The Apple Watch goes on sale in stores today. Whether you can just walk into an Apple Store and buy one is another matter. The debut of Apple's first new device in five years is looking more like an event from the fashion world rather than the tech world. This time, there won't be long lines of faithful gadget lovers waiting for hours and days to buy the latest product from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company.

It's well known by now that U.S. retailers have been trying to combat declining mall traffic and increased online competition, and it's incumbent upon them to set themselves apart and get shoppers to visit their stores and open their wallets. In the industry's latest attempt to engage consumers, Japanese conglomerate Fast Retailing's Uniqlo chain on Friday became the first specialty apparel retailer to  install a Starbucks inside its 90,000-square-foot flagship store on Fifth Avenue, its largest location of the 1,400-store chain. 

TOKYO — Hugo Boss will open a new flagship store in Tokyo on Friday in a striking new building on the fashionable avenue of Omotesando. Its neighbors will include Emporio Armani, Coach and...

For any business owner or executive who has spent years contemplating international expansion, now is undoubtedly starting to feel like the right time to act. The media is abuzz with stories about the global economy and technology advancements make it seem easier than ever to reach burgeoning new markets. It's true that markets are opening up and there's enormous potential for retailers that make the right decisions about online content and lead generation, but easy? International expansion isn't easy, even in the age of online retail. Growing beyond borders requires the right mix of people, knowledge and technology.

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