Traditional goodwill in short supply in December

Printweek team
Saturday, January 2, 2021

The trials and tribulations of retailers at what should be their busiest time of year dominated December headlines, but so did the big ‘D’ which finally succumbed to the domino effect of exhibitor withdrawals and cancelled next year’s Drupa.

TopShop was one of the many brands under the Arcadia umbrella
TopShop was one of the many brands under the Arcadia umbrella

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