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Nowadays, a robust digital strategy is a necessity for brands to survive, let alone thrive. As the digital transformation of all industries reaches unprecedented acceleration, brands must think about how they can maximise their data insights, to have a competitive
The recent announcement that beloved brand Toys ‘R’ Us will be returning to the UK market after three years was met with excitement by many up and down the country, after it completely ceased trading in the UK in 2018.
In 2021, 1,442 independent retailers in the UK were forced to close after facing a brutal combination of challenges including lockdowns, supply chain disruption, inflation and fuel costs. Those remaining had to innovate to stay afloat, but this marked the
It might sound like the preserve of tech and IT whizzes, but data science – simply put, the act of extracting meaning from data - underpins a lot of the progress on sustainability when it comes to retail technology.
As the retail sector continues its fragile recovery from Covid-19, many business owners will be mulling over whether their current premises will meet their post-pandemic needs. Some more fortunate businesses may have seen growth and therefore need a larger business
THG Ingenuity powers THG’s own brands such as Myprotein and Lookfantastic and provides a fully integrated end-to-end e-commerce platform for third party clients and partners.
We’re on the countdown to Black Friday 2021 - an event that has become one of the defining moments in the UK retail calendar and this year, it’s more important than ever.
The best way to prepare for what is looking like an increasingly turbulent peak shopping season is by supporting frontline staff to boost their performance and deliver a great experience to customers, says Fabrice Haiat, CEO and co-founder of YOOBIC
We can probably all name great leaders that we aspire to emulate, the people we read about, listen to, or – if we’re lucky – work alongside. But what is it that makes them great leaders? It might be their
From raw materials to final destination logistics, supply chains are under more pressure than ever before. Whether retail, food manufacturing, pharmaceutical or beyond, the drive towards more transparent and sustainable operations is taking absolute precedence.
Two decades ago, it was a rare thing to find women working within supply chain operations.
Say the word ‘sustainability’ to someone, and their immediate thoughts may gravitate towards initiatives around the environment. This connection is hardly surprising considering the increased awareness among consumers to do more for the planet. In fact, 68% of highly empowered
By Chris Griffiths, managing partner – customer experience, REPL Group, part of Accenture
By Mike Barclay, senior director of European operations for MoEngage, an insights-driven customer engagement platform
By Nils Zündorf, Amazon expert and managing director of the largest European Amazon agency, factor-a The pandemic’s effects on customer behaviour in 2020 lead to significant changes in the e-commerce world. With increases in online sales of over 30% compared to
As 2021 offers hope for a return to normal life, high streets and town centres will become a focal point for everyone looking forward to safely getting together with friends and families again. Andrea George, director of town centres at
Stressed HR professionals in retail should consider automating employee relations (ER) case management to free up their time, according to HR tech start-up, caseflowhr. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with Brexit making itself felt, essential retailers have found supply
At the start of 2021 the number of electric cars registered in the UK soared to almost half a million (435,000). With a record 175,000 (approx.) new electric vehicles registered in 2020, a 66% rise on 2019, along with the UK policy to ban
In the face of multiple ‘once-in a generation’ challenges, retailers across the breadth of the industry are working tirelessly to equip their businesses to survive and thrive through change. Many of us are feeling at the mercy of elements –
In recent years there has been a growing trend towards ‘conscious consumerism’ and a call for brands to act in more inclusive and ethical ways. We only need to visit social media to see that this has accelerated in 2020.
Segmenting the market is a tried and tested approach for marketers to help them understand the different types of consumers that they want to reach and to develop approaches that suit each. However, in the current environment, retailers need a
If the decline of physical retail was a hot topic before Covid-19, what are we to make of the headlines now? For every story of resilience and optimism, there are countless more of closures, redundancies and disappearing brands. Retail’s transformation
Black Friday is without a doubt one of the biggest dates in the retail calendar, and this year will be no exception. As the industry continues to try and react and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020’s Black Friday weekend
The e-commerce industry has been growing year on year, but the Covid19 pandemic has accelerated this growth as consumers were forced to take their shopping online. As the country went into lockdown back in March, consumer habits shifted dramatically, with