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Curated news for fashion industry professionals for March 21st, 2021…

https://www.retaildive.com/news/store-openings-are-outpacing-closures-in-2021-coresight/597050/

These 10 retailers are in expansion mode: Here’s who is opening new stores

In a 180-degree turn from 2020, retailers’ expansion plans are outpacing plans to close up shop so far this year. U.S. retailers have announced 3,199 store openings and 2,548 closures year-to-date, according to a tracking by Coresight Research.

Americans are starting to buy real clothes again

Daniel Stokes breathed a sigh of relief when he got his first coronavirus vaccine. Then he panicked: After a year in loungewear and pajamas, what would he wear when life resumes? He went online and spent $450 on jeans, shirts, cardigans and boots to tide him over until he figures out what else he’ll need.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roxannerobinson/2021/03/21/french-retail-suffers-blow-as-third-lockdown-implemented-in-16-departments/

With Shopify, Small Businesses Strike Back at Amazon

In a world in which e-commerce has become a necessity for nearly every retailer, it can seem they have only two options: list their goods on marketplaces run by giant companies, or sell to consumers directly, hoping they’ll make more on each transaction despite fewer sales.

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