Christmas is always an important time for consumer retail outlets and, this year, more than ever before, it is a crunch point for retail owners and shopping centres who will really be able to see whether consumers are venturing back
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Today marks World Food Day, an opportunity to raise awareness of how precarious our food supply is and how climate change is affecting food production and distribution, and vice versa. More than three billion people, almost 40 per cent of
Solent University business experts, Professor Jillian Farquhar, Dr Akash Puranik, Dr Whysnianti Basuki and Nicola Pryce-Roberts, explore the most critical questions surfacing for small businesses challenged by the current and future business climate.
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
Neo4j’s Alicia Frame explains how retail brands that once relied on third-party cookie data will need to shift their strategy to measuring other downstream metrics using smart data technology
E-commerce saw strong growth at the onset of the pandemic. Consumers quickly embraced digital behaviours, developed higher expectations around experience and weren’t afraid to try new brands. In doing so, they cast aside long-lasting relationships for convenience and value. The
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.
The newly appointed managing director of Co-op Power, Scott Etherington, has called for more co-operation to re-build the energy sector. Etherington replaces David Roberts as head of the largest energy buying group in the country, boasting over 70 members and
By Justin Floyd, CEO of RedCloud
Philip Morris steps-up fight against illegal trade – as figures show counterfeit cigarette consumption rose 9% in UK last year
Philip Morris International (PMI) is calling for new applications for PMI IMPACT, the $100m global initiative to support projects dedicated to fighting illegal trade in all forms, ranging from illicit tobacco products and other consumer goods to counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals
It has been hailed as either fashions sustainability saviour or dismissed as a cynical cash-in. But is digital fashion - which includes virtual styling apps, virtual clothing and virtual fashion shows - a gimmick or a genuine attempt to improve
By Pete Bailey, co-founder and chief product officer at digital payment platform Juno
August’s ONS retail figures reveal overall sales continue to fall, down -0.9% against the previous month. Once again, only an online sales uplift helped save the day, says ParcelHero
Costly Christmas dinner: UK CO2 crisis to hit one in five Brits that buy premium meat, says GlobalData
Following news that the UK reported a shortage of CO2, two major suppliers closed their doors and manufacturers were forced to look for smaller CO2 suppliers across the EU; Ramsey Baghdadi, consumer analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics
By Aaron Haynes, CEO of SEO fulfilment partner that supports marketing agencies and professionals, Loganix
An overwhelming amount of retail business is now carried out online. It’s therefore more important than ever to ensure that your company is protected from cyber-attacks, so that you know both your own and your customers’ data is secure. Loss
Having spent hundreds of millions of pounds on protective measures during the height of the pandemic, it has been reported that retail chiefs are in discussions over the logistics of removing plastic screens from supermarkets. In a move that signals
According to PR Newswire, the global market value of the online gambling industry is expected to reach an astounding $112 billion by 2025, far surpassing the $64 billion it was worth in 2020.
Visibility of the whole supply chain is critical to managing disruption and building resilience, says Sedex
Following the news that some of the world’s leading retail and food chains, including McDonald’s and Nandos, are struggling to keep products on the shelves and items on menus due to the supply chain disruption. Jessica McGoverne, director of policy
A black swan event is an extraordinarily rare eventuality that brings a catastrophic impact. black swan events, so-named due to the dark pigment being an uncommon trait in swans, are usually discussed in the context of financial preparedness and resilience.
Customers have become digitally savvy and want nothing but an omni-channel retail experience. As a modern retailer, you should be looking to invest in a digital signage solution that provides information, wayfinding, and selling your products without doing anything. If
‘Freedom Day’ has arrived and those who wanted the UK to ‘just get on with it’ after several periods of lockdown and re-opening have been able to rejoice. Not everyone, however, has been looking forward to it, with some elderly
Online takeaway platform Foodhub has been sharing the success of its leading EPOS system - where the full order value goes direct to its business thanks to its 0% commission model.
From online retail to working from home, the pandemic has accelerated underlying trends in the way we live, shop and work. However, it has also brought into sharp focus missed real-world experiences that can’t be replicated in the digital realm,
There are no end of challenges facing the modern business owner. As well as turning a profit, they have to deal with filing taxes, handling recruitment, managing stock, launching marketing campaigns and a wide range of other considerations.