UK Retail

Making Jeans Shopping Easy

Sarah McGiven | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Jean shopping is almost as heinous as bra shopping so buying online is a great way to reduce the stress of it all. Order a bunch of different sizes and styles to try on in the convenient comfort of your own home then send back what doesn't work (just check the returns policy first).

Top LGBT Employers Named At 'Gay Oscars' Ceremony

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK

Asda has emerged as the most LGBT-friendly employer of the year, fending off tough competition from a series of other businesses to earn the prestigio...

The Truth About 'Fast' Fashion in 2016

George Taylor | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Style
George Taylor

When it comes to fashion and technology, how fast is too fast? You only have to look at Instagram to realise that taking photos of every waking move is now deemed as 'normal.' But what is 'normal?' And does normal mean good? Not necessarily.

Top Five Hong Kong Sights and Experiences

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

It was my first time to Hong Kong and I didn't really know what to expect before arriving. After taking a quick trip to Google, the city appeared as tall buildings, bright lights and a scattering of boats.

BHS - The 'Dead Store Walking' That Never Really Had a Chance

Ian Middleton | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Ian Middleton

Let's hope then that reports of viable rescue plans prove to be more than the wishful thinking of the administrators, and that if any part of the company can be saved, the future owners have pockets deep enough to allow them to concentrate on the business of retail rather than of finance.

Will Sainsbury's or Amazon Win The Battle For UK Groceries?

Mark Hillary | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Mark Hillary

I was surprised to see that the Wall Street Journal reported negatively on the takeover of Home Retail Group (including Argos) by the supermarket gian...

Mixed Retail-ality: How AR and VR Are Changing the Future of Retail

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

You touch the screen of your device to feel the fabric. You turn your head to access your real closet to see if that belt you bought last month matches the jacket. It does, and you like it, so you buy it instantly, no cash, no cards, and a couple hours later a drone delivers it to your doorstep.

Is Luxury Even Luxury Anymore?

Heidy Rehman | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

I would argue that customers really should be better informed with regard to what it is they're paying for. For the most part multinational luxury brands no longer produce in traditional, heritage markets. Many have now opted to source from lower-cost, large-scale manufacturing.

McDonald's Worker Feeding Disabled Customer A Burger Is Melting Hearts Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.03.2016 | UK

A simple act of kindness by one McDonald's worker has warmed the hearts of thousands after he was photographed helping feed a burger to a disabled cus...

The National Living Wage 'Could Hurt Poorest Parts Of The Country'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK

Introducing a National Living Wage could hit poorest parts of the country as businesses cannot afford to pay their staff could cost nearly a million p...

Food Banks Braced For One-Third Donations Hit After Asda U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

Food banks are facing donation cuts of up to a third because Asda executives scrapped collection points from stores, a leading charity has claimed. ...

Setting the Record Straight on Sunday trading

Fiona Bruce | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

The fundamental point about Sunday trading and the economy is that more hours do not equal more sales. All that happens when trading hours increase is that the sales get spread from smaller to larger stores, and across more hours.

Asda Under Pressure To Bring Back Food Bank Donation Points

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK

Asda executives are under pressure to reinstall food donation points relied on by charities and food banks after they were removed from stores across ...

This Homeless Woman And Her Dog Saved Store Thousands By Bravely Tackling A Burglar

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK

A homeless woman and her dog who bravely tackled a shop burglar have been hailed as "amazing" for securing the return of thousands of pounds worth of ...

Valentine's Day - 'Hallmark Holiday' or Hallmark Tradition?

Claude Nahon | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claude Nahon

Cupid's arrow is clearly striking at our heart (and purse) strings. So, where did it all come from? How are we spending our money, and who is buying what, and where? While some of the behaviour and images associated with Valentine's Day might be fairly predictable, some of the facts might surprise you.

11 Things You Only Know When You've Worked In Retail At Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Style

Working in retail at Christmas is a blessing and a curse. It's usually not the most wonderful time of the year for us shop-working folk, unless we're ...

The Wind And Rain Didn't Keep Millions Of Boxing Day Shoppers Away

Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK

Shoppers hit the high street in their millions on Saturday as stores reopened for the Boxing Day sales. It was estimated that some 22 million Brito...

Why The Boxing Day Sales Could Be The Best We've Seen Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Style

Those waiting with bated breath for this year's Boxing Day fashion sales could be in for a pleasant surprise. Know that unseasonably warm weather w...

What It's Really Like To Work In A Lingerie Store At Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Style

It’s 10am in the lingerie department at one of London’s luxury department stores and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen someone so impeccably well pu...

People Really Don't Think 'Panic Saturday' Is A Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK

Shops and media outlets seem to be intent on telling us that this Saturday is in fact “Panic Saturday”. This is supposedly when the whole of Br...

Will You Be Using a 'Dementia Friendly' Checkout For Your Christmas Shopping?

Beth Britton | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

As shoppers partake in a rush to buy all those Christmas essentials (and indeed all the things you think you need but probably don't), this may not have much significance for the majority of people who are queuing up to pay for their goods, but it's prompted a lot of soul-searching in my mind.

Top Designer Clothing Labels Guilty of "Unshoppable" Shop Layouts

Fleur Perry | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Perry

Ah, Christmas shopping. The smart ones among us started in August, have all their wrapping done, and are putting their feet up and smirking as they listen to the rest of us mere mortals bemoaning the hazards of shopping in December.

Nobody Knows What To Think About The Robert Dyas Christmas Advert

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Robert Dyas has launched a cringeworthy Christmas advert - and nobody knows how to react. In the minute-long film, staff are seen confessing their ...

Why Black Friday Is No Longer a One-Day Event in the UK

Alex McCulloch | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Alex McCulloch

The figures are in from this year's Black Friday and the conclusion is clear: Black Friday is no longer a one-day sales event in the UK.

Technology That Finally Lets Us Take Matters Into Our Own Hands

Thomas Church | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

When a grizzly bear bit a British climber he took matters into his own hands and escaped. We need to do this in everyday life and technology is on our...