David Hannah, principal consultant at Cornerstone Tax, discusses this important milestone for British businesses
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The comment column is for retail professionals to have their say. Whether responding to published opinion, reacting to or challenging reports or commenting on retail trends and predictions this is where you can gauge sentiment on all sorts of retail focussed topics.
Retailers must not destroy customer loyalty by offering a poor fulfilment experience, says Tobias Buxhoidt, founder and CEO of parcelLab
Despite the promises, both anecdotal and data-backed evidence suggests that the UK’s transition out of the European Union has not been as smoothed as hoped. Official government figures state that exports of goods to the EU fell by 40% in
Large stores need to find new ways to connect with modern consumers, says senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University
By Dr Amna Khan, senior lecturer in Consumer Behaviour and Retailing at Manchester Metropolitan University Last month the popular department store John Lewis announced that it will not reopen eight of its stores once the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease.
As stores reopen, what's the future for dark stores and how will their role change, asks Romulus Grigoras, founder and CEO of OneStock?
With the demand for e-commerce growing exponentially, the pandemic has thrown the customer experience online into the spotlight. Retailers have work to do. And if you’re not sure where to look, the 'last mile' is flashing red.
We live in unprecedented times and for retailers this challenging environment throws a new curve ball each week. Shopper behaviour is not easy to predict in normal circumstances and Covid-19 has exacerbated this challenge. This can, for example, be seen
As the retail sector prepares to reopen after Easter, UK shops are pulling out all the stops to persuade Britons to venture out to their local high streets and favourite stores. People are understandably cautious about returning to public spaces
When the pandemic rewrote the rules of everyday life, online retail became a lifeline for consumers and businesses alike. But coronavirus did more than increase the volume of online sales: it changed our relationship to e-commerce and reshaped the entire
By Liz Leigh Bowler, Dynamics 365 senior product manager at Microsoft UK 2020 saw the retail industry change at an unprecedented pace. As shops moved online, supply chains were disrupted, consumer behaviour shifted, and the sector was forced to pivot
Data that delivers: the potential for fashion brands and retailers to tap into powerful data on the path to sustainability
A decade ago, sustainability was a cause championed by a visionary minority in fashion. Now, a better understanding of fashion’s environmental footprint and growing consumer demand for sustainable apparel means this is an issue for all brands and retailers, and
Have you turned your hand to baking during lockdown? From basic banana breads to tasty care packages for loved ones, the rise of our new favourite hobby led to nationwide ingredient shortages last year and shows no sign of slowing.
Britain has famously been called a “a nation of shop keepers,” although whether it was Napoleon Bonaparte who coined the phrase, we don’t know for sure. It does, however, show that for hundreds of years, retailing has been key to
It’ll be alright on the night: IBM futurist offers top tips for the reopening of non-essential retail
They haven’t seen a customer for months, and if reports are to be believed, it’s likely that other, unwanted visitors have likely moved in.
The supply chain can be the strongest or the weakest link in any business operation. When it comes to managing a complex system that involves many contributors, getting it right is not always easy. That’s why it’s vital to work
The demise of the high street and the evolution that part of retail is currently experiencing is extremely well documented. But one area that is not so well covered is the rise of Lidl & Aldi and their move towards
Retail is changing, and it’s safe to say that it’s never going to be the same again. Although many people are shopping online more so than ever before, the demand for high street stores is still there. What retail establishments
Global e-commerce platform Kooomo shares its top tips for retailers looking to better manage their logistics when it comes to Direct to Consumer e-commerce
Responding to the government's latest border announcement, Ian Wright CBE, FDF chief Eexecutive, said: “The FDF welcomes this sensible and pragmatic step to ensure that food and drink continues to flow, and allows manufacturers access to the inputs and ingredients
Joining forces with likeminded businesses will be key to success, says a retail expert at NFU Mutual.
Sustainability is a competitive imperative for fashion brands, says Luca Tonello, sales director at DedaGroup Stealth The pressure on brands to demonstrate sustainability has intensified during the Covid crisis and there may never be a return to the old normal. So,
Commenting on announcements made by the Chancellor in his Budget, Paul Martin, UK head of retail at KPMG, said: "Measures announced today by the Chancellor recognise the devastating impact that the pandemic has had on the High Street and go
Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget announcement, the FDF's chief executive, Ian Wright CBE, said: “Food and drink manufacturers will welcome today’s Budget. The Chancellor’s announcement struck the right balance between supporting recovery and acknowledging the difficult choices that have to
In response to the possible announcement of taxes on online sales and deliveries in Wednesday’s budget, Justin Opie, managing director, and Andy Mulcahy, strategy and insight director, IMRG, make the following comment. IMRG is the UK association for online retail.
By now, you’ve all probably seen (and swooned over) the magnificent Carolina Herrera lipsticks. And while the cosmetic formula is certainly a reason they have been so well received the world over, it’s the exterior of the tubes which has