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Mr Porter to launch spring menswear collaboration with Cos

Friday 01 May 2015 - Posted by Editorial Assistant

Luxury Menswear e-tailer Mr Porter has announced a collaboration with Swedish fashion brand Cos for a travel-ready spring collection, due to roll out in stores later this month. The 23-piece collection will feature a contemporary range of men’s clothing, tailoring, outwear, footwear and accessories. The multi-occasion inspired pieces will be available from May 7 on Mr Porter’s website and i...

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Hornby on track for first pre-tax profit in three years

Friday 01 May 2015 - Posted by Veebs Sabharwal

Toy and collectibles specialist Hornby said today that trading was in line in the fourth quarter of its financial year. The British model railway brand is expecting to post its first pre-tax profit since 2012. During the London Olympics of that year, the UK manufacturer suffered poor sales of the exclusive merchandise it had produced specifically for the event. Following heavy discounting on t...

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‘Woolworths’ redundancy case provides relief for UK businesses

Friday 01 May 2015 - Posted by Veebs Sabharwal

The European court of justice yesterday ruled in favour of the UK Government in the landmark ‘Woolworths’ case. The long-awaited decision will be welcomed by business leaders and according to lawyers at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, it will significantly reduce red tape and the costs associated with redundancy programmes. The judgment, which has implications for large companies acros...

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Are retailers failing to unlock the value of digital experiences?

Friday 01 May 2015 - Posted by Veebs Sabharwal

A study recently revealed that large numbers of businesses in Europe are not taking the necessary steps to unlock the value and opportunities provided by their customers’ digital experiences. Only 33% of business executives believe their customers’ digital experience could qualify as “high quality” with just 3% believing that it is “excellent”. Ben Pring, Co-director of Cognizant’s Cente...

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Fastlane International warns misguided sales tactics are undermining success of home deliveries

Friday 01 May 2015 - Posted by Veebs Sabharwal

The growth in home deliveries has cut car journeys, eased congestion and lowered emissions. However, global couriers Fastlane International warned that the escalating level of customer returns is threatening to undermine the environmental benefits of internet shopping. David Jinks, a spokesperson for Fastlane International says: “Retailers must address the serious issue of ever-increasing c...

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Retailers perfect tech wedding planning

Friday 01 May 2015 - Posted by Rachel Gee

From secret pinterest boards to polyvore plans and specialist apps – tech savvy brides-to-be are eagerly planning their average £20,500 big days, as retailers capitalise on the tulle clad industry. In keeping with the rest of the world the wedding sector is making the most of online platforms. Maxine Briggs, Editor at You & Your Wedding, said: “Couples are taking their wedding day very ...

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UK consumer confidence is still on the up

Thursday 30 April 2015 - Posted by Editorial Assistant

UK consumer confidence is on a 12-year high according to researchers at GfK. Low inflation, falling employment and rising wages have boosted UK households’ positivity. This months’ consumer confidence marks the highest since 2002, standing at an index score of 4 between March and April of this year. With zero inflation and rising incomes, GfK’s survey of 2k people showed shoppers remain opt...

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DKNY target younger audience with double Creative Director appointment

Thursday 30 April 2015 - Posted by Rachel Gee

In a bid to keep up with changing consumer tastes and to connect its brand with younger generations, DKNY has announced that it is appointing retailer Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow as its new Creative Directors.    The announcement follows DKNY using celebrity star names to push the company’s status forward among younger consumers. Both Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora have prom...

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Made.com to receive £20m?

Thursday 30 April 2015 - Posted by Veebs Sabharwal

Made.com is in advanced discussions with Partech Ventures, a Paris-based investment firm, for a multimillion pound cash investment according to Sky News. Retail Gazette understands that the company, chaired by the co-founder of Lastminute.com Brent Hoberman, is talking to Partech Venture about a deal that would mean it invests around £20m in the Notting Hill based retailer’s expansion. A...

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The Big Interview: Claire Davenport

Thursday 30 April 2015 - Posted by Rachel Gee

“Say thank you, give positive feedback - particularly when you’re running teams” says Vouchercodes General Manager Claire Davenport. Fitting advice from the coupon site boss, given that the weather is sunny when I turn up to the company's striking Farringdon offices.  To be greeted by Davenport is to be greeted by a positive and seemingly focused leader whose dry humour is reassuring. When as...

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