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Aldi has introduced 100 per cent recycled plastic packaging (rPet) for its own-brand washing up liquid.
Posted: 24/05/2024
John Lewis has launched “the biggest” multi-brand menswear rental platform on the UK High Street.
Posted: 24/05/2024
The figures come after a 0.2 per cent decline in the previous month, which was revised from an initially recorded zero per cent.
Posted: 24/5/2024
The European Commission sanction continues its crackdown against companies imposing territorial supply constraints that restrict the free movement of goods within the single market
Posted: 24/05/2024
The John Lewis Partnership has announced that it will hire over 300 care experienced young people by January 2025.
Posted: 23/05/2024
Asda has rolled out new technology to tackle mismatched inventory levels.
Posted: 23/5/2024
The announcement was made during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new store in the Central American nation
Posted: 23/05/2024
Hugo Boss has launched a loyalty programme which uses blockchain and Web3 technology to improve customer engagement.
Posted: 23/05/2024
A coffee shop and convenience store at Legoland Windsor is “Europe’s first” theme park to roll out checkout-free technology at one of its stores.
Posted: 22/05/2024
Morrisons has announced price cuts on over 400 popular food and household items, locking in the lower prices for at least eight weeks
Posted: 22/05/2024
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced a 58 per cent increase in profits thanks to its Reshape for Growth strategy.
Posted: 22/05/2024
The company also recently confirmed the departure of chief executive Jonathan Ram
Posted: 22/05/2024
A spokesperson for Shopify hailed the decision as “a significant victory in the battle against patent trolls.”
Posted: 21/05/2024
Market research firm Kantar revealed that annual grocery price inflation stood at 2.4 per cent in the four weeks leading up to May 12, a drop from the previous period's 3.2 per cent
Posted: 21/05/2024
New Look has announced it will invest £3.3 million to upgrade and improve its stores in Greater Manchester.
Posted: 20/05/2024
Amazon has reportedly faced demands to strengthen its monitoring of AI use from a UK investor.
Posted: 20/5/2024
The problems began around lunchtime on Saturday, with users greeted by an error message on the homepage and no ability to navigate the site
Posted: 20/05/2024
Administrators are encouraged by the level of interest received to date from interested parties.
Posted: 17/5/2024
Sainsbury’s has partnered with Microsoft to roll out AI technology in a bid to boost customer and employee experience.
Posted: 17/05/2024
This move is the latest in a string of deals by Reliance Retail to bring international brands to the Indian market
Posted: 17/05/2024
Currys has announced that it plans to transform 65 stores across the UK and Ireland to improve the customer experience.
Posted: 16/05/2024
Superdrug has announced it will open 25 new stores this year.
Posted: 16/05/2024
A complaint was lodged against the company with the European Commission, alleging a potential breach of the Digital Services Act's rules for online platforms
Posted: 16/05/2024
Amazon has announced that Adam Selipsky, chief executive of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will step down after three years in the role.
Posted: 15/05/2024
Online fashion retailer Zalando has announced that co-founder David Schneider will step down as co-chief executive, handing over the role to David Schröder.
Posted: 15/05/2024
eBay has announced a new ‘click-to-resell’ feature which lets sellers list their clothing on the platform in a “couple of clicks of a button”.
Posted: 15/5/2024
Morgans, who is currently working as a creative consultant for brands in the UK and US, will assume her new role in June 2024
Posted: 15/05/2024
Greggs has reported sales growth of seven per cent for the first 19 weeks of the year.
Posted: 14/5/2024
Currys has reported a return to sales growth following a drop in revenue over the festive period.
Posted: 14/05/2024
WHSmith has launched a new food brand that is available across 300 of its UK travel stores.
Posted: 14/05/2024
The US healthcare giant is reportedly reaching out to prospective buyers interested in acquiring the UK retail business for a fee of around £7 billion
Posted: 14/05/2024
Asda has announced plans to open a brand-new superstore and build up to 1,500 new homes as part of a new redevelopment scheme in the capital.
Posted: 13/05/2024
The Very Group has appointed Nadhim Zahawi, former UK chancellor and MP for Stratford-on-Avon, as non-executive chair and board member.
Posted: 13/05/2024
Amazon on Monday announced plans to invest €1.3 billion into its French operations, creating more than 3,000 permanent jobs
Posted: 13/05/2024
Almost 200 workers at Asda Lowestoft are striking for 48 hours over what has been described as a “litany of workplace issues”.
Posted: 10/5/2024
Lidl is increasing pay for hourly-paid employees for the third time in 12 months
Posted: 10/05/2024
Currys has partnered with Microsoft and Accenture to build its cloud technology infrastructure to enable the electronics retailer to speed up the adoption of generative AI (genAI).
Posted: 10/05/2024
The packaging change will eliminate over 10 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from Aldi's supply chain annually
Posted: 10/05/2024
Ocado Group has appointed Gavin Patterson as independent non-executive director.
Posted: 09/05/2024
The decision to eliminate around 70 roles comes as a direct consequence of the government's abolition of tax-free shopping for international tourists and a broader decline in luxury spending due to economic uncertainties
Posted: 09/05/2024
The e-commerce giant said that the move would create 1,400 new jobs at launch, with this number expected to rise to over 2,000 within three years of operation.
Posted: 9/5/2024
A third of buyers have fallen victim to fraud when purchasing goods via second-hand marketplaces over the past two years to January 2024, according to new research.
Posted: 09/05/2024
Widespread pricing irregularities at smaller grocery retailers across England and Wales has resulted in many customers being overcharged at the till
Posted: 08/05/2024
Amazon has opened its first micromobility hub in Northern Ireland to deliver packages to customers in Belfast via a fleet of electric cargo bikes.
Posted: 08/05/2024
The deal also includes six fuel forecourts
Posted: 08/05/2024
Over the 12 months ended 29 February 2024, the online fast fashion brand said that losses had increased by 69 per cent compared to the previous year, when it reported losses of £90.7 million.
Posted: 8/5/2024
E-grocery retailer Rohlik Group has appointed David Pavlík as its new chief technology officer.
Posted: 07/05/2024
Amazon has launched its online marketplace in South Africa.
Posted: 07/05/2024
A UK charity has urged brands advertising or selling their products on TikTok to use their “collective power” to push back against online harms on the platform.
Posted: 7/5/2024
The Bernard Arnault-owned company has issued lawsuits against Visa and Mastercard in the High Court
Posted: 07/05/2024
B&Q has launched plastic pot recycling stations at over 100 stores across the UK as part of its commitment to enable customers to make sustainable choices.
Posted: 3/05/2024
Mango has announced plans to open over 20 new stores in the UK in 2024.
Posted: 03/05/2024
Mastercard has partnered with Checkout.com to launch virtual cards for online travel agents.
Posted: 3/5/2024
The move will see the majority of Asda's maturities pushed into the next decade.
Posted: 3/5/2024
Swedish FinTech Klarna has partnered with technology company PubMatic to allow advertisers to reach and engage with shoppers who use the buy now, pay later (BNPL) service.
Posted: 02/05/2024
The retailer currently has more than 1,000 stores across the country and has a long-term target to increase that number to over 1,500
Posted: 02/05/2024
TikTok Shop deactivated over one million seller accounts between July and December 2023 and removed their products due to policy violations.
Posted: 02/05/2024
UK retail footfall declined by three per cent in April compared to the same four-week period of 2023, according to new figures from MRI Software (formerly Springboard.)
Posted: 2/5/2024
Full price sales at clothing and home furnishings retailer Next have risen 5.7 per cent, beating the retailer’s previous guidance of five per cent.
Posted: 01/05/2024
EDEKA Jaeger, part of the German supermarket group EDEKA, has installed an AI-based age verification system across its self-service checkouts at its store in Stuttgart Airport.
Posted: 01/05/2024
Amazon has recorded a 13 per cent sales hike in the first quarter of 2024, which the company says was largely driven by its success across AI development and advertising.
Posted: 1/5/2024
In a statement, Walmart said that high operating costs and a lack of profitability made health care "unsustainable for us at this time"
Posted: 01/05/2024
Tesco is using AI to offer customers personalised challenges that can win them extra points for its Clubcard loyalty scheme.
Posted: 30/04/2024
The company said on Monday that these markets generate only seven per cent of its revenues, adding that the international exit would allow it to focus all of its financial resources on Turkey.
Posted: 30/4/2024
Lidl has said it plans to open “hundreds” of new stores across the UK in a bid to reach more customers.
Posted: 30/04/2024
bp has appointed Jo Hayward as VP mobility and convenience retail UK, while Natalie Cattermole has been promoted to senior dealer manager UK.
Posted: 29/04/2024
Electronics retailer Currys has hired Chris Holyland as its new digital and omnichannel director.
Posted: 29/04/2024
Contractor Farrans Construction, which is working on the privately funded development, said that the LBA:REGEN programme will deliver a 9,500 square metre, three-storey extension to the existing terminal
Posted: 29/04/2024
The legal challenge follows Amazon's rollout of QR codes in its fulfilment centres which generate an email to GMB's membership department requesting that a membership is cancelled.
Posted: 29/4/2024
Aldi says it has become the first supermarket to launch fully recycled plastic (rPet) for its own-branded soft drinks and bottled water in England and Wales.
Posted: 26/04/2024
The initiative, previously due to go live in October next year, involves adding a redeemable deposit on single-use drinks containers which is refunded upon return of the empty container.
Posted: 26/4/2024
US supermarket giant Walmart on Thursday said that its longest serving board member Rob Walton will retire from his position in June
Posted: 26/04/2024
Existing laws need to change before drone delivery can be rolled out in the UK, according to Co-op's head of online last mile and customer service.
Posted: 26/04/2024
The retail industry is not doing enough to attract data scientists, according to the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Posted: 25/4/2024
B&Q has announced it is speeding up its marketplace expansion with a new partnership.
Posted: 25/4/2024
Retailers could to more to prevent retail crime, according to the leader of the National Business Crime Centre at the City of London Police.
Posted: 25/4/2024
Primark’s chief architect has said that the retailer is exploring how it could use AI to address retail crime-related shrinkage.
Posted: 24/04/2024
The chief information officer (CIO) of River Island has said that the retailer is prioritising self-checkout and RFID in its stores.
Posted: 24/04/2024
Delivery company FedEx Express has partnered with technology firm Zonos to make customs processes and charges more transparent for retailers and their customers
Posted: 24/04/2024
The head of global communications and marketing at Google Deepmind has described artificial general intelligence (AGI) as the next frontier after generative AI (GenAI.)
Posted: 24/04/2024
Bérangère 'Bey' Michel, executive director for finance at the John Lewis Partnership will be leaving the company later this autumn to pursue other career opportunities.
Posted: 24/04/2024
Amazon is expanding its drone delivery service in the US and conducting test flights for a new drone.
Posted: 23/04/2024
The French finance ministry has ordered retailers in the country to notify shoppers of ‘shrinkflation’ to products
Posted: 23/04/2024
15 retailers, including John Lewis, have agreed to steer clear of materials which derive from ancient and endangered forests in their textile and packaging supply chain.
Posted: 23/04/2024
The Birmingham, Alabama-headquartered company currently has 1,169 stores across 36 US states, where it sells footwear, apparel, and accessories from well-known sports brands including Nike, adidas, and Jordan.
Posted: 23/4/2024
The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is joining other key regulators on a pilot scheme designed to help firms developing AI to meet existing regulatory standards.
Posted: 22/4/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has partnered with Oxfam to launch a new postal donation service for second-hand clothing.
Posted: 22/04/2024
TikTok Shop has launched a pre-owned luxury fashion category on the platform after partnering with several designer brands.
Posted: 22/04/2024
A deal between Apple and the EU to open up its mobile payments system to rivals is expected to be approved in the coming weeks
Posted: 22/04/2024
Workers at Amazon’s Coventry warehouse are closer to gaining union recognition after the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) ruled in favour of the GMB’s application for a vote.
Posted: 19/04/2024
Emissions targets set by clothing retailer New Look have been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Posted: 19/04/2024
Retailers have indicated that increased prices were impacting consumer spending habits across these categories in March.
Posted: 19/4/2024
UK supermarkets have been accused of misleading consumers about the origin of grocery products
Posted: 19/04/2024
Shein has reportedly revived its interest in acquiring former high street mainstay Topshop
Posted: 18/04/2024
Worries about the cost-of-living crisis have decreased amongst British consumers but it still remains their biggest concern, according to HSBC.
Posted: 18/04/2024
bp is rolling out a crime intelligence platform across its 300 company-owned stores and has provided staff with body cameras at 70 locations.
Posted: 18/04/2024
The 2024 Payments Awards are now accepting entries, with a 11 July deadline to submit your company for consideration across a range of categories.
Posted: 18/4/2024
While consumer food inflation has fallen for the 12th month in a row, retail experts say that consumers shouldn’t be led to believe this marks the end of the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 18/4/2024
Amazon has announced it will more than double the number of third-party stores using its ‘Just Walk Out’ technology this year.
Posted: 18/04/2024
Adidas has partnered with movement and lifestyle app STEPN to launch a limited edition NFT collection.
Posted: 17/04/2024
The comments follow a profit warning issued by the pub chain after it revealed it was struggling to refinance its debts.
Posted: 17/4/2024
Longstanding boss Manju Malhotra announced his plans to exit the business in mid-2023 after more than 25 years with the company
Posted: 17/04/2024
Revenue at Asos fell by 18 per cent to £1.5 billion in the 26 weeks to 3 March
Posted: 17/04/2024
Matalan has launched 17 new third-party brands and has extended the range of sizes available across hundreds of lines to “increase inclusivity”.
Posted: 16/04/2024
Walmart is introducing autonomous forklift trucks in four of its “high-tech” distribution centres following a 16-month trial of the technology in Florida.
Posted: 16/04/2024
The home improvement retail group on Monday said that its current chair Andrew Cosslett will step down after seven years at its AGM on 20 June
Posted: 16/04/2024
The BRC said that violence and abuse facing people working in retail skyrocketed across the country, rising to over 1,300 incidents per day in 2022/23, from 870 the year before
Posted: 16/04/2024
The retailer said that the move comes as many Brits still struggle to make end meets, despite inflation declining in recent weeks.
Posted: 15/4/2024
Lloyds Banking Group has warned customers to be vigilant when booking their holiday as the bank releases figures revealing online scams have risen seven per cent in the past year.
Posted: 15/04/2024
Ikea will has said it will provide AI literacy training to around 3,000 employees and 500 senior staff
Posted: 15/04/2024
Ng, currently managing general partner of AI Fund, was the founding lead of Google’s Google Brain (Deep Learning) Project, and served as chief scientist and vice president of China’s Baidu for three years
Posted: 15/04/2024
The store on Jersey will mark the company’s first new shop opening this year, after launching six new locations across England and Wales during its 2023/2024 financial year.
Posted: 12/4/2024
Dove has pledged to ban AI-generated content in its ads after its research found that the technology could pose a threat to women’s wellbeing
Posted: 12/04/2024
Tesco has launched a new section on its website to showcase British produce.
Posted: 12/04/2024
Amazon claims it will have invested £600 million in robotics and AI-powered technologies across its European fulfilment network between 2019 and the end of 2024.
Posted: 12/4/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has agreed a seven-year deal with HSBC to improve the products it offers through M&S Bank.
Posted: 11/04/2024
Many Pret A Manger subscribers are reporting significant issues with their mobile payments following recent technical changes to the company's mobile app.
Posted: 11/4/2024
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is investing £1 million in an accelerator fund as part of its aim to become net zero across all its operations by 2040.
Posted: 11/04/2024
Asda has reportedly faced pressure to share draft figures with investors following a delay to the publication of its 2023 results.
Posted: 11/4/2024
Bite said it will use the proceeds of this funding round to fuel its growth while focusing on enterprise restaurant brands, emerging fast casual brands, and innovative c-stores.
Posted: 10/4/2024
The retailer’s chief executive Ken Murphy said that inflationary pressures had “lessened substantially”, with the company reporting a seven per cent hike in group sales over the 12-month period.
Posted: 10/4/2024
The UK government is cracking down on retail crime with new legislation that will make assaulting retail workers a specific criminal offence.
Posted: 10/04/2024
The new fund will work on challenges such as emissions and waste reduction, packaging innovation, user experience, and product traceability and transparency.
Posted: 9/4/2024
eBay Live allows eBay users to attend live auctions, shop exclusive deals and buy in real time.
Posted: 9/4/2024
The Very Group, has promoted Robbie Feather to group chief executive following Lionel Desclée’s decision to step down from the role.
Posted: 09/04/2024
Retail sales in the UK increased by 3.5 per cent in March, with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) attributing the hike to an “unusually early” Easter.
Posted: 09/04/2024
Ted Baker has revealed plans to close 11 stores in the UK after administrators said they have no prospect of returning to profitability.
Posted: 08/04/2024
The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Jason Tarry as chair following Sharon White’s decision to step down when her term ends next year.
Posted: 08/04/2024
A study by the Centre for Economic Business and Research and Dutch payments platform Adyen calculated the figure by using data from 26 countries across Europe, America, and APAC.
Posted: 8/4/2024
Morrisons has opened an innovation centre as part of an £8 million investment in Bradford.
Posted: 05/04/2024
Swedish FinTech Klarna has said it will publish transactional data to “encourage transparency” in the credit industry.
Posted: 05/04/2024
Samsung has estimated that its operating profit for the first quarter of 2024 will jump by over 900 per cent.
Posted: 05/04/2024
Opal, the UK police’s intelligence unit for serious and organised crime, will begin training sessions for retailers and police forces to better understand retail crime groups.
Posted: 04/04/2024
The move, which comes after Vagabond went into administration last month, has saved nine of the company’s wine bars from closure, as well as 171 jobs.
Posted: 5/4/2024
UK parcel carrier Yodel has appointed Dan Hobden as its new chief financial officer (CFO).
Posted: 4/4/2024
The Co-op recruited over one million members in 2023, the highest number in a single year since 2017 and more than in 2021 and 2022 combined.
Posted: 04/04/2024
Haythornthwaite was selected as chairman of NatWest in September 2023, to take up his post in January 2024
Posted: 04/04/2024
Tesco and NatWest have partnered to provide a finance scheme for farmers who want to switch to sustainable farming methods.
Posted: 03/04/2024
New figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show that shop price annual inflation has fallen to its lowest point since December 2021.
Posted: 3/4/2024
Sainsbury’s has replaced its Price Lock campaign with Low Everyday Prices, which it says will reduce the cost of branded products.
Posted: 03/04/2024
Giles Hurley, the chief executive of Aldi UK, has said that the German discounter will do “whatever it takes” to keep prices low.
Posted: 02/04/2024
The move forms part of the company’s aim to transform its retail operations across online and offline channels to improve the omnichannel experience for its customers.
Posted: 2/4/2024
New app lets customers sign up for its palm recognition service using their phone instead of visiting a physical location.
Posted: 02/04/2024
Walmart has announced it has made commitments which will result in the construction of nearly 1 gigawatt of new clean energy projects across the US.
Posted: 28/04/2024
The Co-op has partnered with Pricer to install a new digital shelf labelling platform in over 120 food stores in the east of England.
Posted: 28/03/2024
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has overturned an appeal from Amazon to suspend a requirement regarding its online advertising in the bloc
Posted: 28/03/2024
Asda, Boohoo and Asos have signed agreements with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over the green claims they make.
Posted: 27/03/2024
Mastercard and Visa have agreed to a landmark settlement with US merchants to cut transaction rates and cap them for five years.
Posted: 27/03/2024
The company will cut around 150 roles from its corporate head offices which employ a total of just over 900 workers
Posted: 27/03/2024
Amazon prevented over 700,000 bad actors from setting up vendor accounts in 2023 and seized over 7 million counterfeit goods before they were sold worldwide.
Posted: 26/03/2024
Lidl is increasing the space allocated to its own-label fresh chickens by 20 per cent above the industry standard to enforce its commitment to ethical sourcing and improved animal welfare.
Posted: 26/03/2024
XPO has rolled out hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and electric-powered vehicles within its 4PL and transport control tower operations.
Posted: 26/3/2024
Retail sales volumes were broadly flat in the year to March rising to +2 per cent from -7 per cent in the year to February
Posted: 26/03/2024
Hyundai has said that new plans to transform its UK retail network will include working with fewer partners.
Posted: 25/03/2024
The CEO claimed that the outlook for UK consumers is the highest it has been since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020
Posted: 25/03/2024
Amazon has partnered with Stripe to provide payments for retailers using its ‘just walk out’ technology in Australia and Canada.
Posted: 25/03/2024
While the home improvement giant said that over the next 12 months it expects repairs, maintenance, and renovation on existing homes to "provide resilience", it is cautious on its overall market outlook for the period because of a “given lag between housing demand and home improvement demand”.
Posted: 25/3/2024
Currys says it has become the first tech retailer to adopt WelcoMe, an inclusivity platform designed to improve the shopping experience for disabled customers.
Posted: 22/03/2024
Superdrug has pledged to freeze the price of around 5,000 make up products until Summer 2024 to support its customers with the cost-of-living crisis. Superdrug has pledged to freeze the price of around 5,000 make up products until Summer 2024 to support its customers with the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 22/03/2024
Etc., the digital and start-up incubation arm of BT Group, is rolling out iPhone contactless payments and BT Tap to Pay for small businesses.
Posted: 22/3/2024
This new model will allow outside brands to leverage Shein’s supply chain infrastructure and tech for testing out new products with consumers
Posted: 22/03/2024
Supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsbury’s suffered issues surrounding its payment processing and delivery systems on Saturday, while Greggs and McDonald’s both had to close physical stores due to payment outages
Posted: 21/03/2024
The UK’s advertising watchdog has upheld a complaint from Sainsbury’s which claimed that an Aldi ad comparing the prices of their Christmas dinners was “misleading”.
Posted: 21/03/2024
The British retailer said that pre-tax profits hit £918 million over the 12-month period, a record high for the clothing brand.
Posted: 21/3/2024
AliExpress has launched a livestreaming shopping service for UK customers which will be fronted by influencers.
Posted: 20/03/2024
PayPoint said that the partnership will offer merchants a “market-leading banking and card services proposition" combining card payments with a 12-month fee-free Lloyds bank business account and a connected commercial card offering.
Posted: 20/03/2024
A high court ruling in April 2023 found Tesco guilty of copying Lidl’s logo to promote its Clubcard loyalty scheme
Posted: 20/03/2024
The business arm of neobank Revolut has announced the launch of a new Point of Sale (POS) system.
Posted: 19/3/2024
DFS has warned that if the Red Sea crisis continues it could result in delivery delays and force the retailer to defer £4 million profit into its next financial year.
Posted: 19/03/2024
The changes, which will go into effect 1 April, will create a clear geographic leadership structure
Posted: 19/03/2024
56 per cent of shoppers at Asda received a substitution in their most recent online grocery shop, according to a new Which? survey.
Posted: 18/03/2024
Less than half of small retailers in the UK are confident they will grow over the next 12 months, according to the Federation of Small Business (FSB).
Posted: 18/03/2024
The company said that it was evaluating a possible offer on 19 February, but on Friday said that it would not pursue this interest “following careful consideration”
Posted: 18/03/2024
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is bucking a trend that has seen several UK retailers step away from their banking arms by planning a new financial services 'superapp', according to reports.
Posted: 18/3/2024
WH Smith has announced that Robert Moorhead will retire from his role as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at the end of November after 20 years with the retailer.
Posted: 15/03/2024
Deliveroo saw a 13 per cent jump in gross profit in 2023 after losses of £294 million in the previous year.
Posted: 15/03/2024
UK net store closures increased last year as the retail market saw several British staples exit the High Street for good.
Posted: 15/3/2024
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that AI models from Anthropic will now be available on Amazon Bedrock, allowing users to test, build, and implement AI applications.
Posted: 14/03/2024
Fashion and homeware retailer Matalan has announced five hires for its leadership team.
Posted: 14/3/2024
Online grocery prices were 1.2 per cent cheaper in February 2024, when compared with February 2023
Posted: 14/03/2024
The John Lewis Partnership has announced a return to profit after several years of losses.
Posted: 14/03/2024
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has added 16 items to the virtual basket of goods it uses to measure inflation.
Posted: 13/03/2024
Overall the company reported revenue of £18 billion, with a loss before tax of £1 billion – down from a loss before tax of £1.5 billion in the year prior.
Posted: 13/03/2024
The British activewear brand said that the use of integrated chatbots had enabled 35 per cent of support traffic to be managed through self-service; beating its initial target of 10 per cent.
Posted: 13/3/2024
Inditex has announced plans to invest €1.8 billion on technological integration and improving its online platforms.
Posted: 13/03/2024
Clothing brand Nobody’s Child has launched a digital product passport (DPP) in a bid to improve transparency and sustainability across its collection.
Posted: 12/03/2024
Aldi has claimed it is now the UK’s highest paying supermarket after increasing its hourly rate for the second time this year.
Posted: 12/03/2024
Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) pioneer Klarna has been handed a SEK7.5 million (£574,000 fine) for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules
Posted: 12/03/2024
The companies joined a handful of retail employers who partnered with charity the Retail Trust to deliver the new technology.
Posted: 12/3/2024
From the start of April, the budget retailer's employees will see their hourly rate hiked to £12 an hour, while those based in London will receive £12.56.
Posted: 11/3/2024
The luxury fashion house said its performance over the 12-month period had been fuelled by ‘high desirability’ of both Prada and its Miu Miu brand, which saw retail growth of 58 per cent.
Posted: 11/3/2024
The parent of US-based discount retailer Dollar Tree said its collaboration with IPN is the latest step in its ongoing digital transformation journey, centrally focused on delivering “engaging and personalised” customer experiences through its marketing and loyalty programmes.
Posted: 11/3/2024
Firms found to be in violation of the DSA could be fined up to six per cent of their global annual turnover
Posted: 11/03/2024
Bickerstaffe confirmed that she plans to retire following the company’s AGM in July
Posted: 08/03/2024
Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group has announced that Matches Fashion has been put into administration months after it acquired the business for around £52 million.
Posted: 8/3/2024
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said that while the retail industry supports reform plans for electronic waste policy, amendments to existing regulation should not "blur the line" of responsibility for producers and distributors.
Posted: 8/3/2024
Several major UK retailers have openly criticised the chancellor's recent Spring Budget, calling its failure to reduce business rates a "disappointment".
Posted: 7/3/2024
Which? has named Aldi as the cheapest supermarket in February.
Posted: 7/3/2024
The furniture company said the new range of 85 products had been inspired by shifting work trends worldwide.
Posted: 7/3/2024
On Wednesday, the UK Supreme Court upheld a ruling from the London Court of Appeal that found the company was infringing on UK trademarks
Posted: 07/03/2024
Independent record stores across the UK have hit a 10-year high, according to new research.
Posted: 6/3/2024
The company said its new format, called Whole Foods Market Daily Shop, is a quick-shop store format designed to provide customers in urban neighbourhoods a “quick, convenient shopping experience".
Posted: 6/3/2024
The UK’s largest retailer said that it would raise salaries from £11.02 to £12.02 starting in April, having reached an agreement with trade union USDAW
Posted: 06/03/2024
The sportswear giant said that the move would help it implement generative AI (genAI) shopping assistants, virtual try-ons, and AI-driven loyalty programmes.
Posted: 6/3/2024
The bakery chain reported reported underlying pre-tax profit of £167.7 million versus £148.3 million in the previous year and a 19.6 per cent revenue rise to around £1.8 billion.
Posted: 5/3/2024
Co-op customers can now order groceries on the retailer's app and have items delivered through the Uber Eats delivery network.
Posted: 5/3/2024
Wet weather and weak consumer confidence saw sales growth down by over four per cent in February compared to the same period of 2023.
Posted: 5/3/2024
The bill proposes that brands with ultra-fast production lines should be subject to penalties of up to 50 per cent of their products’ selling price to offset their environmental impact
Posted: 05/03/2024
The electronic retailer’s store-based colleagues will now be able to earn on average £12.33 per hour, with top performers on £13.95 an hour on average, representing a 9.5 per cent increase in their hourly rate.
Posted: 4/3/2024
The new model, developed by digital transformation consultancy Kin + Carta, was built in just three weeks using Vertex AI, part of the Google Cloud suite.
Posted: 4/3/2024
The Association of Convenience Stores’ (ACS) 2024 Crime Report found that during the period the total number of theft cases increased fivefold from the 1.1 million incidents recorded in the 2023 edition of its report – equating to around 600 reported incidents every hour.
Posted: 4/3/2024
The supermarket’s hourly rate for retail pay currently stands at £11.11 outside of London, and £12.28 in the capital where the rate will increase to £13.21
Posted: 04/03/2024
eco2Veritas, developed by Greenback Recycling Technologies, allows the budget supermarket to track and certify the amount of flexible plastic collected, calculate how much of it is sorted and into which polymers, understand how much is reprocessed, and identify what end products it is made into.
Posted: 1/3/2024
The New West End Company (NWEC) has said its Oxford Street revamp initiative will result in £2.8 billion in total additional sales to the West End between 2027 and 2033.
Posted: 1/3/2024
Zara has told landlords in the war torn country that it will reopen 50 of its around 80 stores across Ukraine
Posted: 01/03/2024
The retailer said that changes to its distribution network would involve further investment in technology and automation, meaning it would require fewer local fulfilment centres.
Posted: 1/3/2024
The new guidance is significantly below the motor and cycling retailer's previously anticipated £48 million to £53 million for the year ended 29 March.
Posted: 29/2/2024
Amazon lobbyists can no longer enter the European Parliament following concerns raised about the company's alleged unfair working conditions in the EU.
Posted: 29/2/2024
Ocado has reported pre-tax losses of £394 million in its latest financial year.
Posted: 29/2/2024
Which? in 2023 reported Tesco to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), claiming that it “could be breaking the law” in failing to provide unit pricing on products with Clubcard promotion prices
Posted: 29/02/2024
The retailer said that the price drop, which is equivalent to VAT, responds to both the ongoing UK dental crisis and the higher cost of living.
Posted: 28/2/2024
Describing its plans as a “bold new chapter” in its history, the American department store said it would aim to challenge the status quo in its efforts to “fundamentally reposition” the company.
Posted: 28/2/2024
Very Group has announced a new long-term partnership with investment firm Carlyle and investment house IMI to support its growth strategy following a half-year loss.
Posted: 28/2/2024
The supermarket on Tuesday said that the rate of pay for its UK customer assistants would increase from £10.90 to £12.00 per hour from 1 April
Posted: 28/02/2024
Tesco has reported a “major revival” of house plants, with demand soaring in its stores by more than 130 per cent since 2019.
Posted: 27/2/2024
Retail sales in the year to February fell at a modest pace following a sharp drop last month, new research has found.
Posted: 27/2/2024
Frasers Group has appointed four new “high-calibre” directors to its board.
Posted: 26/2/2024
John Lewis is reportedly planning to cut hundreds of roles from its outsourced customer service team.
Posted: 26/2/2024
The supermarket achieved five out of five stars for overall customer service, as well as staff availability and helpfulness, store appearance and overall quality of own-label and fresh products.
Posted: 26/2/2024
The House of Lords has launched a new inquiry to help identify ways to regenerate High Streets across the UK's small towns and cities.
Posted: 26/2/2024
Almost two fifths (37 per cent) of more than 1,000 firms surveyed overall for the research said they had been impacted
Posted: 26/02/2024
UK shoppers are set to spend £1.7 billion on Mother’s Day this year, a 1.1 per cent increase on 2023, according to new research.
Posted: 23/2/2024
Data from GfK’s monthly UK Consumer Confidence Barometer showed that confidence has fallen two points to -21 this month, dropping from -19 in January.
Posted: 23/2/2024
Tesco is offering 500,000 free NHS blood pressure checks at its in-store pharmacies.
Posted: 23/2/2024
The newly created role will see Phillpot charged with driving performance and convenience retail growth across bp’s European network of over 3,000 company owned stores
Posted: 23/02/2024
Etsy has reported its “highest ever” annual gross merchandise sales (GMS) at over £13 billion in the full year ended 31 December.
Posted: 22/2/2024
Nestlé has reported a 1.5 per cent total sales decrease to CHF 93 billion in its full year 2023.
Posted: 22/2/2024
Aldi has said it will create 5,500 new roles across the UK this year.
Posted: 22/2/2024
Costa said that it would invest more than £3 million on the stores which would create over 100 job opportunities
Posted: 22/02/2024
The Co-op Group is to adopt a cloud-first strategy in a move that aims to support its business growth.
Posted: 21/2/2024
The supermarket said it will introduce unit pricing for simple promotions to show their value by weight or volume – a move that will make it “even easier” for customers to understand its Clubcard pricing offers.
Posted: 21/2/2024
Walmart's ad business generates more than $3 billion annually for the company
Posted: 21/02/2024
Italian delicatessen brand Prezzemolo & Vitale has rolled out digital shelf labels across its London stores.
Posted: 20/2/2024
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a study into the supply of infant formula in the UK as part of its efforts to reduce the cost-of-living pressure in the groceries sector.
Posted: 20/02/2024
Morrisons has launched a price match scheme whereby 200 of its products will be the same price or cheaper than discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl.
Posted: 20/02/2024
Payment services provider Mollie has launched a new service which gives UK SME merchants access to rapid funding.
Posted: 20/02/2024
UK fashion retailer Superdry is reportedly in talks with a variety of investors in an attempt to save the struggling brand
Posted: 20/02/2024
Staff were made aware of the 2,000 job cuts in a company-wide email on Thursday
Posted: 19/02/2024
At the core of the new chatbot, called 'Lore', is a conversational AI platform that creates and manages virtual assistants with generative AI.
Posted: 19/2/2024
Aldi has lowered prices on a range of fruit and vegetables with over 50 items falling in price by an average of seven per cent.
Posted: 19/02/2024
EuroCommerce, a trade body representing the retail and wholesale industry in Europe, has called for EU member states to address the Red Sea crisis that is impacting trade.
Posted: 19/02/2024
The news comes after the company announced it would deliver $2 billion in cost savings over the next three years.
Posted: 16/2/2024
Beauty band Revlon has partnered with Redecor, a home design game, to allow players to use shades from its lipstick collection to decorate their virtual spaces.
Posted: 16/02/2024
Sainsbury’s has opened a flagship store in Talbot Green in Wales which offers an ultra-rapid charging service for electric vehicle (EV) users.
Posted: 16/02/2024
UK retail sales rebounded by 3.4 per cent in January following a record decline of 3.3 per cent in the previous month, according to the latest ONS data.
Posted: 16/2/2024
Kingfisher has a new target for 20,000 employees to have completed an apprenticeship, traineeship or formal qualification by 2030.
Posted: 15/2/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) will stock products from sportswear brands Puma and Reebok as part of its “Brands at M&S” strategy.
Posted: 15/02/2024
Lidl will switch from paper pricing tags to electronic shelf labels (ESL) following a successful trial in over 35 stores.
Posted: 15/02/2024
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that the number of incidents rose to 1,300 per day across the period compared t 870 daily cases of violence or a abuse in the previous year.
Posted: 14/2/2024
Discount retailer The Works has appointed John Goold and Mark Kirkland as non-independent non-executive directors with immediate effect.
Posted: 14/02/2024
Waitrose is lowering the prices on over 200 lines of its own brand products, with prices dropping by an average of eight per cent.
Posted: 14/02/2024
British home furnishings retailer Dunelm has seen sales jump by 4.5 per cent over the past six months, with total sales increasing to £872 million.
Posted: 14/02/2024
The Body Shop has this week filed a notice to appoint administrators for its UK business.
Posted: 13/2/2024
Couriers who deliver takeaways for Deliveroo, Just Eat, Stuart.com and Uber Eats are intending to strike on Valentine’s Day, according to a report by the BBC.
Posted: 13/02/2024
Over 900,000 new companies were created in the UK last year, a 12 per cent increase compared to 2022.
Posted: 13/02/2024
The new regulation will require banks and other payment service providers (PSPs) to ensure credit transfers are affordable and immediately processed
Posted: 13/02/2024
Yodel makes around 190 million deliveries annually from its 50 sites and has clients including Argos, AO World, John Lewis, Very and Zara
Posted: 13/02/2024
Dave Williams will take over from Hill, joining from Poundland where he was finance director for five years.
Posted: 12/2/2024
Lidl has announced the opening of a bottling plant in Derby which is supplying its stores across the UK.
Posted: 12/02/2024
The complaint, which was filed in Amazon’s home state of Washington, accuses the company of violating consumer protection law
Posted: 12/02/2024
Aldi has announced it will invest £550 million in expanding and improving its store and distribution network.
Posted: 12/02/2024
Aldi is trialling double-sized toilet roll to reduce plastic waste and the number of lorries required to deliver it.
Posted: 09/02/2024
E.l.f. cosmetics has launched a shopping app for the Apple Vision Pro, a spatial computer which blends digital content with the user’s space.
Posted: 09/02/2024
The company said that there were 336,270 incidents of shoplifting, abuse, violence and anti-social behaviour across Co-op’s 2,400 stores during 2023
Posted: 09/02/2024
Barclays will acquire Tesco Bank’s credit cards, loans and savings accounts, and will market Tesco-branded services as part of a partnership for an initial 10 year period
Posted: 09/02/2024
Homewares retailer Dunelm has announced the appointment of Ajay Kavan and Daniel Tayler as non-executive directors.
Posted: 08/02/2024
Lidl is trialling bottle return scheme which offers customers uncapped cash rewards to recycle their PET plastic and aluminium drink containers in stores.
Posted: 08/02/2024
Primark is also planning some of its “biggest ever” store extensions across the country, including at London’s Westfield Stratford store where it will almost double in size, making it the second largest Primark in the capital.
Posted: 8/2/2024
French digital payments company Worldline has announced plans to cut around eight per cent of its global workforce in an attempt to realise €200 million in annual savings
Posted: 08/02/2024
Consumer card spending grew by only 3.1 per cent in January 2024, less than the latest consumer prices index including house (CPIH) inflation rate of 4.2 per cent and more than December’s growth of 2.3 per cent.
Posted: 07/02/2024
British fashion retailer Lucy & Yak is launching an AI platform designed to help customers pick the right size when buying clothes online.
Posted: 7/2/2024
Sainsbury’s has launched its “Next Level Strategy” to build on the Food First Strategy it launched in November 2020.
Posted: 07/02/2024
The retailer said that Galanti has confirmed his intention to step down as chief financial officer effective 15 March
Posted: 07/02/2024
Ikea has launched an AI-powered home design tool on the OpenAI GPT store to enable users to plan and design their space.
Posted: 06/02/2024
Liberty has updated its existing POS technology across the department store's 125 tills.
Posted: 6/2/2024
Amazon is partnering with luxury resale platform Hardly Ever Worn it to offer pre-owned fashion items to European customers.
Posted: 06/02/2024
The BRC attributed the slowed growth to a combination of higher living costs, poor weather conditions and heavy industrial action from transport network workers
Posted: 06/02/2024
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged the UK’s political parties to include reform of the “broken” Apprenticeship Levy as part of their manifestos in the run up to a general election.
Posted: 5/2/2024
Superdrug has announced it will take on 500 apprentices this year alongside its sister company Savers.
Posted: 05/02/2024
Asda has announced it will open 110 express stores in February as it looks to speed up growth in the convenience sector.
Posted: 05/02/2024
Morrisons group retail director David Lepley has resigned from his role at the supermarket
Posted: 05/02/2024
Despite data from The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Sensormatic IQ showing a decline in comparison to 2023, it still showed an improvement on December, when footfall was down by five per cent.
Posted: 2/2/2024
Mango StartUp Studio, a fashion start-up accelerator created by the clothing retailer Mango, has made an investment in Flipflow, a market analytics and business data monitoring company.
Posted: 02/02/2024
Walmart is planning to build or convert around 150 stores in the US over the next five years.
Posted: 02/02/2024
Amazon has launched a new generative AI-powered shopping tool for customers using its app.
Posted: 02/02/2024
An operation carried out on Wednesday morning by Trading Standards saw officers recover 2,200 items
Posted: 02/02/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has introduced new recyclable paper packing across its range of sandwiches and toasties available in all 300 branches of its cafe.
Posted: 01/02/2024
Deliveroo has partnered with Ann Summers to bring a range of sexual wellness products to consumers on demand ahead of Valentines Day.
Posted: 01/02/202
Two Asda superstores in Brighton are being balloted over staff complaints.
Posted: 1/2/2024
Daniel Ervér will replace Helena Helmersson as group chief executive officer
Posted: 01/02/2024
Aldi spent an additional £1.3 billion with British suppliers last year.
Posted: 31/01/2024
Amazon has rolled out a new feature which allows shoppers to seek opinion from friends and family before making a purchase.
Posted: 31/01/2024
The new service will allow customers to access treatment and advice for seven common conditions from Boots pharmacies, without the need for a prescription from a GP.
Posted: 31/1/2024
The statement comes after the CMA in November announced that it would review loyalty scheme pricing by supermarkets
Posted: 31/01/2024
Morrisons has announced it is selling 337 of its petrol forecourts and 400 associated sites across the UK to Motor Fuel Group (MFG).
Posted: 30/1/2024
Co-op has added its stores to the National Business Crime Centre (NBCC) scheme, which aims to offer ‘safe spaces’ for anyone feeling vulnerable on the UK’s streets.
Posted: 30/01/2024
Grocery price inflation is falling at a slower pace than expected as post-Christmas promotions wind down, according to new research.
Posted: 30/01/2024
Most of the concerns surrounded Amazon’s retail dominance and ability to potentially delist rival robot vacuum cleaners, reduce visibility of rivals or raise the advertising costs of rivals
Posted: 30/01/2024
Aldi has launched a new ‘Best of British’ section on its website to encourage shoppers to buy products from UK businesses.
Posted: 29/1/2024
Personal styling service Stitch Fix has partnered with music streaming service Spotify to offer an interactive experience whereby personalised outfit recommendations are matched with playlists.
Posted: 29/01/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has announced the appointment of Rachel Higham as chief digital and technology officer and Mark Lemming as managing director of international.
Posted: 29/01/2024
H&M has announced plans to shutter more than a quarter of its stores in Spain, leading to more than 550 job losses.
Posted: 29/1/2024
Lidl has set up three long-term contracts with British root vegetable suppliers worth over £70 million in total.
Posted: 26/01/2024
Aldi has announced another round of price cuts, reducing the price of items such as fruit, vegetables and cleaning products by around 13 per cent.
Posted: 26/01/2024
WHSmith has recorded a revenue boost of eight per cent as the British retailer’s rapidly growing travel business drives higher sales.
Posted: 26/1/2024
Amazon Insurance Store was launched in October 2022 as part of an industry-wide trend of big tech firms pushing into personal finance
Posted: 26/01/24
In its third quarter statement, the motoring and cycling retailer said that while October and November sales were strong, sales in December were much weaker because of mild and wet whether impacting demand for winter products and footfall stores.
Posted: 25/1/2024
The Co-op has launched a pilot scheme to financially reward famers in its beef supply chain for using sustainable farming practices.
Posted: 25/01/2024
Boohoo has announced the appointment of Stephen Morana as chief financial officer
Posted: 25/01/2024
The service offers a range of benefits including waived service fees and shopping discounts
Posted: 25/01/24
These hidden fees, which are part of a process known as ‘drip pricing’, occur when consumers are shown an initial price for goods or services while additional fees are outlined later in the checkout process.
Posted: 24/1/2024
Next has announced that Venetia Butterfield will join the company as an independent non-executive director, taking up her position on 2 April this year.
Posted: 24/01/2024
Peter Bamford, the current chairman of B&M, will retire during this calendar year.
Posted: 24/01/2024
In a letter sent to staff, eBay chief executive officer Jamie Iannone confirmed that about 1,000 roles would be cut
Posted: 24/01/24
Marks and Spencer (M&S) Food is cutting the prices of around 65 items, including instant coffee, baked beans and rice, by an average of six per cent.
Posted: 23/01/2024
Aldi will recruit over 500 apprentices across the UK this year as part of its expansion plans.
Posted: 23/01/2024
Associated British Foods (ABF), the parent company of Primark, said that it recorded stronger sales in the run-up to Christmas.
Posted: 23/1/2024
The proposals would give more power to chairperson Sharon White who would have greater oversight over performance-linked pay rises.
Posted: 23/01/24
Primark has launched its first adaptable line of clothing as part of a wider move to make its products and stores more accessible to a wider range of customers.
Posted: 22/01/2024
Deliveroo saw overall gross transaction value (GTV) jump by four per cent in the last quarter of 2023 despite food inflation.
Posted: 22/01/2024
Tesco was forced to cancel some of its home delivery orders after the supermarket chain faced technical issues on Sunday morning.
Posted: 22/1/2024
Starting 1 February, the average salary for store managers at Walmart will increase from $117,000 to $128,000, with the annual bonus potentially reaching 200 per cent of base salary depending on targets achieved
Posted: 22/01/24
Asda has said that it will open 21 new convenience stores by the end of the month, with five already opened on Friday.
Posted: 19/1/2024
Haircare brand amika has launched an immersive virtual experience on gaming platform Roblox in partnership with e-commerce company Obsess
Posted: 19/01/2024
Over the next 18 months Marks and Spencer (M&S) will invest around £30 million in its Scottish stores.
Posted: 19/01/2024
Amazon’s planned $1.7 billion takeover of robot vacuum maker iRobot has hit a major hurdle, with the European Commission reportedly set to block the deal
Posted: 19/01/24
The Polish footwear and clothing giant owns a number of retail chains including Sizeer, 50 Style, Timberland, and Symbiosis. It is also the sole distributor of New Era, Lotto, and Umbro.
Posted: 18/1/2024
Paula Nickolds will leave her role as general merchandise commercial director at Sainsburys to become chief executive at The White Company at the end of March.
Posted: 18/01/2024
Uniqlo has filed a lawsuit in Japan against Shein over claims that the Chinese online retail giant copied the design of its iconic round mini shoulder bag
Posted: 18/01/24
Electrical retailer Currys experienced a drop in sales revenue over the festive period but expects full year profit to exceed expectations.
Posted: 18/01/2024
Aldi has lowered prices on over 40 popular items including tinned soup, pasta sauce and instant coffee, by around 17 per cent.
Posted: 17/01/2024
Co-op will open its first Welsh franchise store in Parc Derwen, Bridgend.
Posted: 17/01/2024
Uber Direct is a white label delivery solution that enables retailers to offer on-demand delivery from within their own website or app.
Posted: 17/1/2024
The government has announced a new strategy to tackle supply chain disruption amidst attacks by the Houthis on ships in the Red Sea and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
Posted: 17/1/2024
Last year represented something of a comeback for the company, after it made a £500 million loss in 2022 in what has been described as a post-pandemic slump
Posted: 17/01/24
Asda has announced that it will reduce prices on the Aptamil brand of formula milk and allow customers to pay for it by using loyalty vouchers.
Posted: 16/01/2024
Discount supermarket chain Netto has launched a new system which allows shoppers to pick products and walk out without having to stop at a checkout.
Posted: 16/01/2024
IKEA plans to stick to previously announced price cuts despite ongoing disruptions to shipping in the Red Sea
Posted: 16/01/24
The three-year deal will see THG Ingenuity, which provides an end-to-end e-commerce platform, become the retailer’s main online shopping operational partner, providing the company with fulfilment and courier management services for its growing digital business.
Posted: 16/1/2024
Clothing brand Victoria’s Secret has partnered with Google Cloud to explore the use of generative AI (GenAI) to enhance inclusivity and personalisation for its customers.
Posted: 15/01/2024
Asda has announced plans to launch a pop-up health spa in London offering a range of treatments paired with products from its new healthy eating range.
Posted: 15/01/2024
The move means that customers at the Greenwich concept store will no longer have to register via the Shop&Go app on their phones.
Posted: 15/1/2024
The Smart Charge business will give drivers access to ultra-rapid EV charging points across its stores, with the supermarket saying that its 150kW Smart Charge bays will allow users to fully charge their vehicle in as little as 30 minutes
Posted: 15/01/24
Aldi has been named Britain’s favourite supermarket for the final quarter of 2023 in a poll buy YouGov.
Posted: 12/1/2024
Walmart is expanding its drone delivery service which will now be able to reach around three quarters of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) population in the US state of Texas.
Posted: 12/01/2023
John Lewis has announced the appointment of Peter Ruis as executive director to lead the company.
Posted: 12/01/2024
The ICO on Friday said that the company sent 79 million spam emails and 1 million spam texts over a seven month period to customers who were not fully aware of what they were opting into
Posted: 12/01/24
UK footwear retailer Office has introduced new technology which enables employees to check the availability of shoes in store.
Posted: 11/1/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has announced that group sales jumped by 7.2 per cent over the festive season compared to last year as customers spent over £3.8 billion in the run up to Christmas.
Posted: 11/01/2024
Tesco has reported strong UK like for like sales growth of 6.8 per cent in the Christmas period spanning the six weeks to 6 January.
Posted: 11/01/2024
Walmart has unveiled a pair of new AI-powered tools which it said will help shoppers search for products and re-order items
Posted: 11/01/24
During the final quarter of 2023, sales were up by nine per cent, with continued growth in transaction numbers and reduced contribution from price inflation.
Posted: 10/1/204
Instacart has partnered with Google to place its consumer packaged goods (CPG) customers’ adverts on Google Shopping.
Posted: 10/01/2024
Marks and Spencer (M&S) is set to expand its ‘Refilled’ scheme to a further 25 stores across the UK.
Posted: 10/01/2024
GMB Union on Tuesday said that around 100 workers at the warehouse will stage a walkout on 25 January, joining ongoing strike action at the company
Posted: 10/01/24
UK supermarket chain Iceland has rolled out new communications technology across its more than 1,000 stores.
Posted: 9/1/2024
Walmart has partnered with game development platform Unity to allow players to buy products without leaving their game or virtual world.
Posted: 09/01/2024
B&M has reported year on year revenue growth of five per cent in the 13 weeks ended 23 December.
Posted: 09/01/2024
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned that despite total retail sales increasing by 1.7 per cent in December, weak sales growth was recorded towards the end of 2023.
Posted: 9/1/2024
The CFPB proposal would subject companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, Meta and others to the same supervision imposed on banks
Posted: 09/01/24
Matalan has announced a £35 million investment to lower the price of more than 700 of its products.
Posted: 08/01/2024
First launched in 2006, Pour Moi is a size inclusive lingerie brand that over the years has expanded into swimwear, sportwear, and women's clothing.
Posted: 8/1/2024
Nisa has launched a £1 million price drop campaign to lower the wholesale selling price (WSP) of over 100 products.
Posted: 08/01/2023
Figures from the Centre for Retail Research show that 61 retailers went into administration in the UK over the 12-month period, impacting almost 21,000 jobs.
Posted: 8/1/2024
The announcement comes following similar pledges from Sainsbury’s and Tesco, which have already credited their respective schemes as driving sales during the festive period
Posted: 08/01/24
Asda was bought from Walmart by the Issa brothers alongside TDR Capital in February 2021.
Posted: 5/1/2024
Sainsbury’s is investing £200 million in increasing employee pay by 9.1 per cent.
Posted: 05/01/2024
TikTok is aiming to increase the size of its e-commerce business in the US to $17.5 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Posted: 05/01/2024
On Thursday the company said that it would stop stocking products ranging from soft drinks like 7Up to snack foods including Doritos across its stores in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium
Posted: 05/01/24
M&S Food has partnered with nutrition-science company ZOE to launch a new drink designed to support gut health.
Posted: 04/01/2024
Around a quarter of all Brits that have used Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) have been charged late payment fees, according to a report by the Centre for Financial Capability.
Posted: 4/1/2024
In a trading update, the company said that high levels of “promotional activity” combined with higher costs and subdued consumer spending in the prior quarter had impacted its sales
Posted: 04/01/24
Small UK retailers will make investment in technology a top priority in 2024, according to new research from American Express.
Posted: 04/01/2024
The Body Shop has become the first global beauty brand to go fully vegan.
Posted: 03/01/2024
UK supermarkets saw their highest level of transactions across the festive period since December 2019, according to new research.
Posted: 3/1/2024
Norman told The Times that the company will look to international expansion in the coming months and years
Posted: 03/01/24
Asda has appointed its first chief digital officer as part of plans to expand its use of data to improve services for customers.
Posted: 03/01/2023
According to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), shop price annual inflation was unchanged at 4.3 per cent during the month, with shop price growth at its lowest level in June 2022.
Posted: 2/1/2023
Studenac, Croatia’s largest retailer, has acquired convenience store chain La-Vor for an undisclosed sum.
Posted: 02/01/2024
Lidl has announced a record sales boost of 12 per cent over the festive season compared to the same period of 2022.
Posted: 02/01/2024
The company said that Friday 22 December represented its biggest ever trading day in the UK as 2.5 million customers shopped in stores
Posted: 02/01/24
US retail giant Walmart has launched Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) at its self-checkout kiosks.
Posted: 21/12/2023
Music and entertainment retailer HMV has partnered with tech firm FIS to support its expansion in Europe by rolling out new omnichannel technology.
Posted: 21/12/2023
As 2023 draws to a close, we added up the numbers to bring you a round-up of Retail Systems’ most popular stories of the year.
Posted: 21/12/2023
To mark the end of 2023, the editorial team at Retail Systems has rounded up a host of industry experts to tell us their top retail predictions for the year ahead.
Posted: 21/12/2023
Lidl has doubled its fully paid maternity and adoption leave from 14 to 28 weeks, claiming the period is the longest offered by a UK supermarket.
Posted: 20/12/2023
Just Eat has announced a new deal with Morrisons which will see the company carry out on-demand deliveries for the supermarket chain’s convenience store network.
Posted: 20/12/2023
Bestseller, which owns brands including Vero Moda and Jack and Jones, is opening a new logistics centre powered by 1,400 robots.
Posted: 20/12/2023
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday produced a damning report which accused the retailer, which operates about 2,000 retail pharmacies in 17 US states, of “reckless” use of the tech that “disproportionately impacted people of colour"
Posted: 20/12/23
Nisa has invested in its wholesale pricing and lowered the cost of around 100 products.
Posted: 19/12/2023
The bank said that customers transferring money via mobile or online banking to purchase goods on the platform will now be shown a tailored scam warning which outlines the risks of doing so.
Posted: 19/12/2023
Asda has opened 81 new Asda Express stores during December, the most the supermarket has opened in a month.
Posted: 19/12/2023
The announcement was made by the CCOO union on Monday, which said that workers at the country’s largest supermarket would see their salary raised by the annual rate of inflation by up to 2.5 per cent
Posted: 19/12/23
Online fashion retailer Zalando has introduced an invite only service for limited edition products.
Posted: 18/12/2023
Aldi has lowered the price of around 40 products by an average of roughly ten per cent.
Posted: 18/12/2023
A US-based beverage retailer has launched a class action complaint against Apple, Mastercard and Visa over alleged anti-competitive practices regarding their point of sale (POS) services.
Posted: 18/12/2023
According to a report from market researcher NIQ and industry publication The Grocer, vaping products saw growth in value sales in the UK of £897.4 million
Posted: 18/12/23
Private equity deals have been used to buy out several well-known British retailers in recent years, including Asda, which was bought by the Issa Brothers alongside private equity firm TDR Capital in 2020.
Posted: 15/12/2023
The British Retail Consortium (BRC), along with the National Farmers Union, UKHospitality and seven leading UK retailers, have made fresh calls for reform to the Apprenticeship Tax Levy.
Posted: 15/12/2023
Offers in the app will include 10 per cent off at Samsung on home appliances, TVs, and monitors, up to six per cent off at lastminute.com, and 20 per cent off at The Body Shop.
Posted: 15/12/2023
The law, which has been dubbed Loi Descrozaille after the politician who proposed it and is set to be introduced in March 2024
Posted: 15/12/23
PayPoint, the retail payments provider, has added Netflix to its digital voucher range.
Posted: 14/12/2023
The National Living Wage will increase by 9.8 per cent to £11.44 from April 2024
Posted: 14/12/23
Etsy has announced it will axe 225 employees as part of a new restructuring programme.
Posted: 14/12/2023
Currys has reported a 40 per cent year over year UK profit decline in the half year ended 28 October.
Posted: 14/12/2023
Covent Garden retail estate owner Shaftsbury Capital has announced the opening of a flagship UK boutique from Tissot.
Posted: 13/12/2023
Aldi has created a new national real estate team to facilitate around 500 new store openings in the UK.
Posted: 13/12/2023
In the store, Zippin’s checkout-free platform uses multiple AI-powered sensors, including overhead cameras and shelf sensors to determine what items a customer picks up and adds them to a virtual basket for that customer.
Posted: 13/12/2023
Sales in Scotland increased by 3.1 per cent from October to November, significantly down from the 8 per cent increase experienced in the same period of 2022
Posted: 13/12/23
The PSR on Wednesday explained that Mastercard and Visa significantly raised the cross-border interchange fees paid by UK businesses in 2021 and 2022 and that it had been examining the level of these fees
Posted: 13/12/23
Adidas has launched pop-up stores on the gaming platform Roblox allowing users to buy user-generated digital clothing and accessories for their avatars.
Posted: 12/12/2023
A widely circulated report published last April by the National Retail Federation claimed that organised retail crime (ORC) was responsible for nearly half of the $94.5 billion in store merchandise that disappeared in 2021
Posted: 12/12/23
Poundland has reported overall growth of 8.4 per cent for the full year ended 30 September.
Posted: 12/12/2023
The UK regulator is scrutinising whether certain statements regarding the environmental impact of some of the items made by the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giant – which owns brands like Dove, Comfort, and Lynx – are “misleading” to customers.
Posted: 12/12/2023
Waitrose has announced that export sales of its own brand items have increased by 14 per cent in the past year.
Posted: 11/12/2023
The move comes after TikTok Shop withdrew from Indonesia in October following the country's decision to ban sales on social media in a bid to protect local businesses.
Posted: 11/12/2023
The offer represents a premium of more than 20 per cent from its closing at $17.39 on Friday
Posted: 11/12/23
Sports Unlimited, a Dutch subsidiary of JD Sports, has been declared bankrupt.
Posted: 8/12/2023
Lidl is set to axe ‘use by’ labels on its key dairy lines in favour of ‘best before’ labels.
Posted: 08/12/2023
A study by The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region claims that 39 major clothing brands based in or selling to the EU, including Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Burberry, Zara and its parent company Inditex, are at risk of sourcing products made by Uyghurs forced to work in state-imposed labour transfer programmes.
Posted: 8/12/2023
Bergh has led Levi’s for over a decade, overseeing the company’s return to the public markets with a successful IPO in March 2019 and acquisition of Beyond Yoga in 2021
Posted: 08/12/23
McDonald’s has announced it is partnering with Google Cloud to roll out generative AI (GenAI) technology across its restaurants around the world.
Posted: 07/12/2023
The new rates of pay, which come into force on 1 February next year, will guarantee store and warehouse employees at least £12 an hour nationally, and £13.55 within the M25.
Posted: 7/12/2023
Frasers Group, which owns Sports Direct and House of Fraser, has reported a revenue uptick of around four per cent in the 26 weeks ended 29 October.
Posted: 07/12/2023
The research found that over the 12-month period, cash usage jumped to 19 per cent of all transactions compared to 15 per cent in 2021.
Posted: 7/12/2023
Retail sales in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK will rise from €2.3 trillion in 2023 to reach €2.7 trillion by 2028 at a 2.9 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to a new report from research firm Forrester.
Posted: 06/12/2023
Aldi has reclaimed the title of UK’s cheapest supermarket.
Posted: 06/12/2023
Currys has announced the launch of a “next generation” retail media network which has been joined by a number of electronics manufacturers.
Posted: 06/12/2023
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it has received agreements from the retailers to stop using these illegal tactics, which include restrictions on land being used by a rival supermarket and stopping landlords from allowing competing stores to be opened for periods lasting five years or more.
Posted: 6/12/2023
UK grocery sales are expected to surpass £13 billion for the first time this December, according to new research.
Posted: 5/12/2023
Farfetch is currently assessing its options to remain solvent, according to the Business of Fashion.
Posted: 05/12/2023
Ikea has unveiled three new smart sensors for home monitoring and control, including for leak detection and unexpected home intrusions.
Posted: 05/12/2023
John Lewis has launched a pop-up shop focusing on luxury ‘pre-loved’ goods.
Posted: 05/12/2023
Many households “held back” on Christmas spending in the four weeks to 25 November with total retail sales below three per cent, according to new research.
Posted: 05/12/2023
Amazon is expanding its logistics network to include over 300 sea routes across Europe.
Posted: 05/12/2023
Michelle Scott-Jones has been promoted to head of central operations at Nisa after 29 years’ of working at the groceries wholesaler.
Posted: 04/12/2023
The BRC referred to recent research from Usdaw which found that over the past 12 months, 65 per cent of retail staff have experienced verbal abuse, while 42 per cent have been threatened by a customer.
Posted: 4/12/2023
The company says that opening new stores and refurbishing its existing estate have been re-established as central pillars of its growth plan since its acquisition by Fortress Investment Group in December 2019.
Posted: 4/12/2023
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