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Apple opens official store on major Chinese e-commerce site Tmall

01/08/2014, 02:01 am

Apple now has two official online sales outlets in China after opening the virtual doors to a new storefront on, a large online marketplace run by China's largest e-commerce website Alibaba Group.


Apple announces one-day 'Red Friday' sale for select Asian markets

01/06/2014, 09:01 pm

Apple on Monday announced an Asia-only one-day sales event scheduled to take place on Jan. 10 in China, Hong Kong, Korea and other major markets in the region, celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year.


Apple gives away MacBook Airs, iPads, iPods in Japan 'Lucky Bags'

01/02/2014, 02:01 am

For its annual New Year's Fukubukuro "lucky bag" promotion in Japan, Apple gave away products valued much higher than the package's $340 cost, with 2014's special gifts including 11-inch MacBook Airs, iPads and iPods.


Apple Japan announces 'Lucky Bag' day for Jan. 2, kids workshops for Jan. 3 - 5

12/26/2013, 06:12 pm

As expected, Apple has officially announced its annual "lucky bags" for Japan in celebration of the New Year holiday, which will also bring a special one-day online sale and free iPad workshops for children.


Briefly: Japanese Apple Stores likely to kick off 'lucky bag' sales on Jan. 2

12/24/2013, 07:12 pm

While no official announcement has been made, Apple is thought to be planning its annual "lucky bag" sale in Japan for Jan. 2, as the company will be opening stores early that day at 8 a.m. local time.


Apple dinged by consumer watchdog over specious Australian refund, return practices

12/18/2013, 03:12 am

Apple is once again under scrutiny for its product warranty practices overseas, as a consumer watchdog group in Australia has forced the company to change its refund and return policies to be in line with the country's laws.


Apple to open larger San Francisco Stonestown store, new Duesseldorf location on Dec. 14

12/10/2013, 08:12 pm

On Dec. 14, a newly expanded San Francisco Apple Store in Stonestown will reopen to the public, while on the other side of the world, a new location will have its grand opening in Duesseldorf, Germany.


San Francisco Apple Store building sale breaks real estate records at nearly $50M

09/25/2013, 12:09 pm

Apple's existing San Francisco flagship retail store building has landed a deep-pocketed buyer as the company plans to move up the street two blocks to the former Levi's spot directly on Union Square.


Apple reportedly finalizing lease for World Trade Center retail location

09/13/2013, 05:09 pm

Apple is said to be nearing the close of a lease for another Manhattan retail location, this one located in an expansive shopping mall in the World Trade Center.


Apple's 'Stanford 2' retail site opens to crowds and lines

09/07/2013, 09:09 pm

Apple has officially opened its "Stanford 2" retail location, an event that drew crowds of both customers and lookers-on.


Apple plans opening of first new Tokyo retail store since 2005

08/28/2013, 12:08 pm

The coming months will see the construction of Apple's first new retail outlet in Japan's capital city of Tokyo in 8 years, according to a new report.


Apple's new Union Square store will not even reach fountain of controversy

05/30/2013, 07:05 pm

After a newspaper columnist fretted about the potential impact of Apple's new Union Square store on a homely fountain from the 70s, the issue was escalated up to San Francisco's mayor despite the fact that the new building's outline won't even reach the fountain behind it.


Apple tripling size of its crowded San Francisco Stonestown store

04/01/2013, 05:04 pm

Apple's smallest retail store in San Francisco is preparing to get three times bigger, as part of the company's $1 billion retail expansion plans for 2013.


Apple rumored to fill iconic Castro Street building in San Francisco

01/29/2013, 05:01 pm

An historic landmark building at the epicenter of San Francisco's gay district is rumored to become the city's fourth Apple Store.


John Browett's short tenure at Apple was marked by strife

10/29/2012, 06:10 pm

Less than ten months after hiring John Browett to lead its retail stores, Apple has already decided to let the former chief executive of Dixons go.


Urban Outfitters drops cash registers for Apple's iPad in 400 stores

09/28/2012, 06:09 pm

U.S. retailer Urban Outfitters told analysts that was equipping all of its stores with iPad and iPod touch-based payment systems, and never buying another cash register again.


New Apple retail VP John Browett planned to cut jobs to raise profits

08/16/2012, 04:08 pm

Reports that recent hires at Apple Stores were being laid off, followed by claims they weren't, are now being explained as a reversal of a policy enacted by Apple's new retail vice president John Browett in an attempt to cut costs and raise profits within the retail segment.


Best Buy founder seeks to stop "2.0" plan to shrink chain down to Apple's size

08/09/2012, 06:08 pm

A decade after observers doubted that Apple could take on efficient big box retailers with its own retail stores, Best Buy is seeking to survive by scaling down its store sizes. Its founder thinks that plan might be fatal.


Apple putting the squeeze on retail employees as some stores see traffic double

04/02/2012, 11:04 am

With sales booming in line with a rapid rate of innovative product introductions, Apple's international retail chain has come under heavy pressure from a striking increase in customer traffic, prompting the company to initiate tighter scheduling restrictions for employees who'll now be required to spend more of their weekend downtime on the job.


Ron Johnson seeks to bring Apple Store savvy to J.C. Penney

01/25/2012, 05:01 pm

Apple's former retail chief Ron Johnson has outlined plans for revitalizing the 110 year old retailer J.C. Penney, which he now heads as chief executive.