Apple’s (AAPL) India Online Store Launch to Add Festive Cheer

Apple AAPL is set to launch its first online store for India on Sep 23. The store will sell the company’s complete range of products that include the iPhone line-up, the Mac computing device line-up, the iPad series, Apple AirPods family, HomePod smart speaker and more.

The online store launch is coming right before the festive season of Diwali in India when the demand for electronics sharply increases. This is likely to help Apple tap consumers who have been holding back on non-essential purchases amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Available on, the online store will be Apple’s first direct retail presence in the country. So far, Apple had been relying on authorized distributors and retailers in India for offline sales as well as on online shopping platforms such as and Flipkart.

According to Apple, all orders will ship with contactless delivery fulfilled by BlueDart within 24 to 72 hours

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LVMH Prize Winner Thebe Magugu Launches Online Store

PARIS — Winning the LVMH Prize for Young Designers last year should have propelled Thebe Magugu on a fast-track to expansion. Instead, the designer has found himself navigating choppy waters as the coronavirus pandemic has upended relationships between retailers and labels.

The silver lining? The drop in wholesale orders has prompted the South African brand to speed up the launch of its e-commerce site, which goes live today alongside Magugu’s fall 2020 campaign shot by Travys Owen.

Designed by London-based branding consultancy Commission Studio, which created the visual identity for Rihanna’s Fenty label and built by digital agency Official Business, is inspired by the front-end look of .edu web sites, reflecting Magugu’s tradition of naming his collections after university courses.

“I wanted to make an open invitation into my universe — making it more tangible and accessible,” he said.

In the Collections menu, the spines of books bear the

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Apple is launching its online store in India on September 23

Apple today announced that it’s launching its online store in India on Septemeber 23. The store will sell iPhone, iPad, and Macs in the country.

Apart from selling its products, the company will also provide support for its devices on call on the chat. The store will enable customers to trade-in their older iPhone and get an additional discount towards the new purchase.

Apple is also bringing its AppleCare+ device insurance program, which provides two years of technical support and accidental damage cover, to India. People will be able to chat will support executives in Hindi and English.

Customers in the country will be able to make payments through credit cards, debit cards, UPI (Unified Payments Interface), and card on delivery as well.

CEO Tim Cook tweeted about the store launch after promising to launch it earlier this year.

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Apple’s online store plan for India is the right move at the right time

Apple Inc is adapting to the pandemic. For instance, the company’s “Time Flies” event on Sept. 16 will be held virtually, just like its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. In India, the pandemic-linked innovation will soon include a move that could revamp its retail experience.

The Cupertino-based company is reportedly launching an online store in the world’s second-largest smartphone market later this month. Apple did not respond to Quartz’s request for comment.

This comes after the company spent years lobbying for direct retail stores in the country, and got approval for the same only last year. However, coronavirus threw a spanner in the works for physical stores.

Experts say this is the perfect time for Apple to make an e-tail move. The company is witnessing favourable market reforms, it has boosted domestic production, and there has been a spike in demand for iPhone 11 and the new SE models. Meanwhile,

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This Grocery Store Is Now Offering At-Home COVID-19 Tests

More and more grocery store chains are giving flu shots this year, and so far, one chain is also offering at-home COVID-19 saliva tests.

Today, Albertsons announced that it would be making at-home COVID-19 saliva test kits available to customers, thanks to a new partnership with the at-home saliva COVID-testing company, Phosphorus. So far, Phosphorus is one of two saliva tests to be approved for Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. The other one to be approved for similar circumstances is, SalivaDirect, which was created by researchers at Yale School of Public Health.

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Now, you can get a test without having to walk into a testing facility, urgent care, or doctor’s office. Here’s how it works: First, you go online to schedule a test, but instead of getting swabbed at Albertsons Pharmacy, you’ll instead pick up

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Are the benefits of Apple’s App Store worth 30% of your revenue?

With Apple’s recent appearance before the US congress, it’s been working hard to justify the 30% revenue cut it takes from all apps on its platform. The company just published a study looking at other similar app platforms and their revenue cuts to make the case, “We’re just like everyone else.”

Not surprisingly, a lot has been written about how Apple’s walled garden is anti-competitive and particularly unfair to indie developers. Perhaps this is the wrong approach to defend their pricing model. Just look to the internet or cell phone industries as one example where pricing is pretty consistent for US consumers, but they still are not receiving a good deal.

A better approach might be to look more concretely at the financial benefit an app publisher receives when on Apple’s platform, and whether that truly offsets the costs.

What are you really getting from Apple’s Platform?

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Independent Retailers May Benefit From Big Store Bankruptcies

The retail fallout has been extreme this year.

Coresight Research has estimated that 25,000 stores will close in 2020 — 55 percent to 60 percent of those in malls — as a result of the pandemic and the national lockdown that prevented all but those deemed essential to remain closed for months.

That pushed many players over the edge into bankruptcy including such household names as Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, J. Crew, Stein Mart, Stage Stores, Lord & Taylor and others.

Two of the major players in the men’s market have also succumbed to the pressure. In early July, Brooks Brothers filed Chapter 11 to get out from under a crushing debt load and halted sales due to the coronavirus. The company said it would close about 51 of its 250 stores. And although the business has been sold to Sparc Group, a partnership between licensing company Authentic Brands Group

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How This Luxury Sneaker Consignment Store Is Opening New Locations to Pandemic Proof Its Business

Opening one new store in an economic tail spin is no mean feat. But Presentedby is opening three — and counting.

The premium sneaker consignment store launched its first new location in Paris’ luxury Le Bon Marché department store today. The second, in Mexico City, will follow next month and the third at Level Shoes in the Dubai Mall is set for October.

This morning, FN got exclusive early access to the new Art Deco-style Paris space before it opened to admit the queue of sneakerheads quickly forming outside.

The biggest ticket items here are Dior’s sellout Jordan collaboration, according to Riz Ahmed, co-founder of parent company Crep Protect. Following their release in late June, a limited run of 13,000 pairs at around $2,000 a pop, the resale price is approximately $10,000. (According to Ahmed, prices climb to $25,000 for smaller and larger sizes.)

Elsewhere, the Sean Wotherspoon Nike Air

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9 tips to make the most of store closing and liquidation sales

Many major national retail chains were already suffering before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. So when the country had to shut down, their financial struggles were sent into overdrive. That’s one reason why it might feel like so many stores near you are holding liquidation or going-out-of-business sales.

These types of events can be a way to finally buy that item you’ve been wanting for months but thought was too expensive. What’s more, many of these sales are now online, even though they’ve traditionally been brick-and-mortar only, according to Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot.

For example, Pier 1, which announced in May that it was closing all 540 of its stores, held part of its sale online. And Macy’s, which has seen a 35% decrease in sales compared to last year, has a dedicated clearance and closeout section on its site.

But shopping at these extreme

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