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The North Face reveals its future with New York store

Activewear label The North Face has initiated its global retail strategy with the opening of a new store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood last Friday.

Jollibee to buy The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for US$350 million

Philippine restaurant operator Jollibee Foods is to buy US cafe brand The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outright for US$350 million.

Boomtime ahead for chatbots in retail

New data from Juniper Research predicts consumer interaction with chatbots in retail will reach 22 billion by 2023.

Are you a flexitarian? Futurist plots new trend

Business futurist Morris Miselowski has hypothesised the coming emergence of the flexitarian diet and its potential impact on the food industry.

Gucci invests $10m in diversity program

Luxury apparel retailer Gucci has invested US$10 million into a diversity program to foster inclusion within the firm.

Are shoppers ready for gender-neutral changing rooms?

UK fashion retailer Primark has introduced gender-neutral changing rooms in two stores, prompting both criticism and support from online observers.

AS Watson and L’Oreal launch virtual makeup try-on service

L’Oreal’s AI and AR firm ModiFace and AS Watson Group have launched a virtual makeup try-on service.

Apple CEO Tim Cook promises new products will ‘blow you away’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised investors the firm is on track to double its 2016 revenues.

Zara sparks furore over freckled Chinese model

Zara appears to have inadvertently sparked off a social media furore over the appearance of freckled Chinese model Jing Wen.

Lazada to ramp up grocery retail offer

Lazada Group has announced plans to ramp up its supermarket business in Southeast Asia.

Taco Bell plans hundreds of new Asian outlets

US Mexican-themed dining chain Taco Bell says it plans to drive growth by expanding its presence in Asian markets.

Gong Cha bubble tea could fetch US$442 million

South Korean private equity firm Unison Capital is selling its Gong Cha bubble tea franchise in a deal likely to fetch up to US$442 million.

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