Know your stuff – retail is detail

Simon Latham Blog, Retail

I was pleased to see a significant number of major retailers (including Tesco, M&S, ASDA & Sainsbury’s) and the BRC come out publicly expressing their concern about a “no deal” Brexit, citing significant disruption in the supply chain and a somewhat depleted choice of fresh foods for customers. As an avid Twitter user, I particularly enjoyed reading the many diverse …

3 reasons why Private Label should be top on all retailers’ agenda

3 reasons why Private Label should be top on all retailers’ agenda

Rosanna Collins Blog, Retail

2018 was not a great year for the retail industry. Increasing costs and diminishing footfall resulted in shrinking profits. However, there are numerous ways that retailers can look to improve their profitability in 2019 to reduce mounting pressure. Creating innovative private label ranges is one sustainable way to reduce costs whilst getting more customers into shops. From past experiences working …

We built this city, on a sausage roll

Pro Ganguly Blog, Retail

The coveted No. 1 spot on the 2018 Christmas music charts was taken by YouTube sensation ‘LadBaby’ with his rendition of Starship’s 1985 chart topping hit “We built this city” titled “We built this city, on sausage rolls”. The song reached No 1 by beating chart toppers like Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus. Exactly a week after the Christmas No. …

Every day is Black Friday in British Retail

Every day is Black Friday in British Retail

Pro Ganguly Blog, Retail

Black Friday. The American retail phenomenon. Usually the day after Thanksgiving Day and billed as the start of the Christmas shopping season. Billions of dollars being spent by consumers, enticed by heavily discounted items from all retailers, for one day only. A phenomenon that was imported to the UK a few years ago by American owned retailers such as Asda …

Iceland shakes up the Christmas competition

Iceland shakes up the Christmas competition

Eszter Farkas Blog, Retail

It’s that time of the year when the people of UK are waiting for the big reveal of retailers’ Christmas ads. But this year is different. So far, most of the publicity surrounded Iceland’s advert, a supermarket that is the UK’s smallest when it comes to large supermarket chains. Whether it was intentional and orchestrated by Iceland’s strategists we don’t …

The lasting appeal of bricks and mortar shops

The lasting appeal of bricks and mortar shops

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Retail

With many predicting a dire future for physical shopping outlets, 4C Associates’ Milan Panchmatia explains why shops will continue to play a key role in retail strategy. There is no denying the huge impact online retail has had on bricks and mortar shops, however, that does not mean there is no place for physical store fronts in today’s world. Nowadays …

Getting personal – using data to tailor retail services

Getting personal – using data to tailor retail services

Andrew Davidson Blog, Retail

4C Associates’ Andrew Davidson considers how added personalisation benefits both retailers and their customers. Before I explore the vast array of advantages offered by personalised retail services, I would like to clarify two common misconceptions. The first is that gathering, analysing and actioning data is expensive. I remain astounded by the amount of retailers not gathering insight through simple loyalty …