Event Preview: Restaurant & Bar Tech Live

Restaurant & Bar Tech Live will be hitting London’s ExCeL on the 19th and 20th November, and Retail Connections is delighted to be a media partner of the event. At Retail Connections, we recognise that retail and hospitality go hand in hand. This is why we’re proud to be working with the organisers to highlight …

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Six things I learned at eTail Connect

eTail Connect, of which there are two a year, is a hybrid event, combining presentations from retailers and tech companies, and formal meetings between both, fixed in advance, so removing the lottery element of trade exhibitions. This is where both parties get to spend some time together and understand each other’s challenges. And the challenges …

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This week’s retail in numbers

We round up the numbers hitting the headlines in retail this week – from rampant retail return rates to our obsession with smartphones:   30% – the proportion of UK return rates across all retail categories    55% – the number of UK consumers that would shop elsewhere if free WI-FI wasn’t available in-store, according to Retail Connections’ …

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Between the sheets: Bed retailer Dreams wakes up digital ambitions

Dreams, the leading specialist bed retailer, has stepped up its ambitions to revolutionise its omnichannel capabilities and digitally transform its store estate. Founded in 1985, Dreams is now the UK’s largest specialist bed retailer, selling 10,000 mattresses, bases and headboards each week through its 200-strong nationwide store estate and ecommerce platform.  Since its launch, the …

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A look inside Lulu Guinness’ tech tool kit

Luxury accessories brand, Lulu Guinness, has improved dwell times and conversion rates with a new ecommerce platform and website after the brand identified its digital proposition as a key growth driver. Founded in 1989, the brand’s sophisticated silhouettes, humorous embellishments and adventurous accessories have become cult favourites around the world.  The brands central motif, the …

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Event preview: Savant eCommerce London Conference

Customer experience (CX), digital transformation and data-driven digital commerce – just some of the hot topics being addressed at this year’s Savant eCommerce London Conference. Taking place on 17th and 18th September at Skyloft, Millbank Tower in London SW1, this is an unmissable opportunity for senior ecommerce professionals to learn, network and build meaningful relationships. …

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How can the personal touch in luxury retail be delivered on a global scale?

London Fashion Week this September (13th to 17th) will be celebrating industry best practice and encouraging fashion decision-makers to create positive change. Sustainability is high on the agenda, and as ever leading brands will showcase their creativity and innovation, inspiring fashion fans around the world. Celebrating global but local in fashion Fashion brands are increasingly …

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Event preview: ECOMMERCE EXPO 2019

After a record-breaking event last year, eCommerce Expo is taking place in central London on 25th – 26th September 2019. The event, in association with IMRG, is the must-attend event for everyone involved in B2B or B2C ecommerce. Speakers from Pizza Hut, HelloFresh, River Island, Coty and Harrods– to name just a few – will …

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Event preview: AI in Retail & Advertising Summit

The AI in Retail & Advertising Summit returns to Europe this September for its third year. The London-based event explores the crossover of AI and Retail, and expects to attract over 600 delegates eager to network and share ideas about how to benefit from deep learning and AI. “AI applications in retail and advertising are …

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Is retail really ready to take advantage of data science?

Data scientists are clever people but they are a wasted investment unless the retail business is structured to take best advantage of them. According to Retail Week research, three-quarters of UK retailers are planning to invest more in their data strategy, and while upskilling internal data teams is the number one priority for 74%, both …

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