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Boots, Edinburgh, UK

We visited three inspirational Boots stores in Edinburgh, UK. Boots recently unveiled new stores in Edinburgh Airport and St James Quarter and revamped its store in the Gyle Shopping Centre. In this report, we highlight 10 standout features that are in line with three of our post-pandemic health and beauty trends for 2021.

H Beauty, Milton Keynes, UK

We explore six ways the new Harrods standalone beauty store engages and excites shoppers. We look at mechanics including, it showcasing the latest beauty trends, championing local brands and boosting social media engagement.

The future of drugstore, health & beauty

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. 

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Strategic outlook for Walgreens Boots Alliance

We review Walgreens Boots Alliance’s performance, the impact of COVID-19 on its operations and the progress it is making against its four strategic priorities.

A.S. Watson in Europe

An overview of A.S. Watson's European drugstores, growth drivers and supplier opportunities.

Strategic outlook for A.S. Watson

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

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Dairy Farm International has reported that its sales dropped by 4% in the first half of the year to US$ 14bn.  As last year’s strong consumer buying patterns normalised, the Group’s underlying profit has decreased by 69%, from US$ 105m in the prior year to US$ 32m for the first six months of 2021.

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Watsons, the flagship health and beauty banner of the A.S. Watson Group, is strengthening its sustainability commitment with a target to offset 2,250 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Customers can contribute by buying Watsons’ Sustainable Choice products Source: A.S. Watson Protecting the environment is a key priority of the A.S. Watson Group, and it has invested HKD 750m (US...
Vietnam is experiencing its worst wave of the pandemic, with Ho Chi Minh City as the epicentre of the latest outbreak.  The lockdown has disrupted the distribution of food in the city, especially for fresh vegetables.  The supply shortage has caused prices of commodities to increase significantly, such that people are unable to purchase essential food items.   Guardian and AEON are among the reta...
Retail partnerships have been one of the key trends in retail over the last year as companies aim to optimise the high traffic locations of leading retailers, given the challenges that shopping centres and non-essential retailers have faced during lockdowns. Originally announced last year, Target and Ulta Beauty are set to launch their store-in-store concept in August. We look at how they aim to ...

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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.