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Andy Burton, CEO of Tryzens, comments on the news that Britain’s largest businesses have cut 50,000 jobs in the last six months as high street shops struggle against online rivals
“The high number of job cuts reported in the retail sector is unfortunate
Branded and own-label FMCG suppliers need to urgently prepare for the prospect of retailer delisting by identifying the steps they need to take to defend themselves against delisting and put themselves in a powerful position to positively argue their case.
High street stores are having a tough time at the moment. Under pressure from on-line retailers, stores are almost permanently discounting prices, and at the same time closing or downscaling operations. This seems to be the new normal, and the high street
Volatility has been the enemy of logistics and supply chain professionals in the UK and the current environment doesn’t show any signs of getting any easier. The two favourite topics in British conversation have been dominating issues around the supply
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect May 25, 2018, and companies around the globe are scrambling to prepare. While much attention has already been paid to understanding the GDPR’s impact on collecting customer data, retailers must also remember
Given the myriad difficulties high street retailers face right now, the fact that they will be the hardest-hit by the new IFRS 16 accounting rules seems a particularly bitter pill for them to have to swallow. Essentially these rules, which
While offering free Wifi in-store can offer additional conversion opportunities to retailers, failing to deliver a friction-free service could, in fact, result in poor customer experience and lost sales opportunities, the latest research from Vodat, a leading communications provider, warns.
For many ambitious, innovative, smaller manufacturers, supplying to national supermarket chains is something of a Holy Grail, a game-changing relationship which allows them to scale up to undreamt heights.
Amazon is disrupting the parts of retail no one likes. Standing in queues in the supermarket with your jumbo pack of toilet paper and baked beans. New batteries, or cheap bits and bobs you would otherwise buy from pound shops.
Some retail outlets are experimenting with moving to digital payment-only operations. As non-cash payments become the norm, some retailers, particularly in hospitality, no longer accept cash. Here Richard Loh, MD of Eurostop, and Mark McMurtrie, independent payments specialist outline the
VoiceSage’s Lee Trenam says a successful re-think of how to connect customers to processes at the catalogue giant may have lessons for all retailers
Online retailers can take a leaf out of the retail sector’s book and provide a personalized shopper experience to drive sales and win loyalty, says Teresa Sanchez-Herrera, Marketing Manager of Retail Rocket
In the last decade alone the world has seen an incredible amount of technological advances which are continually changing the way people go about their daily business. Smartphones, for instance, have completely revolutionised the mobile phone market, to the extent
Evolution of consumer habits means brands need to ensure they lead the way in customer experience, says Dave Stark, CEO of Conversity
VoiceSage’s Gregg Kilkenny says making outbound voice messaging should be a key component in all customer service outreach
Why it works: retailers can benefit from a shared logistics platform, says ArrowXL
When Ocado started trading as a business in partnership with Waitrose back in January 2002, uniforms for the embryonic delivery team were designed and produced by Jermyn Street Design. Fifteen years on (and several suppliers later) the independent online grocery supermarket
Retailers can increase the conversion rate of e-commerce, grow their revenues and improve shopper loyalty if they personsalize the customer journey, argues Teresa Sánchez-Herrera, marketing manager of Retail Rocket Leading e-commerce retailers recognise the value of personalizing the customer journey
In the fast-evolving world of retailing, it's all too easy to become preoccupied with the notion of e-commerce and digital sales.
While there is good reason for this, however, such an approach ignores the rise of omni-channel retailing and the role
A Perry & Co (Hinges) Ltd, a leading independent, family-owned British manufacturer and supplier, is reinforcing its market-leading position with the introduction of three new stylish door furniture collections named Horizon, Vision and Old Hill Ironworks. The new ranges are
Channie Mize, general manager for retail at Periscope By McKinsey, gives her thoughts on the key trends at NRF’s The Big Show 2018
Christmas shopping has changed significantly in the last few years. Consumers are now choosing to avoid the biting cold and high street crowds, and instead take the bulk of their festive shopping online. Traditional visits to see the Christmas lights,
Ian Tomlinson, founder of RetailStore, gives his predications of what will be hot trends for retailers in 2018
No matter the type of business you’re in, every office needs equipment. However, for a new business just starting out, setting up an office and establishing a professional working environment can be a challenge. With such an array of choices
The sales have started and as unsold stock piles high in backrooms across the UK, cloud EPoS innovator Ian Tomlinson of RetailStore argues that there is a simple solution to the mass problem of dead stock