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I’ve been in shock for a few weeks as I am working with a Chair to put two millennials onto his board. One of the candidates, aged in his late 20s, told me that he does not shop at a supermarket but rather buys his groceries from Amazon. He also uses...

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Consumer Products

We’re living in a golden age of ‘challenger brands’ – those agile, fast-moving brand start-ups that are shaking up the norms of FMCG. From Fever-Tree in the drinks category, to Kettle and Propercorn in snacking and Lily’s Kitchen in pet food,...

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People & Profiles

Tech Q&A: MADE.COM CEO Philippe Chainieux on how to…

In the next in our series of interviews with tech and digital industry leaders, MBS’s Stephen Rosenthal talks market disruption and new approaches to customer engagement with MADE.COM CEO Philippe Chainieux. Ten minutes in MADE.COM’s Soho flagship...

Leadership & Talent

The CEOs of the future may come from unexpected…

It was a great pleasure to welcome William Kim, CEO of AllSaints, as the host of a dinner and roundtable discussion held in partnership with MBS this week. We always like to mix people together and get views from different ends of the spectrum, and that...

Concept & Creative Direction

The denim trend comes and goes, but sustainability is…

I was looking at a photograph of myself when I was 18 and at the beginning of my gap year (which trust me, was a really long time ago!). What struck me was the pair of denim jeans I was wearing: Levi 501’s that had been opened at the bottom to sew in an...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Bricks-and-mortar retail remains so important at Christmas – let’s…

I’ve been in shock for a few weeks as I am working with a Chair to put two millennials onto his board. One of the candidates, aged in his late 20s, told me that he does not shop at a supermarket but rather buys his groceries from Amazon. He also uses...

Tech & Innovation

Corporates: Start Prospecting for ‘The New Oil’ now. Data…

On Thursday evening, The MBS Group was honoured to host an event with our partners LocalGlobe on the potential for data to change every aspect of life as we know it. At Google UK’s stunning King’s Cross headquarters, we brought together more than 70...

Marketing & Strategy

Hope for heritage brands

We’re living in a golden age of ‘challenger brands’ – those agile, fast-moving brand start-ups that are shaking up the norms of FMCG. From Fever-Tree in the drinks category, to Kettle and Propercorn in snacking and Lily’s Kitchen in pet food,...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

A transitionary period for the leisure industry

The MBS Group brought together a group of industry-leading chief executives from the casual dining, QSR and hospitality sectors to debate the issues relating the implications of Brexit and...

 

Hiring for high growth tech companies: the changing role of the CMO

What does marketing mean in the today’s tech-driven, consumer-savvy world? In a constantly changing landscape, where start-ups succeed or fail at pace and the role of marketing is dramatically different in each stage of a business’s growth, it’s...

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MBS News

Retail

15 December 2017 - 8:23

Target acquires grocery delivery service Shipt for $550m The deal will see Target offer the Shipt same-day delivery service on its own website and the Target app. Shipt partners with a network of bricks-and-mortar grocery retailers to pick orders from their shelves and make speedy deliveries to customers. Read more on Recode

15 December 2017 - 8:18

H&M announces 4% rise in global group sales The company, which in addition to H&M also owns Weekday, Cos, & Other Stories and Arket, announced plans to accelerate its transformation into a multichannel business. This could include fewer store openings and more closures in the future. Read more on Drapers

Consumer Goods & Services

15 December 2017 - 8:33

Unilever acquires Schmidts Natural Deodorant The business, which was founded in 2010 by Jaime Schmidt, sells natural deodorants, bar soaps and toothpaste. The deal comes shortly after Procter & Gamble acquired Native, another natural deodorant company, in November. Read more on WWD

15 December 2017 - 8:31

Disney seals 21st Century Fox acquisition for $52.4bn The deal includes Fox's film and television studios, as well as its 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky. Following the deal Fox intends to restructure its remaining assets into a news-focused company. Read more on BBC News

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

15 December 2017 - 8:42

Richemont partners with Polimoda on luxury leadership training Compagnie Financière Richemont, parent company of luxury brands such as Cartier, will work with the Florentine fashion institute Polimoda on a degree program geared around luxury business management. Read more on WWD

15 December 2017 - 8:39

Jonathan Saunders leaves role as chief creative officer of DVF Jonathan joined the business in May 2016 and was responsible for all product categories, a new corporate brand identity and marketing. Founder Diane Von Furstenberg said Jonathan would leave "an important and lasting heritage to the brand". Read more on Business of Fashion

Digital

15 December 2017 - 8:36

JD.com reveals plans to open hundreds of checkout-free convenience stores The Chinese ecommerce giant is trialling the format, which uses recognition technology to identify products and register payment, at its Beijing headquarters. The business said its plans would "completely change" the retail experience. Read more on Retail Week

14 December 2017 - 17:36

Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio The developer tool will allow anyone to create 'lenses' that place interactive, imaginary 3D objects into photos and videos. The move allows brands and news publishers to promote their own lenses for marketing purposes. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

15 December 2017 - 8:51

Hony Capital and the Fung Group acquire Li & Fung assets The deal will see Hony Capital and the Fung Group acquire three of the supply chain giant's product verticals – furniture, sweaters and beauty – for $1.1bn. Read more on Drapers

14 December 2017 - 17:30

TSG Consumer Partners acquires a minority stake in Huda Beauty The brand was founded in Dubai by beauty blogger Huda Kattan in 2013. TSG Consumer is acquiring the stake for an undisclosed amount. Read more on PE Hub Network

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

15 December 2017 - 8:49

Crussh planning further in-store concessions next year The healthy eating and juice bar concept will put greater emphasis on developing its partnerships with Sainsbury's, Debenhams and Everyone Active next year over high street expansion, CEO Shane Kavanagh told MCA. Read more on MCA

15 December 2017 - 8:45

Norwegian plans 2018 expansion after acquiring Gatwick slots The airline has acquired an additional 28 weekly slots at London Gatwick Airport from summer 2018 as it targets its busiest ever year in the UK in 2018. The business already flies more than 4.6 million UK passengers each year. Read more on Breaking Travel News

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