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‘It is a very unique market’: July co-founder Athan Didaskalou on expanding an Australian luggage brand to the U.S.

The last few years have been a rollercoaster for travel companies. But Australian luggage brand July says business is now beginning to boom. Co-founder and chief strategy officer Athan Didaskalou joined the Modern Retail Podcast and talked about the brand's growth.

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  • FEB 15, 2022

    From Instagram to Klarna, a super app strategy gains traction in the U.S.

    Social media, payments and even delivery platforms are approaching super app status. Already a popular concept in China, companies are vying to be the U.S. equivalent of multi-purpose super apps like WeChat and Alipay.

  • JAN 18, 2022
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    Shopify partners with China’s JD.com on cross-border sales for merchants

    As part of a new partnership, U.S. businesses with Shopify storefronts will be able to list their products on the Chinese online marketplace, used by 550 million customers. JD.com will handle end-to-end fulfillment by transporting goods from its U.S. warehouses to China using its own cargo flights and completing deliveries. 

  • JAN 12, 2022

    How Walgreens is growing beauty sales beyond the coronavirus halo effect

    Walgreens is posting growth in sales of beauty products after rethinking its approach to the category. The pharmacy chain recently reported a rise in beauty and personal care comp sales. Experts said the company is also trying to capitalize on the increased foot traffic generated by vaccines through broader digital investments in its app and loyalty program.

  • JAN 06, 2022

    U.K. juggernaut Next’s third-party marketplace is driving its growth

    Next, which owns about 500 stores in the U.K. and Ireland and 190 franchised stores in 36 countries, reported on Thursday that it increased its full year profit guidance before tax by £22 million to £822 million, up 9.8% versus two years ago. The retailer said it is generating substantial growth from its online marketplace for third-party brands. 

  • DEC 03, 2021

    ‘Europeans want access to American sports’: Lids’ President Britten Maughan on the retailer’s U.K. expansion

    Lids announced that it would be expanding to the U.K. for the first time with four new London-based stores. The company's President Britten Maughan talked with Modern Retail about the resonance of U.S. sports across the pond, the importance of personalization in sportswear and future international expansion plans.

  • NOV 19, 2021

    Why apparel brand Rails is focusing on international expansion

    After relying on wholesale for years, apparel brand Rails is starting to grow globally by opening its own stores abroad. Rails, which was founded in 2008, opened its first international store in Paris in July. Next, the company is preparing to open two Rails stores in London, with the first location opening this coming winter. 

  • NOV 10, 2021

    Party time means big business for some retailers

    Halloween was an early indicator that people are ready to party. Retailers ranging from decor brands to candy companies have recently reported sales figures that are nearing or surpassing pre-pandemic revenue levels. Now other retailers are preparing to cash in on pent-up party demand ahead of Christmas and New Year's, by stocking up on decor and other party favors.

  • NOV 04, 2021

    How Disney is working with retailers to distribute its holiday marketing

    As Disney winds down its own brick-and-mortar footprint, the company is striking more marketing partnerships with third-party retailers. As part of its Christmas merchandising drive, the mouse house is working with 200 companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to promote its new seasonal ad campaign across 59,000 stores -- up 50% from last year.

  • NOV 02, 2021

    Why Lowe’s is leaning on professionals to grow holiday sales

    Lowe’s is doubling down on its promotional campaigns for professionals during the holidays as DIY mania fizzles out. The home improvement retailer is launching a pro ambassador program and a “pro toy catalog” designed to showcase its products for small to mid-sized business owners, as the company seeks to generate more sales from Pros over Black Friday.

  • OCT 26, 2021

    Apparel resale marketplaces are under pressure to grow overseas

    Fashion resale marketplaces are circling the globe in pursuit of new customers. This year, U.S.-based Poshmark launched in Australia and India, and rival ThredUp acquired European resale company Remix Global AD. Meanwhile nascent streetwear and luxury goods marketplaces are targeting consumers in Asia and the Middle East by opening up authentication and fulfillment centers in those geographies.

  • OCT 11, 2021

    How Harrods is turning sneaker resale into a bespoke shopping service

    Famed London department store Harrods is embracing luxury streetwear, announcing that it will now be the home of online reseller The Edit LDN’s first sneaker boutique. In Harrods case, the 172-year-old store is pitching sneaker drops as the latest in its repertoire of bespoke services, which span personal shopping to made-to-order curtains and bedlinens to real-estate. 

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