It’s hard to find a cashier at the Amazon Go stores now open in Seattle and Chicago. It’s not because they’re all taking a break at once, it’s because they don’t exist. The fledgling store, with four
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Gone are the days of large-scale manufacturing and the adoption of a one-size-fits-all approach to retailing. The key to retail growth in the FMCG industry is personalisation. Possessing a more in-depth understanding of what, when and where consumers are buying,
As convenience retail continues to grow as an industry sector, retailers must remain focused on the most significant trends that will see their businesses flourish, and in so doing, strengthen their standing in the ever-competitive retail environment.
Sustainability, profit friendly packaging and the benefits of AI: why 2019 is going to be a year of positive change for the supply chain
2019 is set to be a big one when it comes to change, and as Brexit approaches, the retail and logistics industry won’t be immune from the shake up. But just as political unrest and consumer demand has encapsulated 2018,
Digital transformation projects will continue to disrupt the customer experience in 2019, says Aspect Software
Customer experience expert provides predictions of changes to the contact centre and customer service landscape for the year ahead
It’s no secret that the retail sector has had a tough year. From a host of high-profile CVAs, to reports of weakening consumer confidence in the run up to Brexit, it is clear that retailers are finding trading conditions more
Chief executives from a range of top consumer companies have urged young people starting out to focus on developing personal attributes, such as entrepreneurism, empathy and the readiness to take on new challenges, which increasingly drive success.
This weekend EU leaders will meet to discuss the UK’s final Brexit terms as headlines continue to ricochet between high anticipation and dashed hopes of a deal. The prospect of high import tariffs, labour shortages and a bonfire of regulations
The growing importance of Halloween as a retail shopping occasion underlines the importance for brands to exploit its potential by developing activation plans that are clearly linked to the specific needs of their target shoppers. Category management and shopper marketing expert
It’s time to start waking up to Click & Collect – not as a fulfillment afterthought – but as integral to the retail experience of the future. 12.75m UK consumare too valuable to be ignored. That’s the number that now prefer
Today’s retailers are all working towards one common goal: to provide consumers with a seamless, omni-channel customer experience. In recent months, we’ve seen Wayfair announce plans to open physical locations and Sally Beauty announce that it is planning to re-invest
In today’s competitive retail landscape, ensuring absolute efficiency is critical to survival. Both on and off-line, retailers face constrained budgets, rising customer expectations and more pressure via ‘click and collect’ requests, ‘buy to returns’ and a big push for same
Take a moment to consider how much time you spend on the Internet during an average day. When was the last time you purchased a product with the help of an online portal? The chances are high that you now
Nicla Di Palma, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, discusses a revival of consumer interest in the luxury sector ahead of London Fashion Week
When you turned on a tap at home this morning, it’s unlikely you will have given any thought to who made it never mind the mechanics that contribute to its functionality. And, while your interest in those often under-appreciated domestic
By Chris Johnston, CEO of emotion analytics firm, Adoreboard If you’re reading this, then you’re clearly already more than aware of the potential of the millennial audience and spend much of your working life trying to find ways of courting them...
By Kevin Carrick at global retail software solutions provider Data Clarity The retail news has been dominated by reports of the buyout of House of Fraser by Mike Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct for £90m, and his vision for creating the
Retailers can combat the current challenging market conditions by adopting an 'in-house first approach', according to the CEO of one of Europe’s largest online electrical retailers, reichelt.
British American Tobacco’s e-cigarette brand Vype today announces the latest evolution in its range of vaping products – the Vype ePen 3.
British brick-and-mortar stores continue to play a critical role in retail, despite job cuts, says Tryzens
Andy Burton, CEO of Tryzens, comments on the news that Britain’s largest businesses have cut 50,000 jobs in the last six months as high street shops struggle against online rivals “The high number of job cuts reported in the retail sector is unfortunate
Branded and own-label FMCG suppliers need to urgently prepare for the prospect of retailer delisting by identifying the steps they need to take to defend themselves against delisting and put themselves in a powerful position to positively argue their case. That’s
High street stores are having a tough time at the moment. Under pressure from on-line retailers, stores are almost permanently discounting prices, and at the same time closing or downscaling operations. This seems to be the new normal, and the high street
Brexit, the weather and online shopping: how Britain’s favourite conversations are shaping supply chains
Volatility has been the enemy of logistics and supply chain professionals in the UK and the current environment doesn’t show any signs of getting any easier. The two favourite topics in British conversation have been dominating issues around the supply
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect May 25, 2018, and companies around the globe are scrambling to prepare. While much attention has already been paid to understanding the GDPR’s impact on collecting customer data, retailers must also remember
Given the myriad difficulties high street retailers face right now, the fact that they will be the hardest-hit by the new IFRS 16 accounting rules seems a particularly bitter pill for them to have to swallow. Essentially these rules, which