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Next boss demands more transparency over Brexit

Thursday 05 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Next’s chief executive Lord Wolfson has called on the government to disclose some of its core Brexit plans in order to aid British business. Wolfson, who campaigned to leave the EU but has stated that an isolationist approach to leaving would be disastrous for the economy, has...

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Underage Syrian refugees exploited in British retailers' Turkish factories

Monday 24 October 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Teenagers who have fled the civil war in Syria have been found making clothes for various British fashion retailers in Turkey, a BBC investigation is set to reveal. According to a BBC Panorama episode that will broadcast tonight, refugees as young as 15 were reportedly found w...

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Are biometric payments the future of retail?

Thursday 14 July 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

More than two thirds of Europeans want to be able to use biometrics when making payments at retail outlets, according to a new study. In Visa's Biometric Payments study released today, whereby more than 14,200 people from across seven European countries were surveyed, 68 per c...

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Study finds retailers are paying far too much to IT suppliers

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

A lack of transparency in the IT market is enabling supplies to inflate product prices, according to the latest KnowledgeBus IT Margins Benchmarking Study. The annual study provides data on suppliers who often exploit the difficulty in identifying the best price for IT product...

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Warehouse employees strike to remain at Argos

Thursday 02 June 2016 - Posted by Talya Misiri

Union members from Unite - Britain's biggest union have voted to strike over plans to transfer 96 drivers from Argos to supply chain company Eddie Stobart. The workers union balloted 420 warehouse employees in Magna Park over the proposals that would transfer the last of Argos...

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Ocado to announce tie-up with Cambridge Consultants for technology first

Tuesday 09 February 2016 - Posted by Veebs Sabharwal

Ocado is to announce that it has come together with global product development and technology consultancy Cambridge Consultants, to transform warehouse automation and ultimately make Ocado's system more efficient. For the online grocer, this will be a story of business transfo...

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Shoppers “holding out” for Black Friday

Tuesday 10 November 2015 - Posted by Talya Misiri

October’s retail sales were largely flat which could be due to shoppers waiting to see if the goods they want are included in Black Friday’s promotions. A survey by the BRC found that UK retail sales fell by 0.2% on a like-for-like basis from October 2014, while it had previou...

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LDO becomes a key destination for London retail

Monday 09 November 2015 - Posted by Philip Gallagher

Wembley Park outlet centre London Designer Outlet has become a key retail destination for London, with footfall having surpassed those of key Wembley events. According to a survey undertaken by LDO through third party Experian, footfall for 2015 is at 6.5m, an increase of 24% ...

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Sports Direct calls for general meeting at Findel

Monday 09 November 2015 - Posted by Philip Gallagher

Home retail consortium Findel has announced that Sports Direct, headed by Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, has exercised its right to call a general meeting. In September, Sports Direct purchased an 18.9% stake in Findel, which owns Express Gifts, an education supplies company...

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Delivery wars intensify, but do UK consumers care?

Friday 06 November 2015 - Posted by Philip Gallagher

As the UK “delivery wars” intensify between Amazon, Argos and other big name rivals, some experts have warned that they are struggling to provide a service that overestimates the needs of customers. “Retailers continue to tell us that the future of home delivery is faster and ...