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Stop interrupting, start inspiring: 3 social commerce trends on the rise

Inside Retail

When Covid hit and physical stores closed, many retailers were left floundering, trying to work out how to maintain their relationships with customers and remain relevant in their hearts and minds. Enter the acceleration of social commerce. The role of social media is changing.

Dreaming of Opening a Shop? Here’s How

Retail Focus

Many people today aspire to have extra income. Some people choose to open a retail shop, which could be the start of something bigger later. While retailers in the UK still face many challenges, there are plenty of opportunities for those who wish to start small.


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Sauce maker uses Deliveroo to hand out free samples

Talking Retail

Hot sauce brand Encona has linked up with Deliveroo to deliver 30,000 free sample bottles. Encona, made by Caribbean food supplier Grace Foods, is sending the sample bottles to 20 locations in the UK. Encona has also introduced a new product line of marinades that will launch this month.

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14-Foot-High Ceiling Presents a Unique Challenge for Designers of Billy Reid’s New Store


M OST OF THE TIME, high ceilings are a good thing … but when you’re trying to create a comfortable, intimate shopping experience within a modern, new-build shell, 14-foot-high ceilings can have drawbacks.

Booktopia searches for new CEO after Tony Nash steps aside

Inside Retail

Booktopia CEO Tony Nash is to step aside to take up a new position within the company focused solely on growth as the company struggles in a “volatile and unpredictable” market.

Hamleys unveil brand new gaming offering

Retail Focus

Imagine being able to play the very best in video gaming, with state of the art technology, whenever you want, solo or in a party, learn tips and techniques from gaming experts, experience gaming challenges and then take home the top rated tech and accessories from leading brands.

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Rustlers introduces breakfast pancake to convenience stores

Talking Retail

Food-to-go brand Rustlers is extending its breakfast range in convenience stores with an all-day pancake stack. The chilled breakfast product includes three buttermilk pancakes with a sachet of maple syrup sauce.

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Buyer sought after Send collapses into administration

Inside Retail

A grocery delivery app that was founded in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic has collapsed into voluntary administration.

The Cotswold Company opens Canterbury store

Retail Focus

Quintessentially British furniture and home accessories brand, The Cotswold Company, has just opened a new store in Canterbury. The Canterbury location is the brand’s eighth store and fourth experiential site.

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Retailers welcome passing of new law to protect staff from abuse and attack

Talking Retail

Retailer organisations have welcomed the passing of a new law last week that brought into force tougher penalties for anybody who attacks shopworkers.


How To Design Workplaces For Neurodivergent Employees

All Work

Workspaces have been primarily designed by, and for, neurotypical people. How can workspaces better meet the needs of neurodivergent people – such as those with hypersensitivity to sound, light, or smell?

Lotte Duty Free opens Sydney CBD boutique

Inside Retail

South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free is ramping up its Asia Pacific expansion with the launch of a three-level boutique in the heart of downtown Sydney.

How to create your dream home office

Retail Focus

According to ONS data, it’s thought that around 37% of the working population do some part of their job remotely. If you do, you’ll know how important it is to have a space that’s conducive to productive working.

Reimagining Your Retail End Cap Displays: Strategy Tips + Design Ideas


Thanks to their high-profile, end-of-aisle position, shoppers pay extra attention to retail end caps — and that means you should, too.

Dior pop-up store

Retail Design Blog

Coinciding with the hotly anticipated showcase of its A/W 2022 Collection in Seoul, it’s in this sprawling city where Dior. store design facade frame glass pop-up store steel

Harris Farm Markets commits to Canberra flagship store

Inside Retail

Fresh produce chain Harris Farm Markets is set to launch a flagship store at the Majura Park retail precinct in Canberra. Construction of the 4500sqm purpose-built store will commence mid this year with trading set to commence in time for Christmas next year. “It

Here Are the 2022 Top Retail Design Firms


F OR 28 YEARS, and as part of our annual Retail Design Firm Resource Guide, VMSD has ranked the top retail design firms from around the globe.

Aldi to sell Ukraine’s most popular beer, Chernigivske, and donate profits to humanitarian relief

Retail Times

Supermarket Aldi has announced it will sell Chernigivske, Ukraine’s most popular beer brand, in stores nationwide from May 1st (£9.99 for 10 x 440ml). All profits from sales will go towards humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Genesee Global Celebrates 20 Years of ERP Loyalty

Global Shop

Based in Rochester, N.Y., Genesee Global Group provides complete manufacturing services to companies around the world. A trusted manufacturer of sophisticated assemblies, components, and parts, the privately held company has 75 years of custom metal fabrication experience.

Retail sales surge 9.4 per cent – but good times ‘could be short lived’

Inside Retail

Australian retail sales surged 9.4 per cent in March compared with the same month last year as the impact of Omicron on consumer shopping behaviour wore off. Month on month, sales were up 1.6 per cent.

National Hockey League Opens 2-Level Flagship in Manhattan


N EW YORK CITY is a work in progress, always adapting to the conditions of the day.

Lidl launches first UK ‘smart’ refill station trial to help shoppers cut plastic + costs

Retail Times

Lidl has announced the trial of the UK’s first supermarket ‘smart’ laundry detergent refill station, in partnership with Chilean sustainability start-up Algramo. Launching in Kingswinford, West Midlands, the six month pilot could save 2,970 single-use plastic containers from one store alone.


OPINION: Why sustainability is key in ecommerce packaging

E Delevry

The pandemic made consumers more aware than ever of sustainsbility and retailers need to react to the new demand when it comes to their packaging, says Gavin Mounce, ecommerce design manager at DS Smith Packaging UK.

How startups are applying AI to ease supply chain disruptions

Inside Retail

Over the last two years a series of unexpected events has scrambled global supply chains. Coronavirus, war in Ukraine, Brexit and a container ship wedged in the Suez Canal have combined to delay deliveries of everything from bicycles to pet food.

8 Top CBD & Cannabis Wellness Brand Founders To Meet At LMCC 2022

Retail Minded

This year marks the 5th annual Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference (LMCC), a first-of-its-kind event to feature the world’s finest premium CBD and Cannabis everyday wellness brands.

Cannabis Shop Wins City Approval Thanks to High Design


Construction of the first cannabis dispensary in Culver City, CA is scheduled to commence this summer following the project’s approval by local officials. The new, 3800-square-foot building will house a sophisticated retail concept for Jushi, a publicly traded cannabis company.

Small Team Retailers Still Earn Big: A Review of the RIS Top 100 Retailers


Two small team retailers hold onto large shares of the retail market for the second year in a row. Pharmacies, CVS, and Walgreens which collectively share 9.47% of the retail market, landed in the top 10 alongside retail giants, Walmart (12.67%), Amazon (10.4%), and Costco (4.65%), respectively.

Woolworths sales soar 10 per cent despite challenges of last quarter

Inside Retail

Woolworths Group has overcome the impact of Omicron and severe flooding to post a 9.7-per-cent increase in like-for-like sales during the third quarter to $15.123 billion. . The growth rate was significantly higher than the 3.9-per-cent increase reported by archrival Coles Group last week.

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Ten outlandish shop interiors that reimagine the retail experience


A pink furry fashion boutique, a cosmetics store styled like a 1970s office and a streetwear outlet adorned with a chandelier of Nike trainers feature in this roundup of weird and wonderful retail interiors.

Dessert Brand’s New Café Was Born from a Handmade Model


S ITUATED IN THE POPULAR seaside resort community Aranya in the city of Qinhuangdao, China, the dessert brand Zolaism recently debuted a jaw-dropping café, inspired by the natural beauty of the mountains and the sea.

Picks of the month: design events to catch in May


London Craft Week returns to the capital for its eight edition this month, from 9-15 May. The ambitious programme has over 300 events and almost 800 makers and designers from the international community.

Mosaic Brands struggles to keep up with trade

Inside Retail

Trans-Tasman apparel retailer Mosaic Brands says it had a tough run in its third quarter due to the ongoing Omicron outbreak and inflationary pressure in the retail environment. In a trading update for the quarter ended March 27, the company recorded an operating cash outflow of $37.8 million.

Part 2: Prepress Evolution in Digital

Bay Cities

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Nisa’s charity gets behind the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Talking Retail

Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity is giving £100,000 in donations to good causes to help communities celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee next month.


Yuri Suzuki’s The Ambient Machine lets you compose your own background noise


Yuri Suzuki has designed The Ambient Machine, a device that allows people to customise their own background noise with a number of sounds and effects. The Ambient Machine has four rows of eight switches.

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Harris Scarfe opens its largest store yet, in Queensland

Inside Retail

Department store Harris Scarfe has opened its biggest store to date, in Queensland’s Burleigh Heads.

What Is Frustration-Free Packaging and Why Does It Matter

Bay Cities

Opening a package may not seem like a big deal — until you encounter one that you feel like you need a degree in rocket science to open, that is. Enter Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP). Eco-Friendly Packaging Sustainability Packaging