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  • Contactless is making it easier to spend, but is that a good thing?
    We will soon be able to hand over £100 at the tap of a card: but what will that mean for fraud victims and the vulnerable?It is about to get a lot easier to spend your money. The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced last week that consumers will soon be able... Read more »
  • John Lewis treads a fine line between staying special and staying alive
    The retailer’s results this week will look ugly, but too drastic a course change could hurt its image foreverJohn Lewis is expected to lay bare the extent of the damage it has suffered during the pandemic on Thursday, with its first annual loss and confirmation of plans to close more... Read more »
  • The ‘soulless corporation’ look – yes, it’s Amazon on the high street | Barbara Ellen
    Till-free convenience is all very well until the bill eventually arrives at homeI may be a retail misanthrope, but are the till-free Amazon Fresh shops a depersonalised step too far? At first sight, the basic concept (wander in, wander out, get charged later) looks tailor-made for me.I already don’t need... Read more »
  • ACS makes recommendations for a workable deposit return scheme
    The Association of Convenience Stores has responded to an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) call for evidence on the next steps for the implementation of deposit return schemes. The call for evidence sought views on the materials in scope, scheme design, obligations on retailers, recent changes in retail activity, and how... Read more »
  • PayPoint marks International Women’s Day
    The PayPoint Group, owner of payments brands such as PayPoint and Handepay, is highlighting female business owners within its network of convenience stores and merchants to mark International Women’s Day (8 March). The PayPoint Group has recognised Natalie Lightfoot, owner of Londis Solo Convenience Store in Glasgow. Lightfoot moved from... Read more »
  • Nisa unveils Easter deals
    Nisa is encouraging its retailer partners to stock up early for Easter as research reveals that more than 50% of all gifts are bought weeks ahead of the event. The symbol group has introduced a range of confectionery deals to help shoppers stock up on treats ahead of the bank... Read more »
  • Budgens grows partnership with food waste app
    Budgens has expanded its partnership with surplus food app Too Good To Go to 100 stores. Too Good To Go lets people buy surplus food and drink from retailers, restaurants, pubs, and producers to stop it from going to waste. Consumers download the free Too Good To Go app and... Read more »
  • Menzies carriage charge to remain unchanged
    Menzies Distribution’s carriage charge is to remain unchanged for the time being, the company has notified the NFRN. The company said that it has not undertaken any review at present and cannot commit to an actual date when this will take place. Traditionally, Menzies announces any changes to its carriage... Read more »
  • SuperValu sponsors webinar to mark International Women’s Day
    SuperValu is to sponsor charity AsIAm’s latest webinar, which focuses on women and girls living with autism, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March). The day celebrates the achievements of women and to mark the occasion AsIAm and SuperValu will host an online seminar that will explore the experiences of... Read more »
  • Mars Wrigley adds egg hunt packs to Easter 2021 range
    Mars Wrigley UK has expanded its Easter portfolio with new Easter Hunt Mixes. Maltesers Easter Hunt Mix (£6.99; 279.8g) includes seven 21g hollow eggs, eight Mini Bunnies and two 29g Bunnies, and Galaxy Easter Hunt Mix (£6.99; 306.4g) includes seven 21g hollow eggs, eight Caramel Mini Eggs and two 34g... Read more »
  • Forecourt operator selects EDGEPoS for three sites
    Retailer Ehtsham Ul Haq has installed EDGEPoS at his three Essar-branded forecourts at Hatton Service Station near Derby, Rockbay Service Station in Buxton, and newly opened Burslem Filling Station in Stoke on Trent. Henderson Technology’s installation partner Celestra completed all three installs with full remote training with managers and staff... Read more »
  • Consumer confidence reaches highest level in year, research shows
    Consumer confidence is at its highest level in over a year, new research reveals. The latest IGD Shopper Confidence Index shows consumer confidence increased for the second month running, hitting -4, which is the highest level since February 2020. The increase in confidence has been driven by the government’s plan... Read more »
  • Tesco sets health target in response to shareholder challenge
    Tesco plans to increase the proportion of sales from healthier products to 65% by 2025 in response to a shareholder resolution co-ordinated by investors group ShareAction. The supermarket giant has committed to publish a strategy to achieve this goal and to report on its progress annually, as requested by the... Read more »
  • Frasers Group warns of store closures after 'near worthless' budget support
    Retailer says rates cap ‘will make it nearly impossible to take on ex-Debenhams sites’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrasers Group, the retailer controlled by the Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley, has said it will be forced to close stores and cut jobs after a “near worthless” support package... Read more »
  • Ghosts of Christmas past: festive displays remain in London's locked-down shops - in pictures
    As Easter approaches, some London shops are still displaying Christmas decorations after closing at short notice on 20 December Continue reading...... 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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  • United Colors of Benetton debuts a new highly sustainable store concept
    Benetton raises the curtains on a new store concept in Florence. Featuring intensive use of sustainable materials and state-of-the-art, energy-saving technologies, this new location is a real trailblazer for a revolutionary approach to low environmental impact retail. The result of an intensive research and innovation effort, the new store is... Read more »
  • Deichmann springs into Touchwood as Lendlease announce new signing
    Lend Lease Retail Partnership (LLRP), a fund managed by Lendlease, has announced the signing of Europe’s largest footwear retailer, Deichmann, at Touchwood Solihull, following the German brand declaring expansion plans to support British high streets amid the ongoing pandemic. The brand has traded for over a century, starting as a... Read more »
  • Amazon opens first ‘Amazon Fresh’ store in the UK
    Today, 4-March, Amazon is opening its doors to Amazon Fresh, the first convenience grocery store to offer Just Walk Out Shopping in the UK. Amazon Fresh is Amazon’s first physical shop and first grocery store outside of the US. The first location is in Ealing, London. To shop the Amazon... Read more »
  • How To Spring Clean Your Retail Store With This Checklist
    My first job was as a janitor in a dry-cleaning store. One rainy Thursday I had cleaned up the break room like I usually did and returned to get something when I heard a stern older woman's voice from behind me say, "So you're the one." ... Read more »
  • Navori Labs Unleashes AI Marketing Analytics Software for Retail and Physical Businesses
    Digital signage software pioneer Navori Labs today launches Aquaji, an AI-driven marketing analytics software that will improve the customer experience in physical environments, including brick and mortar stores, restaurants, and shopping malls, and enhance digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising. Aquaji counts unique visitors and gathers demographic data, length of stay, wait... Read more »