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, 21 May 2015 10:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Chalhoub Group white paper explores industry approach to sustainability of luxury goods in Middle East http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/new-chalhoub-group-white-paper-explores-industry-approach-to-sustainability-of-luxury-goods-in-middle-east/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/new-chalhoub-group-white-paper-explores-industry-approach-to-sustainability-of-luxury-goods-in-middle-east/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 10:14:33 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39095 Chalhoub Group, a leading partner for luxury across the Middle East, has launched the Group’s third white paper, ‘Luxury in the Gulf: A Sustainable Future?’ at the Responsible Business Summit. Detailed knowledge of the Middle East and its people is at the forefront of Chalhoub Group’s business practices. Celebrating 60 years in the industry this year, the Group […]

New Chalhoub Group white paper explores industry approach to sustainability of luxury goods in Middle East

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Fashion retailer, boohoo, partners with Visual IQ for cross channel marketing attribution http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/fashion-retailer-boohoo-partners-with-visual-iq-for-cross-channel-marketing-attribution/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/fashion-retailer-boohoo-partners-with-visual-iq-for-cross-channel-marketing-attribution/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 08:11:47 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39092 Global online fashion retailer boohoo has selected Visual IQ, a leading cross channel marketing attribution software company, to provide marketing attribution management solutions across TV and digital channels in support of its 2015 growth initiatives. As one of the fastest growing international e-tailers, boohoo leverages a number of traditional, digital and mobile channels to connect with consumers. Boohoo recognised Visual […]

Fashion retailer, boohoo, partners with Visual IQ for cross channel marketing attribution

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Unilever Foundry calls on startups to hack sustainable e-commerce http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/unilever-foundry-calls-on-startups-to-hack-sustainable-e-commerce/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/unilever-foundry-calls-on-startups-to-hack-sustainable-e-commerce/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 06:10:49 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39089 After the success of three hackathons last year, Unilever Foundry is launching ReHack 2015, designed to fuel innovation in sustainable e-commerce. UK tech companies and start-ups, digital agencies, retailers and brand owners are being invited to participate in Unilever Foundry ReHack 2015, which will see some of the country’s brightest tech minds compete to develop […]

Unilever Foundry calls on startups to hack sustainable e-commerce

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Retailing the subject for next University of Gloucestershire inaugural lecture http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retailing-the-subject-for-next-university-of-gloucestershire-inaugural-lecture/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retailing-the-subject-for-next-university-of-gloucestershire-inaugural-lecture/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 13:10:13 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39081 Megatrends that are re-shaping the Retailing landscape is the theme for the next in the University of Gloucestershire’s Inaugural Lecture series. Neil Towers, Professor in Retail Management/Marketing, will be taking to the lectern on Wednesday 10 June to discuss the shifting focus of retail in all sectors. With over 30 years’ industry and academic experience, including senior […]

Retailing the subject for next University of Gloucestershire inaugural lecture

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Ultra Mobile now available at 6,000 US 7-Eleven Stores http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/ultra-mobile-now-available-at-6000-us-7-eleven-stores/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/ultra-mobile-now-available-at-6000-us-7-eleven-stores/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:06:22 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39078 Ultra Mobile, the mobile operator known for keeping people connected with families and friends overseas, said it has reached a key distribution agreement to supply over 6,000 7-Eleven Inc. convenience stores nationwide with its prepaid service plans starting this month. Ultra Mobile, which focuses on the estimated 40m foreign-born people living in the United States […]

Ultra Mobile now available at 6,000 US 7-Eleven Stores

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Blakemore employees support largest national day of volunteering http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/blakemore-employees-support-largest-national-day-of-volunteering/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/blakemore-employees-support-largest-national-day-of-volunteering/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 09:02:54 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39075 More than 50 employee volunteers from across the AF Blakemore estate have made a positive difference to their communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering (15 May). Volunteers from AF Blakemore’s Spar Retail, Logistics, Wholesale and Trade Partners divisions took part in a variety of community volunteering events alongside hundreds […]

Blakemore employees support largest national day of volunteering

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Marks & Spencer reports first rise in annual profits in four years http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/marks-spencer-reports-first-rise-in-annual-profits-in-four-years/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/marks-spencer-reports-first-rise-in-annual-profits-in-four-years/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:34:59 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39084 Marks & Spencer has reported a 6.1% rise in pre-tax profits to £661.2m for the year to 28 March 2015 with a strong performance in food, despite a deflationary environment. Sales of general merchandise, including clothing, were below expectations but sales of womenswear grew in the fourth quarter. Chief executive Marc Bolland said he was […]

Marks & Spencer reports first rise in annual profits in four years

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Jack Wills partners with Red Ant to roll out new mobile app http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/jack-wills-partners-with-red-ant-to-roll-out-new-mobile-app/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/jack-wills-partners-with-red-ant-to-roll-out-new-mobile-app/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 06:57:44 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39072 Jack Wills, a leading British clothing brand, has teamed up with retail technology specialists Red Ant to deliver a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Developed to reflect the brand’s dedication to providing its customers with seamless, superior service, the app is fully shoppable as well as providing an offline optimised catalogue with special focus […]

Jack Wills partners with Red Ant to roll out new mobile app

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Millennials expectations for summer online deliveries hit new high, reports MetaPack http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/millennials-expectations-for-summer-online-deliveries-hit-new-high-reports-metapack/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/millennials-expectations-for-summer-online-deliveries-hit-new-high-reports-metapack/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 23:01:26 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39069 As young millennials hit online stores for their summer holiday wardrobes, their expectations for delivery are sky high, according to research from MetaPack. Put simply, UK consumers aged 18-24 want their delivery fast and on their terms. Digital natives, who have grown up with fast and cheap internet access, expect their deliveries to operate in a […]

Millennials expectations for summer online deliveries hit new high, reports MetaPack

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In my opinion: WiFi CRM is the enabler for a seamless omni-channel strategy, says Airangel http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/in-my-opinion-wifi-crm-is-the-enabler-for-a-seamless-omni-channel-strategy-says-airangel/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/in-my-opinion-wifi-crm-is-the-enabler-for-a-seamless-omni-channel-strategy-says-airangel/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 11:12:17 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39008 Karl Gilbank, sales director, Airangel, on how WiFi can enable an omni channel experience for retailers Omni-channel marketing is a complex phenomenon, which is now an integral part of the retailer-customer relationship. From online shopping, social networks and forums to in-store mobile apps, digital displays and SMS notifications, retailers are no longer the final destination in […]

In my opinion: WiFi CRM is the enabler for a seamless omni-channel strategy, says Airangel

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FMCG volume growths across Europe hit six-year high, Nielsen reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/fmcg-volume-growths-across-europe-hit-six-year-high-nielsen-reports/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/fmcg-volume-growths-across-europe-hit-six-year-high-nielsen-reports/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:42:00 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39062 The volume of FMCG products – such as soft drinks, toiletries and food – purchased across Europe has risen by its highest year-on-year level since Nielsen started measuring it more than six years ago – according to the latest data released today by the global information and insights company. In the first quarter of 2015, […]

FMCG volume growths across Europe hit six-year high, Nielsen reports

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Tesco ties with CAMRA to launch own-label bottle conditioned ale http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/tesco-ties-with-camra-to-launch-own-label-bottle-conditioned-ale/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/tesco-ties-with-camra-to-launch-own-label-bottle-conditioned-ale/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:36:20 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39056 Tesco has launched an own label Bottled Conditioned Golden Ale with support from CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). The Tesco Bottled Conditioned Golden Ale is arriving in stores this week and has been brewed exclusively for Tesco by Marston’s. To coincide with the launch, a number of stores will have shelf-edge stripping in the […]

Tesco ties with CAMRA to launch own-label bottle conditioned ale

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Spar introduces own brand Summertime range http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/spar-introduces-own-brand-summertime-range/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/spar-introduces-own-brand-summertime-range/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:30:00 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39053 With summer nearly here, Spar retailers are helping shoppers celebrate the season, whatever the weather, with this year’s Spar brand Summertime range. Outdoor entertaining is more popular than ever, making this a profitable time of year for Spar’s retailers, and the 2015 Spar Brand Summertime range gives retailers plenty of opportunity to help customers enjoy […]

Spar introduces own brand Summertime range

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Asda aims to be number one destination for in-store entertainment with new POS and promotional programme http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/asda-aims-to-be-number-one-destination-for-in-store-entertainment-with-new-pos-and-promotional-programme/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/asda-aims-to-be-number-one-destination-for-in-store-entertainment-with-new-pos-and-promotional-programme/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:22:52 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39051 Leading food and grocery retailer Asda claims it has taken a further step in becoming the UK’s number one destination for in-store entertainment purchases thanks to the roll out of a new POS and promotional programme implemented by expert retail support agency eXPD8. In the past year, the retail giant has saved itself and its […]

Asda aims to be number one destination for in-store entertainment with new POS and promotional programme

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Sainsbury’s Bank announces new relationship with Western Union http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/sainsburys-bank-announces-new-relationship-with-western-union/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/sainsburys-bank-announces-new-relationship-with-western-union/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:19:35 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39048 Sainsbury’s Bank, the UK’s first supermarket bank, today announced a new relationship with the Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services. Western Union will provide Western Union Money Transfer services in around 170 Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money bureaux in Sainsbury’s stores across the UK, serving many of the most densely populated cities including London, […]

Sainsbury’s Bank announces new relationship with Western Union

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