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 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:02:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marigold cleans up with expanded cloths offering http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/marigold-cleans-expanded-cloths-offering/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:02:03 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46805 Marigold, the UK's favourite household gloves brand, continues to grow from strength-to-strength, by further expanding its innovative new cloths and scourers range, to offer a full range of products to meet different consumer cleaning needs, around the home.

Synonymous with cleaning, Marigold, the no.1 branded glove in the UK with 37% share and strong brand awareness, launched an innovative cloths range in March, after extensive consumer research.

Marigold cleans up with expanded cloths offering

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Consumers feeling in a dilemma over omni-channel, survey from Periscope, By McKinsey finds http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/consumers-feeling-dilemma-omni-channel-survey-periscope-mckinsey-finds/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:55:07 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46803 Periscope, By McKinsey, focusing on revenue growth management through price, promotion, and assortment optimisation, has released the findings of new research conducted with US and UK consumers that explores their attitudes and expectations of the online shopping experience. The survey also looked at attitudes towards omni-channel experiences, finding that, while consumers want these features, they are concerned about whether retailers can be trusted with data.

Asking first how consumers shop, the survey found that in-store shopping still dominates (83% US, 77% UK) with consumers saying it is one of their top ways to shop, followed by ordering online via a computer (59% US, 55% UK). Whilst the US and UK may be similar in terms of how they use technology to shop, only 2% of US respondents consider ‘buy online, pick up in store’ o

Consumers feeling in a dilemma over omni-channel, survey from Periscope, By McKinsey finds

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Retailers well placed to weather Brexit, BCSC/Cushman & Wakefield report shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retailers-well-placed-weather-brexit-bcsccushman-wakefield-report-shows/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:48:27 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46800 Retail and retail property is in a healthier position to deal with potential changes to tariffs in the medium to long term, supply chains and currency volatility as a result of Brexit, than they were to deal with the financial crisis in 2008 – according to the ‘Brexit: Retail Outlook’.

Published by British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) and Cushman & Wakefield, the Outlook is an analysis of the UK retail and retail property market fundamentals in light of the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union.

Retailers well placed to weather Brexit, BCSC/Cushman & Wakefield report shows

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John Lewis Partnership and TrueStart to create The Eureka Initiative to deliver new products for the future http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/john-lewis-partnership-truestart-create-eureka-initiative-deliver-new-products-future/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:42:40 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46797 The John Lewis Partnership has joined forces with TrueStart, Europe’s only independent retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund, to find and fund the products, services and technologies which will define how we live in the future.

John Lewis Partnership and TrueStart to create The Eureka Initiative to deliver new products for the future

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New high protein, ‘healthy pizza’, aimed at health-conscious consumer, wins UK listings http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/new-high-protein-healthy-pizza-aimed-health-conscious-consumer-wins-uk-listings/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:37:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46792 A high protein pizza, launched into retail just four months ago and created for the health conscious consumer, is now being stocked in 427 outlets across the UK.

The pizza, developed by online health and fitness retailer Musclefood.com, has seen a big increase in the number of stockists selling the healthy alternative to the fast food favourite.

New high protein, ‘healthy pizza’, aimed at health-conscious consumer, wins UK listings

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Flynet improves InBev’s host MRP applications with Viewer platform http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/flynet-improves-inbevs-host-mrp-applications-viewer-platform/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:30:07 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46789 When InBev (formerly InterBrew UK) needed to improve access to its data entry and stock control systems it chose Flynet to develop and implement a new web-based interface. Now the brewing giant once again turned to Flynet, seeking further benefits through deployment of an enhanced application built in record time on Flynet's new Viewer platform.

Flynet improves InBev’s host MRP applications with Viewer platform

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Verifone helps digital charity box, Pennies, raise £1m for charities http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/verifone-helps-digital-charity-box-pennies-raise-1m-charities/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:27:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46786 Verifone, a world leader in payments and commerce solutions, and Pennies, the digital charity box, today announced that their partnership has reached a significant milestone by helping to unlock £1m for charities in the United Kingdom.

The Pennies application works by allowing consumers to donate small sums to charity - always under £1 - by ‘rounding up’ or ‘topping up’ when paying by card in-store and online. Retailers using Verifone’s devices and managed payment service can enable donations as a seamless part of the payment process. Participating retail partners include ASK Italian, Zizzi, Notcutts, and Evans Cycles.

Verifone helps digital charity box, Pennies, raise £1m for charities

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Dgital dependency of GenZ could present a technological ticking time-bomb for retailers, Vodat International warns http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/dgital-dependency-genz-present-technological-ticking-time-bomb-retailers-vodat-international-warns/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:18:51 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46784 The digital dependency of Generation Z (GenZ) could present a technological ticking ‘time-bomb’ for retailers, a new report from Vodat International, a leading communications provider, warns.

The ‘Coming of Age: Generation Z, the store and the technology ticking clock’ Report suggests that, despite retailers’ attempts to bring digital interactions into the physical store, GenZ’s growing digital reliance could drive a gap between shopper expectations and the reality of what the store can deliver over the next five years.

Dgital dependency of GenZ could present a technological ticking time-bomb for retailers, Vodat International warns

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Europe sees sharp rise in shopping by mobile, ING International Survey – Mobile Banking 2016 report reveals http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/europe-sees-sharp-rise-shopping-mobile-ing-international-survey-mobile-banking-2016-report-reveals/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:14:45 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46782 More people in Europe are using their mobile devices to buy consumer goods than ever before, with clothing and electronics the most popular purchases.

The findings from the annual ING International Survey – Mobile Banking 2016 report reveal that two thirds (66%) of people in Europe with a smartphone or tablet now use it to make purchases – up from 58% in 2015.

Europe sees sharp rise in shopping by mobile, ING International Survey – Mobile Banking 2016 report reveals

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High street sales experience summer sales fall, latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey finds http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/high-street-sales-experience-summer-sales-fall-latest-cbi-distributive-trades-survey-finds/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:10:26 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46780 Retail sales fell at the fastest pace in over four years in July, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey.

The survey of 132 firms, of which 66 were retailers, showed that sales volumes declined more rapidly than at any time since January 2012, with weaker consumer confidence a likely factor in the immediate period following the EU referendum. Companies expect sales volumes to decline at a broadly similar pace as this month in the year to August.

High street sales experience summer sales fall, latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey finds

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John Lewis reports notable growth in quiet technology sales http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/john-lewis-reports-notable-growth-quiet-technology-sales/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:08:03 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46778 The latest sales figures for Quiet Mark approved products released by its retail partner John Lewis confirm considerable growth in sales of quiet products, indicating a consumer trend for ‘quiet’.

John Lewis reports notable growth in quiet technology sales

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Havaianas takes steps towards European expansion with Yourcegid Retail http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/havaianas-takes-steps-towards-european-expansion-yourcegid-retail/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:11:11 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46775 Havaianas, the Brazilian brand best known for its famous flip-flops, has implemented Cegid’s omnichannel retail management solution, Yourcegid Retail, as it looks to underpin further European store and franchise expansion.

Founded in 1962, Havaianas revolutionised the local market with the creation of its famous rubber flip-flops. Since 2000, it has enjoyed continued international growth and now operates in over 60 countries globally, through a mix of company-owned, franchised, and licensed stores.

Havaianas takes steps towards European expansion with Yourcegid Retail

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Award-winning retail and restaurant business Eat 17 opens new Spar store in Whitstable http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/award-winning-retail-restaurant-business-eat-17-opens-new-spar-store-whitstable/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:54:09 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46770 Award-winning retail and restaurant business Eat 17 has opened a brand new Spar store in the Kent seaside town of Whitstable.

Award-winning retail and restaurant business Eat 17 opens new Spar store in Whitstable

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Number of new product launches falls by 13% as UK retailers cut ranges, IRI new product study shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/number-new-product-launches-falls-13-uk-retailers-cut-ranges-iri-new-product-study-shows/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:48:59 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46768 The number of new products being launched by manufacturers into UK retail stores is falling significantly, according to a study of the performance of new grocery products from launch, published by IRI, a leading provider of FMCG market intelligence and predictive, actionable insight.
As major retailers like Tesco cut their ranges to remove slower selling items, resulting in 1,000 fewer packaged grocery items on shelves (a drop of 6.3%), the study shows that 13% fewer new branded items were launched in 2015 compared with 2013.

Number of new product launches falls by 13% as UK retailers cut ranges, IRI new product study shows

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Cognizant helps PetSmart gain insight into customers and their pets to improve shopping experience http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/cognizant-helps-petsmart-gain-insight-customers-pets-improve-shopping-experience/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:00:57 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=46764 Cognizant has announced that it has been selected by PetSmart, Inc., the largest specialty pet retailer in North America, to help it gain deeper customer insight and provide an improved omni-channel brand and shopping experience across its bricks and mortar, online and mobile sales channels.

PetSmart’s Customer Data Foundation (CDF) initiative will utilize master and analytics-driven demographic, behavioural, interactional and transactional data to create custom profiles of pets and “pet parents” who visit PetSmart at its stores, online and through its mobile app. This digital initiative centres on building an integrated, single view of customers and their pets to enhance PetSmart’s ability to provide its customers more consistent and relevant products and se

Cognizant helps PetSmart gain insight into customers and their pets to improve shopping experience

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