My original Worldwide Headquarters back in West London is looking more interim than permanent after my neighbour decided to light a bonfire at the back of his garden on Saturday. During a heatwave. As you do.
Its banner claim, ‘The Genuine Market Leader’, is an affront to the Trade Descriptions Act.
It potentially turns a deeply troubled category into a resurgent one. For once our industry is (positively) disrupting itself, rather than playing the role of passive disruptee.
What a beautiful island Jeju is, full of natural wonder, history (some of it dark and poignant) and culture. It is known as a healing place, somewhere to take stock of life’s pressures and priorities.
It’s a simple formula. The demand exists in China, it is fulfilled in Korea. Welcome to Korean travel retail 2018-style. It is like nothing you will see anywhere else.
Shinsegae Duty Free has been in my view travel retail’s most impressive newcomer of recent times and based on their current momentum will be a top ten industry player in the near future.
There are too many duty free retailers here fighting over a pie that on the one hand is rising but on the other has a base that could crumble at any time.
And so it was this morning that I heard the most welcome five words in the English language. “Mr Moodie, you’ve been upgraded.”
Could that be my business partner Dermot Davitt’s no doubt historic post-match hangover in Galway drifting across the Atlantic?
Imagine if a single supplier had access to the entire remaining stock of entire vintages of some of the world’s best wines?
“It’s bog standard wine, Dara,” came the inevitable response from one Twitter wag.
I watched as some of the world’s most illustrious beauty brands were stripped out of their packaging and stuffed into this young woman’s holdalls. Doesn’t do much for the selective distribution argument does it?
Anyone know a good horologist? My body clock is in serious need of repair. When I left Melbourne I was 11 hours ahead of London time. After stepping off a 14-hour flight I was 8 hours behind.