• Ikea launches furniture “Buy Back” scheme

    // Ikea launches “Buy Back” scheme allowing customers to sell their old furniture back to the retailer
    // Customers can earn up to £250 per returned item, which will be given to them in the form of a voucher in store
    // It’s the latest sustainability initiative from the Swedish retail giantIkea has launched its delayed “Buy Back” scheme allowing customers to sell their old furniture back to the retailer.
    The initiative, originally scheduled to launch in Novemb
  • Ikea plans to take over Topshop’s London flagship: A Swede deal?

    Ikea appears to be going all-in on its strategy to attract more urban millennials by inching further away from its iconic warehouse-like stores.
    The Swedish homewares and furniture giant was recently in advanced talks to take over the former Topshop flagship store on London’s Oxford Street as part of its plan to open more smaller-format outlets in city centres.
    Since Arcadia Group’s administration in December, various Topshop stores became vacant across the country – with the
  • Roundtable: The race for retail relevance

    Almost two-thirds of retailers surveyed for a report by Retail Gazette and retail technology company K3 said they expect to be operating fewer but better stores by this time next year, against a backdrop of significant transformation in their industry.
    Some 80 per cent of those questioned said they had used the pandemic to make business changes they felt were required for a while, and they indicated a desire for tech-enabled shops and better connectivity between physical and digital retail oper
  • Roudtable: The race for retail relevance

    Almost two-thirds of retailers surveyed for a report by Retail Gazette and retail technology company K3 said they expect to be operating fewer but better stores by this time next year, against a backdrop of significant transformation in their industry.
    Some 80 per cent of those questioned said they had used the pandemic to make business changes they felt were required for a while, and they indicated a desire for tech-enabled shops and better connectivity between physical and digital retail oper
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  • Westfield owner announces multiple new signings

    // Unibail-Rodamco Westfield announces new signings at Westfield centres in UK
    // UK consumers are “craving” physical experiences in the retail space, according to WestfieldWestfield owner Unibail-Rodamco Westfield (URW) has signed a host of new retailers to its centres in an effort to attract shoppers.
    Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City have together attracted over 4.2 million visitors in the first month since reopening.
    Westfield’s recent How We Shop research repor
  • Aldi launches soft plastic collection trial

    // Aldi trialling first collection facilities for soft plastics in select stores to help customers recycle problem materials
    // Collection bins available at 20 stores across Yorkshire, Derbyshire & Greater Manchester
    // If the trial is successful, the collection bins will be rolled out across all Aldi UK storesAldi is trialling its first collection facilities for soft plastics in select stores in the North of England and East Midlands, with a view to helping customers recycle problem materia
  • M&S reopens cafes & fitting rooms

    // All M&S Cafes in England, Wales & Scotland back open for dine-in
    // All 13 cafes in Northern Ireland will re-open from May 24
    // All UK fitting rooms also back openAll Marks & Spencer cafes in England, Wales and Scotland have reopened for for dine-in as part of the latest phase in the easing of lockdown restrictions.
    Meanwhile, the retailer said all of its UK fitting rooms have reopened.
    Today’s cafe reopenings in England and Wales add to the 32 cafes in Scotland that have b
  • London Fashion Week to be “digital-first” again despite lockdown restrictions easing

    London Fashion Week to be “digital-first” again despite lockdown restrictions easing
    London Fashion Week will be a “digital-first” event for the second year running despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.
    The British Fashion Council announced today that while London Fashion Week 2021 will include a number of “covid-secure physical activations”, the majority of collection launches and key events will take place digitally.
    The event will take place between June 12 and June 14, just a week before lockdown restrictions are set to be scrapped across the U
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  • Lululemon and Peloton could see US imports blocked over patent infringement lawsuit

    Lululemon and Peloton could see US imports blocked over patent infringement lawsuit
    Lululemon and Peloton are being investigated for patent infringement and could see their signature home-workout devices blocked from being imported to the US.
    The US International Trade Commission announced on Thursday that it was launching an investigation into Peloton, Lululemon and NordicTrack maker Icon Health & Fitness Inc.
    It comes after telecommunications giant Dish filed lawsuits against the fitness retailers, accusing them of infringing patented technology in their respective stream
  • UK footfall rises across retail destinations

    // Footfall rises across UK retail, indicating that consumers feel safe going back into stores
    // Footfall rose by 0.5% in the week to May 15
    // Footfall rose across all types of high street, but the most modest rises of 0.5% and 1.6% were in coastal and historic townsFootfall in UK retail destinations rose by 0.5 per cent in the week to May 15 versus the previous week, wholly driven by a footfall rise of 3.9 per cent on UK high streets.
    Footfall versus the same week in 2019 was down 28.1 per ce
  • Mamas & Papas to open further concessions with Next

    // Mamas & Papas expands partnership with fashion retailer Next
    // The nursery and childrenswear retailer will open further concessions in Next stores
    // Mamas & Papas opened its first Next concession in November 2018 at Bristol’s Cribbs CausewayMamas & Papas has confirmed plans to open further concessions with Next after recording strong footfall and sales since non-essential retail reopened in April.
    The nursery and childrenswear retailer will open a 2000sq ft dedicated space
  • Trafford Centre welcomes Pradera Lateral as new asset manager

    // Trafford Centre appoints Pradera Lateral as asset manager
    // Pradera Lateral is a joint venture between shopping centre management specialist Pradera and developer Lateral Property
    // With a team of 35 in the UK, Pradera Lateral is based in LondonThe Canadian owner of the Trafford Centre, CPP Investments has appointed Pradera Lateral as asset manager.
    Canadian pension fund CPP Investments bought the 2.2 million sq ft shopping centre in in Manchester last December, following the administration
  • UK retail faces labour shortage due to Brexit & Covid

    // UK retailers struggling to hire staff amid an exodus of overseas workers due to Brexit & Covid-19
    // There has been an 18% growth in hiring over the last six weeks, with almost 1m vacancies listed on jobs websites
    // But since Feb 2020 the number of overseas job searches from western Europe & North America has halvedUK retailers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown restrictions continue to ease amidst an exodus of overseas workers because of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.
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  • Supermarkets consider scrapping social distancing rules

    // Supermarket bosses will hold talks with government to discuss removal of social distancing measures
    // Social distancing would only be removed if it could be justified that customer safety would remain a priority
    // The call comes after retailers found the restrictions were having an impact on footfallSupermarket executives will reportedly engage in talks with the government to discuss the removal of social distancing measures, including the one metre-plus rule and mandatory mask wearing.
    Ret
  • £2.5bn spending boost forecast as indoor hospitality reopens

    // UK economy forecast to enjoy £2.5bn boost this week as indoor hospitality reopens in England & Wales
    // This will have a knock-on effect on retail this week, with sales forecast to be much higher than May 2019
    // Shoppers are also estimated to spend 41.2% more on Saturday alone compared to the same day in 2019The UK economy is expected to enjoy a boost in the coming days amid forecasts that consumers will spend billions in the first week of indoor hospitality reopening.
    According to
  • Debenhams exits high street for good

    // Debenhams shuts down remaining stores over the weekend, exiting the high street after 243 years
    // The store closures were part of the department store’s liquidation process
    // Debenhams will continue to exist but online-only after Boohoo bought it n a £55m dealDebenhams has officially left the high street for good after shutting down its final batch of stores over the weekend.
    The department store chain closed down its remaining 28 stores across the UK on Saturday, marking the fi
  • UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers

    UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers
    Experts say recovery at risk amid sharp fall in EU workers and dwindling interest in UK jobs from abroadBritain’s employers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown lifts amid an exodus of overseas workers caused by the Covid pandemic and Brexit, industry figures reveal.According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the recruitment firm Adecco, employers plan to hire at the fastest rate in eight years, led by the reopening of the hospitality and retail sectors
  • Walmart to acquire the Zeekit virtual fitting room platform

    Walmart to acquire the Zeekit virtual fitting room platform
    Walmart is to acquire the Zeekit virtual fitting room platform as it looks to improve the customer experience for those shopping for clothes  online. The retailer... View Article
  • VIA Outlets reopens entire 11-centre portfolio after Covid-19 closures

    VIA Outlets reopens entire 11-centre portfolio after Covid-19 closures
    VIA Outlets has now reopened all 11 of its premium fashion outlets across Europe after the Zyweibrücken Fashion Outlet in Germany opened its doors to the... View Article
  • Sainsbury’s joins the Black British Network

    Sainsbury’s joins the Black British Network
    Sainsbury’s has announced that it is joining the Black British Network as part of a number of initiatives to improve the representation and experiences of its... View Article
  • Ralph Lauren sells Club Monaco to private equity firm

    Ralph Lauren sells Club Monaco to private equity firm
    Ralph Lauren has sold its Club Monaco fashion brand to the Regent private equity firm. The transaction is expected to complete by the end of June.... View Article
  • BFL Group launches new store in Abu Dhabi

    BFL Group launches new store in Abu Dhabi
    BFL Group has launched a new store in Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi to house Brands For Less and Muy Mucho. Spanning an area of 1,400... View Article
  • How the pandemic raised the stakes for Japanese retailers

    A country slow to embrace ecommerce is under pressure to improve online and physical outlets
  • How the pandemic raised the stake for Japanese retailers

    A country slow to embrace ecommerce is under pressure to improve online and physical outlets
  • Co-op renews its Live Nation music festival partnership

    // Co-op renews its music festival deal with Live Nation UK until 2026
    // Co-op pop-ups will be found at Download Festival, Latitude Festival and othersThe Co-op has renewed its music festival sponsorship deal with Live Nation UK, which started in 2018 for a further five years.
    The contract extension will see the retailer stay on as the official supermarket sponsor of Download Festival, Latitude Festival, Reading & Leeds Festivals, Creamfields Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival unt
  • WHSmith & Macmillan Children’s Books team up to support children’s literacy

    // WHSmith, National Literacy Trust and Macmillan Children’s Books team up to ensure every child has access to their own book at home
    // WHSmith stores across the UK and via its website will become a donation point to raise money for the National Literacy Trust
    WHSmith is accelerating its commitment to champion literacy across the UK with a new partnership with the National Literacy Trust and Macmillan Children’s Books, backed by Marcus Rashford.
    WHSmith is the exclusive retail
  • Crocs of gold: celebrity fans fuel frenzy to buy used ‘ugly clogs’

    Crocs of gold: celebrity fans fuel frenzy to buy used ‘ugly clogs’
    Fashion trend sees the plastic shoes dominating the resale market traditionally ruled by trainersOnce named among Time magazine’s 50 worst inventions, Crocs have long been one of those love-them-or-hate -them accessories. But now the plastic clogs are being heralded as the shoes of the summer and are in such high demand that they are giving trainers a run for their money in the secondhand market.Last week, rapper Nicki Minaj posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a pair of hot pi
  • Net profit: tackle shop sales soar as UK catches fishing bug in lockdown

    Net profit: tackle shop sales soar as UK catches fishing bug in lockdown
    Covid physical-distancing rules also reel in more women to apply for rod licence applicationsSee all our coronavirus coverageRetailers that specialise in fishing tackle are struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of people have taken up angling as a pandemic pastime and a physically distanced way to enjoy the outdoors.The number of annual rod licence applications in England and Wales surged by more than 120,000 in 2020, up 15% on the previous year, according to the Environment Agency, wit
  • Debenhams bows out after 200 years leaving town centres counting the cost

    Debenhams bows out after 200 years leaving town centres counting the cost
    Venerable department store chain closes its doors as other retailers struggle to survive on the high streetShoppers and staff react to store closuresThere were queues of bargain hunters at the tills at Debenhams in Sheffield but it had the feel of a market hall rather than a department store chain that can trace its roots back more than 240 years.Large areas were roped off with black and yellow tape, the beauty department had been stripped bare with some brand names now obscured by black spray p
  • ‘Debenhams leaves a huge hole’: shoppers and staff react to store closures

    ‘Debenhams leaves a huge hole’: shoppers and staff react to store closures
    The public view on how the demise of the large department stores will affect towns, what went wrong and who was to blameDebenhams bows out after 200 years leaving town centres counting the costDebenhams may have been far from its heyday for some time, but the closure of its large department stores will still hit towns, cities and shopping malls around the country. By Saturday night, more than 160 Debenhams stores will have closed in the past two years, adding to a smaller number of closures by r

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