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Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said group sales increased in its second quarter by 4.6%, 3.5% on a constant exchange basis, to US$32.8 bn.

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Watsons Hong Kong has launched a citywide plastic container recycling programme called ‘Plastic Reborn,’ in collaboration with Procter and Gamble. Watsons’ store network across Hong Kong serve as collection points Together with P&G, Watsons now uses its network of 230 stores across the city as collection points for empty plastic containers.  Hong Kong-based service The Loops will send these u...
Asia-based ecommerce platform Shopee intends to premiumise its beauty offerings, by increasing its focus on K-beauty brands.  Sales of Korean beauty continues to grow in Southeast Asia and Taiwan Korean beauty products remain as one of the top-selling products of Shopee.  The retailer has seen more shoppers searching and buying K-beauty brands on its platform, due to the popularity of K-pop c...
We look at the leading US beauty retailer’s performance in 2020, highlight its strategy to win in 2021 and its leadership changes. 2020 was a challenging year for Ulta Beauty Total sales declined by 16.8% to US$6.2 bn (2019: US$7.4 bn) for the year ending 30 January 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19 Comparable sales decreased by 17.9% , versus an increase of 5% in 2019 By the...

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13/04/2021
Farmacias Ahumada, the Walgreens Boots Alliance-owned drugstore operator, is trialling self-service kiosks, under the Ahumada Xpress brand, to help improve access to healthcare.
23/03/2021
In this report, we review our five areas of change for the post-COVID world for drugstores, health and beauty stores, which we identified after the pandemic’s first wave. In line with recent developments globally, we re-examine the trends and highlight opportunities for retailers and suppliers in 2021 and beyond.
04/03/2021
Magnit is the world’s fourth largest convenience retailer. This report provides a review of its new business structure and key strategic objectives.
02/02/2021
In this first look report we explore key elements of Holland & Barrett’s newly transformed store design, which focuses on making wellness more accessible and showcases the latest trends. We saw these developments in action in its redesigned store in Hemel Hempstead, which was updated in December 2020, and comes after the launch of its first updated store concept in Chelmsford in July 2020 and a larger store in Angel Islington.

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Leading drugstore operators in Japan

Many of the world’s leading drugstore operators are based in Japan. This report highlights best practice and the key strategies of Tsuruha, Welcia (AEON), Matsumoto KiYoshi and Sundrug, with landscape and trends considered.

Strategic outlook for A.S. Watson

We review A.S Watson’s current performance, plus progress against key strategic objectives.

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