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Fashion analyst, Anusha Couttigane claims that model David Gandy “does not represent the typical male Marks shopper” Photos by My Soul Insurance and Simon A on Flickr. Slippers are not M&S slippers
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This is not just a problem, this is an M&S problem

Two Marks & Spencer’s. Two very different stories. In the same week that the retailer opened a new Simply Food store in Braintree, Essex, one of the UK’s oldest M&S fashion stores in Gravesend closed after being declared no longer financially viab...
08:49AM - Fri 18th July 2014
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Senior directors on the future of retail

With today’s consumer becoming ever more demanding, companies are rushing to ensure that they don’t get left behind in the new world of e-commerce, marketing and big data which will allow firms to personalise offers to customers on a level never s...
04:29PM - Wed 9th July 2014

The Big Interview

Stephanie Horton, chief marketing officer, FarFetch

Farfetch marketing boss: “Everyone is trying to create the offline experience, online”

To some extent, Stephanie Horton is a physical personalisation in the role shift of the e-commerce site. Net-a Porter launched its own magazine in February with employees coming from top publishing houses while Marks and Spencer refreshed its webs...
09:31AM - Fri 4th July 2014
Robert Schütze, UK and Poland country manager, Zalando

Zalando UK boss: “E-commerce is a megatrend that is shaping shopping in a new way”

German tech start-up Zalando has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2008 and grew its sales by 50 per cent to 1.8bn euro last year. In 2013 it managed to break-even for the first time across the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerla...
08:54AM - Tue 17th June 2014

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An HMV store in Cardiff

Why big British retail brands are being left behind

HMV last week revealed its UK sales figures – the first since being bought out of administration by Hilco. The new owner has made some considerable changes: trimming the store estate, launching apps and opening a new Oxford Street flagship. As a r...
09:35AM - Mon 21st July 2014

Is now the right time to refinance?

In recent months the retail sector has seen a flurry of refinancing activity. Matalan, The Card Factory, Debenhams and B&M are amongst the retailers that have taken advantage of the economic upswing and improved liquidity in the market to restruct...
10:13AM - Fri 18th July 2014

Advertorials

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon is not the enemy of large retail brands: new report

Large retailers are in total control of their relationship with Amazon and should use the e-commerce giant’s wide range of services to grow sales and increase brand awareness.That’s the clear message in a new whitepaper from e-commerce platform Ch...
01:53PM - Wed 23rd April 2014
Andi Grant, Creative Director of Anglo Interiors

Andi Grant hired as Creative Director of Anglo Interiors and Planet Aspects

Retail interiors and manufacturing specialists Anglo Interiors has hired Andi Grant as Creative Director as it aims to grow its business.Grant, formerly Creative Director at SFD, will bring his extensive experience to lead Cambridgeshire-based Ang...
05:24PM - Wed 5th February 2014
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