The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the UK economy – and no sector more-so than retail. The high street has been left near-empty for most of the year, while online retailers and marketplaces have continued to grow as they’ve been
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Let’s face it – dealing with Brexit is not the start to 2021 anyone in retail needs right now. Even with a deal secured following months of negotiations with the EU, the industry faces several challenges in the year ahead.
Problems in the first few days since Brexit are the “tip of the iceberg”, according to cross-border e-commerce trade expert Hurricane Commerce.
Augmented Reality (AR) will help to create exciting new ways of shopping, as immersive eCommerce technologies become increasingly relied upon by retailers looking to win the trust of consumers in the post-COVID economy. This is according to global e-commerce platform,
Northern Ireland facing food supply disruption at its borders and may stop UK mainland businesses serving the market, says SCALA
David Howorth, executive director at SCALA, a leading provider of management services for the supply chain and logistics sector
Office Space in Town: working from home in perpetuity is neither sustainable for people or businesses
Commenting on the Prime Minister's view that there will be a strong return to the office following the coronavirus pandemic, Giles Fuchs, CEO of leading serviced office provider Office Space in Town, said: “The Prime Minister is right to put
Kalibrate 2021 predictions: Covid-19, data and analytics and fuel retailers finding the ‘new normal’
By Rich Wilcox, vice president, data operations at Kalibrate
From bots and money mule recruitment, to Authorised Push Payment fraud – what to expect from fraudsters in 2021
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, the global data and analytics provider, today predicts what it expects the key fraud trends will be in 2021. Fraud has evolved significantly in 2020, with fraudsters taking advantage of people’s fears and uncertainties around the Covid-19
The Workforce Institute at UKG today released its annual predictions of the top trends that will impact the global workforce in 2021.
UKVIA calls on government for vaping ‘essential status’ to help smokers during third national lockdown
The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) is calling on the government to consider classifying vape shops as essential retail, as the UK enters a new national lockdown.
Digital talent acquisition agency Beringer Tame outlines the key trends that will come to the fore next year on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic
Global e-commerce platform Kooomo outlines the opportunities in direct to consumer e-commerce and how to prepare for potential challenges
Predicting food trends for the year ahead has never been so unpredictable but here, Tasneem Alonzo, joint managing director at EHL Ingredients, shares insights into what we can expect to see on tables during the year ahead
Commenting on last night’s news of an agreement to allow hauliers to continue to travel between the UK and France, the FDF’s chief executive Ian Wright said: “Last night’s news of an agreement to allow hauliers with a negative Covid
If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, it is the art of adaptability. As we knock on the door of 2021, the next stage of transition is upon us.
Responding to the continued suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France, FDF CEO Ian Wright, said: “36 hours after the French border was closed to accompanied freight, and with 1500 lorries stranded in Kent, it is imperative
Does the pandemic spell the end of the high street? No, it doesn’t and here’s why. High streets in our towns and cities are the heartbeat of society, enabling human connection.
The effects of this year have seen the influencer marketing industry ramp up, and by a significant amount, too. Our Instagram feeds are filled with more ADs than before and the battle is on for brands to secure long-lasting, authentic
Uniform: retailers were left in the dark in 2020 but will 2021 see any light at the end of the tunnel?
The recent list of retail collapses from the Arcadia group and Debenhams through to Karen Millen and Bonmarche rings in big changes in the retail landscape. The shift from high street shopping to online has no doubt been accelerated
Roger Wade, CEO and founder of BOXPARK, comments on recent events and the importance of the British high street
Three trends set to shape retail sector in 2021, says Alibaba Group general manager for the UK, Nordics and Netherlands
David Lloyd, general manager for the UK, Nordics and Netherlands at Alibaba Group outlines three key trends which he believes will shape the retail sector in 2021
As the high street finally opens back up this week it is still unknown how the pandemic will affect footfall during retail’s busiest trading period.
The story of retail in 2020 is one of extreme contrasts. On the one hand, the Amazons, Asos and supermarket operators of the world have all enjoyed tremendous success; on the other, almost every other segment of the industry has
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit back in March, shoppers were left with no choice but to buy online, and as a result, e-commerce sales rocketed to a 10-year high. Due to new social distancing measures, retailers were left to grapple
This year has been a rollercoaster for the retail sector, there is no doubt about it. Fashion brands are calling for administration, home entertainment is at an all-time high, customers are changing behaviours with every new media headline. But there