April, 2022

Trivago fined $44.7 million for misleading travellers

Inside Retail

Online travel booking company Trivago has been ordered to pay $44.7 million in penalties by the Australian Federal Court for misleading consumers over hotel prices.

Bang & Olufsen re-opens Ealing showroom following refurbishment

Retail Focus

Today, 96-year-old Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen has announced the re-opening of its store in Ealing on Bond Street – a bustling high street destination.

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On Our Radar: Chilewich, New York

VMS

Designed by architect and Chilewich (New York) CEO Joseph Sultan, Chilewich’s latest New York showroom features the brand’s full samples and swatch offerings, colorfully curated.

Co-op adds to its support of humanitarian appeal with sale of Ukrainian lager

Retail Times

Today (Monday 11 April), leading convenience retailer Co-op is set to add to its support of the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, by being the first to announce it will stock Ukraine’s much-loved beer brand, Chernigivske, from the end of April. Retail News Retailer News Co-op

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Add an extra dimension to your graphics with clear varnish?

Drytac

Authored by Gareth Newman, Academy Manager at Drytac. Like its lamination cousin, varnishing was previously seen as a process that was only really useful for adding an extra layer of protection to a piece of printed work without impacting the image underneath.

Fridge Raiders Tasty Bites offers vegetarian options

Talking Retail

Fridge Raiders is to launch a vegetarian version of its Tasty Bites. Made with fava beans, the meat-free Tasty Bites will initially be available in Slow-roasted and Katsu variants. They will be in Sainsbury’s from this week but available to convenience stores from May.

Sensory maps improve accessibility at Stockland town centres

Inside Retail

Australian property development company Stockland has created a first-of-a-kind sensory map of its shopping centres to assist customers with autism, and their families.

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Luca Faloni Expands in Italy, Germany and Florida

VMS

Menswear retailer Luca Faloni (Milan) is planning to open new locations in Munich, Milan and Miami, according to a company press release. The stores in Milan and Munich are set to open this summer with the Miami locale opening by September.

Nespresso achieves B Corp Certification

Retail Times

Nespresso has today announced its certification as a B Corp.

Beyond Occupancy: New Metrics To Inform The Post-Pandemic Workplace

All Work

How will employees experience the renewed offices of the future of work? Hybrid work will require a deep understanding of employee preferences. Why community-driven office design creates a culture of support.

US milkshake brand F’real introduces new flavours to UK

Talking Retail

The United States milkshake brand F’real is introducing two new flavours to the UK market this summer. Banana and the limited edition Birthday Cake flavour, which is sold in the USA as Cake Batter, will join the brand’s line-up in July.

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Kogan to enter insurance market with QBE

Inside Retail

Australian e-commerce retailer Kogan has branched into insurance through a new long-term agreement with OBE Insurance. Kogan has a number of subsidiary business divisions under its brand and this new addition will have QBE provide customers with home, motor and CTP insurance under the Kogan label.

How the pandemic was a catalyst for ‘New Retail’ design

Retail Focus

A creative shift in retail design isn’t a new, post-Covid development. Serious changes were happening before the pandemic, which kicked the creativity and the need to stay relevant, up a gear.

Deadline Extended One Last Time: Renovation Competition

VMS

VMSD is extending the deadline one last time for its annual Retail Renovation Competition to May 6, 2022. Looking for your chance to win a FREE registration to VMSD ‘s International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) taking place this Oct. 26-27, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio?

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Global digital sales fall for first time in nine years, Salesforce quarterly Shopping Index finds

Retail Times

International tech firm Salesforce has today released its latest quarterly Shopping Index covering Q1 of 2022, which reveals how after several quarters of consecutive growth in online shopping, a combination of inflation (up 12% in March), supply chain issues and economic insecurity have caught up with consumers’ purchasing power.

How to Run a Successful Thrift Store

Compliantia

As consumer demand for sustainability and minimalism continues to grow, secondhand products are back in vogue. The market is expected to grow 11X faster than the retail clothing sector and may reach $77 billion by 2025.

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Spar launches a UK-wide £100,000 community grants scheme

Talking Retail

Spar has launched a £100,000 community cashback scheme that will give grants to local charities as well as voluntary and community groups. From today, shoppers from all over the UK can apply for a grant for an organisation or charity they feel deserves funding.

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Priceline Pharmacy launches health insurance

Inside Retail

Priceline Pharmacy has launched a new health insurance offer in partnership with healthcare fund NIB. The health cover includes all areas of private health insurance and provides Priceline perks where applicable.

GRIDSERVE opens new Electric Forecourt® in Norwich

Retail Focus

GRIDSERVE , the tech-enabled sustainable business that runs the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway – one of the UK’s leading electric charging networks, today opens a new state-of-the-art Compact Electric Forecourt® in Norwich.

JLL Names 10 Fastest-Growing Grocers in US by Square Footage

VMS

No grocer enlarged its U.S. footprint in 2021 more than Aldi, which is pushing to become the third-largest grocer in the country behind The Kroger and Walmart, according to JLL’s Grocery Tracker 2022 cited by Chain Store Age.

Kellogg’s reduces salt in Special K cereal range by 20%

Retail Times

Cereal and snacks giant Kellogg’s is today announcing salt in one of its biggest cereal brands - Special K – has been reduced by an average of 20% across the product range. Cereals Product Time Kellogg's

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Drytac rebrands leading Protac AMP solution as SteriTac

Drytac

SteriTac can now be purchased in cut A4 sheet packs online via Amazon, making the film available to the wider consumer marketplace for the first time.

Strongbow’s purple goat sells cider, but not as you know it

Talking Retail

Heineken has launched a £12m marketing campaign for its new low-calorie cider, Strongbow Ultra Dark Fruit. The 95-calorie cider started being supplied to convenience stores in March and is being boosted by a “drink the GOAT” marketing effort, which uses a purple goat as its main symbol.

Singapore sneaker reseller Ox Street to launch in Australia, NZ

Inside Retail

Singapore-based online sneaker resale marketplace Ox Street is launching a trans-Tasman expansion, opening an e-commerce store in Australia. Australia is a perfect fit for the community we want to build in the long-term,” said Gijs Verheijke, founder and CEO at Ox Street. “We

The Watches of Switzerland group opens a new Omega Boutique at Meadowhall, Sheffield

Retail Focus

The Watches of Switzerland Group advances on its mono-brand boutique expansion strategy with the opening of its sixth OMEGA boutique, in Sheffield.

The Children’s Place COO Retiring

VMS

Chief Operating Officer Leah Swan is planning to retire from The Children’s Place (Secaucus, N.J.), effective June 1, according to Retail Dive as well as a company securities filing.

Iceland launches three new products from Levi Roots

Retail Times

Dragons Den legend, Levi Roots, has expanded his versatile range to bring the Caribbean sunshine to Iceland and The Food Warehouse with the launch of three new and exclusive products.

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Setting Up A Pop-Up Store: 5 Tips To Make It Successful

Retail Minded

Starting a brick-and-mortar business is a very big pursuit. Not only is the risk quite big, but there’s also the capital involved in coming up with your business. To that end, many budding entrepreneurs are finding it convenient and beneficial to do a trial run.

Seabrook renews promotional partnership with Alton Towers and adds Thorpe Park

Talking Retail

Bradford-based crisp maker Seabrook is to continue its four-year partnership with Alton Towers and has extended it to include Thorpe Park resort. The on-pack promotion, launched this month and running until September, gives two-for-one entry to either attraction.

Facebook-owner Meta to open first physical store in metaverse bet

Inside Retail

Meta Platforms is set to open its first physical store where shoppers can try out and buy virtual reality headsets and other gadgets as the company plots a course to take its highly touted metaverse mainstream.

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What not to miss at Retail Technology Show, 26 & 27 April, London Olympia

Retail Focus

After 1095 days, the world of retail finally reunites at London’s Olympia tomorrow for the Retail Technology Show (26-27 April).

Meta Store Opening May 9

VMS

Meta (Menlo Park, Calif.), formerly known as Facebook, is planning to open its first store in Burlingame, Calif., this May 9, CNBC reports. Aiming to inform customers about the “metaverse” as well as sell virtual reality headsets and other accessories.

How C-Stores can fuel customer loyalty with truly convenient in-store and curbside services

Theatro

Convenience stores that want to stay competitive must seamlessly build meaningful customer relationships across multiple channels and touchpoints.

The spice by Studio INTU

Retail Design Blog

The story of “The spice” begins 13 years ago. It started with spices and expanded the products variety with time. store design commercial spaces food store interior architect store displays

Mars Wrigley enters ‘gummy’ market with new Skittles variant

Talking Retail

Mars Wrigley is branching into the well-established ‘gummy’ category for the first time in the UK, with the Skittles innovation Squishy Cloudz. Available in two flavours, Fruits and Crazy Sours, Squishy Cloudz combines gummy and marshmallow with the same fruity flavours as Skittles.

Harvey Nichols Hong Kong launches world-first NFT retail space

Inside Retail

Harvey Nichols has introduced the world’s first blue-chip non-fungible tokens (NFT) retail concept space located inside a luxury department store dubbed ‘HN NFT Vault’ at the retailer’s Pacific Place store in Hong Kong.

Harrods opens fourth standalone beauty store in Bristol

Retail Focus

Harrods has opened H beauty Bristol, the brand’s fourth standalone beauty store in the UK, this time located in The Mall, Cribbs Causeway. The 25,300 sq.ft.

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