Against the backdrop of a 22-foot screen playing lush campaign and runway videos, impeccably dressed staff members sit with shoppers at Burberry's high-tech Regent Street store tapping customer profiles onto their iPads. The flagship is arguably the world's most technically innovative store, and the brand's much-discussed strategy to integrate the digital and physical worlds has set a bar for retailers everywhere. But Burberry is by no means alone. Slick digital technology — e.g., virtual mirrors, digital screens, RFID chips and iPads — is fast becoming a feature of store environments across the pricing spectrum.
Despite a slower fourth quarter, J.Crew reported record-breaking numbers for 2012 as a whole, such as $2 billion in revenues and 39 store openings. And, according to WWD, J.Crew plans to add 46 more stores to its fleet (16 J.Crew, 17 Madewell and 13 factory outlets), including its first European location, on Regent Street in London.
New York -- J. Crew Group reported Thursday that net income for the third quarter rose 54% to $33.2 million, from $21.6 million in the prior year. The retailer also has signed a lease for its first store abroad, on London’s Regent Street, Women’s Wear...
Hamleys has removed "sexist" signs dividing toys into boys and girls departments after being accused of gender stereotyping. The London toy store has scrapped pink and blue signs and replaced them with gender neutral red and white ones. The store now categorizes toys by interest and type rather than whether they're aimed at boys or girls after an online campaign.