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  • How Games Workshop grew to become more profitable than Google
    Tabletop gaming, based on a mix of science fiction and fantasy worlds, has seen sales surge during lockdownIt started in a small flat in west London, with three friends selling board games and a fanzine via mail order; now Games Workshop is worth more than Marks & Spencer and Asos... Read more »
  • From social distancing bracelets to vaccine priority: how NSW supermarkets are tackling Covid
    Woolworths and Coles stores are regularly listed as coronavirus exposure sites, prompting more precautions to ensure their doors stay openFollow our Australia news live blog for all the latest updatesDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingSome supermarket workers in Sydney will wear bracelets that alert them to... Read more »
  • Act now to stop garment workers being abused | Letters
    A watchdog for the clothing trade is urgently needed to protect vulnerable workers around the world, argues Fiona GoochI read Hannah Marriott’s article (The truth about fast fashion: can you tell how ethical your clothing is by its price?, 29 July) and agree that “voting with your wallet [to fix... Read more »
  • Mondelēz gears up for autumn with Halloween treats
    Mondelēz International has unveiled the latest additions to its Halloween line-up. New for this year are Mini Oreo Spooky Bags (£2.50; 152g), larger packs filled with eight treatsize bags of Mini Oreos, which the company said are great for both trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. The launch joins returning Spooky Oreo... Read more »
  • Cash prizes on offer with Doritos competition
    PepsiCo is set to launch an on-pack competition for its Doritos Dippers brand. Kicking off on 9 August and running until 17 October, the competition will give shoppers the chance to win a grand prize of £20,000, as well as opportunities to win £200 every day. To enter, shoppers will... Read more »
  • Goblincore: the fashion trend that embraces ‘chaos, dirt and mud’
    Sales of clothes and accessories featuring mushrooms, snails, frogs and worms are booming, but why now?Mushrooms, toads and moss might not be the most celebrated of nature’s creations, but thanks to goblincore, an aesthetic that is blossoming online as well as in forests, the danker, gnarlier side of nature is... Read more »
  • Wales leads the UK in relaxing Covid self-isolation rules
    Wales is set become the first country in the UK to relax Covid self-isolation requirements as it announced that from 7 August fully vaccinated adults with no symptoms may continue to work after they have been ‘pinged’. This means that shopworkers will have government approval for working provided they take... Read more »
  • Delivery driver shortage likely to continue, say suppliers and hauliers
    The driver shortage is continuing to affect deliveries to stores, with dairy giant Arla the latest to report problems. The firm’s UK managing director, Ash Amirahmadi, said in a BBC interview that the shortage, which for them started in April, could mean a summer of disruption. The milk company’s warning... Read more »
  • One in seven shops now vacant across the UK
    Retailers call on government to amend business tax rates in response to changing shopping needs and habitsMore than one in seven shops are now vacant on UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres, the highest proportion since at least 2015, as the Covid-19 pandemic ramped up pressure on already... Read more »
  • Northern Ireland gives out £100 vouchers to aid high street recovery
    Economy minister hopes prepaid card’s September launch will help bricks-and-mortar businesses struggling after lockdownsAdults in Northern Ireland are being handed free shopping vouchers as part of a £145m plan to breathe life back into high streets scarred by lockdown closures.Gordon Lyons, the country’s economy minister, said everyone aged 18 and... Read more »
  • Mikado supports on-the-go biscuit sales with latest campaign
    Biscuit brand Mikado has launched a social media campaign to support on-the-go biscuit sales. The campaign is running across Facebook and Instagram, showcasing the brand’s products in out-of-home locations, including Milk Chocolate Biscuits, Mikado Daim Chocolate Biscuits and Mikado & Go Milk Chocolate Biscuits. The campaign is supported by branded... Read more »
  • Retailers greet government’s plans to cut shop crime with mixed feelings
    The government’s latest plan to cut crime has received a mixed response from retailers after its publication last week. Some, including Onkar Sandhu, of Sandhu Stores in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and Amit Puntambekar of Ash’s Shop in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, were critical. Puntambekar described the plan as “lip service” and Sandhu said... Read more »
  • Cesar taps into ‘natural’ ingredients trend with new dog food range
    Mars Petcare is launching a Natural Goodness range under its Cesar dog food brand, in a move designed to tap into the trend for premium and natural products across the pet care category. The range is available now in three flavours: Cesar Natural Goodness rich in chicken, garnished with sweet... Read more »
  • ACS launches survey on HFSS regulations
    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched a survey to find out how retailers and suppliers intend to respond to forthcoming regulations on high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products. Last week, the Department for Health and Social Care confirmed plans to introduce promotion and location restrictions on HFSS products... Read more »
  • Carling kicks off Golden Ticket competition
    Carling has launched an on-pack giveaway offering consumers the chance to win tickets for an at-home football experience. The brand has hidden 20 golden tickets inside special Carling cans in promotional four-can multi-packs. Each ticket is worth more than £4,500 and offers shoppers the chance to win “everything a football... 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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  • Bally Unveils A New London Flagship on Regent Street, Celebrating its 170-Year Heritage
    Bally’s new London flagship on 106-112 Regent Street is located on the city centre’s famous thoroughfare and housed in a historic Regency building. Boasting a columned façade and windows framed by antique trim, the boutique sees the latest installation of the global Bally Haus concept, driving synergy among the company’s... Read more »
  • Many retail sectors have thrived during the pandemic thanks to e-commerce, but can it continue?
    In the past year, online shopping has boomed. With customers stuck indoors, many swapped in-store purchases for online splurges, but can it continue? As a result of the pandemic, it’s no secret that some of the world’s biggest retailers saw huge increases in the sales thanks to e-commerce. But which sectors... Read more »
  • Levi’s Tees and Jeans X Lucky Fox
    The Levi’s® store in Bromley is the first in a line of branches to have a shift in design and strategy, in collaboration with Lucky Fox, as the brand hits a new direction. The selected stores, which will have a more focused product selection of mainly tees and jeans, have been redesigned... Read more »
  • The Fragrance Shop celebrates the launch of their 200th branded store
    The past 18 months have been tough for the Great British high-street, with many retailers forced to close for months on end as the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK. However, this hasn’t stopped The Fragrance Shop – they have seen exponential online and in-store growth during this period, with business... Read more »
  • Mercers estate welcomes art gallery duo
    The Mercers’ Company has today announced that the UK art gallery group, Clarendon Fine Art, has selected 117 Long Acre, Covent Garden, for its latest unique gallery experience in the capital.  Capturing the gallery’s mission to make art accessible and enjoyable to all, from first-time buyers to established collectors, the... Read more »

  • JYSK continues UK expansion with new Leeds store
    Danish furniture retailer JYSK will have 24 shops in the UK when it opens the doors to its new store in Leeds next month. Due to... View Article... Read more »
  • Walmart, Apple Reimplement Mask Mandates After CDC Updates Guidance
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its mask guidance to recommend that all people wear a mask indoors in areas with “substantial and high transmission” of COVID-19. The change is just beginning to trickle down to retailers, with Apple and Walmart among the first to announce... Read more »
  • 6 retailers with campaigns for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    Here's a roundup of retailers who have gone for gold with their marketing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including Nike & Aldi. The post 6 retailers with campaigns for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Victoria’s Secret UK goes into liquidation
    Victoria’s Secret UK has moved out of administration and into liquidation. The post Victoria’s Secret UK goes into liquidation appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Fashion sales climb
    Drapers Fashion sales climb Total like-for-like fashion sales increased by 36.1% in the week to 30 July, new data shows. The post Fashion sales climb appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • Shaftesbury announces the arrival of emerging sustainable vintage store, Dunno. Curated
    Shaftesbury announces the arrival of Dunno. Curated, a brand new vintage store that opened at 8 Berwick Street on the 27th of July. The store will contribute to the diverse array of independent brands in the area and boasts a spacious 460 sq ft. Samantha Bain-Mollison, Retail Director, Shaftesbury says:... Read more »
  • “London’s worst attraction”- reactions to the new Marble Arch hill
    Visitors came across sights of rubble, building works and scaffolding from the platform covered in brown turf. Some even took (...) The post “London’s worst attraction”- reactions to the new Marble Arch hill appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Mothercare ramps up focus for international arm despite “challenging year”
    Mothercare's full-year losses widened as the Covid-19 pandemic affected trading in each of its markets across the world. The post Mothercare ramps up focus for international arm despite “challenging year” appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Howard de Walden signs trio of retail deals
    The Howard de Walden Estate is pleased to announce that it has signed two new leasing deals – in addition to a significant extension for The Kooples - in Marylebone Village. The deals encompass brands across the retail sector, adding to the distinctive offering across the estate.... Read more »
  • Selfridges transforms the façade of its iconic Birmingham store
    Earlier this week, Selfridges officially unveiled a new public art commission by artist Osman Yousefzada at its Birmingham store. The post Selfridges transforms the façade of its iconic Birmingham store appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group set for “upbeat” update after reopening stores
    Frasers Group is expected to unveil an “upbeat” trading update next week amid hopes its sales will have rebounded strongly after (...) The post Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group set for “upbeat” update after reopening stores appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Fall in number of temporary delivery drivers as hospitality and retail reopen
    The number of temporary delivery drivers has fallen by more than a quarter as thousands of workers return to their pre-pandemic (...) The post Fall in number of temporary delivery drivers as hospitality and retail reopen appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Indies divided over Northern Ireland shopping voucher scheme
    Drapers Indies divided over Northern Ireland shopping voucher scheme Although a £100 voucher scheme will help attract shoppers back to the high street, businesses need to start weaning themselves off of government handouts, independent fashion retailers have said. The post Indies divided over Northern Ireland shopping voucher scheme appeared first... Read more »
  • Boohoo responds to latest Leicester exploitation claims
    Drapers Boohoo responds to latest Leicester exploitation claims Boohoo Group has said it is “committed to the highest standards of ethical compliance”, following claims workers in its supply chain are still being exploited in Leicester's textile industry. The post Boohoo responds to latest Leicester exploitation claims appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • 5 Tips for Singles’ Day Success
    November might seem far away, but the fact is, brands and retailers in China have already been preparing for the world’s biggest shopping event — known interchangeably as Singles’ Day, Double 11 or 11.11 — for months. Last year, with the Chinese economy beginning to recover but travel still restricted,... Read more »