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  1. International
Every 500ml bottle of Neo Wtr, produced by Brookfield Drinks, is made using discarded plastic that has been collected along coastlines at-risk of ocean plastic pollution. With a fully recyclable bottle, label, and cap, Neo Wtr is a Somerset-sourced spring water, bottled in the UK.… This story continues at New bottled water with environmental credentials […]
  1. Department & Category
The Retail Think Tank (RTT) said this week that this spring and summer could see the start of a much-needed improvement in the UK’s retail fortunes. The RTT, set up more nearly 20 years ago by accountants KPMG and data analyst Ipsos Channel Performance, allows… This story continues at Food sales poised to lead retailers […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK, NY — Concurrences, the leading antitrust publisher, last week awarded “The Proper Measure of Profits for Assessing Market Power” as the Reader’s Choice Award winner in the “Best Business Article: General Economics” category at the 2024 Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards. The paper was co-authored by Keystone Senior Partner Michael Cragg, alongside economists Patrick […]
  1. International
The House of Commons voted by 383 to 67 in favour of the prime minister’s plan to make it illegal for anyone born in 2009 or later to buy tobacco products in the UK. Just 178 Tory MPs voted in favour of the Tobacco and… This story continues at Industry warnings unheeded as MPs vote […]
  1. CPG: Food
Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity is kicking off a new partnership with grocery brand Kellanova to support grassroots and inclusive football teams across the UK. Through MADL’s Stronger Together initiative, Kellanova will be giving prizes to five teams, offering resources and equipment. Each… This story continues at MADL teams up with Kellanova to […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
West Midlands independent drinks startup Virtus Brands has taken a major step in expanding its UK sales after signing a deal with wholesaler Parfetts. The Dudley-based firm, which manufactures and distributes 15 drinks brands including its Jatt Life ultra-premium vodka, has joined Parfetts’ drop shipping… This story continues at Drinks group Virtus Brands signs Parfetts […]
  1. Data & Insights
Morrisons Media Group (MMG) is introducing new retail media opportunities in a bid to further connect Morrisons customers with their favourite brands.  First up, digital screens are being introduced at Morrisons Market Street food counters. The screens provide brands the opportunity to promote products that complement the counter range on offer as well as an additional […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Gopuff has announced the launch of Powered by Gopuff, a logistics and technology platform that, according to the quick commerce big hitter, enables brands to offer affordable delivery from their owned and operated online stores in as fast as 15 minutes. “We’ve spent the last ten years building and scaling our own hyper-local logistics network […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Check out the articles on this here website that caught your fancy last week, including AiFi, Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Wow Bao, Shopsense AI, Paramount Global, Intergamma, Getir, PLUS Retail, and commercetools. Inventory monitoring startup Gather AI bags $17 million in funding to transform supply chain traceability Gather AI, a provider of computer vision […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Editor’s Note: As the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo (RICE) nears, we’re highlighting recent coverage of some of the speakers and companies that will be taking the stage in Chicago, June 4-6, 2024. Kevin Tulip, President of Primark U.S., will be one of several C-level leaders speaking in the C-Suite Corner, where they’ll delve into the macro […]
  1. Media & Marketing
New adverts for Lucozade unites all three sub-brands in one campaign. Marking the biggest relaunch in Lucozade’s history, the brand has unveiled a new masterbrand platform set to supercharge sales of its drinks across the UK market. Encompassing TV advertising, social, in-store activation, consumer sampling… This story continues at Lucozade’s major new masterbrand platform unveiled […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Omnichannel dog brand Bark has partnered with a jet charter company to launch Bark Air, an air travel experience designed “for dogs first and their human companions second.” Bark Air aims to take the white glove experience of a human’s first-class flight and redirect all that pampering to pooches — from booking and arrival to in-flight […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
In today’s retail landscape, success extends far beyond profit margins and market share. Increasingly, consumers are looking to align their purchasing decisions with their personal values, driving the need for retailers to incorporate social impact initiatives into their business strategies. When I audit companies, they often show me their CSR and sustainability report where I […]
  1. Department & Category
An evergreen and resilient category, crisps, snacks and nuts is worth more than £4.29bn in retail sales value across the UK and is growing by 12.5% year on year. It is especially important to independent convenience stores as, on average, consumers snack more than five… This story continues at Mega bites In focus: Savoury snacking […]
  1. Associates & Employees
A south London retailer has called the government announcement that assaulting a retail worker is to be made a standalone criminal offence in England and Wales a “pivotal moment.” Store owner Benedict Selvaratnam posted on LinkedIn: “Today marks a pivotal moment for our retail industry and… This story continues at Retailer calls new assault of shop […]
  1. Data & Insights
New data shows illegal vapes were seized from nearly 3,000 unscrupulous sellers in 2023 across the UK, but only 1 in 20 were issued fines. Illegal vapes haven’t gone through the usual rigorous product safety tests, and risk causing serious harm to the user. In… This story continues at 95% of illegal vape sellers go […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As the digital landscape continues to evolve, ecommerce personalisation has become a critical strategy for businesses looking to stand out in an increasingly competitive market. Personalisation helps to enhance the customer experience, increase engagement, and ultimately, drive sales. Here are some top tips to help you effectively personalise your ecommerce strategy. Understanding Ecommerce Personalisation Ecommerce […]
  1. Data & Insights
In 2024, the landscape of buying and merchandising is witnessing significant transformations driven by evolving consumer preferences, technological advancements, and socio-economic shifts. Let’s dive into four key trends reshaping the retail industry this year. Embracing Sustainable Partnerships: Sustainability has transcended from a buzzword to a fundamental expectation among consumers. With an increasing awareness of environmental […]
  1. Department & Category
Greggs has published its fourth annual sustainability report, which outlines the progress made towards its 2025 green targets and sets out key focus areas for the year ahead.  Three-years into a five-year sustainability plan, Greggs says that it has made significant progress on its ten commitments and has reached the following key milestones:  ·       896 […]
  1. Data & Insights
 New technologies such as AI are providing a newfound sense of optimism for the industry as a whole. Despite the fact that generative AI has only been universally available since November 2022, a recent survey on retail leaders found that 81% of respondents already have a dedicated AI budget, with an average of 50% assigned […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Recently, there has been a noticeable change in consumer behavior driven by evolving expectations, shifting retail channel preferences, and varying brand shopping habits. From this disruption, three noteworthy emerging trends have surfaced: social media commerce, in-car commerce, and gaming commerce. This week, we dive into how these trends are reshaping the shopping experience for consumers […]
  1. Holiday & Events
UK total retail sales increased by 3.5% year on year in March, according to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. Food sales increased 6.8% year-on-year over the three months to March, against a growth of 8.5% in March 2023 Non-food sales decreased 1.9% year on year… This story continues at Early Easter boosts store sales Or […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Retail Technology Show Innovation Awards finalists have been announced. Retail Technology Show 2024 will take place at London’s Olympia on 24th and 25th April.  The “ten trailblazing solutions who are leading the charge in retail innovation, poised to drive businesses forward and ignite competitive advantage” are as follows: 🌟Flip🌟Scaleflex🌟Shopopop🌟Teamwork Commerce🌟Pricer🌟Find & Order🌟Orquest🌟ProGlove🌟ReachFive🌟Solink The winner […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Data sampled from across from PayPoint’s network of 28,000 UK convenience stores reveals which chocolate products saw the biggest sales spikes in the week running up to the Easter bank holiday (25 – 31 March), compared to the previous four weeks (26 February – 24… This story continues at PayPoint data reveals biggest selling chocolate […]
  1. Data & Insights
Results from the 30th edition of The CMO Survey indicate that inflation and economic uncertainty are harming marketing spending as the C-suite retrenches and cuts costs. While more than half of marketers reported a 10.4 percent increase over the previous year in the September 2022 survey, this group is reporting just 2.9 percent growth over […]
  1. Data & Insights
Transaction monitoring is an important process that helps retailers comply with all legal requirements, most importantly, anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. It monitors real time transactions to see if any suspicious behaviors should be reported to the financial authorities.   It is essential if you want to protect your brand’s reputation and make sure that your customers […]
  1. Media & Marketing
River Island has appointed Simon Pakenham-Walsh as CIO. He joins from Sweaty Betty where he served as Chief Technology Officer. He also held the role of VP of Consumer Technology at Wolverine Worldwide. His CV also includes stints at Arcadia Group as Digital and Retail Technology Director, and CIO for Sainsbury’s Food. In a LinkedIn […]
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  1. ESG
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Using event-driven architecture (EDA), retailers must link essential data at speed and scale throughout their ecosystems near and far to come to grips with now essential environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in three key areas. 1. Dead Heading — Optimizing Transportation/Emissions on Every Journey When it comes to transportation within the retail sector, any […]
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  13. Stores & Formats
It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]

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