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80% of consumers still carry out their shopping in the physical store

What retailers can learn from Mary Portas’ latest report

In 2011, Mary Portas was appointed by the UK government to lead an independent review into our high streets entitled ‘The Portas Review’. The report offered a list of recommendations on how best to revitalise the high street, including a series of...
10:22AM - Thu 14th August 2014
Scott Welty, Vice President, Industry Strategy, JDA Software

Retail 2020: The 7 Trends Impacting Brick & Mortar Retailers

The retail industry is in the midst of a massive transformation driven by consumers’ rapid adoption of new digital technologies. By the year 2020, the retail landscape will have fundamentally changed how every retailer will go to market. No segmen...
10:32AM - Tue 12th August 2014
Wal-Mart's new website includes a 'Trending Now' section which shows popular items being bought

Wal-Mart take on Amazon with revamped website

Wal-Mart has upped its stake in the battle of the online retailers and in a bid to confront e-commerce leaders Amazon it has revamped their website to make it far more personalised than ever before.For Wal-Mart, personalisation is the weapon they ...
09:58AM - Tue 12th August 2014
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Sunday papers round-up

Amazon appear to be embroiled in another row with a media company after it blocked pre-orders of upcoming films such as ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ according to the Chicago Tribune. The firm is also currently involved i...
10:34AM - Mon 11th August 2014
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High street sales rises as warmer weather and click and collect services tempt shoppers in

The latest high street figures point toward a resurgence of Britain’s shopping streets as collect in-store services drove shoppers back to the high street.Like-for-like sales rose 1.7 per cent in July compared to the same month last year as a prol...
08:47AM - Mon 11th August 2014
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Co-operative aims to restore confidence with board restructure

The troubled Co-operative Group will cut its board by half as it announced widespread changes to its governance structure.Keen to move on from the worst year in its history in which the 150 year-old group posted huge losses of £2.5bn, the company ...
08:42AM - Mon 11th August 2014
Target CEO Brian Cornell

Profile: Target's CEO Brian Cornell

It would appear that US retailer Target are hoping that the sociable Brian Cornell is the man who can thrust them firmly back into the mainstream of American retail. Described by fellow Polaris director Scott Wine as “a real high-energy guy Cornel...
10:54AM - Fri 8th August 2014
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Shop prices fall by record 1.9% - BRC

British shoppers have reason to celebrate as deflation reached its highest level since records began in 2006.Not only have prices fallen for 15 consecutive months, but they appear to be accelerating – deflation rose by 0.1 per cent month-on-month ...
11:37AM - Wed 6th August 2014
Darren Shapland, Poundland chairman

Profile: Poundland’s Darren Shapland

Poundland have been forced to appoint a new chairman following Andrew Higginson’s decision to move to troubled Morrisons.Darren Shapland will take over the reigns at the discount store, which is in significantly better health than his predecessor’...
10:21AM - Tue 5th August 2014
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