retail

Digital Pop-Ups Bring Black Friday Shopping Into the Subway

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 27, 2014 05:02 PM

As Black Friday continues going global, the quest to make shoppers embrace online/offline omnichannel shopping this holiday is moving underground.

British retailer Argos, the UK's biggest High Street retailer online, has opened its first Underground store at London's Cannon Street Tube station as a click-and-collect depot during the holiday season in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).

The underground Argos Collect store offers access to 20,000 products, pitching convenience to time-pressed commuters, who make an average of 4.2 million journeys on the London Underground every day, with the enticing prospect that all products ordered by 1pm can be picked up on the go within hours.Continue reading...

campaigns

British Holiday Ads 2014: Don't Go to War Against a Penguin

Posted by Abe Sauer on November 19, 2014 04:01 PM

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing—except pulling at the heartstrings, perhaps.

During this most lucrative retail holiday of the year, a pitched battle is underway by UK brands looking to wrench hearts and wring a few pounds out of shoppers.

Sides have been taken by bystanders (like PETA) while newspapers' op-ed pages are weighing in on the gentlemanliness of the contest.

The winner—by a flipper—turns out to be this year's first mover waddler in the annual battle that is British holiday advertising.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Apple, Home Depot, Jimmy Choo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2014 09:09 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple launch today of new iPhone (starring U2) is biggest test yet for CEO Tim Cook.

General Mills buys Annie's organic foods brand.

Home Depot confirms major data breach that could rival Target's breach.

Jimmy Choo plans $1 billion IPO.

McDonald's August sales slump as US decline reaches fourth month.

MORE BRAND NEWS

AbbVie and other drug makers are sued by FTC for delaying generic competition of testosterone-replacement drugs.

Amazon slashes price of Fire smartphone.

Baltimore Ravens fires player Ray Rice after domestic-violence video surfaces, and NFL suspends him indefinitely.

Coach names new president and COO.

Dave & Buster's Entertainment files for second IPO attempt in three years.Continue reading...

retail

For Retailers, E-Commerce Meets In-Store with Click-and-Collect

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 11, 2014 07:01 PM

Marrying digital commerce with bricks and mortar has been a challenge for retailers since Amazon showed up and changed the game. But after years of trial and error and new innovations in online and mobile shopping, brands have finally found a way to make it work. 

Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second-largest grocery chain, is now following rivals Tesco and Asda into the world of click-and-collect, enabling customers to purchase online in the morning and pick up their items at locations in seven different subway stops on the way home from work. In addition to providing more convenient options for its one billion-pound online business, there are benefits for its partner, too. Transport for London, aka the London Tube, is hoping to bring in £3 billion ($5 billion) by renting out spaces across its 270 stations to the grocer.

And in the US, Target is hoping to catch up to competitors by making big investments in digital, including Store Pickup, its own click-and-collect service that allows shoppers to order goods online and then pick them up in-store the same day.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: NYT, Dixons Carphone, McDonald's and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 15, 2014 08:28 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Brands to Watch

The New York Times ousts its first female executive editor as Le Monde's female top editor resigns.

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse to merge in the UK as Dixons Carphone.

McDonald's, Burger King and other fast food brands brace for walkouts across U.S. and globally.

Univision and T-Mobile partner on co-branded Hispanic wireless service.

Walmart profit hit by severe winter weather as Asda unit restructures and warehouse workers win back pay.

ALSO IN THE NEWS:

Amazon wants to charge more for "access to its pipes."

Apple and Samsung compete for "atom-thick patents" as Apple's Beats deal may be announced next week.

Beefeater celebrates modern London with limited-edition packaging.

BMW and Toyota's Lexus reportedly partner on "supercar."Continue reading...

sip on this

Starbucks Enlists Seattle's Best Coffee Brand in UK Coffee War

Posted by Dale Buss on May 6, 2014 02:48 PM

Starbucks continues to adjust to new realities in the important U.K. market. Not only will it be paying more taxes there following a public outcry, but now the icon of American "lifestyle" coffee brands is bringing its less-expensive Seattle's Best Coffee marque to Britain.

The arrival of Seattle's Best in the UK appears aimed at shoring up Starbucks' performance against less-expensive coffee competition from McDonald's and other quick-service restaurant brands. Starbucks sales fell in fiscal 2014 in the U.K. for the first time since Starbucks entered the market in 1998. In a cost-cutting move, the company has been closing some of its 550 British outlets that aren't profitable due to expensive rents.  

"We chose to launch Seattle's Best Coffee in the U.K. because we know Brits love their coffee," Simon Hillier, Starbucks European foodservice director, told the Independent. The cheaper brand offers an "everyday range" of coffees for "coffee-on-the-go consumers." Those consumers will have to search a bit to find the Starbucks-owned SBC, however.Continue reading...

fashion week

#Normcore: From Chanel to Asda, Fashion Hits the Supermarket

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 10, 2014 11:52 AM

"Réinventait avec humour l’environnement de la grande distribution en garnissant ses rayons de produits rebaptisés et habillés pour l’occasion."

That description from Chanel's official press release certainly sounds a lot sexier than "set in a supermarket." But that's exactly where Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show was, building on a a new "normcore" trend adopted by fellow fashion brands including Anya and Moschino (and UK supermarket retailer Asda, which staged its own knock-off of the show featuring its own fast-fashion private label, George). 

Inside a staged supermarket, models strutted down the catwalk (aisles?) with shopping carts and baskets as Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld looked on. Adding to the downmarket vibe of the show was the tattered and oversized clothes and sneaker-wearing models. Chanel's supermarket may not have planned to compliment Anya Hindmarch's earlier February show, but it certainly did. The Anya runway show featured models strutting with handbags that featured everyday home brands like Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger and the Corn Flakes' rooster to Ariel detergent.Continue reading...

sustainability

British Grocers Vow Transparency, Solutions for Growing Food Waste Problem

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 29, 2014 05:52 PM

The UK's four biggest grocers, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, as well as Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and the Co-op have pledged to release regular updates on the amount of food wasted in their stores starting in 2015.

The move follows Tesco’s admission that it generated 28,500 tons of food waste in the first six months of last year alone. 

The commitments from the UK grocer industry were announced at a British Retail Consortium event for a recent report that showed that 25 signatories, representing half of UK retail, exceeded all targets for reducing waste, energy and water usage through 2013. 

British Retail Consortium Director General Helen Dickinson said, “Retailers in the UK have made significant progress in reducing their impact on the environment,” Click Green reports. “Retailers will continue to keep this momentum going: they recognise that it makes business sense and delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.”Continue reading...

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