UK’s most ‘Remarkable Retailers’ celebrated

The British Independent Retail Association (Bira) and Vend have announced a campaign called ‘Remarkable Retailers’, celebrating 14 contributions to local high streets and their innovative approach to retail.

Selected from a long list of over 1,000 independent stores, Vend and Bira awarded businesses which use technology to create the foundation of their success.

Among those selected was Isle of Skye, a candle brand with a passion for the environment that runs throughout its supply chain, along with smart stock management technology that helps keep track of best-selling items and produce only what is in demand.

Others, such as Hertfordshire’s Soden Style, use technology to respond to consumer trends and gives shoppers unique products that are ‘of the moment’ – a model that only works with a daily analysis of what’s selling well.

Higor Torchia, UK country manager at Vend, said: “Each retailer’s use of cloud-based software allows them to manage inventory on-the-go, as well as run clever reporting analytics that gain insight on customer loyalty and what’s selling well – it means the retailers have more time to focus on creating winning formulas to ensure that local high streets can thrive.”

Bira chief executive Andrew Goodacre added: “The 14 Remarkable Retailers we’ve selected in partnership with Vend innovate to stay ahead of economic and cultural trends, whether that’s in the customer experiences they offer, the goods they sell or the way they use technology.”

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