The festive season is well and truly upon us. It’s the time of year that retailers have been both eagerly anticipating and dreading. Events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have kicked off the busy retail period this year,
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With another Black Friday behind us, retailers will no doubt be wondering whether this year’s sales bonanza has been as profitable as years gone by. As many retailers will know, the post-purchase remorse that kicks in the week following Black
By delivering massive reductions in energy and maintenance costs, Zumtobel Group has confirmed one of its largest turnkey lighting solution, for homewares and household goods retail giant Wilko. Following trials in two stores, Wilko’s independent energy calculations and site readings
In a continuing commitment to work closely with franchisees to help grow their business, and provide them with the support and tools to further develop their teams, One Stop has re-engineered its successful store colleague training programme and made it
Coop Italia, Italy’s largest supermarket chain, has collaborated with Accenture to reinvent the customer experience in grocery shopping with the opening of its Supermarket of the Future store. The new flagship store, located in Milan’s University area of Bicocca, provides
‘Apples’ are new satsumas as technology becomes stocking filler of choice this Christmas, Barclaycard finds
Expensive technology is contributing to a rise in the value of the average Christmas stocking, with items such as smartphones, tablets, action cameras and fitness bands easing out traditional chocolate coins and satsumas as the go-to stocking fillers. Research by Barclaycard,
The UK grocery market is set to experience 1.2% growth over the Christmas period, with shoppers spending £20.6bn, according to forecast figures from IGD. Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of IGD, said: “Although our forecast indicates relatively modest growth, with overall prices
Advertising with messages designed to provoke a change in behaviour has boosted sales of a snack bar made with crickets at Planet Organic stores in London. The campaign for the snack bar brand Eat Grub was orchestrated by the out-of-home advertising
A new interactive installation in London’s Old Street is encouraging passers-by to keep the spirit of Christmas alive and focus on all the good feeling in the world. Featuring DeFrosty, a real snowman complete with scarf and carrot nose, the display
Just in time for Christmas True Grace, the fine candle and perfumed goods company, has launched a pop up version of its bespoke service. It offers John Lewis shoppers in Oxford Street the opportunity to design their own ‘perfect gift’
Online electricals retailer AO has extended its partnership with CollectPlus, the UK’s largest independent store-based delivery and returns service, to offer its customers the option of collecting their online purchases from their local newsagent or convenience store. The new product range
This Chinese New Year, discerning tea drinkers will be able to celebrate the advent of the Year of the Rooster with Newby’s beautifully-designed Festive Tea Caddy, containing a limited edition, irresistible blend of Newby’s award-winning Assam tea and the finest
Set against a backdrop of declining profitability and significant changes in consumer lifestyles, retailers are under pressure to deliver the best freshness and optimal availability to their customers without the ability manage cost-to-serve. Typically, 40% of grocery revenue is driven
The international courier ParcelHero is organising a special Winter Workshop charity event for Great Ormand Street Hospital (GOSH) this Christmas; recapturing the excitement of traditional Christmas boxes. For many centuries servants, employees and tenants would receive an exciting Christmas box
iTradeNetwork, a leading global provider of on-demand supply chain management and intelligence solutions purpose built for the food industry, has commissioned research revealing the link between fresh produce departments and customer loyalty. The research, conducted by IGD in Europe,
Shopping centre landlord intu is taking leisure experiences in shopping centres to the next level with a virtual reality multi player family game. Christmas shoppers at intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham can step from a winter log cabin in the shopping
Forty nine per cent of all perfume sales in the UK happen in November and December, making it a top pick at Christmas. But what motivates Brits to buy scents at Christmas? MBNA’s research into what makes the perfume industry smell
Union Hand-Roasted Coffee has been named as one of 10 “ones to watch” in the prestigious Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. The accolade recognises businesses with exceptional growth potential.
Travel hubs will be the most favoured location for new stores in the coming year according to a report by UK law firm TLT and global retail research agency Conlumino, which surveyed the views of the UK's top 100 retailers. In
With shoppers opting for more indulgent purchases at this time of year, the SCA-manufactured brand has given Velvet Quilted a festive makeover so it makes an impact on the shelf and in the home. Offering consumers three layers of luxurious softness,
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Starbucks is bringing the magic and excitement of Christmas to the shopping aisle by launching an eye-catching limited edition wrap for its Chilled Classics best seller: Caffè Latte.
Nearly half of consumers (49.1%) are planning to buy their Christmas groceries this year from either Aldi or Lidl, despite competition from the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets. Research from leading online reward programmes provider Webloyalty suggests that the two discounters, along with
Marks & Spencer’s signature skincare range Formula has relaunched. With formulations and product lines both undergoing an overhaul, the retailer once again turned to DewGibbons + Partners to review the positioning then rationalise and redesign Formula’s identity and packaging, following
Excited Star Wars fans queued outside Hamleys for a first look at the new Propel Star Wars Battle Drones. The London toy store opened its doors at midnight this weekend to preview the new toy.
As snow gently fell on a crowd of thousands, the Fenwick Newcastle animated windows for 2016 were revealed.
In its biggest ever UK responsible drinking campaign, Budweiser has launched a partnership with Uber to offer free rides to all its new users throughout December - helping people plan ahead for their Christmas journeys home. In a bid to help
Global information company The NPD Group has identified five key foodservice industry trends to monitor in 2017.