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Consumer Services

July 2018 – and specifically the past seven days – will, I believe, go down in history as the fundamental moment in which streaming established itself a dominant global technology. A bold prediction perhaps, and a moment that feels considerably less...

Bringing it home: How brands are thinking differently about sports sponsorship

Consumer Products

Wimbledon and a World Cup – what more could you want from a summer? The Jules Rimet trophy would have been nice of course but I don’t think one can complain and (even as a Welshman) watching the country come together is a hugely inspiring...

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People & Profiles

Outdoor Voices and the battle for the soul of…

I first heard about Outdoor Voices, one of the most exciting and ground-breaking activewear brands in the market, from a friend based in San Francisco. A little bit of Googling told me all I needed to know about why someone from one of the world’s...

Leadership & Talent

The return of the veterans: Is retail talent undervalued…

To say 2018 so far has been an interesting year for retail would be an understatement. On the one hand, we have seen retailer after retailer failing (10 retail / restaurant administrations or CVAs in the first half of the year alone) – and many more...

Concept & Creative Direction

ATA: More than just a clothing brand

In my teens growing up in apartheid South Africa, everything was bound up in politics and the answer for me lay in going to work on the land on a socialist kibbutz, which I did. My biggest regret was not keeping my set of ‘kibbutz clothing’ that was...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Retail’s venture adventure

In its most recent funding round, Uber was valued at $62bn. One of the many amazing things about the company is that its investors, who have so far put in $21.7bn, believe that its fundamental model is hurtling toward obsolescence. We are of course not...

Tech & Innovation

The week streaming came of age – and what…

July 2018 – and specifically the past seven days – will, I believe, go down in history as the fundamental moment in which streaming established itself a dominant global technology. A bold prediction perhaps, and a moment that feels considerably less...

Marketing & Strategy

Bringing it home: How brands are thinking differently about…

Wimbledon and a World Cup – what more could you want from a summer? The Jules Rimet trophy would have been nice of course but I don’t think one can complain and (even as a Welshman) watching the country come together is a hugely inspiring...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

How the data revolution will change every element of business as we know it

As the global news cycles of recent weeks starkly demonstrate, we are on the precipice of the global data revolution. Companies, organisations, governments, regulators and individuals are starting to understand the value, power and potential of the data...

 

The Case for Gender Diversity in Private Equity 

At the SuperReturn conference in Berlin in 2017, Advent International managing director James Brocklebank got up on stage to declare ‘There not enough women in the industry’. Indeed, in 2017 the number of women in senior positions stood at 9%, below...

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MBS News

Retail

20 July 2018 - 8:23

Carrefour acquires French organic produce retailer So.bio Carrefour sees the acquisition as a key plank in its broader strategy to reach €5bn in organic products sales. The retailer plans to expand So.bio's store network and integrate its ranges into its own stores. Read more on IGD

20 July 2018 - 8:00

Primark agrees three year partnership with Unicef to support the charity’s initiatives worldwide The ABF-owned value apparel retailer has committed to donating $6m to the organisation to fund its efforts, with a particular focus on Cambodia. $4m specifically will go toward educational programmes for vulnerable children in the country. Read more on Fashion Network

Consumer Goods & Services

20 July 2018 - 8:21

KP Snacks acquires European subsidiary of Popchips Popchips Ltd. owns and operates the snack brand across Europe. Parent company Popchips Inc. will retain ownership of the brand in all other international markets. The announcement follows KP's acquisition of Tyrrells in May. Read more on FoodBev Media

20 July 2018 - 8:00

Plant-based pizza brand Magioni launches in the UK The Dutch company currently produces two pizza bases, where flour is swapped out for courgette and cauliflower respectively. Magioni sells 13,000 pizzas a day in its native Netherlands. Read more on The Grocer

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

20 July 2018 - 8:46

Hermes reports strong Q2 with sales up 7.2% Performance was driven by strong demand in Asia and the Americas. Hermes moved to increase its production capacity during the quarter with the opening of several new manufacturing facilities. Read more on WWD

20 July 2018 - 7:57

Marc Jacobs Beauty names Harvey Nichols as exclusive UK distribution partner The brand is set to launch in October online and at eight Harvey Nichols stores around the UK. Marc Jacobs Beauty has reoriented its strategy in recent years to focus on younger, fashion-conscious consumers. Read more on WWD

Digital

20 July 2018 - 8:01

Comcast withdraws Fox offer to focus on Sky acquisition The US media giant has ended its push to buy the film and TV assets of 21st Century Fox, leaving Disney as the remaining bidder. The news comes after the intensification of the competition to acquire UK-based Sky last week. Read more on TechCrunch

20 July 2018 - 7:54

Microsoft brings financial year to a close with strong final quarter The company reported $30.1bn in revenue, a year-on-year increase of 17%. Microsoft's LinkedIn division performed particularly well with turnover at the professional social network up 37%. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

20 July 2018 - 8:16

Silver Lake makes $500m offer to US radio broadcaster iHeartMedia PE News reports that iHeartMedia, the US's largest radio broadcaster, is viewed as an attractive growth opportunity by the private equity firm. Silver Lake is moving to invest in the business before it emerges from bankruptcy. Read more on PE News

20 July 2018 - 8:01

Equistone-backed Gaucho enters into administration The news follows a several-month period during which the restaurant chain's executives searched for a potential buyer. The business has faced historically tough market conditions due to strong competition. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

20 July 2018 - 8:27

London-based grab and go concept Pod reports H1 like-for-like sales growth of 7% EBITDA rose by 11% while the company's delivery business saw sales rise by 36%. The results mark a turnaround from a difficult start to 2017 when the company reported an overall EBITDA loss. Read more on MCA

20 July 2018 - 8:01

Ozone Coffee signs deal to buy Has Bean Both companies will keep their brand identities following the acquisition. Has Bean is a coffee wholesaler and its founder, director of wholesale and director of retail operations will all become shareholders in Ozone once the deal goes through. Read more on MCA

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