2016 has so far been a year of significant change in convenience retail. Convenience multiples (+10.6%) and supermarket multiples (+4.0%) grew the fastest of any convenience sector players, growing by almost 13,000 stores to date, while over 18,000 unaffiliated convenience stores closed.
IKEA Centres Russia will invest over €2m to build MEGA Park, a 90,000sq m (969,000sq ft) landscaped parkland with children’s playgrounds, food and leisure zones, and events spaces next to MEGA Dybenko shopping centre in St. Petersburg. This ambitious
A global survey of 20,000 consumers by Worldpay has discovered that international buying power in the Internet age is highly concentrated within a group of high spending, high frequency Super-Shoppers. Despite representing only 8% of the general population, these Super-Shoppers
IAM SUPER brand aims to stir up the fast growing pre-cooked grains category with the launch of its easy, tasty IAM SUPER GRAINS - a new range of ‘out of this world’ ready to eat grain mixes in handy microwaveable
US market leader Jack Link’s is announcing the launch of an updated recipe and pack re-design for its world famous Beef Jerky. Founded in the 1880’s and still family-run today, Jack Link’s produces high-quality protein snacks made from lean cuts
The UK value clothing market is set to grow by £3.2bn over the next five years, with the forecast 2021 market value equating to 23.6% growth on the 2016 figure, according to retail research and analysis firm Verdict Retail. The company’s
James Hall & Co, the Spar wholesaler for the north of England, has launched Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to improve communications on their deliveries, in response to retailers’ requests.
Aimia, the analytics platform which drives Sainsbury’s customer relationships, is now being used to help Japan’s largest retailer leverage its data and get closer to customers. Nectar owner, Aimia, has signed a contract with the retail arm of Aeon to
Food-to-go in the UK offers significant opportunities for growth, according to the latest figures from IGD, which is unveiling new research into the market for the very first time. Driven by changing shopper lifestyles, IGD is anticipating the market to
Wrights Plastics has appointed Nick King as business development manager. King brings a wealth of sector experience to the expanding West Bromwich POS/POP manufacturer.
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks ending 17 July 2016, show slow growth for the supermarket sector, with sales up 0.1% compared to last year. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight
Shoe Zone, a leading UK specialist value footwear retailer, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Fearn as finance director. Fearn will take up his role on 25 July 2016.
Favis of Salcombe is the Supreme Champion in the Taste of the West Awards
The Co-op is connecting festival goers at this year’s Belladrum festival in Inverness-shire. For the first time in the festival’s history revellers at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which takes place in the Highlands between 4-6 August, will be able to
Natural Balance Foods is set to drive sales of its £32.2m Nākd brand with two new additions to the range, plus a new limited edtion flavour, all designed to meet the needs of shoppers looking for flavour-filled, better-for-you snacks.
Shaftesbury has announced that international technical apparel brand, Kit and Ace, has officially launched on Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, in the heart of London’s West End. The new 1,700sq ft store offers technical apparel made from proprietary fabrics, like technical
Sales at the Co-op this week have shown that the ever-popular Carnation has been outsold by the bloom-of-the-moment, the Peony. The Carnation, a quintessential British flower, has been a staple in bouquets for generations but has been overtaken in popularity by
Retailers work with Simply Crackers to create bespoke, branded Christmas crackers for festive promotions
Crackers are a fun, interactive and rewarding way to showcase a brand and attract customers, especially over the festive season. Simply Crackers provides bespoke branded Christmas crackers and works with businesses across the UK and Europe. Perfect for promotions, events and
Hobbs, the international women’s fashion retailer, has reported an 18% in EBITDA to £7.7m for the year to 30 January 2016, driven by a margin rate increase of 3.3ppts to 63.8%. Hobbs said it had enjoyed a positive year, cementing its
Under new data protection regulation, consumers will have increased rights to object to processing of their personal information. Mark Fairbairn, head of retail at Equifax, explains what this could mean for retailers and both their online and offline marketing strategies
Leading software-as-a-service company HTK has launched a new platform that will revolutionise the way that mid-sized retailers build and operate loyalty programs. The new Horizon Loyalty Hub has been designed to solve the key challenges that marketing directors/CMOs face
Shop Direct, the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer, has announced its third data-focused senior appointment in under a month, bringing in McKinsey & Company junior partner Assi Gol to lead its customer intelligence teams. Gol, who will take up the
Cloud4Wi, provider of the industry’s leading services platform for advanced guest Wi-Fi, has announced that it has been named the winner in the retail category at the prestigious Digital360 Awards. Sponsored by the Digital360 high-tech editorial group, these awards showcase
Loyalty schemes have been one of the huge marketing successes of British commerce in the last decade. In fact, a recent research study from 3radical has found that 93% of Brits have at some point signed up to be a
Newspaper publisher News UK has joined forces with bigDL, the consumer money-saving app and retail marketing tool, to help drive sales in independent convenience stores. The partnership, which will enable News UK to further strengthen its relationship with retailers, will