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 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:42:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dunnes now joint with Tesco as Ireland’s second-largest supermarket, Kantar Worldpanel reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/dunnes-now-joint-tesco-irelands-second-largest-supermarket-kantar-worldpanel-reports/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:22:05 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47751 The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published today for the 12 weeks ending 11 September 2016, show strong growth for Dunnes Stores as the retailer increased sales by 6.3% to draw level with Tesco. he two stores now account for 21.6% each of the Irish grocery market, which continues to grow rapidly overall: sales were up 3.7% year on year during the past 12 weeks.

David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Larger trips have boosted sales for Dunnes, with the average spend increasing by €2.50 to €37.20 in the latest quarter, compared with the same time last year. Dunnes has successfully tempted shoppers to add more expensive items to their baskets, with the average price per item rising to €2.05 – an increase of 12% on last year.”

Dunnes now joint with Tesco as Ireland’s second-largest supermarket, Kantar Worldpanel reports

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Amazon pop-ups could be poised to pop up in UK, says ParcelHero http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/amazon-pop-ups-poised-pop-uk-says-parcelhero/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:09:14 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47746 Amazon might be seen as the ‘enemy’ of brick and mortar shops; but it’s been busy opening its own physical stores in the US. Now e-commerce expert ParcelHero say they could be appearing in the UK

The e-commerce giant Amazon has long been seen as a shop ‘killer’, responsible for the disappearance of many of our favourite stores, from department stores to toy shops and book stores. But in fact, the internet retailer has itself been steadily moving into arcades and stores over the last year. Amazon currently operates 16 pop-up stores, with 30 opening by 2017; and even its own book shop in Seattle, with three more planned.

Now the UK based international parcel broker ParcelHero, experts in e-commerce fulfilment, says Amazon is likely to look to the UK for its next round of store openings. David Jinks, head of consumer research at ParcelHero, said: "Don’t go thinking Amazon has had some astonishing conversion and suddenly thinks the High Street is the future; far from it. But it’s likely that Amazon will have 100 pop-ups in place in the US by the end of next year; and the next logical step is to open in the UK.

Amazon pop-ups could be poised to pop up in UK, says ParcelHero

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Retail display specialist, Leach, projects further growth after successful 125th year http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retail-display-specialist-leach-projects-growth-successful-125th-year/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:59:26 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47743 Retail display specialist Leach is projecting growth of 15% in the next 12 months, following a successful 125 years in business.

Renowned for creating ‘wow factor’ environments for brands throughout the UK and Europe, Leach has grown from a one-man photographic studio established in 1891, to a 92-strong, £10m turnover organisation. And significant successes during 2016 means 2017 looks set to be the biggest year yet.

Retail display specialist, Leach, projects further growth after successful 125th year

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Bed overtakes sofa as the most used piece of furniture in British homes, Made.com reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/bed-overtakes-sofa-used-piece-furniture-british-homes-made-com-reports/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:54:33 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47738 A survey of 2,000 people by MADE.COM has revealed that due to decreased living space, the bedroom is now the heart of the home; and the brand has marked the finding by allowing two customers to spend a night in the retailer's shop window to highlight the ever-shrinking size of people's living space.

According to Made.com he average one-bedroom home in the UK is 4sq m less than the recommended minimum, which equates to the size of a large sofa, a desk and chair. This is changing the way we are living, especially in cities where space is at even more of a premium.

Bed overtakes sofa as the most used piece of furniture in British homes, Made.com reports

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Ribble Cycles feels the positive impact of the Rio Olympics http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/ribble-cycles-feels-positive-impact-rio-olympics/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:32:34 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47736 The record breaking success of Team GB’s cyclists at the Rio Olympics has led to an uplift in bike sales and interest in cycling as a hobby, new research reveals.

Leading cycle retailer and manufacturer Ribble Cycles has seen an overall year-on-year sales uplift of 45% compared to the same time last year and since the start of the Olympics the number of bikes sold has increased 61% compared to this time last year.

Ribble Cycles feels the positive impact of the Rio Olympics

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Competition for lunch is hotter than ever, new NPD Group research shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/competition-lunch-hotter-ever-new-npd-group-research-shows/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:28:46 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47734 The competition to attract consumers for lunch out-of-home (OOH) has become more intense than ever. There is competition between branded operators and independents as well as added pressure for all players from the growing trend to spend money on OOH breakfasts, with this day part growing much faster than lunch.

Brands doing better than independents for lunch
With high-street restaurant chains having invested vigorously in their lunch products since the 2008/2009 downturn, the well-known branded foodservice chains are successfully building business at the expense of independent operators. Figures released by global information company The NPD Group show that as of YE June 2008, there were 13 chains with a 1%+ share of the OOH lunch market. By YE June 2016 this had grown to 17 chains.

Competition for lunch is hotter than ever, new NPD Group research shows

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What More’s export business continues to grow in post-Brexit economy http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/mores-export-business-continues-grow-post-brexit-economy/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:25:01 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47731 With an export business that looks way beyond Europe and doesn't show any signs of faltering in the post-Brexit economy, What More UK announces another addition to its export list.

What More’s export business continues to grow in post-Brexit economy

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Grocery retail’s speed of decision-making does not chime with speed of customer, Blue Yonder reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/grocery-retails-speed-decision-making-not-chime-speed-customer-blue-yonder-reports/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:01:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47728 Research by Blue Yonder, a leading provider of predictive analytics and automated decisions for retail, has revealed that most retailers are struggling to keep pace with customer demand, leaving them at risk of failing to deliver on their brand promises in the omni-channel era. The research was the result of interviews with 750 grocery managers and directors across the globe – in the USA, UK, Germany and France – about their customer experience delivery.

Grocery retail’s speed of decision-making does not chime with speed of customer, Blue Yonder reports

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Data-rich retailers lack customer identity insight, Amido white paper reveals http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/data-rich-retailers-lack-customer-identity-insight-amido-white-paper-reveals/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:27:27 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47726 Amido, a vendor-agnostic technical consultancy specialising in assembling and integrating proven cloud technologies to improve customer identity and data management, reports that c-suite leaders in retail are struggling to find value in the data they hold about their customers owing to the inadequate integration of their siloed data. Amido’s report highlights the need for retailers to utilise their data more efficiently in the face of stiff competition from rivals, aggregators and disruptive digital market entrants. Admitting that their systems are fundamentally flawed, leaders in the sector agreed that understanding customer identity information is critical in today’s evolving digital landscape.

Data-rich retailers lack customer identity insight, Amido white paper reveals

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Christmas comes early with the 2016 Spirit of Christmas Fair http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/christmas-comes-early-2016-spirit-christmas-fair/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:59:26 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47721 Have Christmas all wrapped up at the UK’s biggest high-end Christmas shopping event. The Spirit of Christmas Fair returns to Olympia London for its 16th year this 31 October – 6 November 2016.

The Fair brings together some of the UK’s best boutique brands, making it the ultimate home of Christmas shopping. With a collection of 750 independent retailers and designers, who combined, will stock over one million items each day, there’s certainly something for everyone: gifts, home, fashion, baby & child, decorations, health & beauty to jewellery and men's. From grand, show-stopping pieces to the quirky and beautiful, all brands have been hand-picked by the expert team so discerning shoppers are spoilt for choice with never-seen-before items across seven straight days.

Christmas comes early with the 2016 Spirit of Christmas Fair

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Gü Puds appoints Richard Hollingdale as commercial director http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/gu-puds-appoints-richard-hollingdale-commercial-director/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:50:17 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47719 Gü Puds, the UK’s leading premium chilled dessert brand and part of The Noble Foods Group, has appointed Richard Hollingdale as its new commercial director.

Bringing over 25 years’ food experience, Hollingdale will explore new opportunities to expand the brand’s reach across its core markets of the UK, France and Germany. Hollingdale will be responsible for opening new channels and routes to market, accelerating growth.

Gü Puds appoints Richard Hollingdale as commercial director

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Peperami eyes up ‘Back to School’ season with Tex Mex flavour http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/peperami-eyes-back-school-season-tex-mex-flavour/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:43:13 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47715 Peperami, the meaty snack brand, is tapping into parents’ lunch box dilemmas and providing the perfect snack.

As the new school term begins, family favourite Peperami will be investing in a five figure digital campaign, promoting its Tex-Mex variant, flavoured with onion, cayenne pepper, paprika and coriander.

Peperami eyes up ‘Back to School’ season with Tex Mex flavour

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Manhattan Exchange EMEA 2016 to shine spotlight on delivering a fulfilling customer experience http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/manhattan-exchange-emea-2016-shine-spotlight-delivering-fulfilling-customer-experience/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:34:20 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47713 Manhattan Associates has announced a powerful line-up of keynote speakers for its Exchange EMEA conference to take place 5-6 October at Hotel du Collectionneur in Paris, France. The conference will provide more than 300 industry and supply chain leaders from the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors with an opportunity to share insights, experiences and solutions associated with the challenge of delivering a fulfilling experience for customers in the dynamic worlds of B2B and B2C omni-channel commerce. Sponsors of Exchange 2016 include Accenture, Capgemini, CenturyLink, Dicitas Consulting, Fortna, MetaPack, Metis Consulting, Voiteq and Zebra.

Manhattan Exchange EMEA 2016 to shine spotlight on delivering a fulfilling customer experience

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Naked Wines teams up with InPost UK to enhance delivery options http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/naked-wines-teams-inpost-uk-enhance-delivery-options/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:29:19 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47711 Naked Wines, the customer-funded wine business, is making it more convenient than ever for its customers to receive their deliveries through a new partnership with InPost UK. Shoppers are now able to pick up their order at any of the over 1,100 automated lockers across the UK at any time of the day, any day of the year.

With the new service, Naked Wines expands its click and collect service to its 300,000 subscribers, enabling them to choose the InPost locker most conveniently located for them to pick up their wine delivery 24/7. All parcel lockers are located in secure locations with ample parking space, including petrol, tube, and train stations as well as Morrisons branches.

Naked Wines teams up with InPost UK to enhance delivery options

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Pakeeza Dairies adds new flavours to revitalised lassi range http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/pakeeza-dairies-adds-new-flavours-revitalised-lassi-range/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:25:03 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47708 Pakeeza Dairies has added several new, exotic flavours to its revitalised lassi range, building on the growing demand for the dairy-based drink.

The new flavours, which include Mandarin & Lime and Strawberry & Pomegranate, alongside current flavours Mango and Ayran have been launched with complete redesign with revitalised packaging.

Azhar Zouq, managing director at Pakeeza, said: “We are delighted to add more exciting flavours to our lassi range. The new products do not only offer consumers a wide variety of choice, they also support the growing demand for great-tasting, exotic flavours.

Pakeeza Dairies adds new flavours to revitalised lassi range

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