UK Retail

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 26.12.2015 | 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...

Black Friday Showed That Retail is Changing Fast - And Not Just to Online

Edward Lowe | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Edward Lowe

According to industry body IMRG, in the period from Black Friday to Cyber Monday over £3 billion pounds was spent by online retailers, with the main ...

It Looks Like This Black Friday Was The Biggest Online Shopping Day Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

The websites of some of the UK's biggest retailers have been struggling to cope with the volume of traffic which is set to make this year's Black Frid...

Experiencing Bookstores All Over Again

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

I am a Kindle addict. I love the immediacy of being able to hear about a book on a radio show, or reading a review online, and immediately seeing that book on my Kindle with just a couple of clicks. The Kindle makes it easy to get my hands on any book that I want immediately.

Currys Is Having A Pretty Phenomenal Black Friday

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

Currys and sister shop PC World look set to smash its web traffic record this Black Friday, as millions flock to the shop's website to seek out online...

These Are The Best Deals From Tesco This Black Friday

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

Retailers including Tesco, Argos, Halfords, Homebase, and Matalan are preparing to offer customers massive savings as part of the Black Friday sales. ...

The Future Of Advertising Will Be Gender Fluid

Philip Ellis | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Philip Ellis

Traditional gender roles will play a less prominent role in the lives of consumers over the next ten years, according to predictions made in a recent study. Food and beverage market research firm Canadean's findings suggest that the millennial market is nowhere near as concerned as previous generations with fixed notions of gender or sexuality.

I'm a Brit Who WANTS to Queue

Gregor Jackson | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gregor Jackson

The importance of getting the consumer's heart racing; to experience, be entertained, to interact with their smartphones and to shop is a more important (and more exciting) opportunity and 'retail canvas' than ever before.

The Rise of Savvy Consumers This Christmas

James Caan CBE | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Everybody loves a good bargain and although brand loyalty will always be a winning factor, as will the consumer need to feel as if they got themselves a great deal.

Retailers Jostle for Space in the Christmas Advertising Market

Vic Davies | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Vic Davies

It used to be that Christmas had arrived in advertising terms when the Coca Cola 'holidays are coming' truck chugged on to our TV screens. Not anymore...

Is Black Friday Finished?

Mark Hillary | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not really all that interested in Black Friday. I know the retailers get stock especially for the event and I don't want to be climbing over bodies to grasp at a TV bargain. Shops look like combat zones during Black Friday.

My Number One Tip to All Start-ups

Tom Cridland | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Tom Cridland

I have been asked many times what advice I would give other start-ups and it simply boils down to one thing: don't get ripped off. Not everyone will share your vision or think your idea makes sense. If fact, you might even be ridiculed for your product by some (I still remember abuse about my green trousers being hurled out of a taxi window by a middle aged Bristolian man)! This doesn't matter, provided you stick to your guns and hold onto your cash.

London Coffee Shop Threatened By Lawyers For 'Offensive' Sign Caves To Name Change

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

A coffee shop in South London has vowed to change its name after lawyers warned the business would be taken to court if it refused to remove an "offen...

This London Coffee Shop Is Being Threatened By Lawyers For Its 'Offensive' Name

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

A coffee shop in South London has been told by lawyers that it must remove its "offensive" sign or face being taken to court. UPDATE: 'Fuckoffee' w...

A Day In The Life Of An Agent Provocateur 'Shop Girl'

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Style

Want to know how to get into suspenders in 30 seconds, or what to actually do with a whip? The Agent Provocateur girls will show you. The lingerie ...