UK Retail

The Colour of Money

simon baldwin | Posted 15.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 28.11.2014 | 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 26.11.2014 | 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...

The Penguin That Stole Christmas

Jon Bird | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Jon Bird

Forget the Grinch stealing Christmas. This year, it is a cute little penguin called Monty that not only steals the show, but also the hearts and minds of the UK populace (and softies everywhere). British department store John Lewis has done it again, with a £1 million commercial (US$ 1.5m) that tells the story of a boy and his penguin pal, on the search for a flippered mate.

Looking For A Discount? Here's When Black Friday Hits...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK

Black Friday, the biggest shopping day in America's retail calendar, is set to hit on Friday November 28 as bosses plan bargains as high as 70% off to...

It's Not Just A Profits Rise, It's An M&S Profits Rise...

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

Marks & Spencer's embattled boss highlighted signs of progress today after the high street chain posted a surprise rise in half-year profits. Marc ...

It's Not the Health of the High Street It's the Chemistry of Commerce

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Intelligence Squared

You ask 10 people and you will get 10 different views on the health of the high street. Then you will get others asking if the high street is still relevant any more. It's not that the debate is polarised, as much as the fact that the changes that have hit retail have been so profound and have happened in such a short space of time that we struggle to make sense of them. Data and statistics only cloud the issue further.

Power struggle: Does In-Store Tech Hold the Key to the Bricks and Mortar Retail Renaissance?

Dan Weisbeck | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Weisbeck

What this does mean is that retailers must become ever adept at creating mobile experiences that are seamless and simply work for a very demanding visitor with a lot of retail choices. If I'm going to invest in visiting M&S in store, I want my online experience with them to flow naturally with the in-store engagement.

Tesco: Reputation Now Being Rattled More Than its Tills

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Eight executives have been suspended whilst lawyers and accountants pore over the books. Some details we now know, but why, and culpability lie in the future...

Should Retailers Be Scared of the Amazon Store?

Robert Hocking | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Tech
Robert Hocking

I just don't think Amazon can live up to its own expectations when it comes to the bricks and mortar store. Amazon has perfected the art of ecommerce, taking away the risk of buying stuff online, and making it seamless, accessible, and low priced. While it does ecommerce exceptionally well, retail experience it does not.

We Must Embrace the Future or Our High Streets Will be Consigned to the Past

Intelligence Squared | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Technological progress won't wait for planners to help capture this wind of change, it'll happen regardless. But it won't happen everywhere and wouldn't it be better if technological innovation was nurtured and supported to help revitalise high streets that have lost their way and become symbolic of a desperate Britain lacking in confidence?

Could Things Get Any Worse? 6 Crisis Moments Tesco Toughed Out

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

Tesco's chairman is leaving as the supermarket has revealed that its £250m accounting scandal is bigger than thought and pre-tax profits fell by a re...

Tesco's Results Are Actually Even Worse Than Anyone Thought

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

Tesco's chairman has been forced to resign as the supermarket revealed that its pre-tax profits had plunged by a record 91.9% and that its £250m acc...

Why Tesco's Former Chief May Not Get Away With His £10m Pay-Off...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK

Tesco's former chief executive Philip Clarke may be forced to give back some of his estimated £10m pay-off as the supermarket tries to recover from i...

Sainsbury's Customers Are Really Angry About Big Nectar Points Change

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK

Sainsbury's has outraged loyal shoppers, with many now insisting they will shop elsewhere, after deciding to slash the value of its Nectar points loya...

More Tesco Bosses Are Leaving Over £250m Book-Cooking Shambles

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK

Tesco has asked another three non-executive directors to leave the retailer, bringing the total number of executives who have had to leave to eight, a...

Why the Disability Discrimination Act Is a Criminal Farce

Jeff Salmon | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jeff Salmon

My lovely old dad was in a wheelchair for the last 10 years of his life and it was my duty and pleasure to push it around London. But it's only when you have the privilege of helping a wheelchair-user navigate the streets of London does it hammer home how thoughtless many of us are by making it so difficult for them to get around...

John Lewis Boss Says France Is 'Finished', Now The French Fight Back

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

John Lewis boss Andy Street's attack on "sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat" France, warning British entrepreneurs that the country was "finished" has p...

Tesco's Financial Shambles Just Got A Whole Lot Worse

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK

Tesco will face a "full-scale investigation" by the City regulator after overstating its half-year profits by £250 million, as the supermarket battle...

MPs Are Keen To Probe Tesco's Financial Shambles...

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Tesco executives may be dragged before MPs to explain the supermarket giant's "stratospheric" error over its inflated profits guidance. Adrian Bail...

Tesco Still Reeling From Its Alleged Cooking Of The Books

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

Tesco's share price has continued to fall in the wake of allegations that supermarket executives over-stated its profits. The arrival of a new fina...