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Employment picks up in the Brazilian footwear industry

Apr 23, 2021 / Brazil
According to data prepared by the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association (Abicalçados), the footwear sector in Brazil generated more than 18 thousand jobs in the first two-months of the year

Retail in Europe takes a big hit in 2020

Premium ContentApr 22, 2021 / Europe
In a year marked by a global pandemic, words like lockdowns, quarantines, waves of COVID-19, closed retail and restrictions became way too familiar to all of us. Retail was one of the industries with major impacts. Today we look at the numbers for European countries

France Retail: Footwear Sales in Troubled Waters again

Premium ContentApr 22, 2021 / France
After a period of some return to normality, as reported in our previous Retail Flash for France, footwear retail in France plunged in November, to recover over the Christmas period. The up and down continued when we entered 2021. And the concern is raised: if 2020 was not good, and if other waves of the pandemic emerge, how will the footwear retail resist in 2021?

Can the industry be an art form?

Apr 20, 2021 / Portugal
Watch the new video of the Portuguese Shoes 2021 campaign. According to APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association, after a year of pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions, it is time to stretch the legs, and run, dance and jump into the air to gain perspective

How COVID-19 is impacting the footwear industry in Agra

Apr 20, 2021 / India
The local footwear industry had hoped that the pandemic would lose momentum and the expectation was for some recovery in 2021. However, a new pandemic wave is bringing added uncertainty back to the equation

UK Retail: Christmas upsurge turns into big new dip at the beginning of 2021

Premium ContentApr 19, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
As a new wave of COVID-19 struck the UK and a new confinement hit the country after the New Year, retail sales of footwear slowed down again. One interesting fact comes from the indicator of consumer confidence, which is now increasing for two succeeding months. If vaccination in the UK succeeds, footwear sales decline might not persist. The question is what the impact will be for brick and mortar, as this virus seems to have been fatal for many high street players

Digital Communication and Sustainability: the two priorities for post-COVID investment

Premium ContentApr 16, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we questioned our panel members about the investment priorities footwear companies will be focusing in the post pandemic world

Digital, Digital and more Digital

Premium ContentApr 15, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
In the fourth edition of our Business Conditions survey, we questioned our panel members on which business-to-business marketing tools will be more important for footwear businesses in the post-pandemic world. Digital, digital and digital are the top answers

Digital increasingly important at the expenses of traditional retail

Premium ContentApr 14, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
Since the first edition of the WF Business Conditions Survey, we have been asking our panel of expert about their expectations regarding the evolution of different retail channels over the next three years: digital continues to be increasingly important

Sustainability concerns more relevant than fashion trends

Premium ContentApr 13, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
When asked about the factors considered to be the most relevant in determining the evolution of sales of each category of footwear, our experts’ answers point to a raising relevance of the sustainability concerns

Sneakers and sports-related footwear expected to gain market share

Premium ContentApr 12, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
Specialists from all over the world, gathered in our World Footwear' experts panel, believe sneakers and other sports related footwear, as well as other footwear with textile uppers, will continue to gain market share in the near future

Insufficient demand is the main difficulty faced by the footwear industry

Premium ContentApr 9, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
We have asked the World Footwear' experts panel, gathering specialists from all over the world, about the main difficulties currently faced by the footwear companies all over the world. Insufficient demand was choosen by half of the respondents

UBS foresees 80 000 stores closures in the US by 2026

Apr 9, 2021 / United States
The analysis presented by the investment bank indicates that after the peak in closures registered in 2019, the scenario is not bright and shiny for the next 5 years. UBS is forecasting a 9% of the total current number stores to shut across the country by 2026

Great Britain with a record of 17 500 stores closing in 2020

Apr 9, 2021 / Great Britain
According to new data by consulting firm PwC, Great Britain had an avalanche of store closures during 2020, with some 17 500 stores not resisting the impact of the pandemic. On the other hand, 7 655 opened, representing a net loss of 9 877 stores

Manufacturers more pessimistic about prices than traders

Premium ContentApr 8, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
In our most recent edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey we have asked our panel of experts about their forecast regarding the evolution of prices in the footwear industry. Find out about their answers today
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