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 …

2018 – The End of Retail?

2018 – The End of Retail?

Pro Ganguly Blog, Retail

2018. A year like no other for the retail industry and for those who work in the industry. So far, this year: • Maplin and Toys R Us have disappeared from our high streets • Poundworld is in administration with the search for a buyer not looking promising and 5,100 jobs at risk • M&S, Mothercare, House of Fraser, Carphone …

Why Company Voluntary Arrangements need to be reviewed

Why Company Voluntary Arrangements need to be reviewed

Jeremy Smith Blog, Private Equity, Retail

In this discussion piece 4C Associates’ Jeremy Smith shares his views about how Company Voluntary Arrangements have become the go to solution for a number of PE firms and how this can unfairly affect suppliers. Many retailers are caught up in a perfect storm characterised by weak consumer spending, increased competition and the shift to online shopping. The latest figures …

Buying fast and slow

Buying fast and slow

William Tickel Blog, Procurement, Retail

Businesses who aren’t paying attention to how they can learn and exploit the insights generated by behavioural economists, should expect to fall behind to those that do. BE insights focus on decisions we make under uncertainty i.e., most of the time. When we shop for example, there are so many different products available, that it’s impossible to objectively know the …