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.

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.


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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.


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.

Designing Physical Spaces to Support a Virtual World


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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 AI will increase your search ROI

Inside Retail

Your on-site search bar is one of the most popular ways for customers to find what they are looking for on your site. It also offers conversion rates 1.8x higher than browsing alone! However, most e-commerce businesses treat search as an infrastructure cost like web hosting.

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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%.

Call for Submissions: VMSD’s 2022 Designer Dozen


VMSD is now accepting submissions for its annual Designer Dozen! The deadline is February 10, 2022. Each year, VMSD selects 12 up-and-coming designers under age 35.

Why Have Customers Become so Aggressive and Belligerent?

Retail Doc

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


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.

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.

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.

Victoria’s Secret Unveils New Experiential Concept in Chicago


Project Suppliers. RETAILER. Victoria’s Secret, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. MANNEQUINS AND FORMS. CNL | Patina-V, Buena Park, Calif. I NTIMATE, INNOVATIVE, INVITING – that’s what Victoria’s Secret (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) means to the millions of people whose imaginations the brand captures.

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.

7 Leadership Training Skills To Boost Your Store's Success

Retail Doc

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

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.

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.


VMSD Extends Retail Design Firm Guide Deadline


VMSD has extended the deadline for its annual Retail Design Firm Resource Guide listing to March 11. VMSD ‘s annual Retail Design Firm Resource Guide features a comprehensive collection of retail design firms from around the globe, conveniently available throughout the year on vmsd.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.


b8ta Quietly Closes Last U.S. Store


According to a note on its website, the technology retailer b8ta closed its last shop in the U.S. February 18. The note on its website, in part, reads, “On February 18, 2022, b8ta closed its doors in the United States for the last time.

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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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.


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

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.

Krispy Kreme to Expand Use of ‘Dark Stores’


Krispy Kreme (Charlotte, N.C.) is planning to expand its presence by opening more “dark stores,” or delivery-only locations in both U.S. and Mexico, according to PYMNTS.com.


Retail Design Blog

From the design of the space, the branding, application design, communication of the brand, etc., of INC Coffee, we took. store design coffee shop lounge

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Nike, ASOS and Old Navy among most inclusive brands that are challenging gender stereotypes, according to UK Gen Z

Retail Times

ASOS, Nike and Old Navy are among the brands leading the way in challenging gender stereotypes and being more inclusive, according to a Gen Z Fashion Report from UNiDAYS, the world’s leading Student Affinity Network.1

Research sheds light on the Australian e-commerce consumer journey

Inside Retail

The e-commerce boom of the last two years has been felt across the globe, and the Australian market is no exception.

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Mindreader: the power of hyper-personalisation in a new age of loyalty

Retail Focus

For some years now, personalisation has been gaining pace in retail – but a certain group of trailblazers are supercharging the concept. Streaming platforms are obvious frontrunners in the race, with TV brands making tailored recommendations into something of an art form. .