Retail Connections Q&A: YR

When it comes to hot retail trends in 2019, there aren’t many bigger than the drive for personalised in-store customer experiences. Shoppers have lapped up the individualised offerings served by digital pureplays and they now crave similar treatment when visiting bricks-and-mortar stores. One firm, however, has gone a step further – delivering the kind of …

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Retail Connections Q&A: Sole Supplier

Meet George Sullivan, the rising sneaker star who plans to ride the athleisure wave   Despite challenging times on the high street, there’s no ignoring the stand-out star of the fashion sector – athleisure.  As consumer habits have shifted towards more active and healthy lifestyles, exercise and wellness have become prominent social activities and fitness …

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Latest Interview with Cas Paton, entrepreneur and founder of OnBuy.com

OnBuy.com saw transactions leap 608% and product lines reached the 10 million mark. The marketplace had to double its headcount and move offices to support growth. Cas Paton, managing director of UK-based marketplace, OnBuy.com,  explains how OnBuy.com is different from Amazon and how he plans to snaffle a significant slice of the behemoth’s pie. How …

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Tech priorities at Vision Direct in 2019

It’s been a rollercoaster year for UK-based contact lens pureplay Vision Direct. The firm that sells lenses, solutions and eye care products enjoyed record Cyber Monday sales of over half a million pounds in one day, but also had thousands of customers’ payment details stolen in a major cyberattack. Here Vision Direct chief marketing officer …

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Hitting a high note – the cannabis commerce concept from MedMen

Things took a trippy turn at NRF’s Store Tour session, which rounded up New York’s most interesting retail stores for 2019, when we were introduced to the latest cannabis retail concept from MedMen. Already offering up 15 high-end marijuana dispensaries in California, Nevada, New York as well as other states where the drug is now …

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Gender-free fashion – unshackling sexuality from fashion at the Phluid Project

We took time out at NRF’s Big Show to catch up with brainchild of the Phluid Project, Rob Smith, on his latest venture, bringing gender-free fashion to the streets of trendy NoHo, New York. Picked as part of NRF’s most interesting NYC store concepts for 2019, the Phluid Project’s founding philosophy is all about fighting …

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Don’t get mad with Black Friday, get even

For an event that wasn’t even created in the UK, it’s amazing to discover that more UK than US retailers take part in it, according to Wirecard and others. And all this despite the fact that both retailers and consumers seem to have developed a dislike for this opportunity to screw up Christmas. Whilst no …

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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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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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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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