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  • Asda charters own cargo ship to 'navigate supply chain issues' in run up to Christmas
    The company reported a dip in sales for the third quarter of 2021, as demand for online food deliveries waned slightly but is expecting a strong festive period.... Read more »
  • Retailers: do not expect us to police Covid mask rules
    Big chains say enforcing fresh restrictions amid Omicron variant can be a ‘trigger for abuse’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRetailers have said they cannot be expected to police the reintroduction of mandatory mask wearing in shops in England from Tuesday because of the potential threat of abuse for... Read more »
  • Asda charters cargo ship with festive items amid supply chain crisis
    Ship carrying 350 containers with toys, clothing and decorations is supermarket’s first ever private charterAsda has revealed it chartered its own cargo ship to ensure key festive items such as toys, clothing and decorations reach its stores, in the latest example of the extreme measures retailers are taking to mitigate... Read more »
  • Glasgow store finds increased demand thanks to Snappy Shopper
    A Nisa store in Glasgow which was one of the first to use the Snappy Shopper delivery app has seen daily orders rise to 50 a day. The Nisa Local in Motherwell Rd, run by Daniall Nadeem, has been working with Snappy Shopper since the beginning of last year. At... Read more »
  • Kettle Chips supports retailers at Christmas with cash prizes
    Kettle Chips is running a trade competition ahead of Christmas, offering retailers the chance to win cash prizes worth £10,000. Five runners up will also receive a selection of 40g packs of Kettle Chips including, Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Mature Cheddar & Red Onion, Sea Salt &... Read more »
  • Mask mandate returns in England, but unions argue it should have been with us all along
    The government has decided to re-introduce mandatory mask wearing in English stores from tomorrow (30th November). Even before the announcement was made some critics were arguing that compulsory mask wearing should never have been stopped in England in July. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all kept compulsory mask rules for... Read more »
  • Symbol group gives 200,000 foodbank meals in nine months
    More than 200,000 foodbank meals have been supplied by community retailer One Stop since March, says the community retailer. The company – a Tesco subsidiary – praised its workforce and customers for helping donate the food, part of regular charity efforts by the symbol group. Since 2013 One Stop has... Read more »
  • One Stop steps up efforts to tailor orders to individual stores
    One Stop has introduced a new system that tries to supply each shop with products they need rather than a standardised selection. The refreshed point of sale (POS) system looks at each store’s sales data and tailors orders to what customers are buying. The updating of the POS system has... Read more »
  • Morrisons Daily opening programme expanded again
    Community retailer McColl’s has announced plans to increase the number of Morrisons Daily stores it will open in the next year, the second acceleration of the opening programme in as many months. McColl’s said this morning (29 November) that it will have opened 450 stores in the format by the... Read more »
  • Inflation’s back – but is it here to stay? - podcast
    The inflation rate keeps going up – and some economists are warning that it’s time to take urgent action. So what is causing the change, what does it mean for ordinary people, and what’s the best way to deal with it?Many younger people won’t remember a time when inflation was... Read more »
  • Clarks looking for reboot under new Chinese leadership
    After British founding family are forced to cede control, focus of attention turns to AsiaIt began with a sheepskin slipper in 1825, but Clarks is moving out of its comfort zone in a battle for survival under new Chinese leadership.The British footwear institution, founded by Quaker brothers Cyrus and James... Read more »
  • Bee aware: do you know what is in that cheap jar of honey?
    British beekeepers call for stricter labelling on supermarket blends to identify the countries of originBritish beekeepers are calling for a requirement on supermarkets and other retailers to label cheap honey imports from China and other nations with the country of origin after claims that part of the global supply is... Read more »
  • It’s Brexmas! From turkeys to alcohol, how will shortages affect Christmas?
    Retailers and farmers explain what shoppers should expect as Brexit and supply chain problems biteWith less than a month to go until Christmas, many retailers are not only having to deal with the impact of the pandemic and a global supply chain crisis but are also experiencing the full impact... Read more »
  • Mince pie war hots up as supermarkets bid to woo younger taste buds
    Be it cookie-style or plant-based, gin-infused or speculoos filling, retailers are experimenting with the festive cakeTasted! Luxury mince piesBritons are starting Christmas early, with sales of mince pies on track to top £100m amid a fierce supermarket bake-off.The popularity of the mince pie is rivalled only by pigs in blankets... Read more »
  • Christmas shopping: check out the best ways to pay
    There’s a wide choice of options, from credit cards to buy now, pay later services such as KlarnaBuying festive gifts used to be so simple but the march of technology, Covid and other factors have shaken things up and led to a dizzying array of payment options.Buy something on the... Read more »

Video: New Retail Fest Fall 2020 – How has COVID Changed the Rules of the Game and What’s Coming Next?

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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  • Sainsbury’s links with Amazon to open checkout-free store
    Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Amazon to open a store where customers can pick up items and leave without having to use a till. It opened the store in Holborn, central London, on Monday, yards away from similar checkout-free stores from Amazon and Tesco. Sainsbury’s is using Amazon’s Just Walk... Read more »
  • Appnovation unveils a Series of Strategic Initiatives to Support its Retail and Commerce Expansion
    As the global digital consultancy continues on its growth trajectory, Appnovation announces new leadership talent, several strategic partnerships in the retail and commerce industry and its acceptance into the MACH Alliance. Building on its existing roster of work with global retail and commerce clients, the series of initiatives solidify Appnovation’s... Read more »
  • Goldsmiths unveils luxury new concept in Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln
    Goldsmiths, one of the UK’s leading luxury watch and jewellery retailers and part of the Watches of Switzerland Group, has invested significantly this year in redesigning its Goldsmiths showrooms. The Lincoln showroom follows the recent openings in Braehead, Brighton, Canterbury, and Reading.With a luxurious and modern retail environment that embraces more of a... Read more »
  • From Street Fashion to Online – How to Set-up an E-commerce Store
    These days, online shopping is a massive industry. In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, online retailers earned over $4.2 trillion from just over two billion shoppers. Overall, the industry grew by about 25 percent, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing.  So, if you’re trying to... Read more »
  • SalesRX Customer Success Story: Rebecca Wierda from Leigh's
      “I can't remember the last time that I have received so many phone calls and emails from customers saying what an exceptional experience they had at Leigh's. I feel that the training was a huge part of that. Our salespeople are now more confident when they are working with... Read more »
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