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Dr Martens announce ambitious expansion plans

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Iconic Footwear retailer Dr Martens has announced its plans to open 100 new stores and instore shops over the next five years. In the year to March 31 the brand opened 11 new stores and nine in store shops, despite sales falling by four per cent to £232.4 million. With the ret...

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Amazon checkout-free stores may be UK bound

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Amazon looks set to introduce its revolutionary checkout-free stores in the UK after registering a UK trademark for the concept. Across the pond, Amazon has opened its first bricks and mortar concept grocery store, where Amazon employees can use the Amazon Go app to shop for g...

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Poundland moves away from £1 model

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Poundland has announced that it will move away from its single price model and offer a broader range of products. The discount retailer was recently acquired by South African giant Steinhoff in an arduous take over process for £635 million. Steinhoff has now announced that it ...

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Small Business Saturday sees £717 million in sales

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Small business Saturday achieved total sales of £717 million this year, up 15 per cent on 2015. The event was created to encourage consumers to “shop small” and favour their local independent stores over high street chains. “To see spend reach £249 million more this year than ...

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Zara accused of "aggressive" tax avoidance

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Zara owner Inditex has been accused of implementing “aggressive” tax avoidance strategies purportedly evading £493.66 million in taxes from 2011 to 2014. The Green Party have accused the world’s biggest fashion retailer of using techniques in the Netherlands, Ireland and Switz...

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M&S slammed over boss bonuses

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Marks & Spencer has come under fire from workers’ union Usdaw as top bosses are poised to take home millions in share rewards. Steve Rowe, the retailer’s chief executive, is expected to take home over 500,000 shares worth £3.28 each adding £1.8 million on top of his usual sala...

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Leading retailers warn of disastrous price rises if EU workers leave

Friday 09 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Major supermarkets and manufacturers have issued a stark warning via an open letter stating food prices will rise if EU immigrants are stopped from working. An open letter published in The Guardian major retail bodies such as the British Retail Consortium, which represents the...

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5 Minutes With Josh Rathour, CEO & Founder, UNiDAYS

Thursday 08 December 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Josh Rathour is the founder and chief executive of UNiDAYS, one of the UK’s fastest-growing websites that has a strong retail focus. An entrepreneur by nature, Rathour worked as a real estate agent before taking the leap and establishing UNiDAYS – and one of its core aspects i...

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Tesla to open first non-central London store

Thursday 08 December 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Tesla is poised to open a new retail space in Chiswick, west London tomorrow. Once open, it would bring the total of the car manufacturer’s UK dealerships 16 – a significant number considering it only had one three years ago. Tesla currently five retail locations in London but...

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Intu trials VR Christmas shopping experience

Thursday 08 December 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Shopping centre operators Intu has just introduced a virtual reality family-friendly multi-player fgame, taking shopping experiences to another level this festive season. Intu is piloting the experience at Intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham, where shoppers can step from a wint...

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