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, 05 Feb 2016 15:10:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online outstrips in-store for European shoppers, new research from Akamai finds http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/online-outstrips-in-store-for-european-shoppers-new-research-from-akamai-finds/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:10:46 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43904 Akamai Technologies, today announced the findings of its European Consumer Holiday Shopping Plans survey. The research, conducted with consumers in the UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain and France in December 2015, reveals that two-thirds of respondents intended to do their holiday shopping online, with the majority planning to undertake this activity in the month of December, and not earlier. This means that many will have counted on fast and reliable delivery in order to receive their goods in time. In addition, just over half (53%) said they were planning to make gift purchases using a mobile device.

Online outstrips in-store for European shoppers, new research from Akamai finds

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Retail Pro powers retail in 110 countries, enabling retailer expansion in emerging and established markets http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retail-pro-powers-retail-in-110-countries-enabling-retailer-expansion-in-emerging-and-established-markets/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:57:59 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43900 Retail Pro International, a leading provider of platform retail management software for mid- and top-tier specialty retailers, continues to expand its global footprint, supporting retail in 110 countries to date. The company focus continues to be progressive expansion, evolution, and growth of their global footprint and product innovation.

Retail Pro powers retail in 110 countries, enabling retailer expansion in emerging and established markets

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Luxury pen manufacturer, Sheaffer, races to London Stationery Show http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/luxury-pen-manufacturer-sheaffer-races-toward-a-fantastic-london-stationery-show/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:41:58 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43895 Luxury pen manufacturer Sheaffer is set to showcase a host of new high-quality writing instruments at this year’s London Stationery Show, with its Scuderia Ferrari Collection by Sheaffer taking poll position on the stand.

The brand will launch the new selection of pens from the Collection at the show on 26-27 April at the Business Design Centre in the capital, alongside a host of other luxury Sheaffer products.

Luxury pen manufacturer, Sheaffer, races to London Stationery Show

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Portaltech Reply develops Hervis’s new omni-channel platform http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/portaltech-reply-develops-herviss-new-omni-channel-platform/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:37:00 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43893 Portaltech Reply, the Reply Group company specialising in consulting services for multi-channel e-commerce strategies and solutions, has partnered with Spar ICS, the group-wide assessed IT service centre of Spar Austria Group, to provide to Hervis, a Spar brand leader in sports apparel and equipment, a new ecommerce omni-channel platform. The platform is based on the hybris retail’s best practice and Accelerator, in order to integrate the company’s physical and digital stores.

Hervis, headquartered in Wals (Salzburg) in Austria, is one of the largest players in the European sports retail market. With approximately 190 branch locations, Hervis has invested in developing an eCommerce platform based on hybris technology, to support the entire customer journey. The solution is capable of ensuring a homogeneous shopping experience, regardless of the channel used.

Portaltech Reply develops Hervis’s new omni-channel platform

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Pandora set to double store size at Centre:mk http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/43890-2/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:33:12 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43890 Hermes Investment Management, the £21bn manager focused on delivering superior, sustainable, risk adjusted returns to its clients – responsibly, has announced designer jewellery brand Pandora is to significantly upsize its existing store at Centre:mk. The new 1,600sq ft statement store, opening in February, is double its original store and will be located on Silbury Arcade.

The global brand’s growth follows a very strong performance at Centre:mk, which is jointly owned by Hermes Investment Management and AustralianSuper. The new look larger store, designed by their in house team, will feature their full range of jewellery including their famous Charm collection.

Pandora set to double store size at Centre:mk

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Shoppers splash out in January sales but economic uncertainty hits consumer confidence, Barclaycard reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/43888-2/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:28:44 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43888 Consumers have been treating the January blues with a strong dose of retail therapy, increasing their spending in all major categories from clothing to household goods. Recent negative news about the global, European and UK economies has led to a sharp deterioration in confidence, however, which may cause shoppers to take a more cautious approach to spending over the coming months.

Consumer spending grew 3.8% year-on-year in January, according to the latest data from Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of all credit and debit card transactions in the UK. The increase continues the strong run of growth in 2015, which saw average growth of 3.9% as merchants slashed prices during the traditional sale period.

Shoppers splash out in January sales but economic uncertainty hits consumer confidence, Barclaycard reports

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Fast selling smoothie brand, Savse, increases distribution across the UK http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/uks-fastest-selling-smoothie-brand-increases-distribution-across-the-uk/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:17:53 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43885 Savse, the fastest growing smoothie brand in the UK, has increased distribution of stock in Boots stores across the UK from 500 to 700 stores, which sees stock grow from three to four SKUs, with the addition of Super Red to the already available Super Blue, Super Green, Super Orange flavours.

Savse, a fast growing smoothie brand in the UK, has increased distribution of stock in Boots stores across the UK from 500 to 700 stores, which sees stock grow from three to four SKUs, with the addition of Super Red to the already available Super Blue, Super Green, Super Orange flavours.

With demand of Savse Smoothies continuing to grow, Waitrose has quadrupled distribution to over 200 stores across the UK, with the inclusion of a third SKU, Super Orange, on to shelves. This will sit alongside the already existing Super Green and Super Blue. And as of 15 February, Rontec, the leading players in the UK forecourt industry will stock Super Blue and Super Orange 250ml bottles in approximately 190 of their 'Shop'N Drive' branded convenience stores across the country.

Fast selling smoothie brand, Savse, increases distribution across the UK

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Buyers on eBay could be collecting from Sainsbury’s under new deal, says Fastlane International http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/buyers-ebay-collecting-sainsburys-new-deal-says-fastlane-international/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:12:58 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43880 Marketplace delivery expert Fastlane International says Sainsbury’s bid for Argos could transform eBay’s click and collect service. It’s welcome news for eBay traders following yesterday’s gloomy forecast for 2016.

Click and collect is fast becoming the most convenient way for many consumers to receive their online purchases, and the recent introduction of eBay click and collect services into Argos’ high street stores has been a boon for eBay’s many customers and traders. Now the marketplace delivery expert Fastlane International says eBayers may well gain from the projected Sainsbury’s merger with Argos. That’s good news for eBay traders, following yesterday’s bleak forecast for the marketplace site’s immediate future following its Q4 results.

Buyers on eBay could be collecting from Sainsbury’s under new deal, says Fastlane International

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Snack company Graze among first UK businesses to benefit from Rackspace Fanatical Support for AWS http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/snack-company-graze-among-first-uk-businesses-to-benefit-from-rackspace-fanatical-support-for-aws/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:59:15 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43877 Rackspace, a leading managed cloud company, has announced the general availability of Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in all markets outside of the US, where it has been available since October 2015. Healthy snack provider Graze is one of the first companies in the UK to take advantage of the new offering after updating its IT infrastructure and selecting a managed cloud provider.

Snack company Graze among first UK businesses to benefit from Rackspace Fanatical Support for AWS

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World foods aisle leaves good taste for shoppers, latest IGD ShopperVista data shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/43875-2/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:53:54 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43875 Seven out of 10 shoppers who buy from the world food aisle say they enjoy the experience, making it an even more popular part of the supermarket to browse than wine, which 56% claim to enjoy shopping for, or fresh fruit (53%) and fresh vegetables (51%).

World foods aisle leaves good taste for shoppers, latest IGD ShopperVista data shows

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Zapper partners with PayPal and integrates One Touch technology http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/zapper-partners-paypal-integrates-one-touch-technology/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:19:24 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43870 Zapper, the fast growing global data insights platform enabled by mobile payment has partnered withPayPal, the worldwide online payments system. The partnership will provide customers with an alternative payment option to quickly, securely and seamlessly pay their bill using PayPal’s new One Touch Technology.

Zapper partners with PayPal and integrates One Touch technology

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Travis Perkins selects Talend to improve data quality and integration http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/travis-perkins-selects-talend-improve-data-quality-integration/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:13:19 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43867 Talend, a global leader in big data integration software, today announced that Travis Perkins plc., one of the UK's leading building materials suppliers to construction and home improvement supply stores such as Wickes and Benchmarx, is utilising Talend Data Integration to streamline product data repositories, warehouse and e-commerce functions. Using Talend, Travis Perkins employees can now easily identify duplicates in the inventory system and immediately normalise them so that everyone has a correct view of what’s being sold and the company can accurately showcase its breadth of offerings online.

Travis Perkins selects Talend to improve data quality and integration

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New Look to open standalone menswear store at Friars Walk, Newport http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/new-look-to-open-standalone-menswear-store-at-friars-walk-newport/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43850 Queensberry Real Estate has confirmed a letting to New Look’s standalone menswear store at its £117m Friars Walk scheme in Newport. The store will be the first New Look Men in Wales and only the sixth to open nationally.

New Look Men will take a 1,808sq ft store at the 390,000sq ft retail and leisure destination. The new store will benefit from the huge product improvements New Look has made to its menswear range over the last 12-18 months, with New Look Men being a key priority for the brand.

New Look to open standalone menswear store at Friars Walk, Newport

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British tea brand, Ahmad Tea, launches innovative Dessert Teas http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/british-tea-brand-ahmad-tea-launches-innovative-dessert-teas/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:15:20 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43848 Ahmad Tea, a third-generation, internationally-recognised tea brand has created a new portfolio of blends, to excite British tea lovers and bring much needed innovation to the current tea category. Launching to the UK market in February, Dessert Teas are inspired by sorbets, cakes and soufflés. Appealing to consumers looking for a more sophisticated tea which tastes as good as it smells, Dessert Teas can be enjoyed at any time, with zero calories. They’re ideal for consumers looking for something tasty and indulgent but without the sugar. The new range of teas will be available in six different dessert inspired flavours: Strawberry Velvet Cake, Pear & Cinnamon Strudel, Moroccan Orange Slice black teas, and Citrus & Mint Sorbet, Strawberry Basil Coulis and Mango & Lychee Soufflé green teas.

British tea brand, Ahmad Tea, launches innovative Dessert Teas

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Clearly Drinks Group subsidiary, CBL Drinks, appoints Finn O’Driscoll as CEO http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/cbl-drinks-appoints-finn-odriscoll-as-ceo/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=43845 CBL Drinks, a subsidiary of the Clearly Drinks Group has appointed Finn O’Driscoll formerly Managing Director of SHS Group Drinks Division into the new role of chief executive officer from 1 February 2016.

CBL Drinks has shown steady growth over the last four years with a doubling in its workforce at the Sunderland-based factory and investment of over £4m in the last two years. Its Perfectly Clear brand has become the leading sugar free flavoured water in the UK over this time period.

Clearly Drinks Group subsidiary, CBL Drinks, appoints Finn O’Driscoll as CEO

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