Apple’s new payment system sparks hot debate as experts divided

The announcement that Apple’s new iPhone 6 would come equipped with a mobile wallet had been hotly anticipated by experts, but the details of the new system that many believe could pose a considerable threat to payment giants such as PayPal have divided industry experts. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook believes that “Apple Pay... read more...
10:43AM - Mon 15th September 2014

Lulu Guinness drives international growth through integrated systems

British-born fashion designer Lulu Guinness OBE is still at the forefront of innovations to improve the way the fashion industry is currently managed. Last year, her label Lulu Guinness (launched in 1989 and specialising in handbags and accessorie...
10:50AM - Mon 15th September 2014

Apple reveals “game changer” Apple Watch at iPhone 6 launch

At a press conference in San Francisco yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced not one, not two, but three new Apple products to be released over the next year, calling it “the next chapter in Apple’s story”. In addition to two new iPhones (the 4....
10:11AM - Wed 10th September 2014

Prince George’s new sibling to give another boost to retail sector?

After the announcement by Clarence House yesterday that Kate Middleton was expecting her second child, we take a look at the potential boost of another Royal baby to the retail sector. Speculation surrounding the birth of Prince George had a drama...
10:40AM - Tue 9th September 2014
Bill Loller, Vice President, IBM Smarter Commerce

The rise and fall of showrooming

Over the last two decades, the boom of ecommerce has led to the rise and fall of a number of trends. One of these includes “showrooming” – which sees customers browse for products in shops while using their mobile devices to compare competitor pri...
09:34AM - Fri 5th September 2014

Customers hoover up vacuum cleaners before EU passes new law

Retailers are reporting a spike on sales of powerful hoovers in response to the recent news that the European Union is preparing to ban vacuum cleaners over 1,600 watts. Indeed, some UK businesses have seen a 50 per cent increase in purchases of h...
09:28AM - Fri 5th September 2014

SuperGroup has super first quarter after implementation of new growth strategy

SuperGroup, owner of the popular Superdry label, has seen an impressive increase in sales in the three months to July this year, up almost 16 per cent to £87 million. This comes after the introduction of a new retail warehousing operation and merc...
09:25AM - Fri 5th September 2014

Vodafone turns back on Phones 4U but pledges future to rival

UK retailer Phones 4U is staring down the barrel today after mobile operator Vodafone announced it would stop selling its products with the high street chain next year. Dixons Carphone, however, had its best day so far since the merger between the...
09:21AM - Fri 5th September 2014

Reconciliation between LVMH and Hermes after four-year handbag war

French luxury goods “Goliath” LVMH has finally relented in its bid to take over family-owned company Hermes, it was announced yesterday. The conflict centred on the tactics supposedly employed by LVMH in order to increase their stake in Hermes, in...
09:15AM - Fri 5th September 2014

Powatag - transaction anywhere

This is the first piece in a series of blog posts on how technology innovation is changing the retail industry by Matthew Knight, Head of Innovation at Carat.The first innovation Im going to look at in this new column on technologies which are dis...
10:31AM - Thu 4th September 2014
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