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  • Government urged to back £350m fund to revive UK high streets
    Campaigners say grants would help underpin commercial and social investment in regeneration projectsCampaigners are calling on the government to back a £350m high street buyout fund that would bring communities, business and councils together to revive 200 neglected properties across the country.The Platform Places initiative, backed by the government’s own... Read more »
  • ‘Interim’ boss leaves retail trade body after five months
    Stuart Hale, chief operating officer at the Federation of Independent Retailers, has left the business, the trade body announced today. National president Jason Birks said: “We are very grateful to Stuart for the great support he has given to members and staff in the short time he was with the... Read more »
  • Meal deals in the firing line as Scots take stricter route on HFSS proposals
    The Scottish government has outlined its plans to restrict the promotion of foods judged to be high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS). In a consultation published today (1 July), the Scottish government sets out a range of options for the categories of product that would be included within the... Read more »
  • Barbecue boost for Nisa stores
    Nisa has launched a summer barbecue promotion to offer customers all they need for outdoor eating. The seasonal promotion is intended to increase sales for Nisa retailers, while encouraging shoppers to make the most of the rising temperatures and light evenings with friends and family. Seasonal lines included in the... Read more »
  • Government confirms further compensation for sub-postmasters
    The sub-postmasters who won a legal action after the Horizon IT scandal are to receive interim compensation from the government totalling £19.5m. The government has announced that the package will be made available to the eligible members of the group that took action against the Post Office but have only... Read more »
  • Midcounties Co-op gives Fairtrade discount to its members
    The Midcounties Co-operative is offering its members a 10% discount on all Fairtrade products in all its 230 Your Co-op Food stores. Midcounties has supported Fairtrade for more than 27 years, since the foundation was established. The savings will be in place until the end of the year at least.... Read more »
  • Grocery inflation evident all over Europe, say Nielsen figures
    European-wide inflation in food prices has been confirmed by the latest NielsenIQ data. The analyst found prices of fast-moving consumer goods (FCMG) are 6.9% higher across Europe than a year ago, rising to 7.5% higher in the UK. The period measured was the 12 weeks to 24 April, set against... Read more »
  • Sub half-hour deliveries popular with more than half of customers
    More than half of consumers like the idea of rapid grocery delivery, says a new survey. The research, by digital and data specialist TWC, found that 51% of those asked found the idea of delivery in half an hour appealing, which rose to 69% for Londoners. TWC believes the reasons... Read more »
  • Research shows local shops easing cost of living strain for customers
    New research from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has shown how consumers feel about their local shops and how important they see them in helping manage their money. As the nation faces a cost of living crisis, consumers see local shops as part of the solution to manage their... Read more »
  • Lavazza in talks with UK retailers as coffee bean costs jump 80%
    Coffee maker’s move comes as brands struggle with inflation on energy, freight costs and ingredients The coffee maker Lavazza says it is is in talks with retailers about how to manage its soaring costs as almost a third of UK businesses predict they are likely to increase the price of... Read more »
  • Kung Fu Panda goes green
    Eco-friendly bamboo brand The Cheeky Panda has partnered with DreamWorks franchise Kung Fu Panda to launch a competition on packs of the firm’s kitchen roll and baby wipes, giving shoppers the chance to win a weekend of adventure in Edinburgh. The prize includes a Kung Fu masterclass, a trip to Edinburgh... Read more »
  • Poundland resets stores to support squeezed shoppers
    Poundland has confirmed that it is resetting its 850-plus stores to ensure it would best meet the needs of customers – new and old – as the country begins seeing rates of inflation not experienced since 2007-8. The discounter said it would be leaning more heavily into its iconic £1... Read more »
  • Tesco faces shortage of Heinz products after row over rising prices
    Heinz pauses supplies of key products including ketchup and baked beans, leaving shelves emptyTesco is facing shortages of Heinz baked beans, ketchup and salad cream after a fallout with the US brand over price increases.Heinz has paused supplies of a range of key products over the row, which has already... Read more »
  • UK shop prices hit highest rate of inflation since 2008
    Prices up 3.1% on a year ago, with fresh food prices in particular rising sharply, figures showShop prices have hit their highest rate of inflation in almost 14 years as businesses grapple with soaring supply chain costs and a cut in household spending, figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)... Read more »
  • Fashion brands pause use of sustainability index tool over greenwashing claims
    H&M has suspended its use of product labelling tool, The Higg Materials Sustainability IndexAn alliance of major fashion brands has announced that it is pausing its use of a tool to measure garments’ sustainability after critics described it as greenwashing.Until this week, shoppers could go on to H&M’s website and... 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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    Helping ensure the safety of pedestrians, TORMAX automatic sliding door systems can be fitted with a full-glass screen behind which the door leaf can recess as the entrance opens.  This removes the risk of the sliding door mechanism being interfered with or blocked by anyone, allowing immediate clear opening as... Read more »
  • Beauty Pie opens ‘Warehouse of Dreams’ pop-up in Covent Garden
    The membership beauty brand is offering shoppers the chance to try the products in real life at their new pop-up concept store. The cosmetics subscription brand will open its doors in Covent Garden, dubbed ‘London’s beauty quarter’, from 30 June to 11 July. Founded in 2016 by serial entrepreneur Marcia... Read more »
  • Pride in London pop-up opens their doors on Foubert’s Place
    Shaftesbury has announced that the Pride in London pop-up has opened their doors on Foubert’s Place marking the 50 year anniversary of Pride. The pop-up offers a safe space for London’s LGBT+ community, and is located at 15-17 Foubert’s Place, London, W1F 7QB – just off Carnaby Street – open... Read more »
  • Could more immigrants save the retail sector?
    The global retail sector has faced several serious challenges in recent years, but could the introduction of more immigrants help to solve the most important issues? By looking at a few examples from around the world, we can see how immigrants are often a crucial part of the retail workforce.... Read more »
  • The Online Bingo Blueprint for Virtual Retail Events
    If you work in retail marketing, you are probably already familiar with the concept of virtual retail events. These are online-only events (that may be broadcast from your in-store location) designed to publicise a sale, launch a new product, or increase customer retention. Of course, throwing a successful virtual retail... Read more »
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