UK Retailers

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?

An Average Person's Guide to Fashion Revolution Day 2014 - It's Not Primark's Fault, It's Yours

Shaheen Sattar | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaheen Sattar

MADE in Europe's campaign 'Every Garment has a Name' seeks to campaign for the rights of workers on campaigning days like these. They aim to humanise the high street by changing attitudes of clothing retailers in the long run, and looking for long term solutions of lacking development through education. Check them out, and get involved!

British Retailers Named In Dhaka 'Fashion Factories'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

Less than a year after one of the world’s deadliest industrial disasters - the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka where at least 1,130 people died...

A Tale of Two Retailers

Karan Chadda | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Karan Chadda

It is the best of times, if you're John Lewis, it is the worst of times, if you're Marks & Spencer. These two titans of British retail are going through very different experiences. John Lewis continues to grow robustly whereas poor M&S, despite the strength of its food business, desperately needs to turnaround its declining, core clothing business.

Customer Experience Lessons We Can Learn From Ryanair

Dharmendra Patel | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK
Dharmendra Patel

Like me, I'm sure you've heard horrifying passenger stories about Ryanair and after a while we become untouched by these stories, most probably because they're told so often. But what really surprised me recently was the way that Ryanair joined Twitter...

What Can Retailers Do to Battle High Checkout and Basket Abandonment Rates?

Jean-Marc Noel | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Tech
Jean-Marc Noel

Abandonment rates are one indicator of the confidence consumers have in a store. Though some abandonment is normal it can have an impact on the bottom line if a lot of products are being dropped right before purchase. These are customers who were literally about to complete a sale but for what ever reason didn't feel comfortable enough to do so.

Charlie Thomas

You Won't Believe Which Retailers Have NO Women On Their Boards...

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK

Research by the Huffington Post has found 11 of the UK's top 50 retailers have no women on their boards at all, and less than 15% have achieved the ta...

Dreams Staff Could Suffer Nightmares After Only 1,600 Of 2,000 Jobs Are Saved

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK

Around 400 jobs are at risk at bed retailer Dreams after its new owner - courtesy of a pre-pack administration announcement on Wednesday - only secure...

Charlie Thomas

After Sacking Its CEO, Can Groupon Survive?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Online daily deal site Groupon fired its chief executive Andrew Mason this week, and while his leaving memo for staff was certainly candid, his depart...

Sports Direct Buys Republic, Safeguarding 2,100 Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Sports Direct has become this week's high street hero by saving the jobs of 2,100 people, after it bought struggling retailer Republic. The sale of...

20 Shops Closed Every Day In 2012, Replaced By Pound Shops, Payday Lenders And Charities

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Fears about the changing nature of the British high street look set to be realised, after new research reveals that 20 shops were closed a day on Brit...

Can Anything Stop Primark, King Of The High Street?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

Christmas onesies and fluffy jumpers helped Primark continue its meteoric rise, after the retailer's parent company revealed its sales were expected t...

Guess How Much Retailers Have Lost Since 2008?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK

The cost of the recession to Britain's retailers has been calculated as a whopping £23 billion since the start of the recession. The figures, comp...

Charlie Thomas

Did Private Equity Money Contribute To The Failure Of High Street Favourites?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK

The high street is in a crisis. Already this year, 15,000 jobs in the retail sector have been axed, or are under threat. In January, 2,000 jobs we...

Charlie Thomas

1,400 More Jobs At Risk At Blockbuster

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK

Around 1,400 more Blockbuster employees will face redundancy after its administrators Deloitte confirmed another 164 stores will be closed in the next...

Charlie Thomas

Is Romance Dead? Figures Show We're Spending Less On Valentine's Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK

Businesses normally look forward to 14 February as a much-needed boost after the highs and lows of the Christmas period, but new statistics show Brits...

Were We All Taken In By January Sales?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

Shoppers were tempted out with new year offers and promotions, according to sales figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), bringing hope to r...

Food Standards Agency To Meet With Retailers

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK

Major retailers and suppliers are to meet the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to work out how to prevent food becoming contaminated and entering the suppl...

Charlie Thomas

Why WH Smith Is On Course To Survive The Recession

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

High street stationery staple WH Smith confirmed predictions of a fall in sales over the Christmas period, but claimed Smiths was here to stay, thanks...

Charlie Thomas

What Will Our High Streets Look Like In The Future?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Since the beginning of the recession, a high number of retail casualties have resulted in empty buildings filling up our high streets. In 2008, Wo...

Charlie Thomas

Woolworths, Comet, Jessops And Now HMV - Who's Next?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

UPDATE: 15:15 - 16 January, 2012 Mere hours after this piece was written and published, video and game rental retailer Blockbuster was revealed to ...

Charlie Thomas

Halfords Sees Its Post-Olympic Glow Fade As It Reports Flat Christmas Figures

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK

Car and bike retailer Halfords' post-Olympic cycling bubble has burst, with the brief boost in cycle sales seeming to be at an end. Retail like-for...

Flash Bang Wallop: Jessops On The Brink Of Going Under

Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Camera retailer Jessops has been placed into administration, with administrators saying store closures are “inevitable”. Camera retai...

Charlie Thomas

Why Retailers Will Get More Out Of Facebook In 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

British retailers will get more out of Facebook in 2013 as they begin to understand how best to use the huge amount of data the social network provide...