Cartier looks ahead to sparkling future in KSA

Cartier’s new flagship boutique in Al-Faisaliah Tower offers clients an elevated experience through exclusive salons and a best-in-class service.
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Updated 22 September 2020

Cartier looks ahead to sparkling future in KSA

RIYADH: As the Kingdom prepares to celebrate the 90th Saudi National Day this Wednesday, businesses — big and small — are taking part in the festivities with gusto. But few companies can put forward what international jewelry brand Cartier has prepared.

Saudi Arabia is a key market for the brand, and the company has been celebrating its National Day for three years now. This year, the celebrations are some of their most elaborate yet.

Cartier’s managing director for Saudi Arabia, Kalid Lanssari, said the brand unveiled a new film capsule featuring Cartier’s emblematic panther lighting up Al-Faisaliah Tower in green. Cartier is also offering all guests and clients across its boutiques a special treatment to celebrate the day and make a deeper connection with them.

“Doors have already been open to all guests in our new flagship boutique in Al-Faisaliah Tower since Sept. 15. This boutique offers clients a new elevated experience through exclusive salons and a best-in-class service,” Lanssari said.

The year 2020 has been a tough year for businesses in general, given the ongoing global pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, and even an international brand such as Cartier could not escape unscathed.

“Like most brands in the industry, we suffered major drawbacks because of the pandemic. With the beginning of lockdown and the closing of our boutiques, business was hugely affected. We, however, were agile and quickly launched phone sales and home delivery services to try and compensate for the boutiques’ closure and the lack of e-commerce services. On the more positive side, the appetite of people for timeless luxury has remained and that helped the business bounce back very quickly,” said Lanssari.

He said Cartier had gone through a thorough sanitization process and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of its customers and staff.

“We’ve learned that brands need to be agile and adopt a seamless omni-channel approach. We have accelerated our e-commerce project to offer clients a new channel to purchase our collections online while continuing to offer the best in-boutique experience,” he added.

According to Lanssari, this is only the beginning for Cartier in Saudi Arabia.

“We plan to accompany the Kingdom in its trajectory of transformation through close collaborations, business expansion, cultural events and more. In the last three years, we have discovered and developed many amazing Saudi talents that are now part of the Cartier family and will continue to grow these talents in the future. This region has always inspired us and will continue to be a rich source of inspiration for years to come,” he said.


Discover flavors of Asia at LuLu’s ‘Amazing ASEAN’ fest

Updated 19 October 2020

Discover flavors of Asia at LuLu’s ‘Amazing ASEAN’ fest

Regional retailer LuLu unveiled its week-long food festival “Amazing ASEAN: Discover the Flavors of Asia,” bringing the diverse product offerings of Asian countries in one place. Visitors can expect to see a wide selection of fresh produce and ethnic delicacies on offer, specially flown in from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The festival was virtually inaugurated in the presence of chief guests Dato’ Abd Razak bin Abdul Wahab, ambassador of Malaysia to Saudi Arabia; Sathana Kashemsanta Na Ayudhya, chargé d’affaires of Thailand (head of mission), Royal Thai Embassy, Riyadh; and Arief Hidayat, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Indonesia; together with Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, and other LuLu officials.

Mohammed said: “We are truly honored to launch this festival that signifies our commitment to bringing the best quality products from different countries, which truly makes our brand where the world comes to shop. Our Southeast Asian sourcing offices and food manufacturing facilities have a big contribution to our success in ensuring uninterrupted supply at the most affordable prices throughout the year. This event will provide our loyal customers with delicious food products straight from Asia.”

Well-known for promoting country festivals inspired by cuisines from around the world, LuLu has flown in a range of products that comprise imported fruits and vegetables, cupboard essentials, famous spiced sauces, packaged desserts, and healthy and organic foodstuffs. The festival runs from Oct. 14 to 20.

Having operations in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, LuLu continues to procure a wide range of food and nonfood essentials that undergo consolidation, repackaging, and relabeling of products for the Middle Eastern market.

LuLu has continuously been exerting efforts to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. With a combination of high quality offerings and  an organized logistics system, LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia when it comes to a broader selection of international products.

Garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons every day, LuLu is the fastest-growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world and currently operates 193 stores with a workforce of more than 55,000.