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Grocery price inflation nearly vanishes

The latest figures released today by Kantar show that grocery price inflation is on the verge of disappearing completely. Market growth is down to just 0.2%; the the lowest number recorded since October 2006 when Kantar began measuring in this spe...
10:48AM - Wed 27th August 2014
Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsburys

Sainsbury’s new CEO latest victim of a ‘hospital pass’?

Much has been written about the so-called ‘hospital pass’ that Sir Terry Leahy gave to Philip Clarke when he took over from him as Tesco CEO in 2011 – a tenure that recently ended prematurely. And now that Justin King has stepped down as Sainsbury...
09:52AM - Wed 27th August 2014

Failed online deliveries will cost more than £771 million this year

The total cost of delivery failures to UK retailers is predicted to be £473 million this year, according to a review conducted by IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group). If this figure is added to the cost of Marketplace deliveries then the tota...
09:32AM - Wed 27th August 2014

Progress towards a UK E-Cigarette industry standard

Steps are being taken to regulate the E-cigarette industry; this comes among growing concerns, from both World Health Organization (WHO) and The United Nations health organization, about the safety of the cigarette alternative.The trade body ‘ECIT...
09:13AM - Wed 27th August 2014

Aldi swap checkout treats for healthy snacks

Aldi has become the latest supermarket to trade in checkout treats for healthy alternatives; chocolates and sweets are to be replaced with nuts, dried fruit and water. The swap will be implemented by January 2015, following a 16-week trial which t...
09:08AM - Wed 27th August 2014

Getting Emotional about Loyalty?

Rumour has it that loyalty cards are no longer as adept as they used to be in keeping customers loyal. Various surveys published over the last few months have indicated that shoppers are keeping more points on their cards than they are redeeming, ...
11:39AM - Tue 26th August 2014

Olive oil price on the rise due to drought

A poor harvest has been anticipated which now means that the price of Olive oil is to rise from €2.40 to €2.70. The prolonged drought in Spain’s biggest producing region has had a major impact as did the main olive-growing area in Italy where the ...
11:24AM - Tue 26th August 2014
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Bank holiday washout costs retailers

Rain was not the only thing that fell this bank holiday weekend, the gusty winds and icy temperatures have meant that footfall figures were far lower than expected for UK retailers.The three day August holiday (which usually provides a boost for t...
10:55AM - Tue 26th August 2014
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Middle Eastern shoppers top spending tourists

Recent surveys have shown that the UK’s top spenders on the high street are not in fact from the UK at all. Middle Eastern tourists, predominantly from the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, have been splashing out on visits to London. On averag...
10:35AM - Tue 26th August 2014
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