The Role of Procurement in Fashion Apparel

Laura Schmidt Blog, Retail 0 Comments

Through the eyes of apparel CEOs, procurement can often be mistaken as a support function, where materials are obtained at the highest possible quality and margins. This preconception will inevitably change with the coming of profound disruptions within nearshoring, and through up and coming initiatives like the circular value chain.  With today’s fashion market being heavily affected by influencers, demand spikes in the latest apparel products are largely affected by what …

Will 'One Below' succeed as a new discounter?

Will ‘One Below’ succeed as a new discounter?

Pro Ganguly Blog, Retail

A new discount retailer opened its doors recently on UK high streets. The chain, known as ‘One Below’ initially opened four stores in Leeds, South Shields and Doncaster. All four sites were previously occupied by the failed discount retailer Poundworld but the link with Poundworld doesn’t just end there. One Below is the brainchild of father and son team Chris …

The 9 traits of successful business transformations in Retail

The 9 traits of successful business transformations in Retail

Emanuel Modrovic Blog, Retail

The Retail sector is going through profound, fundamental and on-going change. High street shops are closing at an accelerating rate while fierce online competition is squeezing already tight margins. Many retailers are responding by restructuring and transforming their businesses in different ways, but with such complex programmes there are many things that can go wrong. Here at 4C, we have …

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 …

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 …

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 …