Charles de Brabant

Ultra-fast fashion company Shein has grown rapidly, but product quality could limit growth

Published: 18May2022

You might not know Shein’s brand, but chances are you’ve seen their clothing. The Chinese fast fashion company has quickly and quietly grown into an e-commerce giant. Shein targets young shoppers...

Online impulse buys have helped some cope with pandemic disruptions

Published: 23Mar2022

During lockdowns, access to luxury services was severely limited. Fine dining establishments were reduced to haute cuisine in take-out containers, and spas forced to close altogether. But some...

Turning a new leaf in the service industry

Published: 17Mar2022

Workers in the service industry have often endured low wages, few benefits, and poor treatment. The pandemic has changed what they are willing to accept, and employers can no longer afford to treat...

Retailers are hoping for better days ahead after Omicron

Published: 11Jan2022

In recent weeks, the highly transmissible Omicron variant has dampened once-sunny retail forecasts for 2022. But according to Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of...

Holiday shopping will take creativity and patience this year

Published: 19Dec2021

Between historically high levels of demand and ongoing supply shortages, holiday shoppers will have to get creative with their gift-giving this year, says Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of...

Booming niche for luxury retail

Published: 1Dec2021

Sequoia Capital recently valued the luxury fashion e-commerce platform, Ssense, at $4.1 billion. Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, attributes the...

Black Friday sales make a comeback, mid-pandemic

Published: 26Nov2021

Anticipating supply shortages, consumers began shopping for holiday gifts as early as September, says Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management. Looking...

Where technology meets retail

Published: 22Sep2021

According to Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, investing in smart technologies may help retailers profit in the long-term despite a steep upfront...

Weekend hope for retail

Published: 22Sep2021

The labour shortage created by the pandemic forced many large retailers to decrease their hours of operation, leading to significant revenue losses, particularly over weekends. As the academic year...

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