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Interview: Find Me a Gift managing director Adam Gore

Find Me a Gift (FMAG) makes 50% of its annual turnover in the six weeks leading up to Christmas, going from 1,000 orders on a typical day to 12,000 every 24 hours during the festive period. Luckily, founder and managing director of the online retail business Adam Gore found time in his busy schedule at […]

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Retailer interviews

Five minutes with lingerie brand Bluebella founder Emily Bendall

Bluebella is a modern lingerie and nightwear brand, which sells its products online via Bluebella.com and Bluebella.us, and through wholesale partnerships with a fast-growing roster of internationally-renowned retail partners such as ASOS, John Lewis, Zalando, Nordstrom, Figleaves, and Revolve.

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Retailer interviews

Technology-focused Newegg breaking new ground internationally

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) – formerly the Department for Trade & Investment – announced a partnership with US eCommerce marketplace Newegg at the start of December.

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Consumer trends

M-commerce is still ‘work in progress’ for many retailers

Have European retailers mastered m-commerce? After a decade of wrestling with the technology, it seems the majority aren’t there yet. It’s true that retailers from Amazon to Zara have successfully turned phones into shopping channels, and brands as diverse as Burberry and Tesco have demonstrated the power of phones as social marketing tools. But according […]

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China partnership even more important post Brexit – Sorrell

With the political world in widespread turmoil, the business community has continued to roll its sleeves up and get on with the job in hand. And one country which sees no sign of slowing down is China, thanks to its burgeoning middle class and desire by home grown brands to be global players.

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Events

AI’s potential for cost-saving shortcuts in retail

The debate around artificial intelligence in retail often focuses on how consumers will use AI-enhanced technology in their homes to ease the burden of shopping. But retailers are also looking for ways to streamline their labour intensive chores. For many in the sector, AI-driven improvement to supply chain management is a particularly exciting prospect, as […]

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Can artificial intelligence in retail ever be too smart?

The ultimate aim of artificial intelligence in retail isn’t necessarily friction-free purchases. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was the case…but it isn’t necessarily true. Retail experts speaking at the latest Retail Connections event in London explained that customer needs are far more complex, and in many cases consumers actually need to experience a manageable level […]

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Events

How AI will shape future retail strategy

The hype around artificial intelligence has reached stratospheric levels, leaving retailers to wonder how exactly it will influence traditional retail operations and the customer experience. Questions include, which AI technologies should retail companies be investing in today? How can AI really deliver on the promise of business improvement? What will be the long-term impact on […]

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Retailer interviews

AI in action: Paul Wilkinson, Head of Technology Research and Open Innovation, Tesco Labs

If AI is the cutting edge of retail, then it makes sense that it’s most interesting use cases are being pioneered by in-house innovation teams, and Tesco Labs is no exception. Retail Connections spoke exclusively with Paul Wilkinson, Head of Technology Research and Open Innovation at ‎Tesco Labs, about the grocery retailer’s AI work, ahead […]

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