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Virtual Valentine’s Day brings forward February online spending

As the UK’s national lockdown took Valentine’s Day fully digital, online spending was brought forward, peaking in the first week of February, as shoppers got ahead with romantic gift buying early, the latest data from Wunderkind’s Marketing Pulse, revealed. With Covid-19 restrictions shutting hospitality venues and non-essential retail stores, Valentine’s Day 2021 was a fully […]

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Will rent and rates finally kill the store?

If retailers really expect a deal on rent and rates, they will have to better explain their stores business model. Basing the financial deal between landlords and tenants on an Act passed in 1954 is a nonsense as more and more retail shifts on line, and a growing number of retailers are calling for change, […]

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Athleisure orders rise by +84% since the start of the pandemic

The national lockdown has boosted sales of the athleisure categories, while a lack of social occasions has seen formal wear order volumes plummet compared to last year, according to the latest data from True Fit, the leading personalisation platform for apparel and footwear retailers. Seeking comfort in uncomfortable times Order volumes of women’s athleisure apparel rose +84% […]

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Discounts remain shoppers’ top promotional preference

Covid-19 has crystallised consumer preferences when it comes to promotions with shoppers citing value as the primary driver for uptake, with an overwhelming majority (78%) saying money off a product would make them more likely to purchase. Original research of 2,000 UK consumers in the Promotions at the Speed of Demand report from the leading […]

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Brexit disruption fails to put off European shoppers as UK cross-border sales boom

Despite concerns around increased costs and delivery delays as new processes around the movement of goods bed in post-Brexit, European shoppers remain committed to purchasing from UK brands and retailers, original research from the leading cross-border ecommerce technology and services provider, eShopWorld (ESW), has revealed. Exclusive research of more than 4,000 German and French shoppers1, […]

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LK Bennett looks to cross-border ecommerce to step up sales

LK Bennett, the British women’s shoe and apparel brand, today reported increased average order value (AOV) and checkout conversion rates of up to 60% since implementing a multiple market solution from eShopworld (ESW), the leading cross-border ecommerce technology and services provider. LK Bennett was founded in Wimbledon, London in 1990. Its clothing, shoe and handbag […]

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A fifth of UK retailers suspend delivery services during the pandemic

Whilst UK retailers have made headway in offering consumers more choice in online fulfilment options, almost a fifth (19%) had to suspend delivery services during the pandemic, the latest data from parcelLab, the leading operations experience platform, revealed. Original research of 150 of the UK’s leading retailers in the ‘Operations Experience 2021 – How Does […]

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Editorial

‘Brand-grab’ rather than landgrab – will French Connection go the same way?

Given the number of brands that have been hoovered up by online pure players recently, like our write-up of Boohoo’s brand-grab of Debenhams, it is tempting to suggest that French Connection may go the same way.  And by that, I mean a potential buyer will want the brand and the stock, but none of the […]

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Carrefour looks to digitalise the shelf-edge, naming Pricer as preferred ESL supplier

Leading global grocer and retail group, Carrefour, has selected Pricer, the world’s most reliable provider of ESLs (Electronic Shelf Labels), as its preferred supplier for new ESL installations, as well as its chosen partner for upgrading stores that are already equipped with Pricer’s ESL technology. Founded 60 years ago in France, Carrefour is a leading global retailer and […]

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