Wed.Sep 21, 2022

Star Pharmacy names new CEO

Inside Retail

Star Pharmacy Group has appointed Peter Piliouras as the new CEO of its national pharmacy business. The group incorporates its own national brand, Star Discount Chemist and a number of Priceline Pharmacies and independent stores.

Retail Industry Awards 2022: Winners (independent)

Talking Retail

The Retail Industry Awards 2022 ceremony took place on 20 September at The Brewery in London. The sold out event celebrated the best retailers across the UK. Here are the winners and highly commended in the independent categories. More details about the winning entries will follow soon.

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Dior opens Brisbane pop up to showcase winter menswear range

Inside Retail

Luxury fashion label Dior has opened a pop up in Queensplaza, Brisbane, to introduce its men’s winter 2022 collection. . Dior says the ground-floor store, which will remain open until the middle of next month, was inspired by a winter morning in Paris on the Pont Alexandre III.

Retail Industry Awards 2022: Winners (independent)

Talking Retail

The Retail Industry Awards 2022 ceremony took place on 20 September at The Brewery in London. The sold out event celebrated the best retailers across the UK. Here are the winners and highly commended in the independent categories.

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Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

Coles Group to sell convenience store business to fuel partner Viva Energy

Inside Retail

Coles Group is to sell its fuel and convenience business to listed Viva Energy for $300 million in a deal which will have to first satisfy the competition regulator and gain foreign investment approval.

MG2 Names Wendy Unzelman CFO

VMS

(PRESS RELEASE) SEATTLE — International architecture and design firm MG2 recently announced the promotion of Wendy Unzelman to chief financial officer. Unzelman has more than 35 years in finance and accounting, serving most recently as the firm’s vice president of finance.

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Instacart Bringing Updated Smart Carts to Grocery Stores, Helping Them Compete with Whole Foods and Amazon Stores

VMS

Instacart (San Francisco) is launching a bundle of new technologies to help grocers unify online shopping with in-store experiences, including a revamped smart cart.

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Gap eliminates 500 corporate jobs amid shrinking margins

Inside Retail

Gap Inc is eliminating about 500 corporate jobs, the apparel chain said on Tuesday, as it struggles to protect margins and battles weak sales of outdated clothes at brands including Old Navy.

Gap Laying Off 500 Corporate Employees

VMS

Gap Inc. San Francisco) is cutting 500 corporate jobs at its offices in San Francisco, New York and Asia, The Wall Street Journal reports. About 8700 people work at the company’s headquarters locations, according to Gap’s annual report , so the layoffs impact nearly 6% of its corporate payroll. “We’ve

How to make products that last a lifetime: Designers weigh in at NYFW

Inside Retail

When it comes to luxury fashion and interior design, the topic of sustainability is unavoidable. That was apparent at the recent New York Fashion Week, which featured a panel discussion on the long-term luxury of sustainability.

Manchin’s New Bill Could Lead to One Big Climate Win

Robinson Meyer

Sign up for The Weekly Planet, Robinson Meyer’s newsletter about living through climate change, here. About a year ago, one of the worst things that can happen to any climate journalist happened to me: I started to care about power lines.

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How Maison Francis Kurkdjian built a brand around the Picasso of fragrance

Inside Retail

Born of a collaboration in 2009 between Marc Chaya and perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, Maison Francis Kurkdjian has become a major player in the luxe fragrance industry, and is sold across more than 700 locations worldwide.

Scottish retailers told to get going with DRS scheme preparation

Talking Retail

A leading waste management specialist has warned that independent retailers in Scotland need to prepare now for the start of the deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, which begins next summer.

County Supplies named Foodservice Supplier of the Year at the FPC Awards

Retail Times

County Supplies was named Foodservice Supplier of the Year at the FPC Fresh Awards on 16 September 2022. Awards Services Time

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VK re-brands in time for students return to study

Talking Retail

The vodka-based alco-pop VK has re-branded in an effort to boost sales of the drink in the new university year.

CafePod to introduce winter limited edition, Oh My Gingerbread

Retail Times

CafePod has announced that it will be following its delicious Choc ’N’ Roll and Hey There Hazelnut pods, with a very exciting winter limited edition Oh My Gingerbread. Coffee Hot beverages Product Time CafePod

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Retail Industry Awards 2022: Winners (multiples and company owned)

Talking Retail

The Retail Industry Awards 2022 ceremony took place on 20 September at The Brewery in London. The sold out event celebrated the best retailers across the UK. Here are the winners and highly commended in the multiple and company owned categories.

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Joules ReWear launches resale service with Reskinned

Retail Times

Joules, the premium British lifestyle brand, is pleased to announce the launch of its resale platform, the newest phase of its partnership with clothing platform Reskinned, as part of its ‘Joules ReWear’ programme.

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Retail Industry Awards 2022: Product launch of the year winners 

Talking Retail

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Inditex fashion brand Stradivarius opens at Liverpool ONE

Retail Times

Grosvenor has announced that international fashion brand, Stradivarius, has officially opened at Liverpool ONE, marking its city debut.

Government confirms it will protect businesses from energy price hikes

Talking Retail

The government has today confirmed that it will be funding support for business energy bills in a similar way to the subsidy for domestic bills.

Four out of five British consumers ditch well-known brands for cheaper alternatives, as the cost of living crisis starts to bite

Retail Times

A new study from Forbes Advisor has revealed that four-in-five (82%) Brits have substituted their typical weekly grocery products for cheaper or supermarket own-brand alternatives.

Scottish retail chain recruits former Nisa manager

Talking Retail

Greens Retail, the Scottish convenience store chain formerly called Eros Retail, has appointed the former Nisa executive Kevin Polley as fresh foods & FTG development manager. Polley’s role was recently made redundant by Nisa in a round of job cuts.

Young people shop for products on social media just as much as they do on Google, study finds

Retail Times

Artios’ survey revealed that when looking for new products or services, younger generations (aged 16-24) turn to social media just as often as they do Google.

Bobby’s launches bagged sweets range

Talking Retail

British snack brand Bobby’s has launched its first bagged confectionery range. The new range comes in price-marked £1 hanging bags and offers 18 different sweets which are a mix of proven sellers, modern favourites and new products.

Co-op announces new leadership structure for convenience and wholesale operations

Retail Times

The Co-op has announced a new leadership structure for its convenience and wholesale operations. People Co-op

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Treefrog’s American Walnut Crown

VMS

Treefrog’s American Walnut Crown. Customized options are available. Make the most out of a large space with American Walnut Crown, a collection of 4-by-10-ft. prefinished veneers with consistency in every sheet, ideal for large spaces or multi-location projects in maintaining a similar look. Customized options are available. Treefrog. POST CATEGORIES. MANUFACTURER: Treefrog. PRODUCT CATEGORY: Materials. Materials Product: Treefrog

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inriver study finds online shoppers value sustainability and browsing over brand loyalty

Retail Times

New research from inriver looking into online shopping behaviors and preferences confirms sustainability is a top priority for consumers when making purchases.

International Officers Elected for 2022-2024 Term

Retail Design Institute

Cynthia Hirsch Ortiz, RDI, Kathryn Hof Abercromby, RDI and Dina Meindl, Allied RDI, have been re-elected as International President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, for the 2022-2024 Term. Kathryn Patton-Miller, RDI, was elected International Vice President.

Alibaba rolls out deeper immersive luxury shopping experience in the metaverse

Retail Times

To mark Tmall Luxury Pavilion’s 5-year anniversary, Alibaba is rolling out new metaverse upgrades that will feature a series of events that build on the ways Tmall Luxury Pavilion is helping luxury brands connect with China’s affluent shoppers.

Marks & Spencer’s Space Range Display (SRD) transformed by TCS using Blue Yonder and Azure Databricks

Retail Times

Retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has partnered with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), to modernise its in-store Space, Range and Display (SRD) capabilities so the company can adapt to ongoing supply chain disruptions and ensure the physical space in its stores is being used as effectively as possible. Retail News Retail Technology Retailer News Marks and Spencer

DHL Parcel UK announces partnership with Quadient to offer smart locker delivery

Retail Times

DHL Parcel UK today announces a new partnership with Quadient to offer smart lockers parcel pick-up throughout the UK. The contactless, secure locker stations will give recipients more choice and flexibility to receive their parcels at a time and location that suits them. Retail News Retail Technology Retailer News

ASICS selects Contentsquare to fuel digital expansion and optimise mobile experience

Retail Times

Contentsquare, the global leader in digital experience analytics, today announced it has partnered with ASICS EMEA to support the sportswear giant’s ambitious digital growth strategy. Retail News Retail Technology Retailer News Asics

Spar International selects CitrusAd to deliver a personalised experience to online customers worldwide

Retail Times

CitrusAd’s retail media platform will form part of Spar’s digital transformation journey, supporting the delivery of a personalised, targeted, experience to consumers online, matching Spar’s offline approach. Spar is one of the most recognised grocery retail brands with over 13,600 stores in 48 countries across four continents. The agreement with CitrusAd aligns with Spar’s goal of closer collaboration with local and international suppliers.

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H&M expands at Lakeside with launch of HOME offer

Retail Times

Lakeside, one of the UK’s most popular retail and leisure destinations, owned by property company SGS, is pleased to announce that H&M has signed on a new unit at the centre, as part of an expansion and re-model, which will see the launch of H&M HOME. Retail News Retailer News H&M