UK Retail

What Can We Learn From A Two Century-Old Beer Festival?

Trish Young | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Tech
Trish Young

To stand out against the competition, build brand loyalty and engage with the customer, digitising the customer experience is essential. Brands need to enhance the customer experience if they want to seriously capitalise on the popular 'pop-up' or festival opportunity

People Are Losing Their Sh*t At Sainsbury's 'Worse Than Brexit' Meal Deal Change

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK

2016 has been a rollercoaster year, and a tragic one for many: the death of some of our most-loved celebrities, Remainers’ bitter at a vote for Brex...

The Collapse Of BHS Must Be A Lesson to All Retailers

Ewan Somerville | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK
Ewan Somerville

Ultimately, the collapse of BHS rests mainly in Sir Philip Green's hands, not only because of what he did, but crucially what he didn't do, leaving BHS drowning in today's retail ocean.

Piers Morgan Is The Only Person Defending Philip Green, But It's Not Going Well

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK

Piers Morgan has come under fire for defending Sir Philip Green, the former BHS owner who was subject to scathing criticism by MPs today. Green was br...

Sir Philip Green Branded 'Unacceptable Face Of Capitalism' In MPs' Scorching Attack

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK

Sir Philip Green has been branded the “unacceptable face of capitalism” by an inquiry that found he systematically extracted huge sums from his fo...

Three Trends That Will Dominate Retail in 2026

Alex McCulloch | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Alex McCulloch

Even though we don't know which types of technologies will dominate retail in 2026, we know that the technology will give you more of what you already want: entertainment, convenience and personal experiences.

Customers Now Prefer Shopping Online To In-Store

Mark Hillary | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

I have been reading several research reports from both sides of the Atlantic recently that talk about how customers are starting to favour the online shopping experience over the real, in-store experience. How could this be? Haven't retailers always found that some customers prefer to see and touch products before purchasing?

How Different Supermarket Shoppers Will Vote In The EU Referendum

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK

A poll of British shoppers has revealed how those who frequent some of the nation's most popular supermarkets are likely to vote in the EU referendum....

Is Copyright Infringement in Fashion Similar to Music, Or Not?

George Taylor | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Style
George Taylor

When something is 'on trend,' yet a designer hasn't been able to claim intellectual rights over their work, multiple retailers can jump on the band wagon (a common occurrence), which is why when you walk into a wide range of shops, you'll always find similar styles and designs. This is accepted as 'normal' in the fashion industry, but is it fair?

The Future of Retail is Human

Cameron Tait | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Cameron Tait

In a world where we're surrounded by self-service scanners, faceless online ordering, and standardised service, the human touch has become a valuable commodity in British retail. Service with a smile has never been more profitable, nor more necessary.

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.