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Comment: How to give cautious shoppers a post-Brexit confidence boost

Friday 22 July 2016 - Posted by Scott Cretton, Key Account Manager, Trusted Shops

With uncertainty sweeping the nation following the Brexit vote, consumers are at their most vulnerable and as a result, acting cautiously. The plunge of the pound means UK shoppers have been reluctant to hit the high street in this period of unpredictability. As a result of th...

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Comment: Recipe for point-of-sale success

Friday 22 July 2016 - Posted by Darren Jackson, Retail Solutions At APS Group

Maximising the bricks and mortar retail estate has never been more important. With online stores able to give customers everything they could ever need at the touch of a button and all from the comfort of their own home, retailers need to give customers a valid reason to jump ...

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Confirmed: 30 BHS stores to close by end of July

Friday 22 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Administrators have said 30 BHS stores will shut down by the end of July, leaving around 700 employees in the lurch. The news comes just days after administrators announced the list of the first 20 BHS stores that will close down. Among those initial 20 are outlets in Ashford,...

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Competition watchdog approves Sainsbury’s £1.4bn takeover of Home Retail Group

Friday 22 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has unconditionally cleared Sainbury’s takeover bid of Home Retail Group. The CMA said it would not be pursuing an in-depth investigation into the acquisition, which is worth £1.4 billion, after the result of a phase one probe into the ...

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MPs slam Mike Ashley for poor working conditions at Sports Direct

Friday 22 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

A new report about working conditions of Sports Direct employees has landed company founder Mike Ashley in hot water, with MPs criticising him for the “appalling” working conditions at his firm. In the critical report, the MPs who form the Business Committee said they were pre...

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Comment: What will the price be for retailers after Brexit?

Thursday 21 July 2016 - Posted by Guest Piece

UK retailers, like all businesses, are facing several years of uncertainty following the Brexit vote. This uncertainty will not be alleviated until the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union are defined and UK legislation is either modified or adopted to address ...

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Comment: The importance of investing in skills for young retail employees

Thursday 21 July 2016 - Posted by Shelley Thomas, VP Of People At Asda

Last Friday (July 15) marked World Youth Skills Day, a day to reflect on how skills development can improve youth employment across the world. For retail businesses, this was an opportunity to encourage young people into the sector by highlighting the access routes to work, as...

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5 Minutes with Mark K. Smith, CEO of ContactEngine

Thursday 21 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Mark K. Smith had a background in science before he became an entrepreneur in the tech world. He was only in his 30s when his first company was launched on the stock market and today, he heads up ContactEngine, an omni-channel customer communication service used by many UK ret...

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White Stuff's soaring sales growth fails to lift pre-tax profits

Thursday 21 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

White Stuff posted mixed results in its end-of-year report, reporting an uptick in like-for-likes and sales but a fall in profits. The fashion retail chain reported a 2.9 per cent drop in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the year endi...

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Primark to sell official Grumpy Cat merchandise

Thursday 21 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

One of the most popular internet memes of all time will be coming to the UK high street this summer after Primark announced it would begin selling official Grumpy Cat merchandise. The news comes after merchandise company Bravado was appointed as an official UK license holder o...

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