I travel down Oxford Street most days on my journey to the office and am constantly struck by two, rather obvious, things; firstly the extraordinary number of shops that are simply empty and the concomitant property management groups trying desperately
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In my opinion, retail industry executives and experts give Retail Times readers their views, insights, and analysis on the latest retail trends.
Retail Express’ CEO, Barry Grange, looks at retail digital transformation, intelligent merchandising and a data-driven approach to profitability with leaner times ahead
Managing retail staff is a specialised skill in itself - what then of part-time retail staff? Part-time employees form a sizable part of the workforce, they offer companies cost-effective solutions, a greater pool of candidates, and seasonal support. However, there
LiveRamp’s partnership with Carrefour shows the potential of data strategy investment, says LiveRamp
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
In my opinion: packing away the cardboard box – why the future of transit packaging is plastic, says Schoeller Allibert UK
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.
By Justin Floyd, CEO of RedCloud
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
Forecourts facing an immediate economic headache over whether to invest in charging points, says Rapleys
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 my opinion: retail market uncertainty may be unavoidable, but e-payments offer an element of control, says BRIDGE
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