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The biggest way shopping changed this year combined the best parts of online and in-store

Retailers are increasingly marrying their online shopping offerings and their in-store experience. Buy-online, pickup-in-store programs have proliferated, with big stores like Target, Whole Foods, and Walmart greatly expanding their offerings. Customers are taking notice as well, with buy-online-pickup-in-store sales rising dramatically this holiday season compared to last year. Buying online […]
The biggest way shopping changed this year combined the best parts of online and in-store
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Amazon’s HQ2 saga was the biggest troll of the year

Amazon announced in November it would place its HQ2 project in two cities: Long Island City, Queens, in New York City and Arlington in Virginia. Northern Virginia and New York City are two locations that were seen as obvious places any tech company would move. That is a far cry […]
Amazon’s HQ2 saga was the biggest troll of the year
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Papa John’s was the biggest loser in fast food this year

Papa John’s – and Papa John himself – were the biggest losers of the restaurant industry in 2018. Papa John’s founder, John Schnatter, was ousted from the company after news broke that he had used the N-word on a company conference call. Sales have plummeted as the pizza chain tries […]
Papa John’s was the biggest loser in fast food this year
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These 18 companies are revolutionising retail

2018 has been an exciting year for innovation in retail. We’ve highlighted 18 companies that are making the biggest changes to how we shop. See the full list below. Retail is changing rapidly, and many industry leaders are realising that they have the choice to either adapt or die. We’ve […]
These 18 companies are revolutionising retail
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Overtly sexualized ads, controversial comments from executives, and sliding sales: Here’s why Victoria’s Secret had a huge fall from grace in 2018

Victoria’s Secret has had a rocky year. Sales have slipped, and its provocative ads are being criticised by some as being tone-deaf in the era of #MeToo. In November, the company came under scrutiny after one of its parent company’s executives made controversial comments about transgender and plus-size models in […]
Overtly sexualized ads, controversial comments from executives, and sliding sales: Here’s why Victoria’s Secret had a huge fall from grace in 2018
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Nike gave us a glimpse into the store of the future this year

Nike is winning the race to create the store of the future by incorporating killer new features into its app. Instant Purchase is the most interesting of the bunch, and was the coolest retail tech we used this year. Technology is invading the in-store experience. It’s not just about hyper-futuristic […]
Nike gave us a glimpse into the store of the future this year
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These innovations revolutionised home fitness in 2018

High tech, at-home fitness companies are gaining ground and putting traditional players under pressure. Peloton, which is widely considered to be a pioneer of the home fitness industry, was valued at $US4 billion in August after raising an additional $US550 million in venture funding. These are some of the most […]
These innovations revolutionised home fitness in 2018
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Abercrombie removed its shirtless models and turned up the lights in stores, leading to the biggest retail comeback of the year

Abercrombie & Fitch’s shares soared 25% last month after the company reported its fifth consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales growth. Abercrombie & Fitch, which also owns Hollister and Abercrombie Kids, has been working to execute a turnaround at its namesake brand by investing in its stores, closing unprofitable locations, […]
Abercrombie removed its shirtless models and turned up the lights in stores, leading to the biggest retail comeback of the year