Retail Times http://www.retailtimes.co.uk Daily retail news, consumer research, analysis & reports. Read about technology, innovation, payments, products and people. Retail opinion & industry insight Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:16:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Independent organic food retailer, Better Food, announces upcoming opening of third store http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/independent-organic-food-retailer-better-food-announces-upcoming-opening-third-store/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:15:37 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45268 Better Food, the Bristol-born independent organic food retailer, has announced it will be opening its third store at the city's new harbourside community, Wapping Wharf, in July.

Independent organic food retailer, Better Food, announces upcoming opening of third store

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The Co-operative Group selects ACI Worldwide to enhance data security across all Co-op UK food stores and fuel sites http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/45266-2/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:06:15 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45266 ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced that The Co-operative Group (Co-op), one of the UK’s largest food retailers, has selected the company to run its card payments processing operations and maximise card data security across all of its UK food stores and fuel sites. The retailer, with over 2,800 stores, willutilise ACI’s UP Merchant Payments solution to secure its payment data with the latest version of its point-to-point encryption (P2PE) andtokenisation capabilities.

The Co-operative Group selects ACI Worldwide to enhance data security across all Co-op UK food stores and fuel sites

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Bavaria appoints two regional account managers in ongoing UK wholesale and convenience channel expansion http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/bavaria-appoints-two-regional-account-managers-part-ongoing-uk-wholesale-convenience-channel-expansion/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:49:42 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45261 Bavaria, a 300 year old independently owned brewery, has appointed Matthew Hall and Anup Sundavadra as regional account managers. They are tasked with growing the company’s wholesale and convenience channel, Both will report to Shane Merrick who is head of sales in the UK.

Bavaria appoints two regional account managers in ongoing UK wholesale and convenience channel expansion

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Daniel King appointed to president and chief operating officer of Profitero http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/daniel-king-appointed-president-chief-operating-officer-profitero/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:28:11 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45263 Profitero, the e-commerce analytics company that monitors what shoppers see and buy online, today announced the appointment of Daniel King to president and chief operating officer (COO), a new position within the company.

Daniel King appointed to president and chief operating officer of Profitero

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Fitness studio, Another_Space, to make UK debut at Seven Dials, Covent Garden http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/fitness-studio-another_space-make-uk-debut-seven-dials/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:43:32 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45258 Shaftesbury has today announced that boutique fitness destination, Another_Space, is to make its UK debut at Seven Dials. Launching as a sister club to pioneering British fitness brand, Third Space, Another_Space is taking a 7,582sq ft site on Tower Street and is due to open on 5 May 2016.

Fitness studio, Another_Space, to make UK debut at Seven Dials, Covent Garden

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Today’s partners with bigDL and major brands to drive sales http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/45256-2/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:39:44 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45256 Today’s, the UK’s largest independent buying group, has announced its partnership with bigDL, a powerful digital marketing tool, to drive sales in convenience stores. The partnership will see over 400 Today’s & Day Today symbol stores, throughout the UK, roll out bigDL’s breadth of marketing tools, including beacon and mobile coupon technology. Major brands will also team up with Today’s and bigDL to offer exclusive mobile coupons on their products, which can be redeemed in Today’s stores via the bigDL app.

Today’s partners with bigDL and major brands to drive sales

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Floating vegetable market photo scoops award at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016 event http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/winner-partridges-food-sale/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:33:28 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45252 The winner of the Partridges Food for Sale category was announced at a packed Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016 reception at the Mall Galleries, London, last night, Tuesday 26 April, as Paula Watts (USA) for her stunning image, Floating Vegetable Market, Kashmir. Valentine Warner accepted the trophy on behalf of the winner from John Shepherd, managing director of Partridges, grocer to HM the Queen.

Floating vegetable market photo scoops award at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016 event

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P&G partners with Jessica Ennis-Hill and her mother for “Thank You, Mum” campaign http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/pg-partners-jessica-ennis-hill-mother-thank-mum-campaign/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:22:10 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45249 Gold medal winning heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill and her mum, Alison Powell were at The Savoy Hotel yesterday for the unveiling of Procter & Gamble (P&G)’s latest “Thank You, Mum” campaign ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

P&G partners with Jessica Ennis-Hill and her mother for “Thank You, Mum” campaign

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Men buy household cleaning products in over 40% of homes, Nielsen reveals http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/men-buy-household-cleaning-products-40-homes/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:55:07 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45238 A global survey by Nielsen covering 61 countries reveals British men are among the most likely in the world to do the household cleaning.

Reflecting this new division of labour, men now buy the majority of cleaning products in 23% of households, whilst it’s a shared responsibility in a further 19% of households.

Men buy household cleaning products in over 40% of homes, Nielsen reveals

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Retail sales fall on a year ago but growth expected next month, CBI reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retail-sales-fall-year-ago-growth-expected-next-month-cbi-reports/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:52:55 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45245 Retail sales fell at the fastest pace since January 2012 over the year to April 2016, disappointing expectations for a pick-up in growth, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Distributive Trends Survey.

The survey of 117 firms showed that orders placed on suppliers also fell over the year, while sales for the time of year were considered to be average. Sales are expected to rebound next month, while orders are set to fall at a broadly similar pace.

Retail sales fall on a year ago but growth expected next month, CBI reports

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Route genie from iForce to integrate with Inpost parcel lockers to help retailers http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/route-genie-iforce-integrate-inpost-parcel-lockers-help-retailers/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45240 Route Genie, iForce’s advanced carrier management platform, has secured a long-term partnership that will see InPost UK’s network of fully automated parcel lockers integrated into its software. The agreement will allow online retailers to provide more choice and convenience to their end customers as they’ll be able to return and collect their parcels in as little as seven seconds!

Route genie from iForce to integrate with Inpost parcel lockers to help retailers

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Omega Pharma aims to shake up the meal replacement category with Yokebe shakes http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/omega-pharma-aims-shake-meal-replacement-category/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:00:03 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45236 Omega Pharma, the fourth biggest consumer healthcare company, is expanding its award winning, weight management portfolio with the launch of Yokebe, a highly nutritious, range of natural weight loss shakes.

Omega Pharma aims to shake up the meal replacement category with Yokebe shakes

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UK toy market stands firm despite low consumer confidence and concerns of Brexit, NPD Group reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/uk-toy-market-stands-firm-despite-low-consumer-confidence-concerns-brexit-npd-group-reports/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:01:08 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45233 The NPD Group, a global information company, today reveals the UK toy sales results for the first quarter of 2016. With an 8 % growth* in value since the beginning of the year to 9th April, the sector is enjoying strong sales performance. The action figures and plush categories lead that growth, and are up 16% and 21% respectively. With almost 54 million toys sold since the beginning of the year, the UK is keeping a firm hold on its leading position as the largest toy market in Europe.

UK toy market stands firm despite low consumer confidence and concerns of Brexit, NPD Group reports

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Surf clothes and equipment specialist, Billabong, uses sound and scent to reflect ‘board culture’ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/surf-clothes-equipment-specialist-billabong-uses-sound-scent-reflect-board-culture/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:54:15 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45231 Billabong, the surf clothes and equipment specialist, has appointed Mood Media, the world leader in Customer Experience design, to develop the sound and scent for a number of its flagship stores.

Surf clothes and equipment specialist, Billabong, uses sound and scent to reflect ‘board culture’

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Spar targets alfresco dining with new own label summertime range and updates salads and meats http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/45226-2/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:41:42 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=45226 Spar is targeting alfreso dining with the launch of an own label summertime range and revamps across salads and meats.

Spar brand’s summertime range launches in April and is claimed to be worth a targeted £5.5m in sales, targeting the huge trend for barbecues, picnics and alfresco dining.

Spar targets alfresco dining with new own label summertime range and updates salads and meats

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