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Grocery

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Profile: Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson

Struggling Morrisons have announced that the man entrusted to change their fortunes is former Tesco director and Poundland chairman Andrew Higginson who will assume Sir Ian Gibson’s role as the chairman of Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket.Afte...
11:06AM - Wed 13th August 2014
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Bottled water now fastest growing category in soft drinks market

Bottled water is now the leading growth category in soft drinks so far this year, according to analysts Zenith International.Sales of plain water in the UK in 2013 exceeded 2.1bn litres and was up 17.7 per cent vs the previous 52 weeks to the 19th...
10:16AM - Wed 13th August 2014

Fashion

Derek Lovelock and founder David Scacchetti

Mamas & Papas appoints Derek Lovelock as interim CEO

Nursery retailer Mamas & Papas has appointed retail veteran Derek Lovelock as interim chief executive officer.Lovelack was recently chairman of Karen Millen and Aurora Fashions, owner of the Coast, Oasis and Warehouse brands and has extensive expe...
09:43AM - Thu 14th August 2014
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RFID: Zara and the smartest togs in town

Zara, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti owner Inditex Group is going to use RFID (radio-frequency identification) tagging in 700 stores to trace every garment from warehouse to check out. One of the reasons for Zara’s success (and its owner’s enviable...
08:41AM - Tue 12th August 2014

Electricals

A user on the e books platform

Sainsbury's purchase remainder of book platform

Sainsbury’s is looking to capitalise further on the growing sharing economy market with the purchase of social networking book platform Anobii.The supermarket has bought a 24 per cent stake from Penguin Random House and 12 per cent from HarperColl...
09:33AM - Tue 12th August 2014

Will the DAB radio survive the internet age?

Back in 1984, Queen released Radio Gaga, a song agonising over what seemed an inevitable extinction of the radio. But despite these fears, 30 years on, the radio is still alive – is it vibrantly surviving or undergoing a slow, painful death?One mi...
10:15AM - Mon 11th August 2014

Health & Beauty

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Alliance Boots in £9bn merger with Walgreens

Pharmacy giant Alliance Boots has sold 55 per cent of its business to US pharmacy Walgreens in a £9bn deal.The deal, which does not qualify for a controversial tax inversion, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015 and will see Wa...
09:11AM - Thu 7th August 2014
Space NK are looking ways they can use big data to target consumers more effectively

Rountable discussion: Space NK rules out use of iBeacon; John Lewis reveals catchment reporting

Big customer data is a big issue in the modern retail world, and one company feels they have developed the right system for effective predictive marketing.Representatives from retailers such as John Lewis, Space NK, Topshop and French Connection g...
09:10AM - Wed 23rd July 2014

Home & DIY

Kingfisher CEO Sir Ian Cheshire in a Castorama store

Two thirds are improving their home, Kingfisher report finds

The home industry boom is well under way, according to an in-depth report from DIY giant Kingfisher.More than two thirds of Europeans (68 per cent) are making home improvement changes such as painting and decorating, sprucing up the garden and ins...
11:22AM - Wed 6th August 2014
The retailer remained profitable throughout the downturn and invested for future growth

Harvey Jones Kitchens: “The high street is past the worst”

Mid-to-upmarket kitchen retailer Harvey Jones Kitchens says it is seeing the economic recovery take hold as more mortgages are approved.The retailer is planning to launch 60 new stores in some of the UK’s most affluent areas to bring its UK portfo...
09:50AM - Wed 6th August 2014

Department Stores

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How House of Fraser is winning the department store battle

House of Fraser’s introduction of beacon technology for in-store mannequins underlines its continued commitment to creating a truly omnichannel experience for consumers. With over 60 stores nationwide, the traditional department store is anything ...
10:07AM - Wed 13th August 2014
A Debenhams UK store

Mothercare CFO joins Debenhams

Department store Debenhams has appointed former Mothercare chief financial officer Matt Smith as CFO.Smith, who has been Mothercare CFO since 2013, was finance director at Argos and has also worked for accounting firm KMPG.He will join the retaile...
08:58AM - Mon 28th July 2014

Entertainment

Game said one million customers signed up to its reward programmes during the year

Game Digital posts 'solid update' following float

Newly floated entertainment retailer Game Digital has seen total sales rise by 30 per cent for the year to 26 July as investment in its mobile apps, desktop and mobile sites boosted business.The company said its UK and Spanish business performed s...
10:44AM - Thu 14th August 2014
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Could this provide the solution to the high street’s woes?

A high street marketing campaign which aimed to drive sales of a new tablet in Curry’s PC World appears to have delivered positive results.Nexus Engage, which focuses on customer engagement and driving consumer behaviour, has seen its latest campa...
10:11AM - Thu 14th August 2014

Multichannel and e-tail

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Brand profile: Rakuten

Those familiar with the award-winning Play.com will welcome the news of Rakuten’s arrival in the UK. Play.com was bought by Rakuten in 2011 for a reported £25m, by which time the Cambridge-based online retailer had accumulated 17m registered users...
10:57AM - Thu 14th August 2014
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

General retail

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
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