February, 2022

Aldi launches robotic pizza vending machine, Pizzabot

Inside Retail

Aldi Corner Store in North Sydney has debuted a first of a kind pizza-making robot vending machine, dubbed Pizzabot. The collaboration with Bondi startup Placer Robotics, will serve restaurant-grade pizzas in two minutes for a limited time.

Lids opens quartet of UK stores as part of international expansion

Retail Focus

US-based sports retailer Lids has opened its first four European stores – adding 234 sqm to its UK footprint. The launch forms part of a wider plan to increase the brand’s international presence, representing the first of many physical stores planned across the continent.


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Mars broadens its ice-cream range

Talking Retail

Mars has unveiled two additions to its ice-cream range, Skittles Stix and Starburst Ice Lolly. Both will be available from March 2022 as multi-packs and singles.


Industry Shake-Up: 2023 Commerce Trends To Rock Your World

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Drytac confirmed as Gold Sponsor for PRINTING United Expo 2022


Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce its Gold Sponsorship for the PRINTING United Expo 2022.

Why Have Customers Become so Aggressive and Belligerent?

The Retail Doctor

We’ve all seen videos of customers being abusive to airline personnel, in grocery stores, in banks, and … also, bad customer service examples are everywhere. Retail Customer Service Training bad customer service examples


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Primark and Greggs to launch “Tasty by Greggs” cafe and London boutique

Retail Focus

High street bakery chain Greggs is to launch “Tasty by Greggs” cafe in Primark Birmingham opening on February 12. Both brands revealed the new partnership which is to include a fashion collection in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Primark.

Why Europe Can’t Kick Russian Gas

Robinson Meyer

No fossil fuel is more important to understanding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine than natural gas. Russia sells gas to Europe via pipelines; Europe relies on it to heat its buildings, power its industry, and generate electricity.

Aldi provides latest evidence that vegan market is soaring

Talking Retail

More evidence for the sharp rate of growth in plant-based foods came from Aldi this week, as it announced a 500% increase in sales during January. The rise, attributed to customers deciding to go vegan for the month as a New Year resolution, came as Aldi decided to expand its vegan range by 50%.


Retail Minded

2021 was unlike any other year in commerce history, pushing digitalization full speed ahead thanks to the pandemic forcing retailers to adapt to changes in consumption, channel shifts, supply chain, customer expectations and more. .

How to Address the Needs of the Next Generation of e-Commerce Customers

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7 Leadership Training Skills To Boost Your Store's Success

The Retail Doctor

Management has the ability to make or break a team of employees, but only if they have skills for retail and leadership. retail management leadershiup leadership skills in retail

ABS data shows a retail rebound in January

Inside Retail

Retail sales surged by 6.4 per cent in January, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today. Sales of clothing, footwear and personal accessories also recorded a 7 per cent year-on-year increase, while sales by restaurants, cafes and takeaway services rose by 6.2

NICCE to open first physical store on Carnaby Street

Retail Focus

Shaftesbury announces the opening of NICCE’S flagship store on Carnaby Street. The 1,400 sq ft store spans two floors and opens in Spring. It will be located on the corner of Carnaby Street and Beak Street at 57 Carnaby Street.

The Original Factory Shop appoints Brian Rees as a non-executive director

Retail Times

Brian Rees has joined the board of Burnley based retailer The Original Factory Shop as a non-executive director.

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.

Cadbury to launch Caramilk buttons

Talking Retail

Cadbury is to launch a Caramilk version of its chocolate buttons. Available from April, Cadbury Caramilk buttons will come in two bag sizes, including the popular sharing bag format. This launch comes after the Cadbury Caramilk bar was the one of the best-selling new products of last year.

The Shopper Decision Tree and Shelf Layout – Not as simple as you think!

Mike Anthony

I recently conducted a poll on LinkedIN asking how best to organize products on a shelf. The results were interesting, with the vast majority of respondents suggesting that the merchandising layout should follow the Shopper Decision Tree. And at one level, that makes sense.

SalesRX Customer Success Story: Phil Jones of AGCO Corporation

The Retail Doctor

“In particular, I am thinking about this dealer in New York. He was probably doing right around $5 million with us. For 2020, he finished right about $9 million.”. case study SalesRX customer testimonial


KFC Australia pilots drone-delivery service in Queensland

Inside Retail

Global restaurant chain KFC launches its first drone-delivery service, partnering with Wing, to deliver hot food direct to homes and workplaces in Logan, Queensland. .

Ikea opens doors on first UK high street small-format site

Retail Focus

Ikea opens its first city centre store in the UK today with the company’s boss saying he hopes it will mean shoppers come to the retailer more often.

A few words with Vadim Rogovskiy, 3DLOOK CEO

Fashion Retail

Vadim Rogovskiy is CEO and co-founder of 3DLOOK, the global leader in AI-first mobile body measuring and fit solutions. Vadim is an angel investor and partner at Geek Ventures, an advisor and mentor at 500 Startups, and a Forbes “30 Under 30” alumni.

Ben & Jerry’s adds a new flavour to its hand-held ice-creams

Talking Retail

Ben & Jerry’s has introduced a new flavour of ice-cream on a stick. Salted Caramel Brownie Peace Pop joins the equivalent snack in cookie dough ice-cream to give customers more choice. The new flavour consists of a sweet ice-cream in a salty caramel coating.


Lidl becomes first UK retailer to convert all cotton staff uniforms to Fairtrade

Retail Times

Lidl GB has announced that it will be the first UK retailer to convert all its cotton staff uniforms to Fairtrade, the independent, third-party certification that partners with farmers and workers to negotiate better prices, decent working conditions, and a fairer deal overall.


SalesRX Customer Success Story: Sam Stamatiou of Wireless Zone

The Retail Doctor

“The quality of customer service provided by our new hires has massively improved in a short time.”. case study SalesRX customer testimonial


Melbourne Central adding new 20 stores to boost retail offering

Inside Retail

With Omicron waning out, Melbourne CBD is launching an additional 20 new stores in the coming months in order to revive its retail wing. This comes after last year’s expansion which added 20 new stores to the precinct.

Dyson debuts innovative technology at Victoria Square

Retail Focus

British technology company, Dyson , has selected Victoria Square in the heart of Belfast city centre, to launch the first experiential space for the region. Located on the Lower Ground Mall of the extensive four-level scheme, close to the central atrium, Dyson has created a specially designed 200 sq.

Top 5 Cannabis Architectural Design Firms in the U.S.

Instore Design

Choosing a firm to design your cannabis space isn’t a decision to take lightly. Your choice will impact more than the look and feel of your facility or dispensary; because the cannabis industry is so highly regulated, your choice of architect could make or break your business. Industry News

Wall’s celebrates 100 years of making ice-creams

Talking Retail

Ice-cream maker Wall’s, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, is launching a series of products to mark the occasion. They include the Wall’s 100 year Rocket lolly – first made for the 1966 moon landing, and the Viennetta birthday cake.

Tesco becomes the first supermarket in the UK to stock Lovehoney sex toys

Retail Times

Starting this week, sexual wellness company Lovehoney is launching six products in more than 250 Tesco stores nationwide, having agreed an exclusive brand partnership with Tesco in the grocery channel. Retail News Retailer News Tesco



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The Cheesecake Shop sold to Aussie investment firm

Inside Retail

The Cheesecake Shop is to have new owners. Aussie based investment River Capital has entered into an agreement to acquire The Cheesecake Shop Group (TCS) for an undisclosed amount from existing owners PAG Asia Capital.

Transforming the POS into a retail experience through gamification

Retail Focus

Gaming is a megatrend; for good reason, it’s an attractive playground for brands to get in touch with younger target groups: The community is curious, networked and active and gaming is a rapidly growing market with 176 billion US dollars in revenue (newzoo 2021) and 2.7

Benefits of Solid White Oak Flooring

Elmwood Timber

There’s nothing like the look of solid hardwood floors. No matter what style, color or species of wood you choose, it’s sure to have a positive impact on your interior design. There are many types of wood flooring options to choose from.

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Volvic Touch of Fruit adds Peach & Raspberry flavour

Talking Retail

Volvic has added a Peach & Raspberry flavour to its Touch of Fruit sugar-free range, complete with added vitamin B6 for “vitality” The announcement follows the relaunch of Touch of Fruit’s branding in summer 2021.


Fairtrade sales boom by 14% as consumers demand sustainably sourced products and businesses ramp up ethical commitments

Retail Times

High consumer demand for Fairtrade products, including cocoa, bananas, wine, gold, and cosmetic reflects an increased shopper awareness of sustainability among shoppers, research shows. Ethical sourcing Fairtrade Sustainability Time