Archive | May, 2016

Innovative Retailer – Unmade

  The Name: Unmade The Place: Although the lovely Somerset House in London WC2 is where the office is based this is mainly an online retailer at present. And it has had a pop-up store in Selfridges for a brief stint. The fact is to be honest they’d rather not be a retailer at all, […]

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Digital Retail Innovations Q&A – yReceipts

Ahead of the launch of the ‘Retail Insider Digital Retail Innovations Top 50’ report 2016 (sponsored by Webloyalty) on July 6 here is one of a series of Q&A’s with the leading figures behind some of the key digitally-driven innovations in the retail industry. (Click here to view 2015 report Q&A with Alexander Kayser, co-founder […]

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Retail Insider Breakfast – David Buttress, CEO of Just Eat

Retail Insider held its latest Breakfast Event with David Buttress, CEO of digital marketplace for take-away food Just Eat, who told the story of how the first month the UK business accrued only £34 of revenue while today it brings in £350 million across its various markets. It is also a tale of how the […]

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Amazon trying fashion for size

Amazon is undoubtedly a threat to all parts of the retail industry. Whichever part of the sector it turns its gaze on will inevitably come under pressure and right now it has fashion firmly in its sights. To this end it has invested in an extensive photo studio and appointed fashion writing specialists that have […]

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Movers & Shakers Q&A – Richard Houlton, former director of channels, Clarks

Richard Houlton, former director of channels for UK & ROI, Clarks 1. What is the greatest opportunity for retailers in today’s digital world? The greatest opportunity is to interact with consumers in a personal way and to use the simple and cost effective ways that the digital world now enables – for the collection of […]

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Innovative Retailer – Zara

The Name: Zara The Place: All over the world pretty much, with more than 2,000 shops in just about any place where young women own bank cards. Actually there is a menswear line too so the other half of the population is also catered for. The Story:  Founded in 1975 by one fashion-loving Spaniard Amancio […]

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Ultimate ‘Online Mystery Shopper’ service launching September

The table of the top online drinks retailers published each month by Retail Insider is to be re-launched in September as a ranking of the results from an ‘Online Mystery Shopper’ service provided by Sitemorse that will accurately reflect the experiences faced by customers online. It will be the ultimate authoritative measure of real customer […]

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Poundland – breaking through the pound barrier

99p stores never had quite the same pedigree as Poundland so when the latter bought its cheaper-priced rival it was always going to be a tough task to bring things up to the required retailing standards. One of the achievements of the present management – led by the outgoing CEO Jim McCarthy – has been […]

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