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Meet Kiva, the star of Amazon’s Prime fulfillment miracle

What’s 16 inches tall, weighs the same as a polar bear and saves Amazon tens of millions of pounds annually? The answer is Kiva, the ecommerce giant’s bright orange robot that has revolutionised its fulfilment centre stock picking operation.

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Editorial

Amazon’s Tilbury Fulfilment Centre: 20 Fast Facts  

Retail Connections took at tour of Amazon’s state-of-the-art  fulfilment centre and witnessed first-hand how robots and humans are working in tandem to meet customer demand for ever-faster deliveries.

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Editorial

Trends 2020: The future of retail work

The BRC is running an event called Building your Future Workforce on March 10 to talk about how to equip retailers to create a workforce fit for the future – with new roles, new skills and ways of working.

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Editorial

Lidl rumoured to be close to launching a UK web store

Could German discounter Lidl be about to launch an online grocery delivery service in the UK? No official plans have been revealed as yet, but as Lidl already operates online shops in Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Poland, a UK service seems highly likely.

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Editorial

The online race to physical – Apple’s Ron Johnson on the new role of the store in digital retail

Are Amazon’s days as a retail disruptor numbered? In a post digital era, when online brands are racing to the physical space faster than the other way around, it means more to be in brick-and-mortar than it means to be digital. Ron discussed the notion of a disruption lifecycle when it came to retail.

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Collaboration, inspiration, transformation: Themes at this year’s Future Stores Europe

Don’t miss this! Future Stores Europe 2020 is taking place on 19th and 20th May at The Tower Hotel, London, and will focus on these three central themes: Collaboration, inspiration and transformation. Retailers including John Lewis, Rituals, Burberry, The White Company, Selfridges, Ikea, Lego, Uniqlo and H&M will share learnings and ideas about unlocking the potential of brick and mortar retail.

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Consumer trends

Brace yourself for ‘Return-uary’. How best can retailers protect profit margins amid a tidal wave of returns?

It’s that time of year, dubbed Return-uary by analysts, when ecommerce retailers brace themselves for a tsunami of returned golden-quarter goods. However, retailers who target the root causes of returns, further upstream in their value chain, are arguably taking a more holistic and effective stance on return rates.

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Editorial

What can TikTok do for retail brands?

Marketers able to convey an authentic and original brand voice on the platform will engender their company with TikTok users, boosting brand identity, brand awareness and brand value.

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2020 NRF store tour – Discover the newest retail concepts

The Soho Retail Showcase Retail Connections hosted its 2020 New York Store Tour, the Soho Retail Showcase, taking over 20 retailers and tech vendors to explore six standout stores from innovative brands that are delivering new immersive brand experiences and rewriting the retail rulebook. The tours were curated and hosted by Retail Connections Chairman, Chris […]

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