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  • UK retailers report strongest seasonal sales in four years
    As shoppers return to stores amid growth in confidence, stock levels fall to lowest level in 38 yearsBritish retailers have reported their strongest seasonal sales in more than four years in June, according to the CBI, as the rush back to the high street pushed stock levels to their lowest... Read more »
  • Smokers should be offered advice on vaping to help them quit, says medical advisory body
    Doctors can recommend e-cigarettes or vaping devices to help patients stop smoking, according to new draft guidance from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which is out for consultation. The guidance says evidence suggests that e-cigarettes have similar effectiveness to short- and long-acting nicotine replacement therapies in helping... Read more »
  • Physical gift card sales on the rise, data shows
    Retailers are beginning to see a sharp increase in sales of physical gift cards as high street businesses continue to reopen their doors to the public, new research reveals. The Gift Card & Voucher Association’s (GCVA’s) State of the Nation 2021 research shows that gift card purchasing from physical stores... Read more »
  • Nisa’s charity donates over £160,000 to local good causes
    Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity has donated more than £160,000 to local projects and good causes in the latest round of its Heart of the Community Awards. The initiative enabled Nisa retailers to nominate a local community project to receive up to £5,000 of funding from MADL, with... Read more »
  • Too Good To Go UK reaches food waste milestone
    Surplus food app Too Good To Go has saved five million ‘Magic Bags’ of food in the UK in the five years since it launched. Too Good To Go lets consumers buy surplus food from businesses to stop it from going to waste. Consumers simply download the free Too Good... Read more »
  • Carabao extends League Cup partnership
    Eergy drink brand Carabao will continue its title sponsorship of the English Football League (EFL) Cup competition up until the end of the 2023/24 season. The Carabao Cup, now entering its fifth season, gives the brand access to the 92 competing clubs to ensure football fans across the country are... Read more »
  • Thousands of Brits sign petition against stores using imported eggs in own-label food
    More than 30,000 British shoppers have signed a petition demanding that supermarkets stop using imported eggs for own-label foods produced in the UK. The petition, which was launched by British Lion Egg Processors, has already gained support from members of the public, MPs, including Neil Parish, Jim Shannon, Rosie Cooper... Read more »
  • KP Snacks introduces Tyrells price-marked pack range
    KP Snacks is expanding its £1 price-marked pack (PMP) range with the addition of three of the most popular flavours from its premium snack brand Tyrrells. The new Tyrrells £1 PMP 60g packs are available in three core flavours: Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, and Mature Cheddar &... Read more »
  • Scottish government continues to help c-stores stock healthy local produce
    A Scottish government funding programme that promotes the sale of local produce in convenience stores across Scotland has entered its second year. The Go Local initiative will see at least 21 grants paid to convenience store operators, allowing increased sales of fresh, healthy, locally sourced products to customers. The £190,000... Read more »
  • UK consumer confidence remains stable
    Consumer confidence remained steady at -9 in June, new research reveals. GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index shows four measures of confidence rose in June in comparison to the figures for May and one measure was down. Joe Staton, client strategy director GfK, said: “While the shifting sands of an end... Read more »
  • Government again rejects a new protection of shopworkers law
    The government has again rejected an attempt to provide greater protection for frontline workers by opposing an amendment to its flagship crime bill. The amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would have provided a specific offence of assaulting a shopworker, was debated today in committee. Retail... Read more »
  • Lego aims to woo adult superfans with instore ‘storytelling tables’
    Feature makes debut in flagship New York shop along with interactive attraction called ‘the Brick Lab’Lego is to create “storytelling tables” at its stores for adult superfans where they can have virtual meetings with set creators and pore over early product designs and prototypes.Adult brick fans, called AFOLs (adult fan... Read more »
  • ROLAND WHITE reviews Inside Tesco
    This profile and history of the store couldn't have been any more favourable to Tesco if Julie Andrews had skipped down the frozen foods aisle singing: 'The tills are alive' writes ROLAND WHITE.... Read more »
  • ‘An afterthought’: why do specs companies ignore the black community?
    The eyewear industry likes to use black models, but its products are simply not made with black people in mind according to a British company, Kimeze, which has begun designing glasses for black face shapesThe women behind the first company to make glasses specifically for black faces says the eyewear... Read more »
  • Amazon faces MPs’ scrutiny after destroying laptops, tablets and books
    ITV News investigation prompts demand from politicians for meeting with UK manager to explain ‘wanton waste’Amazon is facing fresh political scrutiny after an undercover investigation showed thousands of unsold products, including laptops, TVs, headphones and books – in some cases still in their packaging – being destroyed by the company.The... Read more »

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Jack Ma of Alibaba coined the term “New Retail” to describe the seamless integration between the offline and online in retail, and how big data, AI and the digitization of the entire retail value chain will be the new normal. In this panel we’ll discuss what “New Retail” will look like in a post-COVID world, and what brands and retailers should do to come back from the crisis and face the existing challenges of growing competition from eCommerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba, reduced margins and growing customer expectations.

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  • Hexcite Group appoints Wes Mulligan as Group Chief Executive
    Hexcite Group, a leading provider of design, communication, brand activation, signage, display and merchandising products and services for major brand owners and retailers, is delighted to announce it has appointed Wes Mulligan as Group Chief Executive. Wes has led a number of businesses across retail, leisure and support services sectors.... Read more »
  • APSS promotes two team members
    Lincolnshire-based commercial interior design and fit out firm APSS has promoted two long-serving staff members as lockdown eases and businesses reopen. Richard Mycroft has been promoted to Operations Manager. Over the last year, he has stepped up to implement a range of positive changes across the business to better streamline... Read more »
  • Responsible womenswear brand Nobody’s Child opening at Carnaby Street, this week
    Shaftesbury have announced the arrival of Nobody’s Child, a responsible womenswear fashion brand opening at 50 Carnaby Street, this week. The store contributes to the diverse array of independent brands in London’s most directional shopping location. Samantha Bain-Mollison, Retail Director, Shaftesbury says: “We are delighted to welcome Nobody’s Child to Carnaby.... Read more »
  • Lyle & Scott signs lease on store at London Designer Outlet
    With excitement in the air at Wembley Park as it embarks on an events-filled summer, London Designer Outlet is adding to the neighbourhood’s celebrations with the announcement that British menswear brand Lyle & Scott is joining its premium fashion offering. The heritage label will occupy more than 800 sq ft... Read more »
  • Sports Direct opens new London flagship
    Sports Direct is reopening its flagship store, following a £10m refurbishment. Located in the heart of London has undergone a complete overhaul with a modern, innovative, and sleek new look that brings the brand’s elevation strategy and fresh approach to the iconic retail space. The store, which first opened in 2014,... Read more »