March, 2022

‘Passion never fails’: Why Casetify is going all in on the metaverse

Inside Retail

Back in March 2021, Wesley Ng, like much of the world, became aware of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for the first time. “I I got a bit of FOMO,” the co-founder and CEO of Hong Kong-based tech accessories brand Casetify, said at the Marketing Pulse virtual conference last week. “So

The importance of investing in the community 

Retail Focus

It is now widely accepted that the role of retail destinations has evolved considerably. Changes that had taken hold in the last decade have been accelerated by the pandemic and by the ensuing change in consumer habits.


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Retail’s Teachable Moment

Retail Prophet

By Doug Stephens The global pandemic provided the retail industry with a brutal lesson in trade imbalances. As Asia and South Asia reeled from the spread of Covid, retailers closer to home wrestled with a tangled knot of supply chain disruptions and empty warehouses.

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Smirnoff adds a new pre-mix flavour to its vodka range

Talking Retail

Smirnoff has launched a pre-mixed can of vodka flavoured with raspberry and lemonade. The new 250ml format is available from 6 April and will be in either a single slimline can or a price-marked pack. The new flavour follows the success of Smirnoff’s Raspberry Crush vodka.

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.

Say hola to a taste of Mexico as vegan brand Oumph! and Chiquitos team up

Retail Times

Getting a plant-based Mexican fix has never been so easy as international vegan food brand, Oumph!, has partnered with restaurant chain, Chiquitos, to launch a Vegan Burrito Bowl, available exclusively in Iceland stores. Ethnic cuisine Product Time Oumph


29 Stellar Spyglasses to Help You Spring Forward


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Woking’s Victoria Place welcomes Moss Bros

Retail Focus

Moss Bros has launched a new concept store at Victoria Place, the recently launched £700 million regeneration scheme in Woking town centre co-owned by Woking Borough Council and Moyallen Group. Occupying a 2742 sq ft space, the brand has opened on Victoria Place’s Henry Plaza. .

How To Train Retail Employees to Ask for the Sale

Retail Doc

Always be closing is an overused phrase sales managers have used for years. It sounds great and if everyone were Alec Baldwin in Always be Closing , it would work.

Camelot loses licence to European lottery giant with big online plans

Talking Retail

Camelot has lost the competition to run the national lottery after its current licence expires in 2024. Instead, the Gambling Commission has picked Allwyn Entertainment as its choice to run the lottery.

GREY GOOSE Vodka launches new Essences range in the UK for the first time

Retail Times

GREY GOOSE, the vodka most recommended by bartenders and the leader in the super-premium category, is proud to introduce GREY GOOSE Essences, made with GREY GOOSE Vodka infused with real fruit essences and cold-distilled botanicals.

DHL Parcel UK partners with ZigZag to extend returns service

E Delevry

DHL Parcel UK has partnered with returns platform ZigZag giving access to DHL’s Just Right Returns service for ZigZag’s network of more than 100 retailers, including Selfridges, GAP and Superdry.

Retail welcomes expansion of national plastic recycling fund

Inside Retail

The Australian government has announced an additional investment of $60 million in the Recycling Modernisation Fund, bringing the total investment to $250 million.

Kate Spade New York celebrates the opening of a new store at the Boulevard, Northern Ireland

Retail Focus

Global lifestyle brand, kate spade new york, is to open its first Northern Irish store in April 2022, at designer outlet, The Boulevard. .

22,000 West Coast Dockworkers Could Soon Strike


About 22,000 dockworkers at 29 ports along the West Coast could potentially strike if a new contract agreement can’t be reached between their employers and the union who represents them, The New York Times reports. The contract for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expires June 30.

Ascona-owned store switches to Nisa Express format

Talking Retail

A garage forecourt store in Somerset has converted from a Nisa Local to a Nisa Express as part of a retail facelift. The Ascona Group’s site in Chard is one of 45 operated by the group and further conversions to the Express format are planned for this year.

Pringles add Italian Style Pepperoni Pizza Flavour and New York Style Cheeseburger Flavour to range

Retail Times

Pringles has added two new flavours to its range – Italian Style Pepperoni Pizza Flavour and New York Style Cheeseburger Flavour. Crisps and savoury snacks Product Time Pringles


DHL Express announces roll-out of 270 new electric vans for its last-mile fleet

E Delevry

DHL Express has announced the roll-out of 270 new electric vans, which will become part of its last-mile fleet. The company has committed to having a 100% electric UK-wide courier fleet by 2030. It follows the introduction last year of 50 electric vans.

The impact of the image: how graphic design can elevate your brand

Inside Retail

If you’re an entrepreneur trying to start or grow a business this year, you need a way to stand out from the competition. With 5.4 million new businesses started in 2021 in the US alone and that number rising every year, saying you’ve got your work cut out for you is one hell of an understatement.

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New luxury FLANNELS store opens in Preston

Retail Focus

Frasers Group plc has opened the doors to its latest FLANNELS store in Preston. The next generation luxury retailer continues with the commitment to investing in retail and bringing world-class shopping destinations to new locations throughout the UK.

Playlist – March 2022

Retailing Insight

Divine Tides. Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej, Ponderosa.

WKD launches alcoholic energy drink

Talking Retail

Drinks brand WKD is launching a ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic energy drink containing caffeine, guarana and taurine. The drink, WKD X, is 7% alcohol by volume (ABV). It comes in 500ml cans in two flavours. The new drink will be available in standard and £3.29


Booming online: annual quest to find the UK’s fastest growing online retailers begins

Retail Times

Despite restrictions easing, the pandemic appears to have altered our shopping habits forever. Online retailers Retail News Retailer News Brightpearl Lightning 50

Amazon launches electric HGV vehicles in UK first

E Delevry

Amazon has launched electric Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) into its delivery fleet for the first time in the UK. Five of the 37-tonne fully-electric vehicles are now operating from Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes, replacing diesel HGVs.

David Jones struggles through a tough first half

Inside Retail

Lockdowns and store closures have severely affected David Jones’ first-half performance, with sales turnover and concessions declining by 9.2 per cent. Online sales rose 44.2 per cent however, and contributed 28.1

Seven Dials boosts ethical appeal with the opening of DAI

Retail Focus

Shaftesbury has today announced that the sustainable women’s performance wear brand, Dai, has opened its debut permanent space on 35-37 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials.

Dollar Tree to Open 590 Stores, Renovate 800 More in 2022


Dollar Tree (Chesapeake, VA) says it will open 590 new stores in fiscal 2022 and renovate an additional 800 locations. The 590 new locations will consist of 190 Dollar Tree stores and 400 Family Dollar stores. About 350 of the new Family Dollars will be in a “combo store” format.

Inflation starting to drive grocery shopping behaviour, says Kantar

Talking Retail

Supermarket sales fell by 6.3% over the 12 weeks to 20 March 2022, according to the latest take-home grocery figures from market analyst Kantar. Sales are still up against two years ago, but only by 0.7%, as the comparison now includes the record buying seen before the first lockdown in March 2020.

Introducing Floofsto by Gousto: a new gourmet recipe box for pets

Retail Times

Today, recipe box Gousto has announced its furriest new venture, Floofsto by Gousto. Designed in collaboration with leading vets, the chefs at the recipe box have created a whole new range of gourmet plates for the modern-day pet. Retail News Gousto

Black Rock Opens a Whisky Paradise in Shanghai | hcreates

Retail Design Blog

Black Rock is a Whisky lover’s nirvana. Originating from London, Black Rock is all about bringing flavor to the forefront. hotels & restaurants

Boss launches NFT in social impact project

Inside Retail

Premium fashion brand Boss has collaborated with NFT company Boss Beauties to introduce the Boss x Boss Beauties Dream Like a Boss program, which aims to mentor young women.

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NEXT signs 10-year lease for new store at Trafford Centre

Retail Focus

UK fashion and home retailer NEXT has signed a new 10-year lease with Trafford Centre to create a large, new store, expected to open in November 2022.

Guacamholy – A Taste of Mexico in Palermo

Home World Design

Guacamholy comprises a new Mexican cuisine takeaway located in the heart of the Sicilian capital of Palermo, where elegant windows of the most renowned fashion boutiques sit alongside the most glamorous venues of Palermo nightlife. Continue reading.

KP goes nuts with new Flavour Kravers range

Talking Retail

KP Snacks has launched KP Flavour Kravers, a new range of peanuts. Flavour Kravers come in three flavours: Flame Grilled Steak, Smokin’ Paprika and Fiery Caribbean Jerk Sauce.

Co-op Group CEO Steve Murrells To Step Down At AGM – Shirine Khoury-Haq Appointed Interim Group CEO 

Retail Times

The Co-op has today, 25 March, announced that its Group CEO, Steve Murrells will step down following this year’s AGM in May. At the same time the Board has chosen to appoint Shirine Khoury-Haq, Group CFO and CEO of Co-op Life Services as its Interim Group CEO. People Co-op


Boxing Cat Brewery Xintiandi Flagship

Retail Design Blog

Boxing Cat Brewery flagship store designed by dongqi Design is located in Xintiandi. The attempt to blend the craft beer. store design

ABS data reveals strong retail sales growth in February

Inside Retail

Retail sales continued to perform well in February recording a 9.1 per cent year-on-year increase according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today. . Despite supply chain disruptions, departments stores recorded a 5 per cent increase after months of decline.