Retail Insider and K3 Retail bring you the first in a new monthly column taking a look at some of the most pertinent and interesting topics of the day in the big wide world of retail. What role the hypermarket overseas? The woes of Tesco have certainly been well aired over recent months and the…

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In a new regular series we ask members of the Advisory Panel of the ‘Retail Insider Digital Retail Innovations 2014’ report (sponsored by Webloyalty) to take a look at some specific innovations within the report. First up is Craig Smith, e-commerce programme manager, Marks & Spencer, who casts his eye over Argos’ digital stores: 1. How innovative…

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Retail Insider scours the globe to find the perfect beer for retail’s top executives. Brewer: Fuller’s Past Masters XX Strength: Rich and powerful 7.5%. Conditioning: Has always turned out well when looked after. First impressions: Pleasant aroma with slight spiciness. The strength is evident but it’s well balanced with only modest bitterness. After-taste: Generally leaves…

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John Browett, chief exectutive of Monsoon/Accessorize 1. What is the greatest opportunity for your business? Monsoon Accessorize is already an international business. Over half our retail sales and profits come from outside the UK. But, there is much more to do, particularly for Accessorize. If we could just get to the same market penetration we…

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The Name: Hointer The Place: Not here. America. Seattle mainly. The Story: This is a tale of a woman who opens shops to sell things, anything, because she is interested in how she can sell stuff more efficiently rather than in what she sells. But beware you need a smart-phone or you are sunk. Curious:…

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Retail Insider held its latest Breakfast Event this week with Geoff Quinn, CEO of TM Lewin extolling the virtues of the product above all else as he has taken the clothing firm from less than 10 stores to 150 global outlets. Senior executives from retailers including Boodles, Monsoon Accessorize, Dobbies Garden Centres, Thomas Pink and…

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Google Glass grabbed the top spot in the first annual ‘Retail Insider Digital Retail Innovations’ report but it is logistics solutions and mobile payments that feature most prominently as innovations predicted to have the greatest impact on the retail industry. The top 10 of the report includes DPD ‘Follow My Parcel’, InPost London Underground Lockers…

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Something pretty dramatic has been happening in the world of retail over the past few weeks. No, it’s not the supermarket price wars and neither is it the large number of IPOs the sector has been witnessing. It’s the change in management organisations at the some of the largest retailers to recognise the role of…

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