muslim Uighur minority.

California wants pandemic cases info from Amazon

San Francisco - California on Monday accused Amazon of failing to adequately comply with subpoenas demanding details about coronavirus cases and protocols at its facilities here.

Contactless payment methods are key to retail turnaround efforts Special

With COVID-19 cases spiking around the country and brick-and-mortar retail foot traffic remaining stagnant, a leading adviser has recommended that the full-scale adoption of contactless payments can help to revitalize the physical store.

Millions of RedDoorz user records found for sale online Special

Following a hacking incident in September 2020, some 5.8 million RedDoorz user records are now reportedly on sale on hacking forum. This includes information that relates directly to clients.

A glimmer of hope for brick-and-mortar retailers?

The coronavirus pandemic has hit retail hard, especially stores that continue to rely upon people turning up at the premises (the so-called brick-and-mortar retail outlets). new data shows a level of recovery, but only in certain regions of the U.S.

Top cyber tips for retailers ahead of the shopping season Special

As Amazon and other retailers gear up their e-commerce platforms for the holiday surge, cyber protection is paramount, in a year when online fraud is spiking, says expert Ric Opal.

China's luxury shoppers call in the tidy teams

Bejing - The discovery of a Burberry jacket she does not recall buying proved to Chen Rui that she was right to have brought in experts to manage her out-of-control luxury wardrobe."How did you find this?

Foreigners join China's livestream sales army

Bejing - Late at night, Lalo Lopez heads to a small Shanghai studio for a livestream, punting Chinese products from cycling shorts to vacuum cleaners to Spanish speakers around the world.

Q&A: How can physical stores entice customers back? Special

Digital has changed retail and coronavirus has changed retail, yet there remains an importance of the physical store despite the upheaval. However, new times require new business strategies.

Despite the pandemic, Amazon is betting on brick-and-mortar Special

Despite being a digital pioneer, Amazon still sees a market via a physical presence. The e-commerce giant has inidcated that it wishes to continue with its expansion into physical stores to supplement its online offerings.

Visionary UK designer Terence Conran dies at 88

London - British designer Terence Conran, whose Habitat chain brought high-end furniture and homeware to the high street in the Swinging Sixties, died on Saturday at the age of 88.

Which retail technology trends will survive COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technology trends, for businesses and consumers, and shone a light on certain consumer habits. The question is: which ones will remain in place “after the virus”?

Q&A: Consumer sentiment trends as businesses open back up Special

Consumer sentiment improved as businesses emerged from the lockdown and looked to open back up. But with some areas shifting back to business restrictions, sentiment has dipped slightly, as trend data reveals.

Amazon mistakenly tells workers to take TikTok app off phones

San Francisco - Amazon on Friday said it mistakenly sent workers an email telling them to dump the TikTok mobile application from their cell phones because of security concerns.

Amazon tells workers to take TikTok app off phones: report

San Francisco - Amazon workers were given a Friday deadline to dump the TikTok mobile application because of unspecified security concerns, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Microsoft to permanently close all retail stores

San Francisco - Microsoft said Friday it will close all of its stores and move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centers.
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