UK Retailers

The Rise Of Discount Stores Isn't A Surprise, It's A Sign Of The Times

Andy Brian | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK
Andy Brian

It's official; Lidl is more popular than Waitrose. The German discount brand is now the UK's seventh most popular supermarket, and depending on which ...

Christmas! Brought To You By Victims Of Modern Slavery

Cristina Talens | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Cristina Talens

Come Christmas Day, many of us will enjoy a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings and not give a second thought to just what went into bringing it t...

Black Friday In The Red?

simon baldwin | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
simon baldwin

I'll be at this week's Scotland's Towns Partnership conference in Kirkcaldy. It promises to be a good gathering of like-minded folk from across the co...

Identity Parade

Tim Barber | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Tech
Tim Barber

These innovative ways of identity management - at a personal and customer level - play a crucial part in driving us to do more and more online. And in the future, they will be pivotal in enabling us to make the most of the amazing opportunities our digital society presents.

Fear Thy German Discounter?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK
Dyfed Loesche

Invasion, conquest, price wars. Reading the headlines you're tempted to conclude an all-out war has broken out amongst food retailers in the UK. Arguably, the main culprits are German budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl, who seem to instill fear into the hearts of British supermarket managers at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons. Apparently, the big four are shaking in their boots.

I Shop, Therefore Who am I?

Caragh Little | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

This weekend, I went on a shopping expedition to a popular Belfast shopping centre. I more often shop online, but just this once, as the Autumn sunshine made the indifferent summer seem a million years away, I spent a couple of hours in the shops.

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...

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?

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... | 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? | 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? | 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 | 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 | 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...