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  • What's News? July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

    H&M: quality for kids?

    H&M and other international apparel makers are in hot water with local government for the quality of their children's clothing. Both the Beijing City and Zhejiang Provincial Administrations for Industry and Commerce have found international brands like H&M, Armani, Uniqlo and Zara to be lacking when it comes to fiber content and fastness. Certain H&M children's products also failed quality tests in Guangzhou earlier this year.

    Source: Tencent

  • What's News? July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

    “Jean-gate” indicts Uniqlo, Miiow

    No one's jeans are safe, it seems. In addition to the Jeep (USA) and Mango (Shenzhen, CN) clothing brands, jeans from Uniqlo and Miiow have also deemed not up to standard. The Japanese fast-fashion magnate and Miiow, a Hong Kongese brand best known for lingerie, both failed tests for material durability from Beijing’s Bureau of Industry and Commerce. Spokespeople from the bureau released a statement saying municipal authorities would remove offending goods from the market. Source: Tencent

  • What's News? April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Gap, Uniqlo launch shopping apps

    Gap and Uniqlo are bringing their offline wares to China's explosion of smartphone users. Each company launched its own respective mobile app in recent weeks; features include online shopping, exclusive coupons, two-dimensional code scanning and offline store search. Many of Uniqlo's online sales come through ubiquitous Tmall B2C platform, while Gap maintains its own web platform. Source: Tech Web

  • What's News? March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Uniqlo’s sister brand arrives in China

    Fast Retailing LTD will launch GU, Uniqlo’s sister brand, on the worldwide market across 2013 and 2014. Industry experts expect GU to enter the Chinese market with a similar strategy as Uniqlo. Shanghai is expected to host GU’s first China outlet early autumn 2013. Prices at GU are approximately 30% cheaper than Uniqlo. Source: Econ Daily

  • What's News? March 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Uniqlo opens HK flagship

    Uniqlo revealed that late April will find a new flagship arriving in Hong Kong. With 3,500 square meters, the new location will be Uniqlo’s 17th in the harbor city. The company first entered the Hong Kong market in 2005. Uniqlo currently holds over 1200 locations worldwide.

    Source: Winshang

  • What's News? February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Vancl CEO: “China’s Uniqlo+Zara”

    Two years ago, Vancl CEO Chen Nian said he wanted to purchase Louis Vuitton; now Vancl has both Zara and Uniqlo in their sites. Earlier this week Chen Nian said Vancl wanted to become "China’s Uniqlo+Zara.” The plan is build two new supply chains in 2013 to provide higher quantities of basic fashions and small batches of fast-moving styles. Vancl has already improved its inventory turnover from three months to a record low of 16 days in Q4 2012.

    Source: iFeng

  • Apparel, e-Commerce
    November 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Uniqlo vs. Vancl: Winning the online war, offline

    Vancl's down jackets. Fleeced?

    Vancl is one of China's most popular fast fashion brands. The company relies on a unique online-only sales model and cheeky designs that target China's post 1980s/1990s consumers. At the core of Vancl's original popularity is an ability to compete with international brands like Uniqlo and H&M on style, while undercutting them on pricing and distribution costs. But Vancl's initial success tempted it to enter new segments and open its platform to other brands. Meanwhile, local delivery and manufacturing prices kept rising. Now, Uniqlo is the one cutting prices, pushing Vancl to a price war that calls into question the viability of the online-only retailing model. ...Read More

  • What's News? September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Huaihai’s novel department store makes way for Uniqlo

    Shanghai's Novel Department Store is schedules to close down by the end of the year following poor performance. Novel was launched in China in 1996 as a joint-venture Shanghai's Number 2  NO. Department Store and Hong Kong's Novel Department Store Co. Out of the original 12 stores opened, only 5 are still in operation. Once Novel shuts down, Uniqlo will take over its location on Huaihai Road and open its second global flagship store in Shanghai. Source: EBRun

  • Entertainment September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Climax: Porn star relieves Sino-Japanese tensions

    Sora Aoi. Island hopping.

    Today is September 18, the annivesary of the Mukden Incident which served as a pretext for Japan's full-scale invasion of Northern China. The date provides a historical backdrop for the recent friction between China and Japan. And when chauvinism and testosterone levels reach their peak, it is time to call in a professional. As Japanese brands suffer boycotts and attacks across China, Japan's most famous porn star rises above the fray in an effort to relieve tensions.  ...Read More

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