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,
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
I’ll be taking off en route to the New South Wales gateway to report on the airport’s commercial revolution. And on that plane with me – and their generous purchaser – will be two bottles of Prada women’s fragrance. Viva duty free.
La Samaritaine and Changi T4 are among the most exciting developments I have seen in my 30 years of covering this business.
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,
“You have no idea of what is journey is going to take you through. You have to have trust in the care that you will receive. And in some ways the outcome is incidental to the journey.”
Thank you Mondelēz International for reminding me and Dermot that we’ve traversed a few peaks; roamed a few valleys; heck, fallen into a few troughs; but ultimately savoured some sweet, sweet moments along the way.
When we got the books from you, all the students and teachers were so excited. We know we can roam in the sea of knowledge, and use it to build our bright future. Through the books, we can see the world.
I’m in the middle of a whirlwind visit to Japan this week, which given the changing dynamics in the business here, could not be more timely. There are fascinating stories everywhere you look from the likely opening of the country’s first arrivals duty free stores to the early struggles of the fledgling downtown duty free
Surely that trusty fallback of spell check could help me out? No it couldn’t. It simply offered up a choice of ‘Instagram Mable’ or ‘Instagram Able’.
“We sell stuff. It’s the best stuff in the world. We’ve got all the best stuff. And all the best prices. All the other shops they tried to match us. Failed terribly. Nordstrom’s? Total losers.”
In an age where prejudice is such an easy fall-back, we need all the reminders of culture, humanity, inclusiveness and diversity that we can get.
In a world turned ugly and feral, the beauty of cultures and human communication are more important than ever.