Television celebrity Kate Thornton has joined a call for the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to stop penalising women for preferring wine over beer. In the last 10 years tax on wine, the most popular alcoholic drink among women in the UK,
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FDF: return to ‘business as usual’ seems an awful long way off for food and drink manufacturers supplying hospitality and foodservice
Responding to the Prime Minister’s latest announcement on lockdown restrictions, Ian Wright, FDF chief executive, said: “It is disappointing but wholly expected that the Prime Minister’s roadmap shows no signs of taking account of any input from business.
With shops still closed and no sign of life returning to normal in the immediate term, retailers have developed all-new ways of trading online. Overnight, businesses adapted to meet online demand and introduced click and collect as well as next-day
The pandemic, national lockdowns and the closure of non-essential retail haven’t just changed the way we live and shop. The way things are delivered – and their impact on customers, retailers and the environment, have changed too.
New Government figures show 35% of UK importers are struggling at borders and Northern Ireland trade is collapsing, says ParcelHero
The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) economy figures show businesses are reporting spiralling Brexit challenges. Doubt has also been cast on the viability of the Northern Ireland protocol, says the international delivery expert ParcelHero. Transport costs, border disruption and
Signifyd’s six-point checklist guaranteed to make your life under SCA better — and, yes, it’s coming
The sky is falling. The wolf is coming. And SCA will be enforced in the UK just as it is being enforced now across much of Europe.
Heavy snowfall across parts of the country could be causing lasting damage to buildings left empty because of lockdown, warns property expert.
The frenzied bidding wars for ownership of Topshop and Debenhams have made headlines over the past few weeks,...but another traditional retail story was also emerging in the sidelines. This was the news that two of the UK’s biggest pioneers of
Will Broome, CEO of leading retail tech company Ubamarket discusses how retailers can transform to assure their survival in the post-Coronavirus climate
Sustainability has returned to top of agenda for brands in 2021, says packaging data specialist ecoVeritas
Following a tumultuous year in which the global pandemic has caused unprecedented worldwide disruption, sustainability has returned to the top of the agenda for brands in 2021, according to packaging data specialist ecoVeritas.
Responding to today's publication of The Woolard Review into the unsecured credit market, Gary Rohloff, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Laybuy (Buy Now Pay Later Provider).
According to new figures from the Centre for Retail Research, the UK is forecast to see 200,000 job losses in retail in 2021.
The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) said it welcomes the announcement that the Government is consulting on changes to the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TRPR).
Responding to the Treasury data, which shows no correlation between the Eat Out To Help Out scheme and a rise in Covid cases, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The Eat Out To Help Out scheme was a welcome and
The unprecedented context of 2020 has accelerated the transformation of the retail sector. Retailers must be agile to respond to changes in consumer behaviour if they want to continue to prosper.
Shopping, retail and trade industry can get back to work safely by adopting regular rapid mass testing strategy, says World Nano Foundation
Holding back on rapid mass testing is now a public health emergency extending the war against COVID-19, say experts, and the shopping, retail and trade sector can potentially create safer back-to-work environments and negate the need for future lockdowns through
New expert insight reveals the retail design trends for 2021 from more welcoming designs to reflect real living spaces to focusing on experiences over sales.
Commenting on the publication of the Skills for Jobs White Paper Mark Corbett, education and skills policy manager, the FDF, said: “We welcome the publication of the Skills for Jobs White Paper today, and the focus on employers taking a
Of all the many seismic changes that 2020 has precipitated, one that may have gone under the radar of most people is the impact of the pandemic on perceptions of the UK supermarket sector.
AI is paving the way for massive growth in the retail sector, but it’s also a powerful tool for fraudsters. Gayathri Somanath, Signifyd’s vice president of product explains how to beat the bots
By Ian McGarrigle, chairman, World Retail Congress, using data from the World Retail Congress: The Retail World 2020: End of Year Report
Commercial teams at FMCG companies, who could be spending on average up to an estimated 800 hours each year processing and reporting on epos data, drawing insights from over 800 individual reports from retailers’ EPOS systems, could shortcut the route
As we enter the new year, environmental and sustainability concerns have arguably never been higher on the agenda. The incoming Biden presidency, alongside the ambitious goals set out by governments across the world ahead of the COP26 summit later this
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
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.