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Tong Van

Tong Van was born and educated in Vietnam and travels around Southeast Asia frequently. A graduate of Ho Chi Minh City Law School majoring in Legal English, Van has been a content writer for several years. With Inside Retail Asia she has researched the Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders in Hong Kong for three years running and writes news. Her retail interests include fashion, health & beauty and food.

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City Cave

City Cave eyes post-lockdown trans-Tasman expansion

City Cave aims to add an additional 15 centres in the first half of next year.

New retailer Faradays curates luxury brands for Kiwis

Luxury brands featured at Faradays include Givenchy, Loewe, Alexandre Vauthier and Giuseppe Zanotti.

L’Occitane opens world-first green store concept in Australia

L’Occitane Green Store has been converted from its Westfield Bondi Junction store in partnership with the Green Building...

NZ Post overwhelmed with parcel demand

To meet the demand, NZ Post has redesigned its Auckland network since the last lockdown to ease potential areas of conge...

Gap buys AI tech business

Gap said since moving to the cloud last year, it has increased investments in technology to enable growth and innovation...

World-first Ikea Close to You concept opens in Hong Kong

The new store was opened alongside Bread Pantry at the newly opened Market Place in Discovery Bay.

Circle K to launch 100-strong New Zealand c-store network

The chain is also set to launch several EV charging and petrol stations as the company sees changes in the fuel outlets ...

Inside Harmay’s newest store – at Beijing’s Universal Studios

The store design is inspired by the thrills and experience of a studio soundstage while remaining true to the warehouse-...

Vestiaire Collective raises US$210 million as orders surge

Pre-loved fashion online platform Vestiaire Collective has raised US$210 million during its latest financing round, brin...

Woolworths backs next-gen plan to replace virgin plastics

Starting with packaging like the containers used for mini tomatoes, Samsara packaging is expected to hit Woolworths shel...

Japan’s Metaphor boosts profile with global online store

The e-commerce website will be available in English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese, offering free shipping globally.

Ikea buys New Zealand land to expand forest management plan

This new afforestation investment in New Zealand will see its first planned harvest to take place at the end of the firs...

Fresh warnings to business as ransomware attacks surge

Between the second quarter of this year, there were more than 1350 cyber security incidents responded to by CERT NZ.

H&M unveils first standalone Home concept store in Paris

Customers visiting H&M Home are also able to get fresh seasonal flowers from its in house florist Bunchery with monogram...

Lockdowns decimate card spending

This latest drop in monthly seasonally adjusted card spending was less than half compared to the same period last year w...
Countdown supermarkets

​​Countdown waives rent for retail tenants caught in Covid shutdowns

The supermarket chain said it will also continue rent relief for non-essential tenants as needed in Alert Level 3.

Johnnie Walker toasts 200 with global experience centre in Edinburgh

The project is part of Diageo’s US$256 million investment, the largest single investment programme of its kind ever seen...

Ikea launches global 24-hour virtual festival

Ikea Festival will take place in more than 100 homes in more than 50 countries, and is open to everyone.

Card spending plummets during Delta outbreak

Card spending reduction rate during the first full week of the latest lockdown ending last Friday, is lower than at the ...

Shiseido to sell beauty brands BareMinerals, Buxom, Laura Mercier

The move was part of Shiseido’s new business strategy ‘Win 2023 and Beyond’, shifting its focus to higher-margin skincar...