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Biggest Challenges Facing Independent Shop Owners Today

Retail Focus

If you are an independent shop owner, you will probably be facing various challenges in today’s current business climate. Let us take a look at three of the biggest challenges you may well be experiencing. Competing Against Larger Retailers One of the biggest challenges facing independent shop owners today is an issue that has been around for decades: competing against large, well-known and established retailers.

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R Kumar store by I’m D’sign

Retail Design Blog

Since inception in 1950, the family-run R Kumar opticians chain has gone leaps and bounds and now operates six branches.

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Wesfarmers’ API set to acquire Silk Laser Clinics business

Inside Retail

Wesfarmers’ wholly-owned subsidiary Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) has made a $167 million non-binding indicative and conditional offer to acquire specialist skincare clinic chain Silk Laser Clinics. Under the deal, Silk’s shareholders will receive $3.15 per share indicating a premium of 30.2 per cent to the closing price yesterday, of $2.42 per share.

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Pets at Home launches new brand identity and ad campaign to celebrate nation’s love of pets

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Pets at Home, the UK’s leading pet care business, has today (20th April) announced a relaunch of its brand with a new identity and advertising campaign that brings together all elements of its business and celebrates the nation’s love of pets.

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Anthony Joshua Gets Under Armour’s Search for London’s Future Athletes off to Smashing Start

Retail Focus

Today Under Armour athlete Anthony Joshua unveiled the home for Under Armour (UA) Next, an athletic programme designed to identify, train, and develop London’s young athletes and sports leaders of tomorrow. Joshua launched the new Battersea Power Station Brand House, which contains the UA Next Academy, by smashing his way through the storefront glass.

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Top Retail Trends for 2023 and Beyond

Creative Displays Now

The retail industry evolves as much as any other. Each year brings new trends as competitive businesses search for the tactics that will help them stand out. As 2023’s first quarter comes to a close, the patterns shaping the market are becoming apparent. Various new retail and consumer trends influence the decisions businesses make when sending their products to stores.

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Tesco to opens the doors to its first ever pub to celebrate Coronation

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Ahead of the Coronation, supermarket Tesco is encouraging the nation to do good by going to the pub, as it opens the doors to its first ever public house: The King in the Castle. Located in London’s Farringdon, The King in the Castle is inviting people to come together with friends and family, whether they’re […] If you want more information Retail

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The Handbag Clinic Debuts in Fenwick, York with Range of Restoration Services

Retail Focus

Luxury handbag restoration and pre-owned designer resale retailer, The Handbag Clinic, is expanding its partnership with premium department store Fenwick with the opening of its third in-store concession in Fenwick York. The launch of the store in York followed two successful launches in Fenwick Newcastle and Fenwick Colchester. Both concessions had rapid growth within the last 12 months, with Newcastle turnover up 77% and Colchester up 32% YoY.

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PR and Retail are like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Retail Bound

I get it. You have dreams of going big. Well, if you make a physical consumer product, that means you need to get into retail. The trouble is, getting into retail is hard. Retailers are specific beasts and the retail sales environment is very different from where most companies begin their journey these days. Smart startups and scaleups understand that making a physical product and running a successful crowdfunding campaign or driving DTC sales are only the beginning.

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Australian Easter spending rise lags inflation

Inside Retail

Australian consumers forked out $8.1 million over the Easter trading period, according to Westpac DataX research, reported in conjunction with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA). Spending grew modestly at 4.5 per cent over last year – less than the 7.3 per cent year-on-year inflation rate. This year’s Easter sales were driven by food retailing contributing $3.6 billion – up 8.6 per cent.

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Get MACH Ready: Preparing Your Business for Digital Transformation

Adopting MACH technology means more than implementing new platforms. This type of digital change affects your organization at every level and requires a thoughtful approach to navigate challenges that crop up. The Get MACH Ready report, co-authored by MACH Alliance member Scott Canney in collaboration with Orium, commercetools, and Contentstack, will provide you with strategies to prepare your organization for a digital transformation.

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The Importance of Package Testing

Bay Cities

Package testing is a valuable way to keep products safe once they've left the warehouse. The shipping process can be unpredictable and even seasoned professionals can't always foresee how their packages will be handled along the way. Better package testing can mean the difference between a near-miss and several skids of ruined merchandise.

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Gramicci chooses Seven Dials, Covent Garden for its inaugural global store

Retail Focus

Shaftesbury Capital has announced that Gramicci, the internationally renowned lifestyle clothing brand, is to make its global bricks and mortar debut at Seven Dials in Covent Garden. Located at 3 Earlham Street, the 1,400 sq ft debut store will stock the brand’s unique range of functional outdoor fashion. Designed with movement in mind, Gramicci’s range of high-quality apparel is steeped in the brand’s climbing heritage, providing minimalist, hard-wearing and functional outerwear.

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Cost of living crisis new data: 80% of UK consumers use their smartphones to access coupons or loyalty cards

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Mobile app experience company Airship has released findings from a global survey that highlight the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on Britain’s consumer shopping behaviours. Faced with soaring inflation, which reached 10.4% in February, 80% of consumers in the U.K. now regularly use their smartphones to access stored loyalty cards and coupons while

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Tasmanian bootmaker, winery team up to create limited-edition boots

Inside Retail

Boot maker Blundstone and Tasmanian winery Devil’s Corner have teamed up to create an exclusively designed limited-edition boot. The Winemaker boot, which is based on Blundstone’s Originals range, features an exclusive brown leather colourway and is part of the Devil’s Corner x Blundstone competition aimed at “driving the discovery of Tasmanian wines”.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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MiDA-lab artwork creates a dialogue between different sensory perceptions

Design Wanted

Inspired by everything that surrounds us and lived experiences, MiDA-lab provocatively challenges the anthropocentric view by presenting pieces with its own identity, soul, and character. Founded […] The post MiDA-lab artwork creates a dialogue between different sensory perceptions appeared first on DesignWanted.

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St Anns Shopping Centre secures Foot Locker relocation and upsize

Retail Focus

Railpen , one of the largest pension managers in the UK, has announced Foot Locker , the leading global sneaker and apparel retailer, has signed at St Anns Shopping Centre for its new Harrow flagship, relocating and upsizing from its current location at 34 St Anns Road. Foot Locker is set to open a 4,100 sq ft unit located adjacent to the main entrance of St Anns Shopping Centre.

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Co-op to invest more than £240m into membership proposition with new member price benefits

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Co-op has announced that it is set to invest more than £240m, across the next five years, into its membership proposition as it targets a million new members and launches new member price benefits to help its customers save more.

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Good, better, best: How Myer is winning during the ‘shift to thrift’

Inside Retail

Australians have been bombarded with cost-of-living pressures from many sides. From essentials – at the supermarket and the petrol pump, in the mortgage and in the power bills – to the not-so-essentials, such as the local café, the fashion boutique, the travel agent and the new car dealer. Even if you’ve got cash to splash (remember, less than half of Australian households have a mortgage), we’re being bombarded with headlines that probably make you think twice about parting with your hard-earne

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Industry Shake-Up: 2023 Commerce Trends To Rock Your World

Speaker: Ashlee Aldridge - Reach Partners LLC | Bill Mirabito - Chameleon Collective | Ronak Shah - PSA Retail & CPG, Amazon Web Services | Wayne Teigen - Pivotree

What trends can online merchants expect after more than two years of exponential growth? Companies must expand on the trends that exploded during the pandemic if they want to see continued growth in their businesses while facing a recessionary economy. From social commerce to BOPIS, the name of the game is to meet and sell to customers wherever they are, through multiple channels.

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Damiano Latini cuts a sleek yet functional shape with new bold shapes and modular designs

Design Wanted

“We believe design is an instrument to improve people’s lives and we work with strong dedication to make it accessible to a wide audience,” says Damiano […] The post Damiano Latini cuts a sleek yet functional shape with new bold shapes and modular designs appeared first on DesignWanted.

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New Bershka store opens doors at Blanchardstown Centre

Retail Focus

Bershka, the international fashion retailer, today opens the doors to its new store at Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin’s largest retail and leisure destination. Bershka is owned by Spanish multinational clothing company Inditex, whose portfolio also includes ZARA, Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius, amongst others. The news follows the recent opening of ZARA’s largest store in Ireland at the centre.

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Costa Baristas trained by Royal butler ahead the King’s Coronation

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Ahead of His Majesty’s coronation in just a few weeks, Costa Coffee has been busy prepping its Baristas in a store just around the corner from Royal residences, to learn the proper etiquette required for service fit for a King.

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Hair salon penalised over unlawful cashback scheme

Inside Retail

The former operators of a Sydney hairdressing salon have incurred more than $291,000 in penalties, as well as having received backpayment orders, for having underpaid a worker through an unlawful cashback scheme. The Federal Circuit and Family Court has imposed a $100,000 penalty against Yeon Beauty Salon Pty Ltd, which operated the Yeon Art Hair salon, and a $39,091.50 penalty against the company’s sole director and manager, Mi Yeon Ha, after having determined that the salon and Ha were guilty

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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7 Ways to Design a Green Selfie Wall for Social Media Enthusiasts

Mindful Design

Since nature is the perfect backdrop for a great selfie, consider bringing it inside to attract social media-loving customers. A simple way to do this is using green walls to create an unexpected and irresistible decor element. The beauty of a green selfie wall lies in its surprising vertical design and the relaxing contrast that […] The post 7 Ways to Design a Green Selfie Wall for Social Media Enthusiasts appeared first on Mindful Design Consulting.

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Stratford-upon-Avon uses street art installation to mark William Shakespeare’s birthday and regenerate local high street

Retail Focus

A first of its kind urban art installation will be displayed in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, which will see established urban artists revamp now-disused retail spaces on the high street to create an immersive exhibition influenced by some of William Shakespeare ’ s best-known sonnets. Acclaimed artists Church of Best Ever, Cee Illustrate, Ed Hicks, Tom J Newell, Zoe Power, and Pete Barber will unveil their new work on Shakespeare ’ s 459 th birthday on Friday 21 st April 2023.

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Ringo Studio completes colourful cookware store for Our Place in Los Angeles

Dezeen

Brooklyn-based Ringo Studio designed a store for kitchenware brand Our Place that features colourful tile displays and expressive drapery that hangs from the ceiling. The Our Place Melrose store is the brand's second location in Los Angeles, following the inaugural shop in Venice, and is situated in West Hollywood's busy shopping district. The Our Place store is designed to showcase the brand's colourful cookware The interiors by Ringo Studio are based on the identifiable colour palette of Our P

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Irene Falcone gets back into the beauty business

Inside Retail

Nourished Life founder Irene Falcone is set to launch a new e-commerce wellness and beauty platform, Sans World in the coming weeks. Falcone founded Nourished Life in 2011 to sell organic, natural and toxin-free products. She later sold it to the now-collapsed wellness retailer BWX, for $20 million. Falcone said: “I approached BWX many times in the last two years and offered to go back to them and advise them on how to rebuild the mess they had made of Nourished Life but to no avail.

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Forrester Report: Demystifying The Technical Functions of POS Solutions

Understanding the intricate world of Point-of-Sale (POS) technology is a common challenge for tech buyers. When it comes to defining the functions of Point-of-Sale systems, the communications have yet to be standardized–—until now. Forrester’s new report, Demystifying The Technical Functions of POS Solutions, breaks through the noise and provides business leaders with the information and tools they need to evaluate the features of POS systems.

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How to Choose Neon Signs for Selfie Walls

Mindful Design

We have confessed before that we have a soft spot in our designers’ hearts for neon signs as elements of decor for commercial spaces. We appreciate them even more as an opportunity to use social media to promote restaurants, cafés or bars. Using cool neon signs for selfie walls is one simple, cheap, yet effective […] The post How to Choose Neon Signs for Selfie Walls appeared first on Mindful Design Consulting.

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The O2’s Q1 and Easter Half Term Performance Surpasses Expectations, Rivals 2019 Trade Levels

Retail Focus

The O 2, which is owned and operated by AEG and Crosstree Real Estate Partners, has reported a stellar trading period throughout Q1 and Easter half term, with sales throughout the destination surpassing 2019 results. Strengthened by impressive leasing activity with an abundance of new openings across retail, leisure, and F&B, as well as a strong run of events at The O2 arena including Country to Country festival, two nights of Ed Sheeran and nine nights of Elton John, The O 2 ’s ongoing pos

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Crisp Video Offices by ASD | SKY

Retail Design Blog

ASD | SKY transformed an old space into a new innovative work hub for Crisp Video in Atlanta, Georgia. ASD|SKY.

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Why MilkRun’s collapse shows the “days of cheap capital are over”

Inside Retail

Last week, on-demand food and grocery delivery businesses MilkRun and CoLab collapsed. The pair join former competitors Voly and Send, as well as the local operations of Deliveroo and Foodora, on a list of failed on-demand delivery operators taking on the Australian market. While CoLab fell into voluntary administration, MilkRun’s founder Dany Milham, along with its leadership team, is killing the business off.

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2 Retail Sectors That Are Completely Changing the Game: FMCG & Q-Commerce

Speaker: Joe Heather, Deliverect GM (UK&I) & Noah Hayes, Deliverect GM (US&CA)

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Quick Commerce (Q-commerce) are two vibrant sectors that have undergone significant transformations with the advancements in digital technology. With growing internet penetration and the proliferation of smartphones, consumers' purchasing habits have unsurprisingly evolved. They now demand quick, convenient, and seamless shopping experiences, which both FMCG and Q-commerce sectors strive to provide.