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, 31 Jul 2015 15:37:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Heyland & Whittle: a great British soap [and fragrance] story http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/heyland-whittle-a-great-british-soap-and-fragrance-story/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/heyland-whittle-a-great-british-soap-and-fragrance-story/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:05:08 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39837 Visitors to this year’s Chelsea Flower were guaranteed to come out smelling of roses and for more than one reason. The quintessentially British soap and fragrance brand, Heyland & Whittle, donated the hand washes and lotions used in all of the public lavatories at the show, and has done so since 2010. It was an […]

Heyland & Whittle: a great British soap [and fragrance] story

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EngageSciences wins raft of new clients as it launches new Dubai office http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/engagesciences-wins-raft-of-new-clients-as-it-launches-new-dubai-office/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/engagesciences-wins-raft-of-new-clients-as-it-launches-new-dubai-office/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39878 Marketing engagement platform, EngageSciences, has added global retail brands Early Learning Centre and United Colours of Benetton to a raft of major new client wins, bolstering its new Dubai office, which launches this September. Early Learning Centre will work with EngageSciences to drive customers into its stores and to build awareness of its special offers, using positive […]

EngageSciences wins raft of new clients as it launches new Dubai office

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Luggage retailer American Tourister tests innovative promotional campaign to boost social engagement http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/luggage-retailer-american-tourister-tests-innovative-promotional-campaign-to-boost-social-engagement/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/luggage-retailer-american-tourister-tests-innovative-promotional-campaign-to-boost-social-engagement/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:06:41 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39905 American Tourister is to test an innovative promotional method to boost social engagement, by offering customers the opportunity to win their purchases for free in an upcoming campaign. The luggage manufacturer, owned by Samsonite and present in 90 countries, will partner with promotions technology company Luckycycle throughout August to give customers a one in 10 […]

Luggage retailer American Tourister tests innovative promotional campaign to boost social engagement

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Sainsbury’s is UK’s preferred petrol retailer, new Market Force Information study reveals http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/sainsburys-is-uks-preferred-petrol-retailer-new-market-force-information-study-reveals/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/sainsburys-is-uks-preferred-petrol-retailer-new-market-force-information-study-reveals/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:11:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39883 Sainsbury’s has become the UK’s preferred petrol retailer with 52% of those surveyed choosing it for its exceptional service and experience, according to an independent study by worldwide leader in consumer intelligence solutions, Market Force Information. A survey of 5,900 consumers in June 2015 asked participants to evaluate petrol-retailers on the experience delivered, including price, […]

Sainsbury’s is UK’s preferred petrol retailer, new Market Force Information study reveals

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American Express and Best Buy tie to enable card members to use rewards points on BestBuy.com http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/american-express-and-best-buy-tie-to-enable-card-members-to-use-rewards-points-on-bestbuy-com/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/american-express-and-best-buy-tie-to-enable-card-members-to-use-rewards-points-on-bestbuy-com/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:28:52 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39901 American Express and Best Buy have announced the launch of a new e-commerce technology integration that enables US Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program to use their points for online purchases on BestBuy.com. Card Members can use their Membership Rewards points for all or part of each online purchase and either pick it up in one […]

American Express and Best Buy tie to enable card members to use rewards points on BestBuy.com

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Krispy Kreme brings back Reese’s peanut butter doughnut for the summer http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/krispy-kreme-brings-back-reeses-peanut-butter-doughnut-for-the-summer/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/krispy-kreme-brings-back-reeses-peanut-butter-doughnut-for-the-summer/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:06:35 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39898 After high demand for the return of Krispy Kreme’s Reese’s peanut butter doughnut, the craving is now over! The fan favourite is back for the summer along with two new nutty Krispy Kreme Reese’s products. The Krispy Kreme Reese’s doughnut is claimed to pack a powerful peanut punch. It is hand-dipped in chocolate icing and sprinkled with caramelised […]

Krispy Kreme brings back Reese’s peanut butter doughnut for the summer

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Smart Vend Solutions launches ‘point and vend’ hygienic technology http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/smart-vend-solutions-launches-point-vend-hygienic-technology/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/smart-vend-solutions-launches-point-vend-hygienic-technology/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:52:43 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39892 Leading vending equipment supply and maintenance company, Smart Vend Solutions, claims it is proving it has its finger on the pulse of market innovation and the consumer experience with the UK launch of ‘point and vend’ technology. Part of the Stanco Services Group, which has been established for 24 years with a UK-wide presence, Smart […]

Smart Vend Solutions launches ‘point and vend’ hygienic technology

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UK economy is on firm growth footing, latest CBI indicator reveals http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/39888/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/39888/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:01:02 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39888 The rate of economic growth strengthened in the three months to July, with business and professional services the driving force, according to the latest CBI growth indicator. The survey of 736 businesses across the manufacturing, retail and service sectors showed a reading of +20% in the three months to July, compared with +14% in June. […]

UK economy is on firm growth footing, latest CBI indicator reveals

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Luxury travellers make up to 14 more purchases prior to holidays than non-luxury travellers, research finds http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/luxury-travellers-make-up-to-14-more-purchases-prior-to-holidays-than-non-luxury-travellers-research-finds/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/luxury-travellers-make-up-to-14-more-purchases-prior-to-holidays-than-non-luxury-travellers-research-finds/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:59:35 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39873 Pre-holiday shopping can be busy – from picking out new designer items to avoiding insect repellent rip-offs. But how much are pre-holiday shoppers splashing the cash? With sun-seekers jetting off on holiday, Rocket Fuel has looked at the online advertising conversions from over 240 thousand unique travellers to reveal the purchasing patterns of luxury and […]

Luxury travellers make up to 14 more purchases prior to holidays than non-luxury travellers, research finds

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Quest for increased productivity continues amid strong structural change, BRC-Bond Dickinson Retail Employment Monitor shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/quest-for-increased-productivity-continues-amid-strong-structural-change-brc-bond-dickinson-retail-employment-monitor-shows/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/quest-for-increased-productivity-continues-amid-strong-structural-change-brc-bond-dickinson-retail-employment-monitor-shows/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:33:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39863 The quest for increased productivity continues amid strong structural change, according to the BRC-Bond Dickinson Retail Employment Monitor for Q2 2015. Second Quarter 2015: April – June % change on a year ago     Monthly % change on a year ago Employment: full-time equivalent Number of stores Employment: full-time equivalent Number of stores 0.0% […]

Quest for increased productivity continues amid strong structural change, BRC-Bond Dickinson Retail Employment Monitor shows

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Whitstable High Street optician, John High, reopens following major refurbishment http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/whitstable-high-street-optician-john-high-reopens-following-major-refurbishment/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/whitstable-high-street-optician-john-high-reopens-following-major-refurbishment/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:19:40 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39860 Whitstable High Street optician, John High, has a brand new look after extensive refurbishment, with the official opening taking place on Friday 24 July 2015. The leading opticians, with sister branches in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Rainham, can now offer Whitstable clients a much wider range of stylish eyewear and designer brands, along with the established […]

Whitstable High Street optician, John High, reopens following major refurbishment

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Online retailers overlooking the rise of the ‘Grey Pound’ with over 55s set to spend £14.5bn in 2015, reports Greenlight http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/online-retailers-overlooking-rise-grey-pound-55s-set-spend-14-5bn-2015-reports-greenlight/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/online-retailers-overlooking-rise-grey-pound-55s-set-spend-14-5bn-2015-reports-greenlight/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:11:15 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39857 Online retailers are failing to tap into the ‘grey pound’, with just one in five (22%) marketers targeting older shoppers online, despite shoppers aged 55 or over set to account for £14.45bn of online spend in 2015[1]. With the over 55s set to make up a third of the population and two-thirds of retail activity by 2025, […]

Online retailers overlooking the rise of the ‘Grey Pound’ with over 55s set to spend £14.5bn in 2015, reports Greenlight

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Gousto claims new iOS app means you can plan, shop and arrange delivery in less than one minute http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/gousto-claims-new-ios-app-means-you-can-plan-shop-and-arrange-delivery-in-less-than-one-minute/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/gousto-claims-new-ios-app-means-you-can-plan-shop-and-arrange-delivery-in-less-than-one-minute/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:01:56 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39853 Recent research has shown that time poor Brits spend just 34 minutes cooking their evening meal, yet they invest two hours shopping for it. That’s why Gousto, the UK’s number one recipe kit, is today launching an app allowing users to carry out their weekly menu planning and ingredients shopping in less than one minute. […]

Gousto claims new iOS app means you can plan, shop and arrange delivery in less than one minute

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Mobile accounts for almost half of China’s retail e-commerce, eMarketer reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/mobile-accounts-almost-half-chinas-retail-e-commerce-emarketer-reports/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/mobile-accounts-almost-half-chinas-retail-e-commerce-emarketer-reports/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:50:54 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39849 Retail sales on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices will reach $333.99 billion this year in China, according to eMarketer’s latest estimates of retail sales around the world, up 85.1% from 2014. That figure represents 49.7% of all retail e-commerce sales in the country this year. This estimate puts retail mcommerce sales in China at […]

Mobile accounts for almost half of China’s retail e-commerce, eMarketer reports

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From the Notebook’s Glow-worm beer supports insect charity, Buglife http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/from-the-notebooks-glow-worm-beer-supports-insect-charity-buglife/ http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/from-the-notebooks-glow-worm-beer-supports-insect-charity-buglife/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:48:05 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=39845 From the Notebook and Buglife have got together to produce a great tasting beer. Glow-worm light ale is vegan and 100% organic, brewed by the Stroud Brewery in Gloucestershire with Soil Association accreditation and no real glow worms. The glow is added by the addition of a dash of chilli-pepper for a unique non-spicy afterglow […]

From the Notebook’s Glow-worm beer supports insect charity, Buglife

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