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On October 3rd, Club degli Orafi asked us to organize a Milano Retail Tour in order to get a panoramic view of what is going on in luxury today, and what will be the changes in the future of retail. We decided to focus our research on the transition from exclusive luxury to inclusive luxury and bring them on the most inspirational places for shopping experience.
Recently, distributors have taken a new turn towards shopping experience and online players have decided to multiply their points of contact with their clients, opening pop up stores, pick-up points and customer experience.
The countdown is on! London department store Selfridges opened its Christmas store on August, with just 145 shopping days left in the Holiday buying period. The world-famous retailer, which decked out its fourth floor with 50,000 decorations and even hosted a visit from Santa Claus, said they were the first department store in the world to launch its Christmas shop this year, almost five months early.
Neiman Marcus has unveiled its Sunglass Memory Mirror technology, which allows customers to record videos of them trying on frames in-store to watch back on a big-screen to see exactly how they look.
British fashion label Burberry gave consumers a close-up view of artisan skills with a month-long series of bespoke experiences at its global flagship. Exclusively at the store on London’s Regent Street throughout the month of June, consumers could have items personalized with hand embossing or take in installations based on Burberry’s latest collection. Taking the retail environment beyond a mere point of sale is a way to convince consumers to make a trip to a physical store.
American Eagle Outfitters is the latest retailer to adopt image recognition technology and showcase it prominently in its application’s search bar to better meet the needs of younger shoppers.
Myer and eBay have teamed up to create the world's first virtual reality department store which allows shoppers to browse more than 12,500 products before adding them to their cart. This technology could completely change the way we shop.
In one of its retail locations in Germany, fashion retailer Solebox is now using robots to staff its back shoe stockroom. A bot is able to pick out a customer's preferred size and style and make a delivery to the shop floor so that a consumer may try on a desired piece of footwear.
This week, the Italian luxury house released the Gucci DIY Project - allowing customers to take customisation to another level by adding their choice of embroidery, trims, hardware and monogrammed initials to the brand's iconic Dionysus handbag.