INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to The Moodie Davitt eZine – Travel Retail’s Lookbook. The industry is preparing to gather in Cannes for the TFWA World Exhibition, but Wild Tiger’s dynamic duo of Gautom Menon and Paul George Vedanayagam will surely make the most spectacular entrance.

The pair set off on 29 July in India for an epic 65-day drive to Cannes, taking in 25 countries and 25,000 kilometres, raising awareness for tiger conservation and promoting the duty free industry and Wild Tiger along the way. It has been one of travel retail’s boldest CSR initiatives and we look back on some of the best moments as the grand adventure concludes in style on the French Riviera.

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Dubai Duty Free hit a new sales high in 2018, breaking the US$2 billion barrier for the first time. But 2019 has been more challenging, with various trading headwinds threatening progress. Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin tells us how the world’s leading travel retailer at a single airport is investing to overcome these external challenges in our keynote interview.

In our Analysis section, we look at how Shinsegae International has found success with its private label cosmetics brand Vidi Vici and examine the latest traffic figures for Korea and Japan – two countries currently engaged in a political and economic standoff.

In The Front Line, we spotlight Groupe ADP’s Bryan Marcos Fuentes. Not just a master of customer service, he is an artist behind the counter at Starbucks in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Extra-Aile Media’s fast-growing WeChat-based platform Globuy is the focus of Travel Retail’s Positive Disruptors and Innovators, while The Design Solution Director Nick Taylor and Marek Kolasinski of The Blueprint Partnership contribute insightful articles on the nature of Sense of Place.

Please enjoy this edition of The Moodie Davitt eZine with our compliments.