Natasha’s Law: What Retailers need to know about labelling and compliance

When Natasha Ednan-Laperouse purchased a baguette from Pret a Manger in July of 2016, she was entirely unaware that it contained sesame seed, an ingredient to which she had a life threatening allergy. What ensued was a catastrophic fatal allergic reaction on a flight to Nice.  Since Natasha’s death, her parents, Nadim and Tanya, have campaigned tirelessly for a change in the law around allergen labelling and so, after five years of pressure on the UK Government, Natasha’s Law will come into force on October this year.

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OpSuite Fusion: Maximising operational efficiency for Omnichannel Retailers

The retail landscape has experienced a colossal shift towards omnichannel in the last 12 months. The Covid-19 pandemic saw high street retailers close for a large portion of 2020 and currently a significant part of 2021. For many bricks and mortar businesses, this has necessitated a move towards an omnichannel bricks and clicks model.

Not only has online shopping become a necessity, it has become a habit for consumers. Retailers who have not yet made the leap to omnichannel, may find that while the return to the high street will undoubtedly bring a welcome boost to business, it may not be as fruitful as it once was. The high street may be making a comeback, but for the ambitious retailer, eCommerce has become a necessity.

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Out of touch? The increasing importance of contactless payments

Contactless payments are becoming a lot more common; the spending limit on single transactions has been raised once and will be raised again soon. How will this affect retailers, and what should you do to help your customers feel secure while using contactless payments?

We’ve written in several recent blogs about the increasing role that debit and credit cards have been playing in making payments. Where cash was once the most popular method of paying for goods and services, it now accounts for less than a quarter of all transactions. Cash only made up 23% of payments in the UK in 2019, while card payments accounted for 51%. In contrast, only a decade earlier, cash accounted for 60% of all payments. On top of this, 72% of people are now using online banking. It has even reached the point where many businesses are opting to accept card payments only, and completely abandon the use of cash.

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Bricks and Mortar sales surge following April reopening

Despite retailers’ concerns over whether online shopping would continue to dominate once lockdown restrictions began to ease, traditional retail appears to be making a strong comeback.

Following three months of widespread lockdown across the UK, retail sales for April were up 46.3% in comparison to April 2019 (2020 data notwithstanding), according to BRC-KPMG’s retail sales monitor.

UK Head of Retail at KPMG, Paul Martin said:

“Twelve months on from the first lockdown, retailers will be delighted with the way the re-opening of the high street was greeted by shoppers in April, eager to get into stores and engage once more with physical shopping.”

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