International – UK

  1. Technology & Innovation
By Doug Stephens Over the last 20 years, technology has transformed retail. Mobile phones have become essential conduits for communication, entertainment and commerce. Technologies like augmented reality, once a novelty, have become commonplace digital merchandising and selling tools. E-commerce, which in 2003 amounted to a rounding error on most retailers’ profit and loss statements, has […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Technological advancements over the years can be described as mind blowing and have impacted many aspects of life. Healthcare is no exception to this incredible journey; it goes beyond fancy gadgets to how technology improves healthcare for patients or medical professionals. Unsurprisingly, UK research has suggested that groundbreaking healthcare tech could transform medical procedures and […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Earlier this week I did a FaceTime in which I expressed a certain amazement with stories about how many men spent a lot of time on a regular basis thinking about the ancient Roman empire.  I mentioned that I’m not one of those men – I maybe think about it when watching “Gladiator” and “A […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail space planning specialist CADS has helped Northern Ireland’s largest Spar retailer and wholesaler, Henderson Group, improve its space management process with StoreSpace. Henderson Group reached out to CADS following a recommendation from Nielsen, which provides Spaceman planogram technology that partners with StoreSpace. “Our StoreSpace software makes it easier for retailers to optimise their retail […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Together with the retail community, we had an amazing time celebrating the inaugural People in Retail Awards last night at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square. Hosted by award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons, the awards shine a spotlight on those who have made remarkable contributions and demonstrated excellence across the industry. We’d like to offer […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including autonomous stores, virtual commerce, Just Walk Out tech meets RFID, and phone shops reinvented. 1. Pixevia works with […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Newfoundland, a provider of at home, self-diagnostic tests in the UK, and rapid delivery firm, Zapp, have announced a new partnership in London. Customers can now quickly test for various illnesses and diseases, while also knowing that Zapp has them covered with various personal health and hygiene products, over-the-counter medicines, and everyday essentials. Co-founder of […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Scott answers a question about how AI might benefit the legal industry. He then takes a question about dealing with the financial stress and uncertainty that comes with entrepreneurship. He wraps up with advice to a listener who is deciding whether to move to London and start a job in trading. Music: / @dcuttermusic […]
  1. Data & Insights
Loyalty is big business. In the U.S., research has shown that there are over 3.3 billion loyalty memberships. Programs span across almost all markets, from supermarkets and restaurants to beauty and hospitality. For organizations, a loyalty program that resonates with consumers can set them apart from competitors. Last year, for example, Starbucks told investors that […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Very Group has been working with Kyndryl to migrate applications to the public cloud. And the online retailer is now extending the agreement and moving over more applications. Kyndryl will combine The Very Group’s core service management toolset with cloud native tooling and the implementation of Kyndryl Bridge and AIOps, enabling greater links between […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
[[“value”:” More recently, retailers have begun using beacon technology to create personalised shopping experiences. Credit: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock. In recent years, the retail industry has experienced a challenging environment following unforeseen events and consumers’ lifestyle changes. High inflation and the increased cost of living are limiting consumer spending as shoppers re-evaluate their priorities and cut back on […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) and the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) have written to policing minister Chris Philp calling for a government grant to be created to help them beef up their security systems amid a shoplifting epidemic. The letter comes as latest Office of National Statistics data show that shoplifting increased […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart’s IPO has received a boost after the grocery delivery service revised its terms to target a fully diluted valuation of up to $10 billion, reports Reuters. The San Francisco-based company’s first implied valuation was initially between $7.7 billion and $9.3 billion. The increase is due to heavy investor demand and a big opening day […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Luxury flower brand, FLOWERBX, has announced a new exclusive rapid delivery partnership with Zapp. As a result, Londoners can now get delivery in minutes, 24/7. FLOWERBX’s range of products are available for same-day and next-day delivery through its website. Founder and CEO, Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, says: “We’re thrilled to be making it easier and faster […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
[[“value”:” Albertsons’ Flash grocery service enables pick-up and delivery orders in as little as 30 minutes. Credit: © Business Wire/Albertsons Companies. Food and drug retailer Albertsons has launched the Flash grocery service, which enables customers to receive their DriveUp & Go and delivery orders in as little as 30 minutes. Through Albertsons’ websites and mobile […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon UK is partnering with Iceland to make its groceries available to Prime members, with same day delivery options available, and opening a new Amazon Fresh store in London. The service will initially be available in selected postcodes within Greater Manchester, before being rolled out in more locations in the coming months. The supermarket follows […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Are you facing a situation where you need to uncover the truth, be it for personal or business reasons? It might be a cheating spouse, a missing person, or a corporate investigation. In such cases, hiring a private investigator can be the key to unlocking the answers you seek. However, before you jump into the […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Online casinos have risen to prominence in recent years, upsetting the conventional bricks and mortar casino business model. This proliferation provides you with a fresh and practical option to partake in betting on your favourite games. In this article, we will examine the wide ranging effects they have had on the betting industry. So, follow […]
  1. Department: Food
Waitrose lowers the price of 250 autumn products. Credit: John Lewis Partnership. Supermarket chain Waitrose is lowering the prices of 250 popular autumn products, marking the third round of cuts this year. Starting 13 September, prices will be cut on everyday foods such as pasta, whole chicken, sausages and potatoes by 10% on average. The […]
  1. International
Aldi is opening its 1,000th UK store in Woking, Surrey, today (7 September) and has committed to a new long-term target of 1,500 stores in the UK, which the company said will be an investment of billions of pounds into the UK economy. Aldi, now Britain’s fourth biggest grocer, is aiming to open more stores […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We’re big fans of LinkedIn and are busy building an amazing community of retail tech enthusiasts on the social media platform. These are the articles that are currently on their radars, including Asda, Penny Black, Marie Curie, AiFi, JUXTA, and Pocket Planet. PMC announced as headline sponsor of the 2023 RTIH Innovation Awards, winners to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Retailers are doubling down on technology and redesigned stores that fuse digital and in-store experiences. Here’s an overview of world retail trends September 2023 as witnessed by Mood Media, a global specialist in elevating customer experience at the point of sale. UK LEGO focused on experience LEGO has announced a second store in Manchester, located […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Exhibit A — how Amazon built its hugely successful digital commerce business: 1. Create an effective ecommerce platform 2. Open that platform to third-party sellers 3. Sell those sellers access to logistics and fulfillment services, many of which were already built for its own first-party retail business 4. Sell those sellers advertising opportunities so they […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
All Saints founder Stuart Trevor is introducing a new eponymous brand that creates clothes solely from discarded material, and taps technology from Stored, a mobile payments startup. “I am excited to see our payment technology align with Stuart Trevor’s visionary approach. This partnership exemplifies our commitment to redefining the shopping experience, where sustainability and convenience […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
For many of us, the experience of welcoming a pet into our lives is an incredibly happy one. As well as the instant boost to your mood from having a dog or cat to snuggle up with, it has long been suspected that pets help our mental and physical health. The relationship between us, as […]
  1. Associates & Employees
In an increasingly competitive world of business, companies face the daunting challenge of not only attracting, but retaining their top talent. Imagine you’ve assembled an outstanding team only for some members to leave in search of greener pastures just when things were getting going. Not only is that an absolutely irreparable loss, it’s also a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
SymphonyAI Retail CPG has been selected by Marks & Spencer for computer vision and AI-based intelligence capabilities across more than 500 stores.  The UK retailer will deploy AI-based technology on handheld devices that compares images captured of products in stores to store specific planograms, providing an instant view of compliance on shelves. As the only […]
  1. Data & Insights
The average prices of the five essential items in kids’ lunchboxes have increased almost 20% year-on-year as British families prepare for back to school, Reapp data reveals. The latest analysis from the retail data specialist shows that bread, yoghurt and biscuits have seen price hikes across the board in the nation’s supermarkets. Yoghurts have seen the highest […]

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Hy-Vee launched the full-scale version of its retail media network, called Hy-Vee RedMedia, at the Groceryshop 2023 conference this week in Las Vegas. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer described the platform as a disruptor in the retail media landscape that will connect brands directly with Hy-Vee’s customer base across multiple platforms, including both online […]
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Instacart saw its share price erode in the two days following its initial public offering, after it rose 12.7% in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. The stock settled down to just slightly over its IPO price of $30 per share on Wednesday, its first full day on the exchange, then ranged […]
  1. Retailer Media
#30DaysofRetailMedia | Day 21: Retail Media Metrics Metrics help brand advertisers measure retail media effectiveness. Key performance indicators (KPIs) span the full marketing funnel, as consumers can enter anywhere. Brand advertisers: 🎯 Choose KPIs according to their objectives📊 Measure baseline results for meaningful comparisons🌟 Review their metrics for data insights to optimize their processes and […]
  1. Holiday & Events
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  3. Holiday & Events
Experts predict slow growth in 2023 holiday sales as consumers tighten their belts in a tough economy, but e-commerce will remain a bright spot. Stores are filling with displays of holiday decorations and holiday-themed merchandise as retailers eagerly prepare for the annual shopping surge, but consumers may not be as excited. Forecasts for 2023 holiday […]