Packing up in duty free for the holiday

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?

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Aelia Duty Free: Very nice in Nice

I love the simplicity, vibrancy and brightness of this store. It may not have the sunshine but it still manages to capture the very essence of the Côte d’Azur. Nice? Very nice, I’d say.

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How Helen developed a cutting edge at Victorinox

Helen Pawson, The Moodie Davitt Report’s Brand Editor, is a key member of our organisation and a highly talented all-rounder. But until now I had no idea that she had an aptitude for knife-making. She’s obviously even sharper than I thought… Helen showed her hand, as it were, at the London flagship store of Victorinox,

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A voyage of discovery along the Dalmatian coast

Greetings from the latest Moodie Davitt Interim Bureau, on the wondrous Dalmatian coast near Dubrovnik. As the images on this page suggest, there are worse places to spend time as a journalist in the duty free industry. The beauty of the region is one thing, but it has been matched by the welcome I have

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Making a mark with e-commerce in the home of Alibaba

It’s no coincidence that cross-border e-commerce specialist and emerging travel retail player GDFS chose Hangzhou as the site to kick-start the next wave of its expansion. On Saturday GDFS opened its first Experience store in this city of nine million people, which is also home to one of the behemoths of the digital retail world, Alibaba.  GDFS,

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