European Retail Correspondent, Zurich
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Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014

Stores fight back as Christmas delivery delays hit e-tailers

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – The Christmas rush is exposing the limitations of internet-only retailers as surging orders cause delivery delays, allowing Europe’s shops to fight back with “click and collect” services and more in-store theater.

Online retailers such as Amazon have been winning market share from store groups for years, and there are few signs that Europeans are tiring of shopping from their computers and mobile phones.

Dec 17, 2014
Dec 16, 2014

Puma names Rihanna as women’s creative director

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Puma named pop star Rihanna as its women’s creative director on Tuesday, the latest move by a sportswear firm to tap into the booming market for female leisure gear.

Puma said in a statement that the multi-year deal starting in January would involve Rihanna becoming the face of the women’s training category, joining celebrities like Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt as brand ambassador.

Dec 15, 2014

Fashion chain Gap in deal with online retailer Zalando

BERLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Gap Inc has struck a deal
with Europe’s largest dedicated online fashion retailer Zalando
to sell its core brand from next May, hoping to reach
more consumers, particularly in markets where it has no physical
stores.

The U.S. company already delivers to 24 European countries
from its own website and has more than 200 stores on the
continent but is not present on the ground in key markets such
as Germany.

Dec 15, 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 11, 2014

A selfie on your shoes? Personalised gifts for “Millennials”

BERLIN, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Looking for a unique Christmas
gift to wow friends or family? Try some specially tailored
perfume, chocolates stamped with a personal message or sneakers
embossed with a selfie.

Products with that individual twist are not really new. It
has long been possible to get a basic T-shirt, baseball cap or
umbrella printed with a name or photo.

Dec 11, 2014