All Uniqlo articles

  • swot-analysis-prospect
    Prospect Analysis

    Uniqlo (SWOT)

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    Uniqlo has successfully differentiated itself from other fast fashion rivals through its focus on good quality basics and technical clothing that uses innovative fabrics. In the UK market, it has also successfully repositioned itself away from the highly competitive price-led end of the market.

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    Prospect Analysis

    Uniqlo (Strategy)

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    Uniqlo occupies a unique niche in the fast fashion sector by focusing on good quality basics that enjoy broad appeal among a wide range of age groups and through technical clothing such as its Heattech thermalwear range and AIRism (a stretchy cooling fabric). 

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    Prospect Analysis

    Technology strategy at Uniqlo

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    Parent company Fast Retailing has a longstanding relationship with technology consultancy Accenture which spans a couple of decades. The retailer also partners with Google for the use of AI and other technologies to help speed up its operations and minimise unsold inventory.

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    Prospect Analysis

    Stores at Uniqlo

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    Uniqlo’s stores largely focus on showcasing the innovative elements of its clothing – functionality, technological innovation and design – and going forward, the retailer aims to develop technology that engages with shoppers and eases the shopping experience.

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    Prospect Analysis

    Uniqlo (People)

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    Taku Morikawa is CEO of Uniqlo Europe since 2017, while Kenji Chikada is director of ecommerce. He has been in the role since 2014 when he transitioned from an IT role at parent company Fast Retailing.

  • Prospect Analysis

    Uniqlo (Overview)

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    Uniqlo is a casualwear chain owned by Fast Retailing of Japan, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers. Uniqlo sees itself as a technology company as much as a fashion retailer due to its focus on technical products and use of innovative fabrics.

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    Prospect People

    Taku Moraikawa

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    Chief executive officer, Uniqlo Europe at Uniqlo

  • financial-analysis-prospect
    Prospect Analysis

    Uniqlo (Financials)

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    Uniqlo’s business in the UK is part of Uniqlo Europe, which reported a 6.4% decrease in sales to £553.6m in the year to end August 2020, as the retailer was impacted by enforced store closures during the pandemic.   

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    Prospect Analysis

    Ecommerce at Uniqlo

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    Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing has greatly increased its focus on ecommerce in recent years. Its European division generated 20% of its overall sales through the online channel in 2018/19, a significant increase on the previous year, but the group as a whole is aiming to take around 30% of revenue online going forward.

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    Prospect Analysis

    Customer and marketing at Uniqlo

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    While Uniqlo’s mission is to provide high quality, basic casualwear at the lowest prices, in the UK it has moved the brand away from its value image with the introduction of more fashionable lines as well as premium level products designed to emphasise the quality message.

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    Prospect People

    Kenji Chikada

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    Director of ecommerce, Uniqlo Europe at Uniqlo

  • supply-chain-strategy-prospect
    Prospect Analysis

    Supply chain at Uniqlo

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    A recent focus has been the digital transformation of Uniqlo’s supply chain as it aims for online sales to account for a greater share of turnover and to create a faster, more efficient supply chain.

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    Prospect Analysis

    Uniqlo (Outlook)

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    Uniqlo has been going from strength to strength in Europe of late, driven by ongoing rapid expansion focused on new flagship stores in major cities, with strong double-digit sales growth over the past couple of years. This has come at the expense of profitability, however.

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    News

    Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing posts surge in profits amid China recovery

    2021-04-09T06:34:00Z

    The owner of fashion giant Uniqlo has posted a spike in profitability as the retail recovery in China boosted its bottom line.

  • Suzy Ross
    Opinion

    ‘UK fashion retail’s choice – lie down and accept decline or come back fighting’

    2020-08-12T05:30:00Z

    Little more than 20 years ago, Marks & Spencer made headlines when profits hit £1bn. Eighty per cent of its £6.7bn turnover came from the clothing business. Only just over a decade ago, Topshop was poised to conquer America – the opening of a flagship store in Soho in New York had queues around the block and Philip Green was feted in every fashion publication.  

  • In-store staff
    Analysis

    Data: The UK’s 15 most improved retailers for gender pay equality

    2020-03-09T07:46:00Z

    Retail Week ranks the top-performing and most improved UK retailers for gender pay equality.

  • Vertical farm
    Analysis

    Analysis: The six tech trends tipped to take off in 2020

    2020-01-07T06:00:00Z

    What burgeoning technology will really take off in 2020 and what will it enable retailers to do? We put the question to a panel of tech experts.

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    News

    Uniqlo issues profit warning after winter discounting

    2019-04-11T12:32:00Z

    Fast Retailing, the owner of Japanese-based fashion giant Uniqlo, has issued a profit warning after unseasonably warm weather forced it to slash prices for winter clothes.

  • Data: Top 20 international retailers by UK sales
    Data

    Data: Top 20 international retailers by UK sales

    2017-11-14T06:00:00Z

    Aldi is the largest international retailer in the UK, ahead of Amazon and Lidl.

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    News

    Uniqlo Europe chief exec departs to join Japan division

    2017-11-02T17:24:00Z

    Uniqlo Europe chief executive Takao Kuwahara has left his position to take up the role of chief operating officer at the fashion retailer’s Japanese arm.