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Asics opens first performance store in Paris

Aug 11, 2015 France
Asics opens first performance store in Paris
The Japan-based company is debuting a new retail design concept. The store will trial the new motion-sensor MOTION ID service which analyses running styles and advises consumers on most suitable footwear
Paris was the chosen location for the new performance store of the Japonese brand focused on a brand new retail design concept and in high-tech shoe selection services.

The 590 square metre store is the first Asics performance store in France, the company’s main European market, and will feature the brand’s complete running collection alongside sports performance categories including rugby and tennis, and the new ‘Training’ category.

Located at 6 Rue d’Amsterdam in Paris, the concept store will be the first to pilot Asics’ brand new visual merchandising concept, which uses completely new retail fittings specifically designed to display performance products from different sports in a more consumer friendly manner.

Specific colours and materials will be used to signpost product more clearly, in order to highlight the relationship between the brand’s footwear, apparel, running and core performance sports, providing consumers with a premium and cohesive shopping experience.

Pioneering innovation, the new Paris performance store will feature Asics’ updated FOOT ID service – ‘MOTION ID’ – the first of its kind in shoe-selection services. This new service uses a series of high-tech motion sensors to capture consumer’s natural posture and style of movement when running. Based on this personalised data, MOTION ID then evaluates the consumer’s impact during running as well as their pronation movement and heel-shank coupling in different running shoes. By objectively comparing the efficiency of consumers running styles in certain shoes, it allows ASICS staff to decide on the best running shoe for them based on the optimal level of medial support, flexibility and cushioning required.

Alistair Cameron, CEO of Asics Europe B.V., stated: "We are delighted to announce the opening of our first performance store in Paris, featuring our latest innovations. France is a key strategic market for Asics as we look to cement our position as the number one brand in performance running and tennis, and build on our core-performance sports offering in the French market. As a leading sports performance brand, it’s important to offer the latest in retail experiences and offer our consumers premium services to help them select the best products for their individual needs.”

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