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International Women’s Day Preview: In China, It’s Another Shopping Festival

March 8 will mark International Women’s Day, an annual event that has been treated in recent years as another shopping festival—representing an opportunity for brands and retailers to launch price promotions and marketing campaigns. We discuss how the retail industry in China is capitalizing on International Women’s Day this year, focusing on e-commerce.

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Gap Scraps Old Navy Spin-Off; Moderately Raises Its Fiscal 2019 Outlook

On January 16, Gap Inc. announced that it had canceled its plans to spin off the Old Navy business, citing investors’ concerns over the complexity of the separation and softer business performance of the brand. Gap Inc. has raised its fiscal year 2019 outlook moderately, owing to better-than-expected promotional levels over the holiday period.

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Holiday 2019: Global Holiday Cities—Shanghai

Shanghai retailers up their Christmas season game with more decorations and innovative installations. In a country in which Christmas is not a traditional holiday, merchants have nonetheless grabbed the opportunity to launch holiday-themed marketing campaigns.

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Holiday 2019: Global Holiday Cities—London

London retailers rise to the holiday challenge with innovative approaches to draw in and engage consumers for the 2019 holiday season. We’re seeing railway stations transform into shopping destinations, popups popping up and department stores offer a range of experiences.

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Double 12 Shopping Festival 2019 Wrap-Up

E-commerce platforms and offline merchants celebrated China’s last major shopping festival of the year, Double 12, on December 12. We provide highlights from this year’s festival, including the promotions and performance of Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall, the popularity of livestreaming, Alipay’s partnership with offline merchants and the strong consumption in lower-tier cities experienced by JD.com.

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