Sat.Jul 16, 2022 - Fri.Jul 22, 2022

Rising sales are hiding retailers’ anguish, says ARA chief

Inside Retail

Retail spending across Australia is up – but there is a catch, warns Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra. Releasing the latest monthly Mastercard SpendingPulse data this morning, that covers June, Zahra says consumer spending continued its strong trajectory, rising 11.1

Shaftesbury launches ‘Soho Incubator’ pop-up shop competition to find new retail talent

Retail Focus

Shaftesbury has today launched a new ‘Soho Incubator’ initiative giving budding UK brands with sustainability credentials across fashion, beauty, lifestyle and homeware the chance to win a free three-month pop-up shop this autumn/winter.

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Trust in UK food and supermarkets falling as cost of living bites

Retail Times

New research from YouGov commissioned by Red Tractor and YouGov has revealed a significant drop in consumer trust across almost all British institutions, with food and energy seeing the biggest deterioration since 2021. Data Time Research Retail News Retailer News Red Tractor

Usdaw calls for retail crime to be taken seriously

Talking Retail

Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw said it is deeply concerned by today’s (21 July) police recorded crime statistics showing that in the 12 months to March 2022 there was a 21% increase in shoplifting over the previous year.

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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.

Kathmandu CEO resigns, ‘heads for the hills’

Inside Retail

The chief executive of Kathmandu, Reuben Casey, has resigned after 12 years working with the New Zealand outdoor wear brand. KMD Brands Group CEO Michael Daly described Casey as an integral part of Kathmandu during his time with the brand where he served as CFO and COO prior to taking the CEO role.

Ted’s grooming room makes the cut for the Sloane Stanley estate

Retail Focus

Sloane Stanley has today announced the signing of London’s ‘most authentic barbers’, Ted’s Grooming Room, at 283 Fulham Road, with the brand set to open at this location by early September.

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Florette turns to TV Plant Geek

Talking Retail

Florette, the No1 brand in the UK’s leafy prepared salads market has announced a partnership with gardening influencer and TV presenter, Michael Perry – better known as Mr Plant Geek.

Why more retailers are hiring chief brand officers

Inside Retail

Millennials are edging ever closer to owning the majority of the spending power in Australia, and their buyer behaviour is forcing retailers to focus even more heavily on meaningful emotional connections.

Frenchgate to welcome luxury fashion brand Tessuti

Retail Focus

The Frenchgate Partnership has announced the signing of premium fashion store, Tessuti as part of its regional expansion plans.

Nearly nine in 10 business leaders view the metaverse and Web 3.0 as essential to success

Retail Times

Eighty five per cent of eCommerce, marketing and IT business leaders say that cutting-edge technology like the metaverse (85%) and Web 3.0 (87%) 87%) will be essential to their businesses in the next two years, helping to unlock new revenue streams and future-proof their companies.

UK convenience retail market set to return to turnover growth this year

Talking Retail

According to the new Lumina Intelligence UK Convenience Market Report 2022, the UK convenience market is forecast to reach a value of £45.2bn in 2022, growth of +3.2% versus 2021.

Strandbags launches Nere, a new travel lifestyle brand

Inside Retail

Trans-Tasman retailer Strandbags has launched a new travel lifestyle brand called Nere. The new brand will release two seasonal fashion-inspired ranges each year, including travel bags, suitcases and accessories.

Bastard Burgers Plans U.S. Expansion

VMS

Bastard Burgers (Luleå, Sweden) has announced its plans to continue expanding across New York and the U.S., according to Nation’s Restaurant News. The brand opened its first store in New York this past February in a co-located space with The Bronx Brewery, set at 3000 square feet.

Playlist – July 2022

Retailing Insight

Call of the Desert. Samer Fanek, indie artist. www.samerfanek.com. This is the fourth album from multi-instrumentalist and composer, Samer Fanek. The piano-driven album came out of Samer’s sincere, heartfelt longing for Jordan, his homeland.

McVitie’s unveil new Go Ahead FibreJacks

Talking Retail

McVitie’s have launched new Go Ahead FibreJacks – a high-in-fibre flapjack available in two flavours. The high fibre flapjacks are made with wholegrain oats and are available in raspberry flavour and blueberry flavours.

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How digital displays are helping physical retail bounce back

Inside Retail

While e-commerce may have been the name of the game two years ago at the peak of Covid-19 restrictions, as we’ve emerged from lockdowns, it’s clear that physical retail is not going anywhere.

Saks Opens Aspen Pop-Up

VMS

Saks (New York), the separate e-commerce business that spun off from Saks Fifth Avenue last year, has opened its first pop-up shop in Aspen, Colo., according to a company press release.

National Museum Prague by umdasch The Store Makers

Retail Design Blog

National Museum Prague (CZ) – umdasch The Store Makers goes museums. The Store Makers in the Czech Republic have completed. exhibit design

Flavour test from Cadbury

Talking Retail

Cadbury is launching a nationwide competition giving consumers the chance to guess the flavours of two “mystery bars”. Shoppers are being invited to become “flavour detectives” for the chance to win a mystery prize worth £5,000.

Redbubble may appeal court order to pay Hells Angels for using logo

Inside Retail

Redbubble has been ordered to fork out $78,000 to the Hells Angels for using its logo without permission, the second copyright case brought against the online marketplace in the last three years by the motorcycle club.

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Food for Thought

VMS

Although the cauliflower pizza I ordered was replaced with a box of spinach linguini, I still love answering the doorbell in the morning and finding a week’s worth of groceries neatly packaged at my doorstep.

Profit warnings issued by UK-listed companies increased 66% year-on-year in H1 2022, with over half citing rising costs, EY reports

Retail Times

The number of profit warnings issued by UK-listed companies in the first six months of 2022 increased 66% compared to the same period in 2021, with a record number of companies citing rising costs as the reason behind their warning, according to EY-Parthenon’s latest Profit Warnings report.

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Spar staff and customers help clean local beaches

Talking Retail

Spar stores along the UK coastline are organising and taking part in a scheme designed to help keep local beaches clean.

JB Hi-Fi registers strong growth in sales, profit

Inside Retail

Electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi says heightened customer demand drove strong sales growth during the second half, with its core JB Hi-Fi Australian business sales up by 10.9 per cent in the last quarter.

Optiker Bode

Retail Design Blog

Optiker Bode, Hamburg – The Store Makers from umdasch were responsible for the flagship store of Optiker Bode on an. furniture

Households look to cut back £25 billion worth of non-essential spending

Retail Times

New research from Grant Thornton and Retail Economics shows almost nine in 10 UK consumers intend to cut back their spending over the year ahead. Data Time Research Grant Thornton Retail Economics

Kate Moss reveals new Diet Coke looks

Talking Retail

Following her appointment as Diet Coke’s creative director, Kate Moss has unveiled her first look in the Love What You Love campaign. The brand is launching four new-look cans – each inspired by one of the supermodel’s famed looks: camo, denim, lace and leopard print.

Why Amazon’s offer to change the way it uses seller data is a big deal

Inside Retail

Major changes to the way Amazon operates are on the horizon.

Nordstrom Names Two New Execs

VMS

Nordstrom (Seattle) has appointed two new senior executive leaders, according to a company press release : Deniz Anders has become the retailer’s Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, and Nina Barjesteh has been named President of the Nordstrom Product Group.

HelloFresh selects Domo to support HR operations

Retail Times

Domo, announced that HelloFresh, the world’s leading integrated food solutions group, chose Domo to power its growing HR operations with transparent and efficient access to BI and analytics. Retail News Retail Technology Retailer News HelloFresh

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Dole Sunshine Company introduces new variants to Fruit in Juice cups range

Talking Retail

Packaged fruit products and healthy snacks specialist Dole Sunshine Company has announced two new additions to its Fruit in Juice cups range.

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Denim brand Ksubi to open first standalone store in London

Inside Retail

Ksubi, the Australian denim streetwear brand, plans to open three standalone stores on two continents before the end of this year.

Dollar Tree Continues C-Suite Revamp with New Chief Information Officer

VMS

Dollar Tree Inc. Chesapeake, Va.) has named Bobby Aflatooni as its Chief Information Officer, according to a press release. Most recently serving as Executive VP, Chief Information Officer, for The Howard Hughes Corp.

Planet Organic to open first store outside London

Retail Times

Planet Organic, has announced its first opening outside of the capital, with a new store in Henley-on-Thames set to open in the Autumn. Retail News Retailer News

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Camelot granted permission to appeal National Lottery licence decision

Talking Retail

The Court of Appeal has given permission to Camelot Group and International Game Technology (IGT) to appeal the decision to award the fourth UK National Lottery licence to Allwyn Entertainment.

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Lenard’s appoints new CEO, to replace founder

Inside Retail

Poultry franchise Lenard’s has appointed its former chief operating officer, Harry Rumpler, as its new CEO. Rumpler will succeed the company’s founder and director, Lenard Poulter, who said he would continue to oversee the business and look at various opportunities moving forward.