UK Retail

Hashtag Serendipity: The Rise Of Experiential Retail

Amelia Kallman | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Amelia Kallman

E-commerce has forever altered customer expectations, but now it's bricks and mortars changing the way we engage with brands. From engineered serendipity to personalised environments, new technologies are giving retailers the opportunity to deliver exciting, unique, and sharable experiences you can't get online or in an app.

Let's Get Personal: Frictionless Payments And Your Future Shopping Experience

Jerome Nadel | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Jerome Nadel

The global payments landscape is a complicated place. Technologies like digital retail wallets have made it easier than ever before for us to tap, swipe and pay. New innovations allow us to scan barcodes, add to shopping carts and receive geo-targeted updates, discounts and offers on the go.

Has Retail Security Technology Gone Too Far?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Tech
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

But Amazon's latest foray into real world retail has not been greeted fondly by all. Activists and campaigners have raised concerns about the privacy implications of Amazon Go's security systems.

What Does Brexit Mean For Our Favourite Luxury Brands?

Mark Haviland | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Haviland

Recent figures show that prices in the UK are now rising at an annual rate of more than 3%, brought on by the vote for Brexit. We've also heard warnin...

All Gig Economy Workers Do Not Play Same Tune

Simon Sapper | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Simon Sapper

The future workforce of Britain - where the jobs of the future are going to be and what they are like - has been spotlighted by a new report. And the findings will surprise you.

Retailers Still Need Fundamental Reform Of Business Rates

Helen Dickinson | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Helen Dickinson

For retailers up and down the country, there was little in the Budget to be enthused about. This was a Budget lacking clarity and ambition. While the ...

Mixed Reality Tech Perfectly Placed To Benefit From Mobile Shopping Rise

David Levine | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Tech
David Levine

As mobile shopping continues to become the norm for many consumers - £1.5bn was spent via mobile shopping in the past 12 months - retailers and brands need the tools in place to take full advantage of the changing landscape.

Is The Robot A Retail Revolutionary? It's More Exciting Than That

James Pepper | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Tech
James Pepper

When you go online to shop for a new coat the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence means you won't immediately be confronted by a bewildering range that takes hours to trawl through and ends up making you unhappy with your indecisiveness.

The Best Investment You Can Make: What The High Street Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement

Amelia Kallman | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech
Amelia Kallman

With the rise of online shopping, retailers were forced to rethink how they attract people to come into stores, and then how they convert those visits into sales. By giving people an in-store experience that they can't get online, brands have found the answer

FashTech: The New Fashion Week

Noelle Reno | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Style
Noelle Reno

I dipped my toe back into Fashion Week this season after a 3 year hiatus. The small toe. Cimone Lady Victoria Hervey and I In my twenties, I was...

High-street Retailers Must Change To Stay Relevant

Trish Young | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Trish Young

The high-street is suffering: from smaller shops faced with rising business rates, to larger household names planning to close stores across the count...

Changing People's Lives

Suzie de Rohan Willner | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Style
Suzie de Rohan Willner

It's a daunting experience returning to work as a young mum in a foreign country. I taught myself to use a computer by working through a user manual and found a job as a receptionist for an American brand near to where we were living in France.

At The Crossroads

Norman Pickavance | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Tech
Norman Pickavance

And too many of the bricks and mortar stores that remain have become service-light imitations of their former selves, with a shopping experience so devoid of joy that customers are starting to decide that they might as well stay at home.

Death Of The British High Street

Laura Krippner | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Laura Krippner

My shop is in a small shopping arcade. It's difficult to find because the address has a street name but there's no street sign. Instead there's a signpost at the entrance directing people to a Police Station which is no longer there.

Will 3D Printed Fashion Destroy Retail As We Know It?

Chere Di Boscio | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Style
Chere Di Boscio

I can only imagine how incredibly sci-fi it must feel to hold a teacup you just casually printed at home with your 3D printer. A perfectly circular, perfectly manufactured teacup whose only prerequisite for existing is your ability to press a couple of buttons

British Trade And Retail Has A Shot At A Sunny Future In A Post-Brexit World

Helen Dickinson | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helen Dickinson

It's a path that can lead to better products, better shopping experiences and better jobs. Although numerous dangers and obstacles lie ahead in the quest to turn ambition into reality, British retail now has a shot at an exciting future in a changing, post-Brexit world.

Four Technologies To Transform The Retail Experience In 2017

Theo Theodorou | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Theodorou

As consumers, we're often guilty of holding retailers to ransom. We expect the same brand experience across every real world and digital touchpoint. We want information immediately, great experiences and the best possible service in the fastest, simplest and most convenient way for what we're doing at that time.

Brands Must Lead The Way In Helping Kids Eat Healthier Food

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zaid Al-Zaidy

Kids need to know that the closer a product is to nature, the healthier it is for them. Perhaps the industry could come up with a kid-friendly kite mark showing clearly just how near or how far from containing only natural, healthy ingredients the product is.

'Tis The Season To Be Sorry

Mike Foreman | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

For example too many employees, temporary or otherwise, think nothing of exchanging sensitive database information with colleagues via mobile messaging accounts, uploading the data to personal devices, sharing passwords and so on.

Amazon Vs. eBay: Humans In The Rise Of Retail Automation

Amelia Kallman | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech
Amelia Kallman

Online megastores, Amazon and eBay, are both experimenting with bringing their unique online models in-store. But these two digital retailers seem to have very different ideas about the role of humans in the future of their brand identity.

Here's What Happens When Everyone Does A Last Minute Online Christmas Shop

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK

If you were thinking about putting in a last-minute online order ahead of Christmas, you may need to think again. Shoppers could be facing chaos as ...

Checkouts Are Dead, Retail Is All About The Experience

Daniel Maurice-Vallerey | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Tech
Daniel Maurice-Vallerey

With the advent of a new generation of payment terminals that make it possible to deliver the type of interaction during in-store transactions that customers are now expecting and retailers want to deliver.

Amazon Unveils Checkout-Free Grocery Store In Seattle

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Tech

Amazon is continuing its advance into the physical retail sector with the launch of a checkout-free grocery store in Seattle. The shop uses computer ...

Ikea Reveals Why Paying The 'Real' Living Wage Is Good For Business

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK

Paying staff the ‘real’ Living Wage and improving their terms and conditions has been crucial to the success of Ikea’s business, the boss of its...

What Does Black Friday Mean To You?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Trewin Restorick

The ambition is that Brighton's #BrightFriday activities will be the first of a series of community campaigns that will snowball throughout the country in subsequent years creating an antidote to Black Friday's consumerist message.