November, 2021

Harrods unveils ‘Emerging Designers: China’ pop-up

Retail Focus

Following Harrods successful return to Shanghai Fashion Week with ‘The Harrods Hive’, a concept that focused on building stronger connections across the luxury industry in China, Harrods is proud to announce the unveiling of an inaugural pop-up focused on young Chinese design.

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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.

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Sugary snacks for babies should not be labelled ‘healthy’, says pressure group

Talking Retail

Some snacks for babies and toddlers that are marketed as ‘healthy’ contain too much sugar, according to a health watchdog’s survey. Action on Sugar – which is based in Queen Mary College at the University of London – says that some snacks contain two teaspoons of sugar per serving.

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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Virgil Abloh, a Great Influential Figure in the Artistic World, Passes Away at 41

Arch Daily

Meta to Open Physical Stores

VMS

Meta, the retailer formerly known as Facebook, is considering opening its first retail stores, reports The New York Times. The stores will showcase metaverse exploration devices like virtual reality headsets and video teleconferencing devices that can be used through the Facebook app.

Harvey Nichols unveils 2021 Festive Windows

Retail Focus

Harvey Nichols has today unveiled the most anticipated window scheme of the year – Christmas. After declaring a collective ‘bah, humbug’ to Christmas last year, the 2021 campaign offers a different sentiment that’s designed to spread joy and happiness with bright colours and beaming lights.

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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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How Design Can Create A More Compassionate Return To The Office

All Work

Business leaders are once again delaying their return-to-office date, with some pushing back to 2022. Design plays a key part in creating a safer workplace, and using a third party process can help alleviate concerns over workplace wellness.

Co-op unveils new multi-million-pound Carbon Innovation Fund

Retail Times

Co-op has announced it will be committing over £11 million in the next three years to help community environmental causes, social enterprises, charities and groups, both in the UK and abroad. Retail News Co-op

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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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EE launch new experiential concept store at One Braham

Retail Focus

EE has unveiled its new concept store designed to give customers a more immersive experience combined with expert knowledge. The One Braham store will also act as a hub for local communities, as part of EE’s commitment to deliver the most personal and local service on the high street.

Spend your Christmas time well with this game-changing e-commerce platform

Inside Retail

Throughout 2021, Covid-19 looked like the Grinch that might steal Christmas from families and business owners alike. Now, with most state borders open, the festive season is full of opportunity. The latest ANZ card-spending data shows there’s a renewed appetite for household spending.

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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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How To Determine If Your Employee Scheduling Is Too Lean

Retail Doc

Almost every retailer looks at employee scheduling as their most expensive operating cost. Employee Management store operations employee scheduling

Workspace Design Show: How Can We Design Better Workspaces?

All Work

The Workspace Design Show in London is the UK’s only exhibition to focus solely on workspace design. Allwork.Space attended a discussion on how to design better coworking spaces featuring design experts from The Office Group, Oktra, and Co-Space.

The RealReal to Open Santa Monica Location

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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.

Beaverbrooks doubles in size at centre:mk

Retail Focus

Beaverbrooks, the family-owned jewellery retailer, has opened a brand-new boutique at centre:mk Milton Keynes, one of the top 10 retail destinations in the UK.

LVMH ups support for Sephora Australia as losses mount

Inside Retail

Beauty firm Sephora struggled through another difficult year and may have difficulties trading as a going concern, according to a report in AFR. The report, which cites Sephora Australia’s accounts filed with ASIC this week, states the makeup retailer’s losses hit $7.87

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.

3D Visualization for Retail and Restaurant Projects – How We Do It

Mindful Design

Every commercial interior design project, from retail stores and restaurants to dessert and froyo shops, involves many steps and the ability to work across multiple disciplines.

A few words with Jérôme Cabanès, Director at Centric Software

Fashion Retail

I met Jérôme 8 years ago, when PLM solutions were not a usual piece in the fashion retail tech ecosystem. I was then in Accenture Strategy and Operations, working in a project to implement integrated planning processes for a fashion retailer. Since then, technology has changed retail for ever.

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.

Fenwick Newcastle reveals Shaun the Sheep Christmas Windows

Retail Focus

Fenwick Newcastle store unveiled this year’s much-anticipated Christmas window theme – moments from animated family favourite Shaun the Sheep’s latest film – The Flight Before Christmas – created in partnership with Aardman.

Harvey Norman profit tumbles 35 per cent from pandemic high

Inside Retail

Harvey Norman has been hit by falling sales and depreciating exchange rates, with global sales falling 8.8 per cent during the period between July and November, and unaudited gross profit falling 35.5 per cent between July and October, compared to the same periods of last year.

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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Black Friday Thrift Store Deals in Vegas & LA

Thrifts and Tangles

Black Friday shopping is a great way to get deals for cheap. Did you know that thrift stores offer some amazing Black Friday Deals? You will get the best bang for your buck and be sustainable by choosing to thrift on Black Friday. Here is a list of the Black Friday Thrift Store Deals in […].

Starbucks creates 23 new jobs as first store in Aylesbury opens

Retail Times

A new Starbucks® store will open in Sainsburys, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, on Wednesday 24 November. The new store will be the first in the local area and will create 23 new jobs. Retail News Retailer News Starbucks

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Macy’s Announces Wage Increase, Education Benefit Program

VMS

Macy’s (New York) announced it plans to raise its minimum pay to $15 an hour by May 2022, Bloomberg reports.

Key considerations for flooring options in retail spaces

Retail Focus

In the fluctuating world of retail and the exponential rise of e-commerce, accelerated by lockdown restrictions during the pandemic, the future of bricks and mortar retail spaces has come into question. However, the sentiment in the sector is that physical stores are far from dead. .

How China’s retail revolution could change the way the world shops

Inside Retail

China’s dominance in manufacturing has made it the factory of the world. The subsequent economic growth enriched an ever-expanding middle class, and the country’s retail industry has quickly adapted to supply a growing appetite for consumption.

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.

Where Are We Now?

Bay Cities

The headlines all over are trying to trick us into believing that everything is just fine and that we are working through all the bottlenecks in our supply chains. Well of course they are. We are tailing off the influx of the Christmas buying season.

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Waitrose farm to be test hub for all future farming innovation as it aspires to be net zero by 2035

Retail Times

The Waitrose farm on the Leckford Estate will be a test bed for farming innovation over the next 15 years and will be critical in helping Waitrose play its part in helping to tackle climate change. Retail News Retailer News Waitrose

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Poshmark Names Former Amazon Exec as CFO

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Luxury reseller Poshmark Inc. Redwood City, Calif.) has tapped former Amazon exec Rodrigo Brumana as its new CFO, reports The Wall Street Journal. Brumana assumes the role effective Dec. At Amazon, Brumana was the financial chief for the online seller’s private label business.

Freshly Cosmetics announces launch of its first flagship beauty store in the UK

Retail Focus

Spanish beauty brand, Freshly Cosmetics , have announced that they will be opening a standalone beauty store this November, situated in the heart of London’s bustling Carnaby Street. .

Off White, Louis Vuitton artistic designer Virgil Abloh passes away

Inside Retail

Virgil Abloh, artistic director at LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White, has passed away. Abloh had been privately battling cancer for several years, according to a statement from LVMH. “We We are all shocked after this terrible news,” LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault said.