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Kit Sim
Montreal, Canada
Passionate, innovative & hard-working multi-channel e-commerce leader.
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A business acquaintance recently asked what I thought of Barneys.com - a question that drew from me a deeply personal and emotional response. I am a huge fan of Barneys New York. When I lived in New York City, Barneys on Madison Avenue was a regular haunt. Going home happy... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
I am obsessed with J.Crew. It’s a safe bet you are, too. So is Michelle Obama. The First Lady and daughter Malia rocked J.Crew at the president’s second inauguration. His first inauguration, too. J.Crew manages fashion cachet at a mass market price. Started in 1983 as a mail-order business with... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
When a customer says: "I'll take everything." That is a dream comes true for every fashion retailer. The lesson learned from Gabrielle Chanel is to know your customers so well and to create great products that your customers want. Connect with us: Tumblr Twitter Pinterest Facebook Linkedin Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Bangladesh garment factory collapse death toll over 1,000. Many children are left without their parents now. They need our help. Please donate here. Connect with us: Tumblr Twitter Pinterest Facebook Linkedin Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Last week, Luxury retailers released their last quarter financial results. LVMH reported fashion and leather goods divisional sales up only 0.4 percent against year-ago growth of 9 percent — the slowest increase in over 3 years. Luxury and sports group PPR (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, et al.) saw shares... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
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To me, fashion is the world’s greatest open-air museum. The astonishing shapes. The exquisite textures. The unexpected colours. Every store window, every well-turned-out passerby — it’s all part of a living exhibition. Growing up in my small village in Malaysia, fashion was only something to dream about. It’s hard to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Technology revolutions don’t happen overnight. Today, we tend to imagine the automobile’s ascendancy over the horse was a foregone conclusion. Yet, as late as 1913, Henry Ford was running ads touting the advantages of his Model T Ford over “Old Dobbin, the family coach horse.” The fact that a case... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Black Friday and Cyber Monday already seem like happy memories. And from what the numbers tell, 2012 is turning in a strong holiday shopping results. Online sales have exceeded expectation. Canada’s online Black Friday results were up 6.5 percent over 2011 while Cyber Monday sales grew a robust 23 percent.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
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We expect a strong online holiday shopping season. Canadian retail sales are projected to grow 1-2% this holiday. 65% of Canadians plan to purchase one to ten gifts this holiday season, with gift cards/money, clothing and toys the top three choices. Almost 60% of Canadians — up from 49% in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
While your customers are pondering the Holidays, many of you are still finalizing and locking down your 2013 plan. For most of you, February 1st, 2013 will be the beginning of your 2013 financial year. The coming year will be more of a challenge than ever. The economy remains uncertain,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Once again, it’s time to bust out the tinsel and deck the halls for your November-December holiday sales season. For retailers, this truly is, in the words of that holiday song, the most wonderful time of the year and can account for upwards of 20% - 30% of annual receipts.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
The Shop.org Annual Summit is the must-attend event for all in retail. For the fashion tribe, especially so - as fashion retailers, we’re always the hungriest for breaking trends. I was pleased to attend this year’s mile-high confab in Denver. Thousands of participants from around the world turned out for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
A once-cool icon of retail shows signs of slipping. Time was, A&F shocked with half-clad models and rocked its style on the backs of the coolest youth. From 1995 to 2008, the company grew sales more than 20-fold and saw net income rise more than 56-fold. But that was then.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
I recently had the privilege to speak with Steve Byrne, CEO of Thinkwrap Solutions, Inc., one of the fastest growing e-commerce solution providers in Canada. Thinkwrap partners with some of the most respected names in the industry, including ATG, Québecor Media Inc. and many others. I asked Steve to offer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Yannick Vial is General Manager of E-commerce for La Maison Simons, one of the leading and most respected fashion retailers in Canada. The company has been providing superior fashion, great value and exceptional shopping experience since 1840. It was two years ago that La Maison Simons launched its online store,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Despite continuing global economy uncertainty, e-commerce continues outperforming other major economy sectors across the globe. U.S. e-commerce sales are expected to rise from 2011’s total of $194.3 billion to $361.9 billion by 2015 (source: eMarketer, March 2012). U.S. apparel and accessory sales are expected to more than double over the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Fashion is all about creating a world. Sensations and feelings. Dreams and aspirations. A world more vivid and beautiful than the one where most of us spend our waking hours. But when it comes to e-commerce, too many fashion retailers seem to forget about the romance, facing online shoppers with... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
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Recently, I was fortunate to attend the full-day Decoded Fashion event at New York City’s Lincoln Center. With a focus on the intersecting zone between fashion retail and technology, this amazing event took square aim at the technologies and possibilities that are transforming our industry. In fact, this turned out... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Today, no single online fashion store delivers a truly satisfying shopping experience. The best is perhaps ASOS, but, for the most part, the shopping experience is uniformly mediocre, and we, as consumers, have accepted the mediocrity. This has to change. Apparel, Footwear and Accessories remains the largest and fastest growing... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
The e-commerce market’s first mover, Amazon.com is thriving with great success. This has forced its competitor, Best Buy, to re-think its retail strategies. Just last week, Best Buy announced that the company plans to close some 50 big box stores in the U.S. and replaced them with some 100 small... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
For over 15 years, e-commerce has won the heart and soul of consumers. In the U.S. alone, according to a recent statement by Forrester, online retail sales are expected to reach $278.9 in 2015. And in Canada, according to eMarketer, consumers in Canada are expected to spend about $31 billion... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Most merchants do conduct some types of pre-season product testing through their brick-and-mortar stores, It's often to gauge the consumer’s response to appetite for styles, designs, colors, prices and other variables. This gives direction to guide merchants in getting the collection right and to better plan and buy for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
Driving conversion rates is the key challenge of online retailing. But conversion rates remain in the low single digits for the majority of retailers. It is the conversion rate that ultimately translates into sales, the only real measure of success for any retailer. In the brick-and-mortar store, conversion is all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
The October retail revenue results reported last week indicates retail sales to slow into the holiday season. With so much economic uncertainties ahead, shoppers are expected to continue to tighten their spending. The financial crisis in the Euro zone could potentially drag this weak economy into another recession. In this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce
This year appears to be much the same as last year - the economy is tight and so are the consumer's purse strings. 82 percent of those surveyed by America's Research Group planned to spend less or the same as last year. Therefore, the merchant who fully prepares and optimizes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Fashion Retail Ecommerce