The finance versus fatalities argument around COVID-19 is heating up, with nearly two-thirds (58%) of small business owners wanting to be back at work without restrictions by the end of May.
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Government measures to further restrict commercial landlords simply delaying problem, says law firm Royds Withy King
Retailer and leisure occupiers have welcomed further restrictions on commercial landlords against aggressive debt recovery actions, yet with landlords increasingly feeling they have been hung out to dry what should retailers expect when restrictions are lifted?
The coronavirus has hit retail hard. Footfall has all but been eradicated on our high streets and government appeals have urged consumers to only purchase essential items. Physical stores have been threatened like never before and e-commerce has faced challenges
Remote onboarding, video interviews, and contract hires were the top three queries received by global recruiter Robert Walters in Q1.
Aaron Zander, head of IT at HackerOne, the hacker-powered security platform, on what security measures to take when using video conferencing tools such as Zoom
‘Scale and pace’ is the imperative for supply chain transformations in this time of crisis. A critical need for a further 60,000 home delivery drivers is just one concern – managing complex transformations is another. Could skilled interim managers be
The cost of a basket of goods has risen as much as £7 as supermarkets remove promotions to curb panic-buying during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data published by The Grocer indicates that prices of 33 chosen goods have risen across UK
Right training could be key to delivering brilliant service – and keeping furloughed staff engaged and ‘match-fit’, says ICS
These are extraordinary times, and businesses across the world are facing challenges no one could have anticipated just a few short months ago. From managing the transition to remote working, to making tough decisions on cutting costs, the focus for
Many businesses will need to consider demolishing their old business models to create new ones due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Tazeeb Rajwani, Professor of International Business and Strategy at Surrey Business School. Professor Rauwani said: "The pandemic has
The sun is shining and the retail buyers have worked all year to get the right stock into the warehouses predicting consumer demand down to the exact date consumers begin to turn their thoughts to a particular product. For the
As education training comes under threat, many providers are having to change the way they work to adapt to the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that employers and their employees can carry on.
Global fashion players operating stores in Europe’s shopping centres and high streets will be demanding, even enforcing in some countries such as Spain, rent holidays over the next few months as COVID-19 continues to take a greater hold, says GlobalData,
The UK still faces many weeks of hardship before it can say the coronavirus crisis is over, but the UK courier expert ParcelHero says that it has seen ‘green shoots’ that online retailers are returning to business. It believes there
Retailers across the world have adapted their delivery and returns propositions to ensure customer and staff safety during the COVID-19 crisis, and these changes will transform consumer expectations of online delivery and returns, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics
As the impact of the Coronavirus crisis grows every day, the way in which Britain's shoppers are buying their produce has shifted dramatically. The social distancing policies introduced amidst the countrywide lockdown have led to extensive queues at every supermarket
By Daniil Fedorov, chief financial officer of Ozon, Russia’s leading multi-product e-commerce platform, founded in 1998
Bernard Foot, strategy analyst at payment HSM as a aervice provider MYHSM, wonders whether COVID-19 will have a permanent impact on the usage of cash
The scale of change retail has undergone in the past decade is without precedent. Technology advancements in cloud, mobile, social networking, IoT and AI have transformed consumer behaviour and indeed, the whole industry. Better connected and informed than ever, new
As we adjust to life in lockdown due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, people are finding more time and motivation than ever before to clear out their cupboards and get creative with their findings. And, with restrictions on shopping habits
Following the news from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) that six in ten UK firms have no more than three months of cash left; Luke Gowland, thematic analyst atGlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:
CGF board of directors and WHO COVID-19 Special Envoy emphasise need for global co-ordination in securing consumer product supply chains
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) board of directors today issued a statement emphasising the need for global coordination in securing food, beverage, hygiene and personal care product supply chains. The full statement is below: Food, beverage, hygiene and personal care
The British Safety Council has today backed a joint statement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the CBI and the TUC calling for employers to ensure safe working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the global economy, the pressure on UK businesses to cut costs intensifies. Yet as organisations take tough decisions to protect their future, it is important to keeps an eye on the
The current Covid-19 crisis is certainly accelerating the expansion of our retail eco system into areas which provide the convenience and security that shoppers are demanding.
Commenting on the latest consumer datasets (GfK’s consumer confidence figures and Kantar’s grocery market share data) and what these say about how consumers and consumer businesses are coping with COVID-19, Linda Ellett, UK head of consumer markets at KPMG, said: