UK Retail

This Brilliant News From Ikea Will Make 4,500 Of Its Workers Really Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ludicrously cheap furniture, shops you can get lost in for hours, tasty meatballs at the cafe when your feet hurt from shopping... and there's now one...

There Is Now a 'Northern Powerhouse' of Online Retail Businesses to Rival London's Tech Heartland

Tanya Lawler | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Tech
Tanya Lawler

The location with the highest density of online businesses - calculated on the volume of small online retail businesses operating in a region and their subsequent sales, as a proportion of the local population - is over 200 miles from London, up the M6 in Greater Manchester.

Shoppers Like Me

Luis Alvarez | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech
Luis Alvarez

Online retail is easy and convenient, but shopping is also a social experience and this is where 'bricks and mortar' retailing continues to excel. A visit to a physical store can mean time with family and friends. And there are many purchases that people like to make, where they are able to see, touch and even smell products before making a choice.

High Street Blues?

simon baldwin | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
simon baldwin

The election result was a big shock: no one predicted the Conservatives would win an outright majority and no one forecast the SNP tsunami. It has shown us that the old rules no long apply. What once was does not have to be. Despite the perceived political differences, if towns and cities across the UK grasp that, the future doesn't have to be blue.

Why Your Teenager Is Making Shopping Better for Everyone

Claude Nahon | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech
Claude Nahon

If you want to catch a glimpse of how tech will revolutionise shopping - and so many aspects of our lives - it's worth keeping an eye on the changing habits of our mobile-obsessed teens. Done well, brands can personalise our shopping like never before and create a really enjoyable experience.

Living Wage: It's Not Only the Right Thing to Do, It Makes Business Sense Too

Mike Kelly | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Mike Kelly

From a community campaign which had its roots in East London less than15 years ago, we now have a mainstream movement recognised by 4 out of 5 citizen...

Criminals Shopping for Your Data

Graham Welch | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Loss of trust, though, goes far beyond the cost of lost orders and visitors; many studies have concluded that businesses that suffer a significant data breach or hack experience record drops in innovation and staff numbers as a result.

The Digital High Street 2020 Report Shows Why High Street Needs to Be Ready for Mobile

Daniela Cecilio | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Daniela Cecilio

High-street shops need to compete online more effectively, as retailers are losing £12 billion in sales a year simply because they do not have suitable websites. So what is the solution to this problem? This report proposes not one, but four.

A GREAT Time in Shanghai

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

As a GREAT campaign ambassador I feel that Great Britain and China have a phenomenal opportunity to create partnerships and business together. The festival has been a fantastic platform to build on new and existing relationships in a new economic climate. It was an honour to have the Duke of Cambridge there to be as part of this pioneering event and it makes me proud to be British!

When Was The Last Time You Actually Enjoyed Calling A Contact Centre?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Alistair Niederer

This move to customers using multiple channels at all times has been supported further by the prevalence of smart phones. Internet access from almost anywhere is easy today and the culture of engagement has been accelerated because of this.

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

We Love You Cambridge Satchels - Nuts for New Peanuts Bags

Sarah McGiven | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Although Snoopy and co. first debuted as a comic strip in the 1950's, the 60's and 70's were the cartoon's heyday. In fact, Woodstock may have first popped up in the 1960s but he didn't actually get a name until 1970.

Gone in Five Seconds! Online Shoppers Will Wait Just Five Seconds Before Switching Brand

Gary Newe | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend exposed the shaky digital infrastructure of a number of Britain's most prominent retailers. Major brands experienced online outages, succumbing to the sheer quantity of customers logging on to splurge their festive millions.

Mr Selfridge: All Window Dressing and Very Little Else

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

We long for him to stomp along the corridors ranting and raving like a mad man. In a fit of uncontrollable rage, we want him to smash office equipment to bits as he humiliates and insults another of his employees. More than anything though, we hope for a few choice expletives to come out of his mouth.

Morrisons Chief Quits As Sales Continue To Suffer

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

Morrisons has announced that chief executive Dalton Philips is to step down after five years at the helm of the struggling supermarket business. Th...

Tesco Closes 43 Stores And Slashes Prices In Drastic Action To Survive

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK

Tesco is shutting its head office along with 43 unprofitable stores as part of a raft of drastic new measures as new boss Dave Lewis fights to turn ar...

John Lewis' Boss Is Raising Big Doubts Over The Future Of Black Friday

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK

Black Friday, the US-inspired shopping extravaganza, hit Britain last year, with shoppers literally falling over themselves to snap up discount goods ...

Which Retailers Offer The Best Bargains At Boxing Day Sales?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As people wind down for Christmas, there's one thing on the horizon that we can't help but get a tiny bit excited about. And that, fellow shopaholics,...

The Colour of Money

simon baldwin | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
simon baldwin

Magi Monday? Camel Tuesday? No ... Wise Wednesday. A day when you buy gifts in person ... to be delivered in person. Price does matter, but not as much as the act of giving. So Merry Christmas ... and I hope it's a white one.

The Magic of Christmas Should Be Just the Beginning

Robert Hocking | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Robert Hocking

If the only effort you make with those you love were once a year, you'd likely be left alone at Christmas. So why do brands and retailers show the love disproportionately at Christmas and then revert to the same-old, same-old throughout the rest of the year?

We're Not American, So We Should Stop Calling It Black Friday!

Edward Adoo | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

It happens once a year, towards the end of November and has reared it's ugly head again. Black Friday depicts society in a vulnerable and selfish state. Yet we are all victims of it's success by flocking to the sales, hoping to pick up a bargain and will do anything to scoop the best deal by acquiring a state of the art plasma TV, fridge or pair of headphones.

Why It's Time for a British Black Friday

Claude Nahon | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Claude Nahon

Why, though, must such a key moment in the retail calendar be confined to the sofa? It's one thing entertaining people at home with a wonderful two-minute film, quite another to entice them into shops to stock up on Christmas gifts and order the turkey.

Tick, Click and Hope for the Best No Longer Cuts It for Consumers Who Want Tech on Their Terms

Amanda Long | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Tech
Amanda Long

The storm over Uber's consumer privacy settings is just the latest in a growing list of concerns about the tech industry's handling of our data. From general irritation about targeted ads; to deep unease about our personal data security, to fears over the erosion of civil liberties - there is concern about who has access to data about us and what they are doing with it.

Attention Shoppers - Here Are The Best Black Friday Deals

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

Amazon have kicked off the Black Friday frenzy early, turning the one-day event into a week long bargain bonanza. The day is the biggest thing th...

Best Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If your computer screen is filled with "Black Friday this" and "Cyber Monday that" but you don't have half a clue what's going on then fear not dear i...