January, 2024

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Transforming Retail Spaces for Today’s Generation of Shoppers

Retail TouchPoints

The mall is experiencing a resurgence, defying predictions of its demise. This retail renaissance is not just a return to traditional shopping spaces but also signifies a shift in the shoppers’ culture, expectations and behaviors. Fueled by a desire for experiential interactions, expanded leisure and dining offers, personalized shopping journeys and the integration of digital elements, malls are becoming hubs of innovation and adaptation in addition to their social elements and place as our new

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7 big trends that will shape retail in 2024

Retail Gazette

Cash-strapped shoppers, unpredictable weather and an avalanche of loyalty schemes dominated headlines last year and the New Year is set to bring another year of instability for the retail sector. An influx of mixed Christmas trading updates show that retailers will need to work harder and smarter to win over shoppers in 2024. Retail Gazette takes a look at the key trends industry experts believe will shape retail in the year ahead.

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‘Credential stuffing’: retailers, thousands of customers hit by new cyber fraud

Inside Retail

Several major Australian retailers and their customers have been targeted by wide-scale coordinated cyberattacks that stole their online information and made fraudulent transactions. Cybersecurity company Kasada recently revealed that cybercriminals have compromised more than 15,000 customer accounts of Mexican fast food chain Guzman y Gomez, liquor retailer Dan Murphy’s, streaming service Binge, home shopping network TVSN and Event Cinemas since November.

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SHEIN Is Now Making Over $30 Billion in Sales Yearly

Retail Wire

SHEIN, a major player in the fast-fashion e-commerce world, is reportedly exceeding $30 billion in annual sales.

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Get MACH Ready: Preparing Your Business for Digital Transformation

Adopting MACH technology means more than implementing new platforms. This type of digital change affects your organization at every level and requires a thoughtful approach to navigate challenges that crop up. The Get MACH Ready report, co-authored by MACH Alliance member Scott Canney in collaboration with Orium, commercetools, and Contentstack, will provide you with strategies to prepare your organization for a digital transformation.

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“We Deliver Amazing Customer Service”: The Difference Between Perception and Reality

Hyken

This is an important topic that every CEO, business owner, leader, manager, and supervisor must understand. When it comes to customer service and customer experience (CX), there is a difference between perception and reality. First, how we think our customers perceive our customer service and CX is often not the reality. It’s just our perception. Reality isn’t what we think or believe.

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Tech, Talent, and Partner Innovation is the Secret Sauce for Retailers to Stay Competitive

Retail TouchPoints

Put mildly, it has been a challenging few years for retailers. A historic pandemic with a double-whammy of supply chain and staffing issues as well as persistently high levels of inflation have up-ended a lot of industry norms and pushed consumers to increasing their scrutiny on where and how much they spend. Interestingly, coming off a summer spending spree, when credit card balances spiked in the third quarter to a $1.08 trillion record , we also just saw record-breaking spend online on Black

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Walmart Reveals Tech-Powered Plans Including Drones, AI, and AR

Retail Wire

Walmart is stepping up to redefine commerce and shopping expectations with its latest tech arsenal.

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Retail sales slightly up in December as shoppers shifted spend to Black Friday

Inside Retail

Australian retail sales increased minimally last December as more consumers opted to purchase on Black Friday in the prior month, reflecting cost of living pressures. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data showed that shoppers spent $35.1 billion in December, up 0.8 per cent year over year. “Today’s retail trade figures confirm that Australian consumers pulled forward much of their Christmas spending to November’s Black Friday sales,” said Anneke Thompson, chief econo

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5 Retail Trends to Watch for 2024

RIS News

The top five trends to watch in 2024 will explore technologies and opportunities that will continue to transform the retail industry. These are noteworthy items that have been hot topics among industry experts and could have a significant impact on 2024.

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3 Benefits to Using Precast Concrete Retaining Walls in Construction

Retail Focus

The construction industry is always looking for new ways to improve techniques and processes. By reducing the time it takes to finish jobs and the costs involved, firms can complete projects faster and with a greater degree of efficiency. The use of precast concrete for retaining walls is becoming increasingly popular. Let’s take a look at why this is.

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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Six Principles for Redefining Retail with Responsible AI

Retail TouchPoints

Generative AI (Gen AI) has brought about a seismic shift that’s reshaping customer interactions and business operations. As retailers ride the AI wave, it’s important to simultaneously address both the opportunities and responsibilities it brings. Gen AI, with its vast potential for enhancing efficiency and personalizing customer experiences, also comes with ethical considerations.

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LloydsPharmacy goes into liquidation, owing £293m

Retail Gazette

LloydsPharmacy has entered into liquidation, concluding the final stage of its year-long divestment campaign under private equity owner Aurelius. The pharmacy group appointed Martin Armstrong and Andrew Bailey of Turpin Barker Armstrong Accountants on January 16 to handle the proceedings. In its statement of affairs report, the liquidators revealed that the pharmacy business owes £293m to 514 creditors.

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Tesla Prepares for Optimus Robot Production

Retail Wire

The world might be on the brink of a futuristic shift as Tesla plans to mass produce its Optimus humanoid robots. The renowned electric vehicle and artificial intelligence company, Tesla, is rapidly expanding its workforce in Palo Alto, a strong indication of its ambitious production plans.

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Woolworths to drop Australia Day merchandise, citing cultural sensitivity

Inside Retail

Woolworths Group will not be selling any Australia Day-themed merchandise this year due to a decline in demand for such products and a shift in cultural sensitivity. Woolworths Group – which includes Big W – said it made the decision in response to “broader discussions” about January 26th and its meaning to the country’s diverse communities.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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7 retail trends to watch in 2024

Retail Dive

From economic pressures weighing on consumers to relocating stores away from malls, here’s what’s on retailers’ minds heading into the new year.

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The VM & Display Show 2024, a crucial event for any industry focused on elevating their physical space.

365 Retail

Scheduled for April 16th-17th, 2024 at London’s Business Design Centre, the Visual Merchandising and Display Show is not just an event; it’s a pivotal gathering for any industry aiming to enhance its physical spaces. This free-entry event extends its reach far beyond the retail world, offering invaluable resources, insights, and networking opportunities for sectors including hospitality, leisure, and more.

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JD.com Wins Antitrust Suit in China; Alibaba Fined $140 Million

Retail TouchPoints

JD.com has won a lawsuit against rival Alibaba Group in the High People’s Court of Beijing, which fined Alibaba 1 billion yuan ( $140 million) for engaging in monopolistic practices. JD.com had sued Alibaba and its ecommerce divisions, Zhejiang Tmall Network and Zhejiang Tmall Technology, for practicing “choosing one of two” behaviors — essentially saying to suppliers that if they sold to JD.com, they would not be allowed to sell on Alibaba.

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Ditching tax-free shopping sets UK back £11bn, CEBR warns

Retail Gazette

Ditching tax-free shopping for tourists is costing the UK £11.1bn and deterring around 2m foreign visitors per year, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) revealed. The number of tourists visiting the UK is still roughly 1m fewer than pre-Covid levels, while their spending in real terms has also not fully recovered. The CEBR and business leaders highlighted Rishi Sunak’s decision to charge tourists VAT on shopping in 2021, going back on a tax rebate implemented for decades,

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Oscar Mayer Will Hire Hotdoggers for $35,600 To Drive the Weinermobile

Retail Wire

Are you someone who enjoys adventure and wouldn't mind touring the country in one of America's most iconic vehicles? If yes, you might be one of the people Oscar Mayer is seeking.

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Is this the end of Australia’s supermarket duopoly?

Inside Retail

The allegations of price-gouging during a cost-of-living crisis by Australian supermarkets Coles and Woolworths could finally be the death knell of the duopoly that has long dominated the country’s grocery sector. Today, the Albanese government announced the Australian Competition and Consumer Consumer Commission (ACCC) will conduct a twelve-month probe to examine if Australian supermarkets have used their market power to increase their profit margins.

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7 reasons why everyone’s confused about shrink and theft

Retail Dive

There’s even less data about retail crime now that the National Retail Federation has retracted a key claim about its impact. What’s going on?

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KeyStore retailers highlight benefits of Filshill’s EPOS system

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Many KeyStore owners have adopted the system which offers huge benefits and enables retailers to stay on top of their business wherever they are – in the shop, at home, and also on the move. For Tony and Rachael Hewson, however, the technology has also helped convict a shoplifter who targeted their KeyStore Middleham store […] If you want more info

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Exploring the Advantages and Hurdles of Direct Store Deliveries

Direct Store Delivery, or DSD, is a common practice among global suppliers and retailers – like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, CVS, and Dollar General – and its popularity is growing, with the global DSD market expected to reach $1.19 trillion by 2027. Download this eBook for exclusive insights into direct store deliveries, challenges, benefits, and future trends.

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6 Paid Social Trends to Be Aware of in 2024

Retail TouchPoints

As 2024 advances, the importance and reach of paid social media advertising will only continue to grow. For online retailers that want to stay relevant and competitive, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends and strategies. Here are six social commerce trends you should be aware of to maximize your results and drive growth in the coming year, based on insights from Multichannel Marketing Report 2023 by DataFeedWatch, a comprehensive analysis of the global ecommerce landscape ba

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Big in 2024: The trends Iceland, Primark, The Co-op and Matalan bosses are backing

Retail Gazette

In 2023, the cost-of-living crisis persisted, weighed down by soaring inflation and economic uncertainty. As we enter the New Year, Retail Gazette asks the sector’s leaders what big trends they think will shape retail in 2024. Paul Marchant, CEO, Primark Inflation may be easing, however, Primark boss Marchant believes that value will remain top priority for customers and he says the chain is “well placed to meet this demand” The Primark chief also predicts we will see “an accel

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Rising Fast-Food Prices Spark Nationwide Concern

Retail Wire

The nation has witnessed a widespread uptick in fast-food prices, primarily attributed to the escalating operational costs, especially labor.

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Grill’d serves an ace with Ash Barty partnership

Inside Retail

Burger brand Grill’d is partnering with former tennis World Number 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Ash Barty to launch a limited-edition range of Barty Burgers. The burger chain will also donate $100,000 to the newly launched Ash Barty Foundation, through its Local Matters program. The goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of young Aussies through sport and education initiatives.

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Disruption Reimagined: How to Conquer, Not Crumble, During Supply Chain Instability

Speaker: Robyn O’Brien - Founder of Sirona Ventures, Adjunct Professor at Rice University’s Business School, Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics Expert

Today’s supply chain leaders are required to stay strong in the face of disruption and not only accept it, but embrace it – after all, progress is made outside of your comfort zone. While it’s easier said than done, conquering the fear of instability in your supply chain is within your reach. Thanks to the advancement of technology and AI, we now have more tools and resources at our disposal than ever before to conquer, not crumble, in the face of uncertainty.

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The shift to digital and sustainable practices will redefine retail

Retail Dive

Discover how traditional retailers are adapting to the digital era and embracing sustainability, leveraging technologies like Hanshow's ESL solutions, AIoT and SaaS to enhance efficiency, reduce environmental impact and meet evolving consumer demands.

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New B&Q Local Staines store celebrates upcoming opening with a special community makeover

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! B&Q has announced it will open its tenth B&Q Local store on Staines high street on Friday 26 January. To celebrate, colleagues from the new store offered support to local homelessness charity Spelthorne Rentstart with a special community makeover.

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The Power of Play: Using Gamification to Elevate Retail Apps

Retail TouchPoints

Mobile apps have become a critical customer engagement channel for retailers as they try to create and capture more value for, and from, their customers. It’s no surprise that industry research and earnings reports consistently reveal customers with a brand’s app are three to four times more valuable than customers without the app. And the majority of retailers (74%) agree that investing in mobile apps is key to driving profitability.

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Superdry mulls UK store closures in fight for survival

Retail Gazette

Superdry is drawing up plans to close UK stores and cut rents as the group works with advisers at PwC on restructuring plans. Options for the retailer could include a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). The struggling business has been attempting to negotiate consensual rent cuts on problematic stores. Superdry currently operates 216 shops, with 96 based in the UK.

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Forrester Report: Demystifying The Technical Functions of POS Solutions

Understanding the intricate world of Point-of-Sale (POS) technology is a common challenge for tech buyers. When it comes to defining the functions of Point-of-Sale systems, the communications have yet to be standardized–—until now. Forrester’s new report, Demystifying The Technical Functions of POS Solutions, breaks through the noise and provides business leaders with the information and tools they need to evaluate the features of POS systems.