August, 2021

Don’t miss out – it’s now or never for digital transformation

Inside Retail

We’re living in an era that has seen profound technological advances change the face of retail. Just a decade ago, Instagram and Afterpay were barely in their inception phase – now, it’s hard to imagine any B2C business not taking advantage of these tools.

Cash still king, says new research

Talking Retail

A majority of transactions in convenience stores are still made in cash despite the increase in card payments during the pandemic, says new research. But there is a geographical divide in the UK, with southern counties less reliant on cash than those further north, adds the PayPoint data.

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IRDC 2021: Engaging Your Community via Purpose-Driven Design

VMS

Breakout Session: Purpose-Driven Design for Community-Based Projects. The events of the past year have given retailers an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on some important questions: How much does your store or brand reflect your purpose and values?

Mango opens new flagship store in Oxford Street

Retail Focus

Fashion retailer Mango has launched a new flagship store in London. The new space will be located at 223-235 Oxford Street, taking the total number of stores in the United Kingdom to 43.

Taking A Custom Approach To The New Workplace

All Work

Custom products play an increasingly important role in the reconfigured and refreshed workplaces that are being planned and implemented.

How to Motivate a Retail Employee

Retail Doc

How to motivate retail employees …. Retail Sales Retail Sales Training

Online only supermarket Geezy Go launches in Sydney

Inside Retail

New on-demand food and grocery service Geezy Go has launched a digital supermarket serving Sydney, aiming to compete with Woolworths and Coles. . The online supermarket offers an under 20-minute delivery service, promising products priced similar to or lower than its rivals.

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Target’s 8.9 Percent Comparable Sales Growth Attributed to ‘Traffic’

VMS

Target (Minneapolis) has released its second quarter earnings, according to a company press release. The mass merchant revealed its second quarter comparable sales grew by 8.9 percent, which they say was driven entirely by customer traffic. Store comparable sales also saw growth by 8.7

Space NK immersive beauty experience in Old Spitalfields Market, London

Retail Focus

Space NK brought their ‘My Beauty Space’ campaign to life with a pop-up experience in Old Spitalfields Market between Friday 30 July – Sunday 1 August.

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Aldi unveils fruity craft beer offering for International Beer Day, 6 August 2021

Retail Times

Aldi has expanded its craft beer range to cater for growing consumer demand after it was revealed that Brits bought a staggering extra 515 million litres of beer over the past year. Retail News Retailer News Aldi

Best Cross Selling and Upselling in Retail Tips

Retail Doc

Cross selling and upselling in retail are the foundation of raising the average ticket. Cross selling in retail is the art of suggesting additional, complementary products to someone who has already decided on a purchase. Retail Sales Training selling suggestive selling retail cross selling

$24m investment into recycling to help retailers hit sustainability targets

Inside Retail

The Federal and NSW Governments announced a joint $24 million investment into greater recycling capabilities across the state on Monday, a decision which will see 22 projects greenlit with the intention of reducing waste.

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Nisa’s retailers increase charitable donations sharply during pandemic

Talking Retail

Nisa’s registered charity, Making a Difference Locally (MADL), has reported a big increase in donations from retailers during the pandemic. Well over a million pounds (£1,190,976) was donated in the charity’s latest financial year, which ended in June 2021.

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CVS to Increase Wages

VMS

CVS (Woonsocket, R.I.) is raising its minimum enterprise hourly wage to $15 per hour beginning July 2022, according to a company press release. Incremental increases for the company’s competitive hourly rates will begin this month.

The retail rebound and the role of digital

Retail Focus

Covid-19 hit the retail sector hard. Shops were closed. Consumer spending shifted online. High street stalwarts struggled or, in the case of Debenhams , collapsed.

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Bish Creative – Retail Insights #18

Bish

? Please enjoy our 18th Retail Insights video! In this video, Lori Taylor, Senior Solutions Manager of Bish Creative, speaks with Kurt Deck, Senior Creative Display Manager of Kellogg’s Company.

Working Retail Sales: How It Made Me A Better Person

Retail Doc

After I posted a job notice on Facebook for a client, I received this comment, “A resume for a retail job?”. Retail Sales Retail Sales Training

Snap lockdowns weighing on ‘battle-weary’ retailers, public

Inside Retail

Australia’s battle with the Delta variant of Covid-19 is continuing to shut businesses down, with the state of Victoria re-entering lockdown, rejoining New South Wales and Queensland in shutting non-essential retail and restricting citizens movements in light of surging cases.

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Nisa charity launches clothes banks

Talking Retail

Making a Difference Locally, the charity fund set up by wholesaler Nisa, has launched a new initiative to help retailers raise more funds for local good causes in the form of branded clothing banks.

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Two-Minute Tour: Denver

VMS

THE NUMBERS. Dubbed the Mile High City due to its elevation at exactly one mile above sea level, Denver is Colorado’s capital city as well as its most populous. The mountainous metropolis is home to roughly 749,103 people (nearly 3 million in the Denver metro) according to 2020 U.S.

Amid Rising Prices, Demand for Fair Prices is Rising Too

Retail Focus

For those retailers creaking back to healthy business levels after the seesaw demand cycles, supply chain upheaval, Brexit trade disruption and forced store closures, an unwelcome new specter is rearing its head: inflation.

The 12 Best Standing Desks for the Hybrid Workplace

All Work

With so many standing desk options out there, it can be tough to choose the right one for you. This guide should help you find the right one based on your specific needs.

5 Ways Brick and Mortar Retailers Should Prepare for a Better Future

Retail Doc

First the bad news for retailers. Retail Sales Technology Retail Sales Training retail trends brick and mortar online sales

Amazon to test department stores in offline expansion

Inside Retail

Amazon.com is to open several department stores in its home US market to test the concept as it continues to build out its multichannel business model.

Pladis partners with Nisa to boost biscuit sales

Talking Retail

Pladis, the biscuit and snacks giant, has teamed up with some Nisa stores in a trial to help maximise their biscuit sales. The Better Biscuits initiative has been running across eight Nisa stores for eight weeks throughout July and August.

Wilson Opens N.Y. Pop-Up Tennis Museum

VMS

Sporting goods brand Wilson (Chicago) will open its SoHo, New York, pop-up museum and retail store this week, according to a press release.

Canada Goose announces new Edinburgh store

Retail Focus

The lifestyle brand is set to join Edinburgh’s iconic shopping street, Multrees Walk, in the autumn of this year. Edinburgh will follow the launch of two shops in Germany this year, making it the seventh in the European market, with Munich scheduled to open later this summer.

UK online spending hits record high of £10bn in July, Adobe Digital Economy Index finds

Retail Times

Adobe today released its Adobe Digital Economy Index for the UK, which analyses billions of online transactions, making it the most comprehensive report of its kind.

Retail Sales Training: How To Sell More In Your Store

Retail Doc

"How can I sell more to customers?" is a frequent question from retailers of all sizes

Harvey Norman hits record profit in Australia

Inside Retail

Harvey Norman has delivered another strong year in spite of the Covid-19 crisis, with total revenue up 15.3 per cent to $9.49 billion, and profit after tax up 75 per cent to $841.4 million. Earnings at the furniture and homewares business also spiked during the year, growing 54 per cent to $1.45

South Wales group links with Gander to cut food waste

Talking Retail

The Welsh group CK Foodstores is the latest retailer to link up with the Gander app, designed to cut the amount of food shops have to throw away. Gander is being launched in 23 CK Foodstores and it is hoped it will help the stores sell significantly more of their reduced-to-clear products.

IRDC 2021: Stronger, better, smarter…

VMS

Interactive Workshop: The Upside of Upheaval: Harnessing Our Potential for Resilience from the Inside Out .

More independent brands sign leases to open in Wembley Park

Retail Focus

Innovative independent businesses are rushing to sign leases in Wembley Park, London’s globally renowned entertainment district and 365-day neighbourhood , with two further deals made in the last week – including one that already has a space in the destination.

Why it works: digital signage solutions can significantly improve CX in modern retail

Retail Times

Customers have become digitally savvy and want nothing but an omni-channel retail experience. As a modern retailer, you should be looking to invest in a digital signage solution that provides information, wayfinding, and selling your products without doing anything.

Resolve Retail Customer Complaints in 4 Easy Steps

Retail Doc

It's never easy dealing with a retail customer service issue. Sometimes it may seem like they’re looking for trouble, but complaining customers are probably just looking for a solution to a frustrating problem.

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Customers tightened wallets again in July as lockdowns kicked off

Inside Retail

Spending intentions across the country predictably fell during July, as Australian consumers geared up for a long, bloody battle with a renewed virus which has only gotten worse.

Retailers get new online tool to help them go green

Talking Retail

Independent retailers are being encouraged to cut their carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly through using a new online resource.