Corona partners with Spotify for its SunSet Sessions - Retail Gazette

“Looking for a bar that felt like minded” led Mexican beer brand Corona to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, says Steph Okell, Marketing Manager for Corona. SunSet sessions from the lager brand are to be spread across bars in the UK and will include ‘beach themed’ Corona evenings to push drinks in the lead up to Corona's SunSet Festival this summer. The sessions will be spread out as a series of exclusive music events which will take place at set venues that Corona is partnering with. They aim to

Selfie generation ditches Canon for mobile - Retail Gazette

Consumer spending through smartphones and tablets is set to rise to a staggering £53.6bn by 2024, compared to 2014’s figure of £9.7bn according to research from Barclays. The news means that retailers who aren’t creating mobile friendly sites are most likely going to miss out. However, not all retailers are welcoming developments in mobile technology.  Imaging and optical product specialist Canon has today announced a substantial 29% decrease in its first quarter profit – primarily due to snap

LFW: project technology - Retail Gazette

“Gone are the days where stores are the forefront of the marketing stage and mobile devices are used predominantly for text messages and playing snake”, says Matthieu Chouard at RichRelevance, an omnichannel personalisation specialist. This couldn’t more true than at this season’s ‘Fashion Month’, where technology dominated the catwalk. The runway no longer attracts fashion stereotypes, instead technology businesses, financial experts and even politicians are entering the ‘serious’ fashion scen

Retailers celebrate the royal baby boom - Retail Gazette

Celebrity style has always had a huge impact on retailers. From Victoria Beckham’s black and magenta ‘sell-out’mini dress in 2012 to Kate Moss’ $150 leopard Topshop number that sold out within 15 minutes. In recent years celebrity branding has become more regal, following Kate Middleton’s wedding dress frenzy back in 2011. At the time wedding retailers jumped at the opportunity to push the lace trend as consumers yearned for replicas of the gown designed by Sarah Burton. Described as the ‘Kate

Are retailers ignoring their customers? - Retail Gazette

5pm has become less rush hour and more mobile hour, as consumers become a society driven by social media and mobile technology. The retail industry does not escape this cliché, if anything it’s a primary focus in a digital game of rush hour dodge ball. Julian Sammells, Sales Director UK and Ireland at Eptica, a multichannel and multilingual customer interaction management software specialist, said: “With ecommerce sales breaking the £100bn mark in 2014, digital channels are now central to the s

Cereal to Couture - food for thought at LFW - Retail Gazette

London fashion week kicked off Friday, showcasing the consumer trends that are set to make an impact this Spring. February 2015’s event has already highlighted the importance of retailers collaborating for maximum exposure, as shoe stylist Sophia Webster’s ‘freak like me’ Coca Cola designs sashayed down the runway, cleverly mixing consumer goods with art. It comes as no surprise that novelty designs have hit the catwalk, as a nostalgic 90’s grunge has taken over high street stores over the past

Vacancy rates should not make retailers complacent - Retail Gazette

Shop vacancy rates fell to 13% in March, compared to 13.1% in February 2015, according to The Local Data Company, a UK retail location data and insight firm. “These numbers are encouraging and reflect the wider positive news on consumer sentiment and spend. These numbers were last seen back in 2010 so it is a cause for celebration!” Though expansion plans seem to be back on track with stores such as Aldi  planning to open 60 new locations this year, it isn’t all roses for British businesses. O

Customers compete in budget buying games - Retail Gazette

A string of recent ad campaigns have highlighted the importance of customer engagement and the need for retailers to connect with their customers. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon quoted: “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better” Coca Cola has turned nostalgic with its ‘What is Happiness’ and ‘Kissed by’ campaigns, advertising its iconic drink through past legends Mari

Are discount retailers dominating the grocery sector? - Retail Gazette

Towards the end of last month, German discounter Aldi said it hoped to open 60 stores in 2015, making it larger than Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco combined. Just last week, budget supermarket Lidl, and Aldi’s direct competitor, announced that it too, will expand with 60 stores (in Ireland and Northern Ireland). Primary expansion plans could see the discounters battling it out, leaving the Big Four supermarkets lagging behind. Aldi isn’t concentrating solely on the UK, but it is also eyeing

Politics boosts mobile platforms - Retail Gazette

Politicians are preparing for tonight’s debate on BBC, as the leaders of seven political parties will debate over the upcoming general election. The live discussion will undoubtedly bring up the Conservative governments pledge to build a digital infrastructure and make 22 cities SuperCities by the end of the year- a move retailers are welcoming. Purple WiFi, a cloud-based social WiFi software company, has examined the potential outcome for retailers, having already connected the city of York.

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it - Retail Gazette

‘Flashback Friday’ and ‘Throwback Thursday’ are now weekly norms for retailers aiming to fully capitalise on the ‘nostalgia trend’. Ad week kicks off this week and in true celebratory fashion, Coca Cola is commemorating its100th year anniversary of the “contour bottle”, with a campaign featuring past icons Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles being kissed by the famous container. The campaign was announced at a Coca Cola launch event in Atlanta, following news that brands sales had ta

Weak pound pushes global expansion plans - Retail Gazette

Eurozone spending is at an all time high after a report from the ‘European Union Statistics Agency Eurostat’ confirmed that throughout Europe retail sales have risen 1.1% from December and are up by 3.7% compared to January 2014. The news is welcomed by retailers who are spreading their stores across Europe to capitilise on wider markets. One place in particular that has benefited from expenditure is Germany, which on Wednesday was listed as the ‘world’s most popular retail-expansion market’.

Folk fashion sees denim sales flourish - Retail Gazette

London Fashion Week kicked off Friday 20 February, inspiring buyers with the latest fashion items to include in their AW15 collections. One style that is now set to be listed on every retailer’s records is denim. Though denim has always been a popular choice, a 70’s ‘folk revival’ is set to boost figures, with 150,000 denim products currently on the market. The 70’s theme is en Vogue for Spring and has been encouraged by ad campaigns from Saint Laurent, as 71 year old singer/songwriter Joni Mit

Is playing Big Brother the key to knowing your customer? - Retail Gazette

Panasonic has launched its new range of POS systems gadgets this week, providing companies with new designs that hope to address the challenges retailers face. The new specialist retail Countertop POS cradle can be integrated with a retailer’s existing POS system, and is one of many ways retailers are trying to technologically stay ahead of the game: “Panasonic Retail Solutions are designed to help retail staff take customers through the entire buying process in an easy and efficient process, w

Click and Collect trend drives footfall direct to stores - Retail Gazette

Supermarkets have spent the last few months battling it out to serve the nation with the lowest priced goods. January saw its largest dip in store prices since 1997, with an annual decline of 3.1%, catalysed by an increase in consumer spending, in particular online. According to an ONS Retail Sales report for January 2015, online weekly spending rose to £753.3m, as ecommerce grew 12%. This means that online retailers must pull out all the stops to increase their online delivery service. Philli

Steve Madden – where is he now? - Retail Gazette

Steve Madden is the eponymous and notorious footwear brand that most have heard of for one reason or another, not always for its shoes. The company’s namesake spent 31 months in a federal prison for cohering with Jordan Belfort, the charismatic broker who also served time for partaking in illegal activities – otherwise known as the Wolf of Wall Street. The infamous movie of that name threw the duo back into the limelight in 2013, its success sending Steve Madden’s sales numbers up at the start

14 gift ideas for Valentine’s Day - Retail Gazette

As retailers capitalise on another Hallmark hyped holiday, Retail Gazette has curated some of the best products, to help with Valentine’s day gift shopping for ‘him’ and ‘her’ - good luck. 1) Going by the mantra, ‘Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world’, Charlotte Tilbury’s Glamour Muse box does just that. Complete with a makeup bag adorned by famous mouths, the gift is set to leave that special someone feeling like a Hollywood goddess. .Charlotte Tilbury, Selfridges £165.0

Festivals, fashion and four-legged friends set to push the pet sector’s profits - Retail Gazette

Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, kicks off tomorrow, placing pampered pooches in the spotlight for its 124th anniversary. This year the pet industry has more reason to celebrate, as indulging owners are going to new extremes to spoil their four legged friends in the UK and US. When Retail Gazette last looked at the industry in December, the pet industry as a whole was taken into consideration. However, with further expansions, the sector is seeing improvements per individual category. ASta
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