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 Tue, 05 May 2015 23:01:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shop price deflation remains low, BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/shop-price-deflation-remains-low-brc-nielsen-shop-price-index-shows/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/shop-price-deflation-remains-low-brc-nielsen-shop-price-index-shows/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 23:01:46 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38758 The BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI) reported annual deflation of 1.9% in April, from 2.1% in March. Food reported annual deflation of 0.9% for the second consecutive month, while Non-Food deflation slowed to 2.5%. Despite the marginal deceleration in the overall Index, shop price deflation remains in line with the three-month average and above the […]

Shop price deflation remains low, BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index shows

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Tesco goes live with journey management solution from Microlise http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/tesco-goes-live-with-journey-management-solution-from-microlise/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/tesco-goes-live-with-journey-management-solution-from-microlise/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 12:40:44 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38767 Tesco, one of the world’s largest retailers, has gone live in the UK and Ireland with a Journey Management solution from telematics platform provider Microlise. The deal has seen Microlise complete a complex programme of both hardware and software installation across 19 depots and over 2,500 vehicles in just six weeks, with the system set […]

Tesco goes live with journey management solution from Microlise

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MK Electric prepares for the power of Millennials with USB charging solutions http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/mk-electric-prepares-for-the-power-of-millennials-with-usb-charging-solutions/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/mk-electric-prepares-for-the-power-of-millennials-with-usb-charging-solutions/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 11:21:11 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38754 MK Electric, a leading UK manufacturer of wiring accessories, has integrated its USB charging capabilities into its iconic product portfolio. MK Electric was one of the first UK manufacturers to introduce a range of USB charging modules, and now this technology is being integrated into six of its wiring device ranges including Logic Plus, Metalclad Plus, […]

MK Electric prepares for the power of Millennials with USB charging solutions

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Biopanel Systems launches with fingerprint solution to manage and interact with workforces http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/biopanel-systems-launches-with-fingerprint-solution-to-manage-and-interact-with-workforces/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/biopanel-systems-launches-with-fingerprint-solution-to-manage-and-interact-with-workforces/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 11:14:00 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38751 A new company has launched to provide large workforce companies with a unique Workforce Management Solution to communicate and interact with staff through Biometric fingerprint technology. Biopanel Systems offers technology that identifies each employee with a single fingerprint scan to collate data for each user profile, validate time and attendance as well as communicating messages […]

Biopanel Systems launches with fingerprint solution to manage and interact with workforces

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Transport for London calls on freight industry to make changes to London deliveries http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/transport-for-london-calls-on-freight-industry-to-make-changes-to-london-deliveries/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/transport-for-london-calls-on-freight-industry-to-make-changes-to-london-deliveries/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:40:17 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38748 Business leaders, operators, trade associations and local authorities are stepping up their work to ensure that the freight and logistics industry continues to support London as it changes and grows. At a major conference today, Changing Times – Delivering London’s Future, a range of partners tackled how the industry can provide safer, cleaner and more efficient deliveries as London […]

Transport for London calls on freight industry to make changes to London deliveries

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Tyrrells launches Butter & Mint crisps as seasonal summer variant http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/tyrrells-launches-butter-mint-crisps-as-seasonal-summer-variant/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/tyrrells-launches-butter-mint-crisps-as-seasonal-summer-variant/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:29:32 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38745 Tyrrells, the Herefordshire-based premium crisp brand, is this week launching Butter & Mint crisps, a brand new seasonal offering for summer. Tyrrells claims it has once again proven its seasonal expertise by perfectly capturing the glorious taste of the Great British summer using the quintessential flavour combination of fresh locally-grown potatoes seasoned with butter and […]

Tyrrells launches Butter & Mint crisps as seasonal summer variant

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Kitchen makeover franchise Dream Doors opens three further showrooms in April, on the back of a record-breaking Q1 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/kitchen-makeover-franchise-dream-doors-opens-three-further-showrooms-in-april-on-the-back-of-a-record-breaking-q1/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/kitchen-makeover-franchise-dream-doors-opens-three-further-showrooms-in-april-on-the-back-of-a-record-breaking-q1/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:21:56 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38743 The Dream Doors kitchen makeover retail franchise continues to go from strength-to-strength, with the launch of another three showrooms in April 2015. The showroom openings in Dudley, Derby and Swansea bring the total of showrooms in the UK to 55, with the total expected to exceed 60 by the end of 2015. Dream Doors offers kitchen makeovers […]

Kitchen makeover franchise Dream Doors opens three further showrooms in April, on the back of a record-breaking Q1

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Halfords launches Boardman clothing range with green screen technology http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/halfords-launches-boardman-clothing-range-with-green-screen-technology/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/halfords-launches-boardman-clothing-range-with-green-screen-technology/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:16:15 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38740 Halfords has tested green screen technology for the first time to support the launch of its new Boardman clothing range, following a huge increase in customers using advanced imagery options when shopping online. The bike and car accessories retailer has partnered with online imagery expert SpinMe to shoot the cycling fashion line and create high […]

Halfords launches Boardman clothing range with green screen technology

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Visa Europe to roll out V.me by Visa to internet shoppers in the UK http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/visa-europe-to-roll-out-v-me-by-visa-to-internet-shoppers-in-the-uk/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/visa-europe-to-roll-out-v-me-by-visa-to-internet-shoppers-in-the-uk/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:11:04 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38738 Visa Europe today confirmed it has secured commitment from 55% of the UK’s issuance base, which accounts for more than 60m card holders, and thousands of the UK’s retailers, large and small, to commercially rollout V.me by Visa at scale in the UK this year. The service was initially launched by Visa with Nationwide Building […]

Visa Europe to roll out V.me by Visa to internet shoppers in the UK

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New data platform claims to help retailers save time and money when finding the perfect site http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/new-data-platform-claims-to-help-retailers-save-time-and-money-when-finding-the-perfect-site/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/new-data-platform-claims-to-help-retailers-save-time-and-money-when-finding-the-perfect-site/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 10:03:59 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38736 INRIX, a leading global provider of transportation intelligence and connected car services worldwide, is introducing the first analytics platform to tap big data from the connected car for urban planning, retail site selection and advertising measurement. Through analysis into the movement of people, vehicles and commerce in cities worldwide, INRIX Insights claims it is the first platform to […]

New data platform claims to help retailers save time and money when finding the perfect site

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American Express loyalty programme, Plenti, launches in US with leading retail brands http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/american-express-loyalty-programme-plenti-launches-in-us-with-leading-retail-brands/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/american-express-loyalty-programme-plenti-launches-in-us-with-leading-retail-brands/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 09:53:44 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38734 Plenti, the first US-based loyalty coalition, has announced the programme is now available to consumers online at Plenti.com and at thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu. Plenti, a programme operated by American Express, offers members numerous ways to earn points and save on the things they already shop for every day, regardless of the payment method […]

American Express loyalty programme, Plenti, launches in US with leading retail brands

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Electronics specialist, Maplin, launches new TV ad campaign http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/electronics-specialist-maplin-launches-new-tv-ad-campaign/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/electronics-specialist-maplin-launches-new-tv-ad-campaign/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 09:40:28 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38726 Following its first foray into TV advertising in May 2014, Maplin, the electronics specialist, is about to unveil the evolution of this campaign: an omni-channel approach aimed at building on the original “Maplin Moment” theme. The new advert builds on the success of the previous campaign, which successfully increased unprompted brand awareness from 3% to […]

Electronics specialist, Maplin, launches new TV ad campaign

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Self-checkouts not always the best option for retailers, claims IT support specialist http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/self-checkouts-not-always-the-best-option-for-retailers-claims-it-support-specialist/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/self-checkouts-not-always-the-best-option-for-retailers-claims-it-support-specialist/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 09:25:01 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38723 Morrisons’ decision to replace some of its self-service checkouts with manned stations, following a poll which showed 60% of its customers prefer someone at the till, comes as no surprise to Simon Phillips, retail sales, Barron McCann, a nationwide retail IT support service provider  Reports suggest there are now more self-service checkouts in the UK than across the whole […]

Self-checkouts not always the best option for retailers, claims IT support specialist

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Arla Foods to tell the story of dairy in new TV documentary http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/arla-foods-to-tell-the-story-of-dairy-in-new-tv-documentary/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/arla-foods-to-tell-the-story-of-dairy-in-new-tv-documentary/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 10:26:21 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38718 Arla Foods, its farmer owners and employees, are featuring in a new series airing on BBC Two next week, which takes an unprecedented look behind the scenes at how some of the UK’s favourite foods are produced. The three-part series, ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made’, is hosted by Greg Wallace and […]

Arla Foods to tell the story of dairy in new TV documentary

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ECI Partners to take majority stake in Evans Cycles http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/eci-partners-to-take-majority-stake-in-evans-cycles/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/eci-partners-to-take-majority-stake-in-evans-cycles/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 10:12:53 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=38716 Active Private Equity, the growth capital firm specialising in consumer brands, and ECI Partners, the UK’s leading growth-focused, mid-market private equity firm, have agreed terms for the sale of Evans Cycles  the UK’s largest specialist cycling retailer. On completion, ECI will hold a significant majority stake in Evans with the remainder held by management. Further details of […]

ECI Partners to take majority stake in Evans Cycles

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