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  • Labour to scrap business rates if elected, says shadow chancellor
    Rachel Reeves says party will also review tax reliefs, suggesting it would target income from buy-to-let propertyLabour will scrap business rates and undertake the “biggest overhaul of business taxation in a generation,” the Labour shadow chancellor will say at her speech on Monday, saying the current system punishes entrepreneurs and... Read more »
  • UK pharmacies in dark about ministers’ plan to maintain drug supplies
    Chemists wait for details of measures to ensure driver shortages do not adversely affect deliveries of prescription drugsPharmacists are waiting for details from the government about what measures are in place to deal with any delays to deliveries of drug supplies as a result of van driver shortages.If the situation... Read more »
  • ‘I was empty, I’m not panic-buying’: in the petrol queue on the North Circular
    Inside lane of one of the UK’s busiest roads is full of frustrated motorists waiting for a turn at the pump A kilometre of one of the UK’s most congested roads was on Sunday taking on a new, unwanted role: the queue for a BP garage still managing to sell... Read more »
  • Turkey farmers see 250% surge in orders as families scramble to save Christmas dinner
    There have been unprecedented orders for turkey, with most farms reporting soaring demand compared to last year. Meanwhile, Derbyshire-based EVCL has gone into administration.... Read more »
  • Who makes the hottest trainers? Lidl! But you’ll have to run…
    The discount supermarket’s branded footwear sold out onlineLidl’s own-brand have become an unlikely contender for this year’s hottest trainer brand but the supermarket has been left apologising to customers after many pairs were bulk-bought and re-sold online by budding entrepreneurs.Priced at £12.99 and available from the middle aisle of Lidl,... Read more »
  • Emergency visas won’t tempt European lorry drivers to UK, say haulage chiefs
    ‘Much more’ needs to be done to resolve transport crisis, government told as poll shows majority blame BrexitThe government’s emergency programme to issue temporary visas to thousands of lorry drivers is far too little to resolve Britain’s supply-chain crisis and is unlikely to attract them to the UK, haulage chiefs... Read more »
  • Chilled food delivery group collapses putting over 400 jobs at risk
    EVCL Chill goes into administration hit by severe driver shortages and loss of customersMore than 400 jobs are at risk after a chilled food delivery business collapsed into administration – in part as a result of the driver shortage.EVCL Chill, based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, had struggled after the loss of... Read more »
  • Supermarket food distributor goes BUST leaving 1,000 workers unemployed amid HGV driver chaos
    The company had a number of major contracts for supermarkets and employed around 1,000 workers in warehousing and HGV driving roles and adds to concerns of severe food shortages.... Read more »
  • Perfect storm: how the energy crisis, pandemic and Brexit affect UK households
    With inflation set to rise, alongside the cost of shopping and transport, the economic fallout will squeeze Britons’ budgetsThe Bank of England warned this week that surging energy bills will lead to inflation topping 4% this winter, piling pressure on already tight household budgets. The economic fallout from the pandemic... Read more »
  • Ribena Sparkling kicks off three-month partnership with Channel 4
    Ribena is partnering with Channel 4 to launch a three-month TV campaign for its Sparkling variants. Five 10-second adverts will run from tonight until Christmas Eve across Channel 4’s Friday evening programmes, aimed at Ribena Sparkling’s affluent consumer audience. The campaign will also include social media and radio advertising and... Read more »
  • 10 days to save Christmas: shops warn of disruption due to lack of lorry drivers
    Shortage of skilled drivers causes petrol station queues, while ONS says customers cannot buy all the food they wantSignificant disruption to Christmas is “inevitable” unless an acute shortage of lorry drivers is addressed in the next 10 days, retail bosses have warned, as the government raced to put together plans... Read more »
  • Country Choice unveils trio of Halloween launches
    Country Choice has expanded its Halloween range with three new products. New for this year are two 85g Halloween Cupcakes in Bat and Ghost variants, each made of chocolate sponge topped with icing and chocolate Halloween decorations (£1.49). Halloween Mallow Ghost (50g; £1.09) is a spooky shaped marshmallow with sugar... Read more »
  • Want a more sustainable wardrobe? Take better care of what you have
    Enough with the toxic cycle of clothes clearouts and binge-buying. It’s time we repaired, restored and renewed the things we loveWhat does it say about fashion that I’ve been writing about clothes for more than 20 years, but my favourite T-shirt has a hole where the collar has come loose... Read more »
  • Some forecourt stores continue to trade well even when the petrol pumps run dry
    A forecourt retailer where the petrol station has repeatedly closed because of delivery problems says that his shop has continued to trade well. David Charman, who runs the 3,000 sq ft Spar forecourt store at West Malling in Kent, said that the pumps being closed has been disruptive, but had... Read more »
  • UK supermarket prices ‘to rise by 5%’ as supply chain costs increase
    CO2 problem not yet taken into account, so there could be a second wave of rises in new yearShoppers can expect to see a 5% rise in supermarket prices in the coming weeks – with a potential second wave of increases in the new year – as retailers and suppliers... 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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  • What Is World Class? Customer Service Case Study at Nordstrom NYC
    It’s easy to bemoan retail right now and the lack of good customer service.... Read more »
  • Laings to upsize at St David’s marking welsh debut for Patek Philippe
    The St David’s Partnership, owners of St David’s Cardiff, has announced the forthcoming expansion of Laings’ Cardiff showroom. Set to relaunch next month, the upsized 4,735 sq ft showroom will welcome esteemed brands Rolex and Patek Philippe, marking a Welsh debut for the latter. The transformation of the family-run jewellers’... Read more »
  • Tommy Hilfiger upsizes at London Designer Outlet
    Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger is set to significantly upsize in London Designer Outlet following the success of its pop-up store at the outlet one year after it opened its doors. Throughout the pandemic, London Designer Outlet has welcomed a number of new brands, many of which signed their deals over the... Read more »
  • How To Avoid Going Bankrupt? It Begins With Visiting Your Competitor
    One of the first things I do when conducting a business makeover is to get the owner and manager to accompany me on a visit to a competitor. This usually results in a bit of a battle.... Read more »
  • Pret a Manger to open 200 more UK shops in next two years
    Pret a Manger has said it will open more than 200 UK shops over the next two years, after securing a further £100 million cash injection. The sandwich and coffee chain was battered by the pandemic but said it has seen its city centre sites recover further in recent weeks... Read more »

  • Seasalt explores sale as staycations lead to strong summer
    Seasalt has put itself up for sale after a lift in sales over the summer, as travel restrictions led to a rise in domestic travel. The post Seasalt explores sale as staycations lead to strong summer appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Nominations Now Open for 24th Annual Markopoulos Award
    Retail TouchPoints and design:retail are thrilled to announce the return of the Markopoulos Award, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions in visual merchandising and store design. For the past 24 years, design:retail has presented one notable industry professional with the Markopoulos Award, an... Read more »
  • Flooring retailer celebrates key milestones in sustainability partnerships
    Flooring Superstore is celebrating several key milestones after one year of sustainability partnerships, including planting over 3.5 million trees and removing over 1 million plastic bottles from the sea.... Read more »
  • Moonpig launches limited range of edible greeting cards
    GBBO is back on our screens for a 12th season and the team at Moonpig have baked up a brand-new batch of birthday cards. Or are they cakes? You decide.... Read more »
  • NIKE’s impressive growth set to be slowed as supply chain issues bite, says GlobalData
    Following today’s release of NIKE’s figures for Q1, FY2021/22; Emily Salter, senior retail analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view: “Sportswear giant NIKE has posted an impressive set of results with sales rising by $1.7bn during Q1 FY2021/22 to reach $12.2bn, a 14.9% increase compared... Read more »
  • Consumer confidence drops
    Drapers Consumer confidence drops Consumer confidence fell in September, driven by concerns regarding rising inflation, fuel and the end of the furlough scheme. The post Consumer confidence drops appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • White Pine Nordic Living comes to Seven Dials for flagship store
    Shaftesbury has announced that independent Scandinavian lifestyle store, deli and café, White Pine, has selected Seven Dials’ Earlham Street to launch their latest location, forming a new London flagship space for the brand, set to open later this month. Spanning just over 1,200 sq ft at 33 Earlham Street, the... Read more »
  • Shelley Sandzer secures a slice of Blackheath for Franco Manca
    UK leisure and property agency, Shelley Sandzer, has secured a new site for Franco Manca, the fresh sourdough Neapolitan pizza brand, in the sought after London location of Blackheath Village. The new 2,500 sq ft restaurant – seating 70 inside and 30 on a terrace – will be on Tranquil... Read more »
  • Fashion sales continue to rise
    Drapers Fashion sales continue to rise Fashion sales increased 36.93% year-on-year in the week to 19 September, new data shows. The post Fashion sales continue to rise appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • How UNTUCKit Scales Workforce Empowerment While Ensuring Chainwide Consistency
    Workforce engagement and empowerment have come to the forefront, especially as more retailers struggle to build up their store headcounts. Both retailers and their customers now expect associates to do more, do it better and accomplish it more quickly — but the reality is that they’re not always equipped to... Read more »
  • Brazil’s president says PM asked for ’emergency’ deal for unspecified food
    Brazil’s president has said Boris Johnson requested an “emergency” deal to import a food product facing shortages in England, amid warnings over disruption to supermarket supplies. The post Brazil’s president says PM asked for ’emergency’ deal for unspecified food appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Kering to abolish fur use
    Drapers Kering to abolish fur use Luxury giant Kering has announced it will stop using animal fur across all of its brands. The post Kering to abolish fur use appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • Understanding the Machines: How Solution Providers Decrypt AI for Retailers
    Approach your colleague and ask about his or her thoughts on Artificial Intelligence. About seven out of 10 people would mention that, presumably, the powerful technology may replace humans and dramatically disrupt the labor market. Yes, this is what people have been reading about in media. Despite “AI-powered future” talks... Read more »
  • Hackett London announces new campaign with legendary British racing driver and Formula 1 world champion, Jenson Button
    Hackett London is proud to announce its new campaign with legendary British racing driver and Formula 1 world champion, Jenson Button, for the unveiling of the Autumn-Winter 21 collection. With this exciting new collaboration, the British menswear brand celebrates the fascinating lifestyle of Hackett men. Under the concept “Embrace the... Read more »
  • Very Group appoints ex-Fenwick boss Robbie Feather As Retail MD
    The Very Group has appointed former Fenwick chief executive Robbie Feather as its retail managing director. The post Very Group appoints ex-Fenwick boss Robbie Feather As Retail MD appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »

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