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From social media to social commerce

From social media to social commerce

Social media is enjoying a retail renaissance, says Ian Jindal, founder and editor of Internet Retailing. He writes: Customers may have rejected the literal interpretation of s-commerce when they opted not to buy direct from Facebook stores, but today retailers are finding new and more creative ways to harness the still-spectacular power of social media. The sheer scale of social media investment [...]

📅January 29, 2015

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Skingers says: The healthier option

Skingers says: The healthier option

It’s not that long ago that someone seeking out ‘healthy’ foods would have been obliged to make a regular trip to their nearest vegan wholefood co-operative to stock up on organic mung beans and hand-knitted tofu burgers. Those days, however, are well and truly over, with more and more ‘free-from’ and health-conscious products appearing on the shelves of our major supermarkets [...]

📅January 27, 2015

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Editor’s comment: High-strength beers

Editor’s comment: High-strength beers

The instruction to retailers from drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group not to place any more orders for 500ml cans of certain super-strength lagers after 31 March signals a turning point in the debate about high-alcohol brews. Drinks giants AB InBev and Carlsberg UK have already signed up to a deal pledging not to market single-serve cans with more than four [...]

📅January 26, 2015

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Are supermarkets ready for the next wave of IT change?

Are supermarkets ready for the next wave of IT change?

From farm to fork, there is no doubting that technology plays an integral role in the way supermarket chains interact with their suppliers, partners and customers, says David Rigler, director for UK retail and manufacturing at SQS. He writes: Since the first, secure, online purchase 20 years ago, retailers have come a long way in their use of technology to provide [...]

📅January 19, 2015

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Convenience: Looking forward to 2015

Convenience: Looking forward to 2015

Well, what a year that was! 2014 was a turning point for many areas in the grocery trade. Online and discounters saw record sales, the major multiples made headlines (but mainly for the wrong reasons), high streets saw a resurgence and the convenience sector became an even more exciting place to be. I met many retailers throughout 2014 and nearly all [...]

📅January 16, 2015

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Is retail going full circle?

Is retail going full circle?

The day of the large footprint retailer is ultimately coming to an end, says Peter O’Toole, chief executive of Retail Merchandising Services. He writes: The first two weeks of 2015 have seen the 'big four' supermarkets firing the opening shots in a new-year price war.  Announcements from Tesco that it plans store closures to control financial losses; from Asda that it [...]

📅January 14, 2015

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Skingers says: Building business with limited editions

Skingers says: Building business with limited editions

The news that Mars is preparing to launch a limited edition chocolate bar prompted me to recall some of the other products that have tempted me and thousands of other consumers to buy into special variants of traditional family favourites. Think about Snickers, Kit Kat Chunky and Walkers crisps, for example. My all-time favourite was dark chocolate Mars. Limited editions are now [...]

📅January 12, 2015

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Editor’s comment: Preparing for the tobacco display ban

Editor’s comment: Preparing for the tobacco display ban

Mandy Rice-Davies, the 60s model who died just before Christmas, was famous for her role in the Profumo scandal. During the trial, it was put to Rice-Davies that Viscount Astor denied having sex with her, to which she famously replied, “He would say that, wouldn’t he?” The same remark could arguably be applied to the warning from POS specialists CJ Retail Solutions [...]

📅January 9, 2015

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Convenience retailers should focus on growth areas in 2015

Convenience retailers should focus on growth areas in 2015

James Hall, symbol director of Best-one is hugely optimistic regarding convenience retailing in 2015 and is urging retailers to look at shopper needs to increase their sales. He writes: Convenience retail is changing with more and more consumers shopping more frequently and using convenience stores for more than just topping up. Moreover shoppers’ expectations are higher than ever and they will [...]

📅January 8, 2015

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UK supermarkets – Five predictions for 2015

UK supermarkets – Five predictions for 2015

While 2014 was largely focused on price, 2015 could well be the year of differentiation, says Natalie Berg, global research director at Planet Retail. She writes: The 'big four' supermarkets are now looking dangerously homogenous with their various price-cutting and brand-matching schemes. To survive this period of unprecedented change for the sector, retailer brands must be strikingly clear, targeted and, most of [...]

📅January 2, 2015

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