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Grill’d marketing deemed “extremely inappropriate”

Inside Retail

A recent advertisement made by burger chain Grill’d has been slammed by the Ad Standards board for suggesting sexual violence to its audience, after it showcased a Ronald McDonald-like clown seemingly exposing himself to children in an alley.

OMEGA opens its largest franchise boutique in the UK at Liverpool ONE

Retail Focus

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (GBI) has announced the opening of OMEGA’s largest franchise boutique in the UK on Liverpool ONE’s upper South John Street.

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Co-op links up with Unilever to trial refillable packaging

Talking Retail

The Co-op has linked up with manufacturing giant Unilever to launch two trials of refillable packaging, to find out how consumers will respond. The trial will test two refill models: ‘Refill on the go’ and ‘Return on the go’ and include some of Unilever’s best-known brands.

Wilko wipes out 2,500 tonnes of plastic

Retail Times

Demonstrating its ambition to be a better, responsible retailer, wilko was the first UK retailer to announce that its wipes would be plastic free and manufactured using a renewable plant fibre from a sustainable source.

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Customer loyalty is changing, are you?

Inside Retail

Customer loyalty has changed a lot in the last two years. During the economic and social crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, consumers went from valuing long-standing relationships with their favourite brands to focusing on price and availability above all else.

The Top 6 Autumn/Winter 2021/2022 that will Dominate Sales This Season

Retail Focus

Dig out your grandparents’ old photos because this autumn and winter, we’re seeing a fashion comeback of some the most iconic garments in the likes of acid-wash jeans, pleated skirts, and grandad vests with a modern twist.

Boursin unveils plant-based cheese alternative

Talking Retail

Boursin has launched a plant-based alternative for its Garlic & Herbs cheese. Boursin Plant-Based Garlic & Herbs will be available from February 2022 in a 130g resealable format, retailing at £3. The launch will be supported by in-store and online activity.

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Bunnings’ Beaumont Tiles buy up complete

Inside Retail

Homewares giant Bunnings has finalised its buy up of Beaumont Tiles – a deal which brings the 61-year-old business under its leadership and gives Bunnings access to Beaumont Tiles’ trade expertise.

The Trainer Trends Dominating Sales In 2021

Retail Focus

Trends come and go, but trainers and sneakers always find their way into everyone’s wardrobe.

Spar Scotland pledges £26,000 to green charities during COP26

Talking Retail

Spar Scotland has this week launched a project to donate £26,000 to environmental schemes chosen by their customers during the COP26 Glasgow climate change conference. The effort will run until 12 November and involve the Scottish retail group contributing £1000 each to 26 different green groups.

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Brain Food: Change Doesn’t Care if You’re Uncomfortable

VMS

8:15am: I can hear them in the distance. There is a growing sense of agitation you can feel in the air. It starts low with a simple call joined by others until a cacophony breaks through the morning mist. It sounds like they are readying themselves for take-off. It won’t be long now.

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SDA: Withholding rest breaks has become “systemic” at McDonald’s

Inside Retail

Another McDonald’s franchisee is facing Federal Court after allegedly denying its workers paid rest and drinks breaks over the past six years – an issue the Shops, Distributive and Allied Employee’s Association is now claiming is “systemic” across the business and not the actions of rogue franchisees.

Q&A: John Bagshaw, Managing Director at International Decorative Surfaces

Retail Focus

You recently added Merinolam to the IDS portfolio, can you tell us why? . We recognised the market need for an ex-stock range of fire-rated decorative laminate offering immediate availability to customers anywhere in the UK. .

Coca-Cola kicks off festive season with on-pack competition

Talking Retail

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) is launching an on-pack competition to kick-off its Christmas countdown. The “Win a meal, give a meal” competition is offering shoppers the chance to win e-vouchers from Love2Shop, which can be used at supermarkets and restaurant chains.

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Crocs, thredUp Team Up for Sustainability

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Footwear brand Crocs (Oakland, Calif.) and online reseller thredUp (Broomfield, Co.) have partnered to create the Clean Out program based on thredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) platform.

Roll’d to make US debut ahead of further international expansion

Inside Retail

Australia-based Vietnamese food restaurant chain, Roll’d, is set to accelerate its expansion plan with an international debut in the US next year, to be followed by more overseas markets.

fulfilmentcrowd delivers record growth

Retail Focus

International fulfilment services provider fulfilmentcrowd has reported 71% growth in revenues, with turnover reaching £13 million for year-ending 31 st March 2021, despite global supply chain disruption.

Nisa staff encouraged to use wellbeing support from charity

Talking Retail

Nisa staff are being encouraged to make good use of services offered by GroceryAid, the long established charity which offers wellbeing support to those in the grocery business. Nisa is now helping its independent retailers to let staff know about the range of resources on offer.

The RealReal to Open Santa Monica Location

VMS

Online luxury resale retailerThe RealReal has signed a lease for a 2200-square-foot space in Santa Monica, Calif., reports Globe St.com. The retailer already operates stores in Orange County and West Hollywood. The new store, located at 26th St.

BNPL: It’s been a hit for consumers and now businesses get their turn

Inside Retail

Buy now pay later (BNPL) services have quickly become commonplace for consumers. Company reports for ASX-listed BNPL providers outline that the value of BNPL transactions grew by 55 per cent in 2019-20 , and in the last two financial years, BNPL transactions have tripled.

Bally Hike concept bridges the light, reflections, and distortions that nature has on our cities and landscapes.

Retail Focus

For the Bally Hike capsule collection, made in collaboration with Robert Rabensteiner, Seen Displays developed the concept – Hike Everywhere. Hike Everywhere is a scalable concept which has been delivered globally from Pop-ups in New York and Beijing to flagships in London & Milan to name a few.

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Smirnoff bolsters flavours range with tropical vodka

Talking Retail

Smirnoff has expanded its flavoured range with a Mango & Passionfruit Twist vodka. The 700ml variant will be available exclusively from Tesco and Booker wholesalers from 3 November (tomorrow), before rolling out to other markets from March 2022. It will retail at £16.50 and £15.99

Kroger, Bed Bath & Beyond Enter Omnichannel Partnership

VMS

Kroger (Cincinnati) and Bed Bath and Beyond (BBB, Union, N.J.) have entered into a strategic collaboration to offer Kroger customers a selection of BBB home and baby products through Kroger.com and in a small-scale physical store pilot at select Kroger stores in 2022, according to a press release.

“It’s levelling the playing field”: Tommy Hilfiger on fashion for everyone

Inside Retail

Iconic American designer Tommy Hilfiger was one of the first to launch a stylish adaptive collection for people with disabilities. Here, he discusses the inspiration and design process behind the range, and how it has influenced fashion for everyone. Why is adaptive fashion so important to you?

How To Prepare For Small Business Saturday Nov 27

Retail Doc

Small businesses have survived the judgment made about them as “non-essential” and now there is a groundswell of support for them this Small Business Saturday that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Small Business Saturday shop small

Rollover taps into meat-free trend with latest launch

Talking Retail

Food-to-go brand Rollover is adding meat-free burgers to its portfolio, in a move designed to “support its customers’ needs for more meat-free options”. Rollover Meat-Free Burgers are made with pea protein and come pre-cooked and frozen in packs of 60, alongside a 30-pack of buns.

Kroger Introduces Membership Program

VMS

Cincinnati-based grocer Kroger will launch a membership program, dubbed Boost, that will offer shoppers who join free deliveries of their online orders of $35 or more as well as double gas points, according to The Enquirer.

Stop and smell the roses: Inside Locali’s second store at Brookfield Place

Inside Retail

After over nine years in development and nearly four months in lockdown, Brookfield Place Sydney finally opened to trading this week.

Six Ways To Improve Retail Branding Digitally

Retail Minded

The inventions of new technologies and the internet have impacted all walks of human life. For instance, it allowed consumers to shop online and have their goods delivered to their doorsteps within no time. So, today, doing shopping online is the most convenient way for most consumers. .

One Stop launches scheme to fund students through university

Talking Retail

One Stop has launched a programme to provide financial backing and other support for students starting university in 2022. Applications are now open for the scheme, which will provide a bursary of £15,000 each to four students to take some of the pressure off higher education costs.

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Streets of Woodfield Offered for Sale

VMS

New York-based private equity group Blackstone is selling Streets of Woodfield just six years after purchasing it, reports Patch.com. The 693,000-square-foot shopping center in Schaumburg, Ill., was reportedly purchased by Blackstone for $168.15

M.J. Bale named Australia’s first carbon-neutral fashion brand

Inside Retail

Menswear brand M.J. Bale has been named Australia’s first fully carbon-neutral fashion brand following a two-year life-cycle analysis of its manufacturing cycle which has led to the complete offsetting of its business’ emissions with green projects.

How to Ensure Your Holiday Packages Arrive on Time with the New USPS Delivery Timeframes

Parcel Pending

You may have recently heard that the U.S. Postal Service (or USPS) will take longer to deliver certain mail. This isn’t exactly welcome news, with the holidays just over two months away. It’s understandable if this leaves you with questions, and we’re happy to answer them.

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Consumers now spending £100 a month on ethical products, says Co-op report

Talking Retail

Consumers are now spending more than ever on ethical products but still need more help to make green choices, says a new report from the Co-op. The Co-op’s Ethical Consumerism report shows UK households are spending an average £100 a month on lowering their carbon impact.

Allbirds IPO Raises $303 Million

VMS

Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds (San Francisco) raised $303 million during its initial public offering yesterday, reports Bloomberg. It reportedly sold about 20 million shares at $15 each. The company has a market value of about $2.16

‘That’s Target’: Inside the Aussie retailer’s recent brand relaunch

Inside Retail

Target Australia has unveiled a new slogan that aims to convey the brand’s renewed focus on families and affordable quality as part of its latest turnaround : ‘that’s Target’. The phrase features in a series of television and digital ads that launched last week ahead of Christmas.

Bulldog and Revieve partner to make men’s grooming more personal with an AI-powered, Digital Skincare Advisor tool

Retail Times

Bulldog Skincare for Men has announced the launch of a new Digital Skincare Advisor on its US website, developed in partnership with Revieve®, a personalized digital brand experience company working with global brands, retailers and digital services providers in the beauty, skin, health and wellness categories.