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Safely Maintaining Moveable Walls

Retail Focus

Recognising the benefits of adaptable space, the retail sector has seen an increase in demand for moveable wall systems that allow the reconfiguration of a shop floor layout, or in a shopping centre, as a glass divide that can be opened out during the day. With such systems becoming integral to the smooth running of the retail outlet, emphasis must be placed on the maintenance and service of such systems, minimising the risk of unscheduled downtime, or a degradation of fire safety performance.

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Myer expects lower sales, net profit amid challenging trading conditions

Inside Retail

Department store chain Myer expects fiscal first-half sales and net profit to decline year over year amid a challenging trading environment. The company forecasts sales to fall 3 per cent to $1.83 billion, despite online sales increasing 2 per cent to $390.1 million. Online sales account for 21.3 per cent of the retailer’s overall sales. Myer, however, flagged a marginal increase of 0.1 per cent in comparable sales. “To match our best first-half sales result on record, on a comparabl

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esrawe and cadena compose circular wooden pavilion for xinú’s fragrance boutique in mexico

Design Boom

esrawe studio and cadena concepts transform a former car mechanical workshop into xinú juárez's new boutique. The post esrawe and cadena compose circular wooden pavilion for xinú’s fragrance boutique in mexico appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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John Lewis Partnership and top photographer launch LGBT+ History Month exhibition

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! In a project to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, the renowned photographer Chris Jepson has partnered with the John Lewis Partnership, for part of a series exploring identity in the queer community. Partners (employees) at John Lewis and Waitrose posed for portraits by Chris, which will be displayed in bespoke exhibitions throughout the year.

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The Personalization Playbook: 2024 Strategies

Did you know—74% of IT leaders are looking to improve their tech stack to offer better personalization? It’s impossible to ignore the importance of personalization, but it comes with challenges. How do you do it with a tight budget? What about customer privacy and the use of data? The Personalization Playbook is packed with research and insights from Orium, Talon.One, and Bloomreach and gives IT leaders answers to these tough questions, helping them shape 2024 strategies for personalization.

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EE opens new Gateshead Experience store in the Metrocentre with former Newcastle United legend Shay Given

Retail Focus

EE is today unveiling its latest Experience store alongside former Newcastle United legend Shay Given in the Metrocentre , Gateshead, one of Europe’s largest indoor mall-style shopping centres. The new store is the fourth of EE’s Experience stores and the first of more than ten brand-new EE Experience and Experience Local stores set to open in the UK over the next year.

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Beaurepaires store network to be closed – report

Inside Retail

Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Australia says it has “begun to evaluate different scenarios” for its business” but no decision has been made as to the future of its 100-strong network of Beaurepaires retail stores. News.com has reported the 102-year-old chain is set to close after a series of decisions in boardrooms in the US and Australia and the collapse of negotiations to sell the business to rival Bob Jane Corporation.

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Cazcabel adds aged Añejo Tequila to award-winning range of high-quality tequilas

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Cazcabel Tequila has announced the latest addition to their range, Añejo, an aged tequila with a rich flavour profile. The new Añejo Tequila joins our family estate produced range of award-winning, additive-free tequilas, all of which are made using only the finest quality 100% blue weber agave grown in the family’s agave fields for a […] If you

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Primark unveils plans to extend Metrocentre store

Retail Focus

Sovereign Centros has announced the signing of a significant upsize at Metrocentre for anchor tenant Primark. Adding 14,100 sq ft of trading space, the multinational fashion retailer has shown its commitment to the number one destination in the North East and top 5 UK super regional mall. Primark first joined Metrocentre nearly 20 years ago, before relocating into its current site in 2010.

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First impressions count: why cardboard packaging has a big future in retail

Inside Retail

Usually – and especially for consumers shopping online – the first physical impression someone has of your brand is when they see it in its packaging. “So it’s vital to make that experience count,” explains Alexandria Jurcic, national marketing manager, at Australian corrugated cardboard and packaging specialist Abbe. “It is important to use your packaging for the advantage of your brand and brand messaging.

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Ebarza marks a breakthrough in interior design with innovative materials

Design Middleeast

With the UAE residential property scene ever shifting with new developments every week, older buildings often require internal renovations to maintain their status as premier investment properties. Ebarza offers practical solutions to carry out these updates that enhance the quality of their interior spaces, elevating them to match their external appearance and strategic significance.

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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Michael Scholz, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib

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7 Office Design Strategies To Support Neurodiversity In A Post-Pandemic World

All Work

Office environments can be tailored to better support neurodiverse individuals by incorporating thoughtful design strategies that cater to sensory, visual, auditory, and spatial preferences, thus creating inclusive workspaces that enhance productivity and comfort for all employees. Design elements such as biophilic features, minimalist aesthetics, adjustable lighting and sound, and flexible furniture choices are vital in creating spaces that allow neurodivergent employees to control their sensor

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Global design studio Zebra releases a limited-edition volume exploring the evolution of commercial architecture and design

Retail Focus

Zebra, a leading commercial interior design and architecture studio with offices worldwide, is proud to announce the launch of Design that Connects – a reflective and meticulously crafted book that explores the evolution of consumer and space interaction through Zebra’s mission to connect and create spaces, delivering desired experiences across retail, hospitality and beyond.

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‘Unsustainable’: Toys ‘R’ Us ANZ sells UK business

Inside Retail

Toys ‘R’ Us ANZ has decided to exit its UK business, citing an unsustainable business model and its negative impact on the group’s overall performance. Toys ‘R’ Us ANZ said that the UK division needs about $7 million of initial working capital to fund the expansion, which was expected to result in an initial operating loss of $6 million in the first 12 months.

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Waitrose Farm discovers signs of rare wildlife

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Winter is usually a time for hibernation, keeping warm and waiting for the lighter days ahead, but not for some wildlife found on Waitrose’s farm in Hampshire as they can still be leaving signs of activity during the winter season.

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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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What is a Shopper Marketing Event?

Shopperations

Omnichannel shopper marketing is a dynamic, constantly evolving discipline. It sits in between and overlaps with brand management, sales, e-commerce and media teams. This makes shopper marketing very diverse and full of nuances and gray areas.

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Boost Your Marketing Performance in 2024 with Top Customer Engagement Tools

Retail Focus

In 2024, the landscape of customer engagement tools plays a pivotal role in elevating marketing performance. These tools are indispensable for implementing marketing automation, delivering tailored communication, and making data-informed decisions to enhance your campaign’s return on investment (ROI). When selecting the most suitable tool for your needs, it’s crucial to consider key factors: Cost efficiency: Ensure that the tool is cost-effective for effectively reaching and engagin

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LSKD wins top honour in Telstra Business Awards

Inside Retail

Sportswear retailer LSKD has won the Business of the Year title from Telstra Best Business Awards. LSKD emerged as the winner from more than 22,000 small and medium-sized business candidates nationwide. “In speaking to the judges, it was clear that LSKD is committed to the fitness community it serves, fostering an inclusive and high-performing culture that comes through in the quality of its products,” said Telstra Business group executive Amanda Hutton. “We’re thrilled t

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Tesco transforms bog-standard cardboard into luxury toilet rolls

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! In a supermarket first, Tesco is rolling out a new range of toilet roll and kitchen towel made from recycled cardboard and recycled pulp. These new, 100% recycled paper products, far from being bog-standard, are soft and absorbent.

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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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Sedus, leading office furniture brand is the Gold Sponsor of Design Middle East Awards KSA 2024

Design Middleeast

We are pleased to announce that Sedus is the Gold Sponsor for the Design Middle East Awards KSA 2024, which will be held on March 4 at Voco Riyadh. Founded in 1871, Sedus Stoll AG is one of the leading European manufacturers of office furniture. The product range includes seating furniture, such as swivel and visitor chairs, as well as conference and office furniture – all “Made in Germany” In its 150-year company history, Sedus has been continuously setting new standards, in terms o

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Oakley Finds Its Roots in Carnaby Street Store; Primes for Further UK Growth

Retail Focus

Sports performance and lifestyle brand Oakley has opened its second physical location in London, following their first store on King Street in Covent Garden. The new Oakley location at 23 Carnaby Street was launched with the special attendance of England and Arsenal forward Alessia Russo, who shared her enthusiasm for the brand’s ability to ‘[push] boundaries and [celebrate] who we are as individuals’ Carnaby is an iconic outlet shopping destination nestled in London’s We

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Myer’s latest trading update is a testament to putting the customer first

Inside Retail

Myer reported in its latest trading update that group comparable sales for the first half of FY24 were virtually flat, up by just 0.1 per cent, compared to the first half of the last financial year. The report revealed that online sales were $390.1 million and now account for 21.3 per cent of the retailer’s total sales, up from 20.5 per cent at the end of FY23.

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Shark Ninja announces 20 new products and enters three new categories at inaugural EMEA Launch Event

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Shark Ninja has announced plans for 20 new product launches and entry into three new categories at its inaugural EMEA Launch Event. The brand’s first EMEA Spring Forum was held in Palma, Mallorca, 1-2 February 2024, to underscore its expansion plans in the region as well as showcase its latest NPD.

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Planning the Architecture of Your Modular DXP

Are you considering moving away from a monolith platform and over to composable architecture? Join experts from Google Cloud, GroupBy, and Orium as they discuss the benefits of moving to a modular digital experience platform. In this masterclass, uncover key indicators that show your brand is ready for a modular DXP, and learn how to lay the foundation for composable commerce.

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Quench Your Thirst With Beer Displays

Creative Displays Now

Whether it is for gatherings during the holiday season or a Sunday Funday neighborhood event, many occasions call for a trip to the frosty aisle of a favorite local liquor store or beer aisle in a market. With all the food-and-beverage-friendly occasions throughout the year, which all encourage beer sales, there’s never a bad time to up the display game for your frosty beverages.

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Through the Eyes of Gen-Alpha: A Shopper Marketing Revolution Unveiled

Instore Design

Recently, I had an eye-opening experience that led me to reexamine my approach to engaging with the younger generation. It wasn't a market report or a boardroom strategy session that sparked this revelation. No, it was a journey through Target with my 11-year-old daughter, and it turned out to be a masterclass in understanding the future of shopper behavior.

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Optus backpays over $7.8 million to underpaid employees

Inside Retail

Optus Retail is back-paying 3744 current and former employees it underpaid over $7.8 million. The backpayment includes more than $5.4 million in wages and entitlements and more than $2.4 million in superannuation and interest. Optus hired these employees as retail consultants and store managers around Australia between January 2014 and March 2020. In April 2021, the telecommunications company self-reported the underpayments to the Fair Work Ombudsman following an internal review.

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Liberty London deploys Aptos technology to deliver modernised levels of customer experience

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Aptos, a leader in unified commerce solutions, announced today that renowned British department store Liberty is renewing its partnership with Aptos for store technology and customer experience solutions. Specifically, Liberty will deploy the latest versions of Aptos’ Store POS and CRM applications and migrate the software delivery from on-premises to Sa

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How Personalized Customer Experiences Drive Retail Growth and Revenue

Speaker: Shaunna Bruton - Associate Director of Product Strategy at Orium | Sam Panzer - Director of Industry Strategy at Talon.One | Frank Passantino - Director of Product Management at Bloomreach

More and more, customers are expecting a better personalized CX. But can retailers actually deliver? Data from McKinsey shows that companies that excel in personalization increase their revenue by 40%, but despite these numbers, retailers struggle to implement customer personalization strategies. So what are the potential solutions? Join us to gain a better understanding of the current retail landscape and learn what you can do to translate personalization strategies into practical implementatio

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Shopper Marketing Actuals - Why Are They So Elusive?

Shopperations

Do you struggle with actualizing your shopper marketing events? You do? Well, you should feel good, at least you are trying. When we engage with CPG clients, we find that actualization is often such a huge pain that some organizations don’t even attempt to do it.

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Ye Xiao Xiao Tea Space by Aurora Design

Retail Design Blog

Ye Xiao Xiao Tea Space – Emotional Perception The Baipu, an ancient extinct people from Yunnan province of Southwestern China,

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Bunnings rebrands some stores under cartoon character banner

Inside Retail

Home and lifestyle retailer Bunnings is collaborating with popular animated TV series Bluey to rebrand several of its stores in Australia and New Zealand. The rebrand, which affects six stores across all states in Australia and one store in New Zealand, is inspired by Hammerbarn – an episode from Season 2 of Bluey. In the episode, the Heeler family visit a local hardware store that resembles the Bunnings Keperra location in Queensland.

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Earn your stripes: PizzaExpress is giving away free pizzas this National Pizza Day

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Calling all pizza-lovers (across the UK) – it’s time to rejoice as PizzaExpress is giving their epic pizza away for FREE to diners wearing a black and white striped top, in celebration of National Pizza Day, this Friday 9th February 2024.

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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.