100 Retailers in Shopping Centers Released

China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) convened the Conference on Cooperation, Development and Exchanges Between Commercial Real Estate Developers and Chain Retailers in Ningbo of China’s eastern Zhejiang Province on June 9 and released the book 100 Retailers in Shopping Centers.

CCFA has selected over 100 outstanding chain retailers from its members in various business formats, which have the ability to make expansion nationwide. The Association categorized them according to existing business formats and functions of shopping centers and offered information on different aspects of these brands, such as features of their image, traffic, expansion rate and development plan.
Some are international brands, some are famous brands in China and some are leading brands in regions, including department stores, supermarkets, home appliance stores and household stores and covering all business formats like apparel, fashion, catering, cosmetics, entertainment, education and service. These can meet the demands of commercial properties to attract investment from various stores and provide a wide variety of retailers for commercial real estate developers.
In addition to the information in it, the book has also given professional analysis and different views from experts of shopping centers on the industry’s current situation, trend, investment, financing, planning and design.
It is a great aid for commercial real estate companies to learn and attract investment of their shopping center programs.
Here are some comments by developers of shopping centers on the book:
It is quite useful! The book can give guidance on brand portfolio and combination of business formats and it is a professional reference for the management of shopping centers.
– Wanda Commercial Management
Shopping centers are drivers for creating a fashionable and prosperous city, while brands are the core competitiveness of shopping centers in the market. Best wishes to 100 Retailers in Shopping Centers.
-Sunshine100 Real Estate Group
The book has integrated resources and set up platform for information exchanges, a show of CCFA’s function and value. 100 retailers is the start and we are aiming at 1000.
-Powerlong Real Estate Holdings Limited
The book is an excellent reference to see clearly the essence and core value of shopping centers.
-Shopping Center Department of CR Vanguard
Reading the book will free you from the worries when you are developing shopping centers.
-COFCO Commercial Property Investment Co., Ltd.

Baoxiniao To Open 100 New Specialty Stores In 2009.

Chinese apparel group Baoxiniao has announced plans to open about 100 new specialty stores in 2009.

The company announced the plan during its 2008 annual general meeting and it was revealed that Baoxiniao will invest CNY107.94 million to build its chain marketing network in 2009. Under the company’s principle of prudence in opening new stores, it will limit the growth rate of its business suit specialty stores to about 7%. For fashion brand specialty stores, after the closure of poorly-performing stores, the total number of new stores will be around 100.

Zhou Xinzhong, the chairman of Baoxiniao Group, told local media that in 2009, its headquarters will start to build a modern distribution center and the company will select sites nationwide to open its specialty stores. It will develop at least as many sites in 2009 as it did in 2008.

Founded in 1996, Baoxiniao Group is a group that combines industrial management and capital management, and is involved in designing, producing and selling up market garments and acting as agent for international brands. The company currently operates apparel brands such as Saint Angelo, S. Angelo, and Bono.

Zara Kids unveils first UK store in London’s Covent Garden.

Spanish fashion giant Zara has opened its first standalone Zara Kids shop in the UK as it seeks to grab a larger slice of the £4bn childrenswear market.

The store has opened in London’s Covent Garden, next door to a traditional Zara shop. It was previously an accessories and apparel shop and has its own entrance and fascia.

Childrenswear is a lucrative market for retailers such as Gap, H&M, Next and Marks & Spencer, and is one of the more recession-proof sectors, because parents stop spending money on themselves before their children.

The market has also opened up further following the collapse of Woolworths, which had a large share through its Ladybird brand. Problems at Adams, which fell into administration and closed 147 shops before being rescued by its former owner, have also had a bearing on the market.

Research firm Verdict estimated the clothing sector as a whole will contract by 1.4 per cent this year, but that childrenswear will only fall 0.7 per cent, to be worth £4.6bn.

A Zara spokeswoman would not comment on possible roll-out plans. The retailer has around 200 Zara Kids stores globally, mostly in Spain, and sells childrenswear in many of its larger Zara shops.

Verdict senior retail analyst Maureen Hinton said the UK launch could be a shrewd move. “Zara Kids has been fairly low key – often downstairs in stores and not displayed in windows.” She added it could pose a threat to other mid-market players. “There is the possibility of taking share from Next, M&S and Gap. It is an attractive offer,” she said.

Bernstein senior research analyst Luca Solca said there is room for Zara to build its market share. He said: “The market is still fragmented and Inditex can certainly gain share. On the back of its Zara stores there could be an opportunity to make more of kidswear.” He estimated that Zara’s childrenswear offer generated sales of between €225m and €250m (£202.2m and £224.7m) in the year to January.

Tesco to launch new online site for its own fashion brands

LONDON – Tesco is planning to launch a new clothing site with the aim of replicating the success of online fashion stores such as Asos.

The supermarket currently sells it own-brand clothing through its Tesco Direct site, however this is only for a limited number of lines. The new site will only sell own-brand lines such as F&F and Cherokee.

Tesco commercial, director Richard Brasher, has said the new site will be significantly different in look and feel to what it currently uses online.

Brasher said: “Our clothing ranges have been popular in the shops where we sell them – so we’ve been looking at how we can bring the fashion ranges to more customers.”

Competitive prices and size of range has held sites such as Asos in good stead amid the downturn.

In the nine weeks preceding January 16, Asos reported a 118% increase in sales compared to the same period the year before.

Previously known as As Seen on Screen, Asos has used celebrity links to clothing as a key selling tactic with its 1.2m users.

The Tesco site is expected to be ready in time for the launch of the retailer’s autumn collection.

By its own standards Tesco has struggled to deal with the downturn and is looking for ways to boost its non-food offering.

This month it reported a like-for-like sales increase of 2.5% for the seven weeks preceding January 10, its lowest increase since the early 90s.

Over 165 retailers open their first Dubai outlets at The Dubai Mall.

Dubai, UAE; October 27, 2008: The Dubai Mall, which will open on October 30, 2008 is introducing over 165 exciting new shopping options to Dubai’s expanding retailer offer. These new retailers account for over 1.1 million sq ft in The Dubai Mall- almost 30% per cent of the 3.77 million sq ft of the mall’s total gross leasable area. With many making their Middle East debut, these retailers are entering the Dubai market for the first time or opening up their first standalone stores, revitalising the region’s shopping industry.

The flagship development of Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destinations featuring over 1,200 retailers. Of these, more than 165 are opening in Dubai or the Middle East region for the very first time, offering a fresh international retail mix that spans fashion and apparel, accessories to homewares, jewellery and entertainment concepts. Continue reading

Finnish Fashion Company Eyes RFID-driven Supply Chain

NP Collection implements RFID technology with UPM Raflatac UHF tags to gain end-to-end visibility from manufacturing through retail point-of-sale.

Tampere, Finland — November 12, 2007 — NP Collection has become the first fashion company in Scandinavia to pilot an RFID-based total supply chain solution.

The pilot started in June 2007 with the aim of improving the efficiency of the company’s supply chain logistics. As NP Collection is in the process of opening its own chain of stores and expanding its global purchasing network, it needed a supply chain administration tool.

The RFID tags are attached to NP’s garments at the manufacturing site to enable tracking and data collection throughout the supply chain. In the first phase of the pilot the garments are RFID-tagged at a manufacturing site in Europe. Starting January 2008, garments manufactured in China will also be tagged, enabling NP Collection to track all its garments with RFID technology.

With RFID technology, NP is able to follow each stage of the supply chain in real time, which can help drive cost savings and increase accuracy both in logistics and manufacturing. The company knows exactly what garments are being manufactured, which are on their way to Finland and which retail shops are expecting shipments.

In addition to tracking the supply chain, NP Collection’s item-level RFID solution covers the receipt and dispatch of goods, inventory management and point-of-sale functions. The company can carry out daily inventory to see what products are on the shelves and which require replenishment. In retail shops, real-time product information can be used to plan shelf space usage before the goods have arrived.

“We’ve been following the development of RFID technology for many years. By this spring we’d become convinced that now is the right time to implement it,” said Risto Rosendahl, managing director of NP Collection. “Thanks to our state-of-the-art RFID solution, the product handling rate has improved tenfold and human error has been eliminated. We expect to reach ROI in six months.”

The RFID supply chain solution used by NP Collection is provided through collaboration between several companies. The integration services are provided by the Finnish companies RDN, Salpomec and Vilant, while logistics functions are supplied by Itella. UPM Raflatac is delivering the RFID tags, which are converted into labels by SML. The readers and antennas are supplied by ADT.

Levi`s to add 800 stores in India by 2011

International jeans brand Levi’s Strauss is planning to add 800 stores across India by 2011, a top company official has said.

“Presently, we have around 160 stores and we will double the number every year for the next three to four years,” Levi’s Strauss (India) Director (Marketing) Shyam Sukhramani told PTI on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week.

The company launched four collections for the show – Levi’s Collectibles, Blue, Vintage Clothing and Red. Sukhramani said Levi’s Collectibles hold a lot of inspiration from the time jeans came into existence around 150 years back.

Levi’s is also sponsoring a project called Gen next, “We will go to the best fashion schools in India and select around 12 designers, out of which the best will design for the company for the 2008 fashion show,” he said.

Presently, Levi’s has around 14 flagship stores in India and the plan is to add another 10 by next year, including one in Mumbai in December this year, Sukhramani said.

The company also plans to expand the Icon stores. “Presently we have one Icon store in Bangalore and we plan to have another four to five stores in metros by next year,” he said.

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