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Coronavirus Tracker: Retail Metrics and Key Developments

Coresight Research’s Coronavirus Tracker includes a timeline of key developments; details temporary US store closures and reopenings; charts weekly data on shoppers' purchasing behaviors; and notes US retail hirings, US states' reopening dates for businesses and furloughs by major retail companies. Recently added are details of capital raising, management changes, financial guidance updates and bankruptcies in retail.

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New Retail Briefing: E-Commerce Platforms Launch Key Strategies To Support Businesses in China and the US Post Pandemic

E-commerce platforms in China have been rolling out new strategies to support businesses in China and the US in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. We discuss these recent developments in New Retail, which include the extension of payment terms for US buyers by Alibaba.com and JD.com’s plans to upgrade its logistics network to better serve lower-tier markets in China.

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VF Corporation: A Timeline of Key Events

This report explores the recent history of VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies. We look at key events over the last three years, during which time the company has undergone restructuring but remained committed to its sustainability and responsibility strategy. We also provide a timeline of VF Corporation’s product offering changes, executive changes and expansion over the past decade.

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Beauty Insights: Opportunities in India’s Beauty and Personal Care Market

As part of our Beauty Insights series, we explore the beauty and personal care market in India and the opportunities that it presents to international brands and retailers. We detail the industry’s key growth drivers—considering population demographics, the e-commerce channel and evolving consumer trends—and discuss the competitive landscape, which includes international players such as L’Oréal, Estée Lauder and Sephora. We also assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the India’s beauty sector against the backdrop of easing nationwide lockdowns.

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Coronavirus Insights: China’s Post-Crisis Retail Outlook—How Shanghai Stores Won Back Young Shoppers after Lockdown

The Coresight Research team recently observed the current retail environment in Shanghai to assess the return of shoppers to the brick-and-mortar format in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis in China. We visited the flagship stores of two retailers that are focused on attracting young consumers: Harmay, a beauty retailer; and The Beast Shop, a lifestyle brand.

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May 2020 UK Retail Sales: Partial Rebound in Discretionary Sector Even Before Most Stores Reopen

UK retail sales saw improvement in May after April’s deep declines, aided by a strong performance in DIY and hardware-store sales as these were deemed essential by the government and were thus allowed to stay open during lockdown. Some sectors also began to reopen in May after coronavirus-led temporary closures. We review May data for UK retail in total and by sector.

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Aldi’s One-Year Anniversary in China: Key Learnings for International Grocers

With discount supermarket Aldi celebrating its one-year anniversary in China, we discuss the retailer’s success in the market and the learnings it could offer to other foreign grocers. We explore the five key components of Aldi’s strategy in the China market—including the retailer’s adoption of technology in a new retail model, its focus on fresh food, the implementation of cost-saving strategies and the role of online stores in offering imported goods to consumers.

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