Do all the visual assets on your website ‘spark joy,’ as tidying guru Marie Kondo, might ask? Just as being locked down has inspired many of us to do some deep spring-cleaning in our homes, it’s an equally ideal time
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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.
Impact of coronavirus puts deskless retail workers’ mental health under strain, Quinyx research shows
New research from workforce management expert, Quinyx, reveals the impact coronavirus is having on the mental health of deskless retail workers across the UK. The research reveals that pre-existing anxieties and mental health issues among deskless retail workers are being
As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention – and as businesses continue to face the enormous challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, this has never felt more relevant. The speed at which the virus hit has
Physical stores remain a key driver to success for retailers, according to the latest research from global real estate advisor, CBRE. The government’s furlough scheme and business rates relief have provided lifelines for many retailers since the outbreak, but further
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the global economy has experienced severe hardship. In addition to the illness itself, the response strategies put forward by international public health organizations have been a necessary strain. Many business activities have come to a
5,000 extra stores will fail because of two-week delay in reopening non-essential shops, says ParcelHero
Under Phase 2 of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy roadmap, non-essential stores were supposed to open in phases starting on Monday. In the event, only open-air markets (and some car showrooms) actually opened, with the vast majority of retailers delayed
The central question each country – and in the U.S., each state – faces is how to trade off additional COVID-19 cases and the resulting deaths against the economic benefit of opening up the economy. Only an honest assessment of
The Coronavirus pandemic has created business challenges and opportunities alike, but how will it impact the future of supply chain recruitment? Read our latest insights to explore. By Leigh Anderson, managing director, Bis Henderson Recruitment
Businesses are still dealing daily with the complex and difficult challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and it is clear this will be the case for sometime. At the moment, the focus is on tackling the immediate fallout – working
From drive-through Santa visits, to Christmas dinner in a bauble, multi-sensory experience expert Bompas & Parr has today launched a white paper looking to the future of Christmas celebrations post lockdown.
The hit to consumer spending caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is set to continue post-lockdown – as new research reveals over a third (34%) of shoppers predict they will spend less once restrictions are lifted.
Easing of lockdown measures presents new challenges for leaders – they must remain focused on their purpose, says ICS
The government’s announcement of an easing of lockdown measures marks a move into the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis for many businesses - and brings with it a new set of complex challenges. As I said at the start
In the current economic climate with a backdrop of Covid-19, lots of questions are being asked about the future of our high streets as we start to ease through the lockdown. Paul Latimer – the owner of Latimer Appleby –
Brands have an incredible opportunity to reinvent themselves, says Alibaba’s UK, Nordics and Netherlands general manager
Brands have an incredible opportunity to reinvent themselves and to dramatically accelerate their digital transformation, according to David Lloyd, general Manager, UK, Nordics and Netherlands at Alibaba Group. Commenting on the latest BRC-KMPG Retail Sales Monitor, which reported a record
Nothing forces change like a crisis. Retailers that have been slow to complete their digital transformation are now being forced into it by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British Safety Council has today demanded that no worker be forced back to their workplace until it has been made safe. The government has indicated that more people should be going to work and last night the prime minister,
Bradley Williams, director of Unique Fire and Security, says fever screening technology will support businesses in protecting staff and customers as lockdown measures are relaxed
Fear. Uncertainty. A growing sense of panic every time the president delivers a national address about the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus. Chatter around the workplace these days is filled with questions like: Will I get sick? Will I have
Night-time deliveries to stores helped in crisis and must not be allowed to disappear overnight, says ParcelHero
Night-time store deliveries were last permitted during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The idea was reawakened in March to help the fight against Covid-19. ParcelHero says this time night deliveries should be made permanent once the crisis is over,
“With the government due to announce its exit strategy to the current lockdown rules this week, retailers should be anticipating that they soon may be able to start reopening their doors. This means it’s essential they begin to put plans
Reopening high street will only succeed if retailers maintain strong online presence, says Conversity
Over the next few weeks, the UK will take its first steps towards emerging from lockdown. Like many other sectors, retail has been hit hard, with the majority of high street outlets forced to close for a significant period. For
As policy shifts towards fighting the global pandemic, green concerns are in danger of being side-lined, Gilles Moëc, chief economist at AXA Investment Managers says.
The younger generation has more possibilities for success at their disposal than any other time in recent history.
Dame Sharon White, the chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, is currently looking at new retail opportunities beyond the department store and Waitrose Food Halls. This comes as sales across the group are predicted to drop by 35% in 2020,
The food and beverage industry should capitalise on its prominence during the Covid-19 crisis to hire top management talent.