5 trends every ambitious retailer should be aware of in 2022

The last couple of years have offered unprecedented disruption to all aspects of retail, but have also presented extraordinary opportunities for those agile enough to turn on a sixpence. While we can’t see into the future, we can be certain that the economy is on the up and those who make the most of this growth will be in the strongest position.

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Key Retail Trends for 2022

As we approach the second anniversary of the first known case of covid-19 in the UK, it’s no surprise that online shopping still accounts for an enormous portion of retail sales. Despite a temporary dip in online sales as lockdowns came to an end and restrictions eased in Q3 of 2021, the holiday period and a significant increase in covid cases saw a return to the online store with eCommerce accounting for 25% of all sales at the beginning of Q4.

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Lessons we can all learn from the UK’s most trusted retailers

During the early days of the pandemic, consumers adopted a very different attitude towards retailers almost overnight. Suddenly brand loyalty and trust were put to one side as consumers purchased from anywhere they could as supply chains were rattled and in some cases, brought to a complete halt.

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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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