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, 25 Aug 2016 17:49:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Retailers believe consumers will buy wonky vegetables, says Blue Yonder http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retailers-believe-consumers-will-buy-wonky-vegetables-says-blue-yonder/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:49:32 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47358 There has been a quiet revolution in the fruit and vegetable aisle. After years of physical perfection as demanded by the EU and the consumer alike, finally shoppers are willing to consider buying wonky fruit and veg.

This development matters for the UK’s supermarkets, which have pledged to reduce food and drink waste by a fifth by 2025. The Courtald Commitment 2025 values the waste at more than £19bn a year and it has been negotiated by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) charity, working on behalf of government. Retail is an industry characterized by its fine margins. Even the smallest percentage change can have a significant impact on the profitability and success of a retailer – in today’s market place, these finer details are critical.

Knowing how much of each product is likely to be sold each day, and how much will go to waste, requires careful planning.

The turning point regarding wonky veg and consumers coming round to it came with a TV exposé in January 2016, about the War on Waste from TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Two months afterwards, supermarkets started trialling wonky fruit and veg.

What about the people running the show? Specialists in retail predictive applications Blue Yonder questioned supermarket managers in the UK, the US, Germany and France and found that the more senior the manager, the more enthusiastic they were about whether customers would buy discounted wonky veg. In the UK, 43% of junior managers, 55% of middle managers, 57% of senior managers and 77% of grocery company directors replied “Yes, definitely”.

Retailers believe consumers will buy wonky vegetables, says Blue Yonder

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The Body Shop enters Chile, following expansion in Brazil http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/body-shop-enters-chile-following-expansion-brazil/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:45:42 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47356 The Body Shop International has announced that it will open for trading in Chile in August 2016. Chile is The Body Shop’s 66th global market and follows the expansion of Brazil in 2014. With a population of 17.8 million (UN Data), Chile is a stable and prosperous region of South America.

The first store will open in Santiago, Plaza Egaña Mall; the most sustainable mall in Chile. It will offer The Body Shop’s global icon products such as Shea body butter and the Vitamin E range, as well as new favourites like Oils of Life facial oil and Drops of Youth.

The Body Shop enters Chile, following expansion in Brazil

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Orlebar Brown introduces personalised product recommendations in triggered emails from Fresh Relevance http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/orlebar-brown-introduces-personalised-product-recommendations-triggered-emails-fresh-relevance/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47352 Orlebar Brown is a London-based fashion retailer that launched in 2007 to provide a more tailored approach to men’s beach and swim shorts. Today, the range includes clothing and accessories for both men and children. Since opening its first store in Notting Hill, Orlebar Brown can now be found all over Central London, as well as pop up stores around the world, and of course, its thriving website.

At the beginning of 2016, the CEO of the Orlebar Brown led a business-wide initiative to drive up-sell opportunities. It was the new head of e-commerce, Jamie de Cesare and CRM and Email Executive, Amit Raj, who took on the challenge to increase revenues from its online visitors.

Orlebar Brown introduces personalised product recommendations in triggered emails from Fresh Relevance

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Retail sales beat expectations, latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey shows http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/retail-sales-beat-expectations-latest-cbi-distributive-trades-survey-shows/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:36:54 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47350 Retail sales volumes grew in the year to August following last month’s fall, according to the latest CBI quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.

The survey of 131 firms, of which 58 were retailers, showed that the volume of sales grew modestly over the year, beating expectations for a further fall this month. However, sales volumes look set to be broadly flat over the next month.

The volume of orders placed upon suppliers fell for a fifth consecutive month although retailers expect them to grow somewhat in the year to September.

Retail sales beat expectations, latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey shows

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Argos and LLamasoft shortlisted in 2016 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/argos-llamasoft-shortlisted-2016-european-supply-chain-excellence-awards/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:55:34 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47348 LLamasoft, the global leader in supply chain design software and solutions, is delighted to be shortlisted along with customer Argos for the 2016 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, in the category of Supply Chain Strategy and Design.

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the industry’s premier awards ceremony, taking place on 14 November at the prestigious Hilton, Park Lane, where the winners will be announced.

Argos and LLamasoft shortlisted in 2016 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards

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Amigos Tequila Beer launches a vibrant new identity http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/amigos-tequila-beer-launches-vibrant-new-identity/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:49:47 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47345 Amigos Tequila Beer is launching a vibrant new identity alongside plenty of exciting activity planned for the upcoming year.

Amigos Tequila Beer is a golden, easy-drinking beer with the zing of South American limes and the flavour punch of Mexican tequila. Inspired by Mexico’s sense of vibrancy, passion and colour, Amigos have updated their visual identity. The new identity relishes in its Mexican character, by developing the wording on the logo from ‘tequila flavoured beer’ to the Spanish translation ‘con sabor a tequila’. This deepens the association with Amigos’ Tequila flavourings, which derives from the Mexican agave plant.

Amigos Tequila Beer launches a vibrant new identity

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Alcohol sales soar off back of hot weather and Olympics, Nielsen reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/alcohol-sales-soar-off-back-hot-weather-olympics-nielsen-reports/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:36:11 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47343 Alcohol sales at UK grocery retailers were hugely impressive over the latest four weeks according to Nielsen retail performance data released today.

Alcohol sales at UK grocery retailers were hugely impressive over the latest four weeks, according to Nielsen retail performance data.

The four-week period ending 13 August 2016 saw overall Beer & Cider volumes rise by +4.7% vs. the same period in 2015, whilst value sales were up even more at +6.9%. That's over £27m spent or the equivalent of over 15 million more pints.

Alcohol sales soar off back of hot weather and Olympics, Nielsen reports

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Superdrug to open 4,000sq ft store at Flemingate, Beverley http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/superdrug-open-4000sq-ft-store-flemingate-beverley/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:29:53 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47337 The Wykeland Group has announced that health and beauty retailer, Superdrug, is to open a 4,000sq ft store at Flemingate, the 162,561sq ft retail and leisure development in Beverley. In addition, Outfit, the out-of-town fashion destination retailer, has revealed it will be opening its 13,300sq ft Flemingate store on 8 October and creating 40 new jobs.

Superdrug to open 4,000sq ft store at Flemingate, Beverley

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Neville Payne joins Checkpoint Systems to bolster its merchandise availability team http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/neville-payne-joins-checkpoint-systems-bolster-merchandise-availability-team/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:09:48 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47334 Checkpoint Systems, a global provider of merchandise availability and loss prevention solutions for the retail industry, has announced the appointment of Neville Payne in the position of vice president of merchandise availability solutions UK.

Already a leading supplier of RF-based loss prevention solutions, Payne will be responsible for driving sales of Checkpoint Systems’ merchandise availability solutions in the UK retail industry, in-line with its global merchandise availability strategy.

Neville Payne joins Checkpoint Systems to bolster its merchandise availability team

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One third of British shoppers think cash will disappear in five years, Worldpay reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/one-third-british-shoppers-think-cash-will-disappear-five-years-worldpay-reports/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:02:18 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47331 A new survey from Worldpay has revealed that one third of consumers believe cash will become obsolete by 2020. With London busses rejecting cash in favour of contactless payments and Waitrose opening the first entirely cashless store this month, the cashless revolution is firmly under way.

Today, more people are paying with card than with cash, preferring an expanding range of quick and easy payment options rooted in technology, with half of British shoppers having used contactless to pay for goods at least once and 40% of saying they use it a few times a week.

People don’t just want more cashless options; they also want to be able to spend more, more quickly. A year on from the increase in the contactless payment limit and 37% of shoppers told Worldpay they would like to see the ceiling rise again, allowing them to ‘tap and go’ on purchases over £30 – this rose to 45% of respondents in London. Unsurprisingly, the urge for frictionless shopping is even higher in the Capital, where 33% of Londoners use contactless cards once a day, more often than any other region across the UK.

One third of British shoppers think cash will disappear in five years, Worldpay reports

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The Cotswold Juice Company launches organic freshly made juice deliveries in Gloucestershire http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/cotswold-juice-company-launches-organic-freshly-made-juice-deliveries-gloucestershire/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47327 The Cotswold Juice Company has launched in Cheltenham, delivering 100% organic, freshly made, cold-pressed juices and smoothies to businesses and people at work in Gloucestershire.

Dedicated to making juices that are healthy and nutritious, each juice is packed full of nutrients and contain powerful immune building antioxidants, vitamins, mineral and enzymes.

The founder of the new juice business is Kathryn Green who wanted share her passion for juicing by making nutritious drinks that can be delivered directly to people at work.

The Cotswold Juice Company launches organic freshly made juice deliveries in Gloucestershire

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FreshStop’s 230th store opens in Mthatha as the flagship Eastern Cape location http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/freshstops-230th-store-opens-mthatha-flagship-eastern-cape-location/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:56:39 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47324 FreshStop, the fastest growing 24-hour convenience store retail brand in South Africa, is shaking things up for Eastern Cape community residents with the opening of its 230th national store on Thursday, 18 August 2016 at Durban Road, Northcrest in Mthatha. Previously a Star Mart store, FreshStop at Caltex Northcrest has been rebuilt completely and its fuel forecourt has been refurbished extensively to feature the latest 20/20 Caltex imagery. “This site has undergone a complete knock down and rebuild to give it the look and feel of the FreshStop brand, while making it more comfortable for our customers to refill and fresh up,” says Jo Berlyn, the store retailer.

FreshStop’s 230th store opens in Mthatha as the flagship Eastern Cape location

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Arla Foods launches Choose Goodness campaign to kick-off £100m commitment to healthier eating habits http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/arla-foods-launches-choose-goodness-campaign-kick-off-100m-commitment-healthier-eating-habits/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:01:20 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47303 Arla Foods UK has launched a major new breakfast campaign as part of its £100m commitment to support healthier eating among consumers.

The commitment, unveiled as part of the dairy cooperative’s ambitious new strategy to grow revenue by nearly a third by 2020, will see a series of campaigns and initiatives launched to encourage healthier food choices and highlight the nutritional qualities of dairy products.

Arla Foods launches Choose Goodness campaign to kick-off £100m commitment to healthier eating habits

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Olympic success and hot weather drives best supermarket results in nearly three years, Nielsen reports http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/olympic-success-hot-weather-drives-best-supermarket-results-nearly-three-years-nielsen-reports/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:41:44 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47318 The hot weather and Britain’s success at the Olympics in Rio combined to generate the best year-on-year sales figures at the UKs leading supermarkets for nearly three years, according to Nielsen retail performance data released today.

During the four weeks ending 13 August 2016, the value of sales was up 0.9% versus the same period a year ago – the best figure (excluding Easter and Christmas-inflated periods) since the four-weeks ending 9 November 2013 (1.7%). Sales volumes increased 1.0% – the best figure for over 16 months (28 March 2015, 1.5%).

Olympic success and hot weather drives best supermarket results in nearly three years, Nielsen reports

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Carpenter’s next generation bedding launches at the Bed Show 2016 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/carpenters-next-generation-bedding-launches-bed-show-2016/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:38:33 +0000 http://www.retailtimes.co.uk/?p=47311 Pioneering foam bedding products manufacturer, Carpenter is launching a new range of mattresses and pillows at The Bed Show 2016, which it claims are unique to the UK.

Aurora is a next generation of high-density foam that provides high resilience as well as good bounce. Its open cell structure allows increased airflow and breathability.

A new Aurora collection is being added to Carpenter’s innovative Sleep Better range and products will feature a stunning marble effect in a vibrant colour, covered in a distinctive designed fabric with matching border.

Carpenter’s next generation bedding launches at the Bed Show 2016

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