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4 Visual Merchandising Tips for Increased Sales

Retail Focus

Have you ever walked into a store and felt instantly drawn to a certain product? Or maybe visited an online retailer’s website and had your eyes immediately drawn to a particular item? That’s visual merchandising for you. It makes you want to buy things, or at least see them a bit closer – even if you don’t need them. Therefore, if you’re looking to boost your sales , one of your priorities should be developing an effective visual merchandising strategy.

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Meet Our 40 Under 40 Winners of 2024

Retail TouchPoints

For the fourth year, Retail TouchPoints and Design:Retail are revealing a new class of emerging leaders worth knowing. The 40 Under 40 Awards and its winners represent the diversity of the retail industry and its various players: brands, technology vendors, agencies and consultancies, and design firms. And at the brand level, we have the honor of spotlighting executives from both established legacy retailers as well as emerging direct-to-consumer brands.

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Union bid to abolish youth rates risks ‘pushing young people out of retail’

Inside Retail

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association ( SDA ) – the retail and fast food workers’ union – has launched a case to abolish junior rates for workers, which retailers believe will pose challenges for young people getting their first job. The SDA is seeking to ensure workers 18 and over in retail, fast food and pharmacy are paid the full rate, the Australian Financial Review reported.

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Google’s Head of Privacy Set To Depart With No Replacement on the Cards

Retail Wire

A spokesperson for Google's parent company Alphabet said that Keith Enright, the tech giant's chief privacy officer, will depart from the company this fall, following a 13-year run with them, and there are no plans to replace him.

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Innovation Fest: Summer of AI

Join Bloomreach at Innovation Fest: Summer 2024, a virtual event, to explore the future of personalized marketing and merchandising! Along with the company’s top product experts, CEO Raj De Datta will provide an exclusive look at the company’s latest AI innovations reshaping the omnichannel experience. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow industry leaders and explore the latest trends in retail technology.

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Tesco launches marketplace to become one-stop shop online

Retail Gazette

Tesco has launched an online marketplace allowing customers the ability to shop thousands of third-party products when buying their groceries. The supermarket said the addition of a marketplace will make Tesco.com “a one-stop shop for everything customers need”. It has launched the platform with 9,000 products listed across DIY, garden, homeware, pet care and toys.

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Dollar General Voids Self-Checkout at 12,000 Stores, Citing Shrink

Retail TouchPoints

What a difference two years make: Dollar General was enthusiastic enough about self-checkout in June 2022 that it announced trialing 100% self-checkout at 200 stores. Now, the discount retailer has removed self-checkout from approximately 12,000 stores since the beginning of 2024, including 3,000 in May alone, citing shrink as the primary reason for the change.

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AI in Finance Could Lower Costs but Add Risks

Retail Wire

In an upcoming speech at the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and Brookings Institution AI conference, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is set to address the dual-edged nature of artificial intelligence (AI) in the financial sector.

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Bingo Halls Resurgence in the UK

Retail Focus

Bingo, a quintessentially British pastime, is experiencing an unexpected resurgence in the UK. After years of decline, driven by changing social habits and the advent of online gaming, bingo halls are making a remarkable comeback on the high streets. This revival is attributed to several factors, ranging from nostalgia and social interaction to innovative business strategies and the influence of online bingo games.

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AI Remains Transformative Within the Ecommerce Space in 2024

Retail TouchPoints

Few things have disrupted the ecommerce industry of late quite as thoroughly as AI. The experts agree, predicting that global AI in the retail market will surpass $24 billion by 2028 , growing at 24.4% CAGR YOY. Yet many retailers haven’t begun leveraging AI to its fullest potential. They recognize GenAI’s contribution to their future success and see it as crucial to plans.

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Scandinavian furniture retailer Bolia makes Australian debut

Inside Retail

Bolia, the Scandinavian furniture brand, is set to open its first Australian flagship store in Melbourne this month. Its new 415sqm Richmond store is described as “an inspiration universe” for furniture buyers to delve into tactile material and colour samples “to build their dream piece of furniture” at the in-store design atelier.

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From Concept to Deployment: Building Commerce Storefronts with Composable UI

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Max Streaming Subscribers To Face Higher Fees Under New Warner Bros. Discovery Pricing

Retail Wire

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max revealed that it will raise prices for its ad-free subscriptions, following a trend among various streaming services to hike membership fees.

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Category Management: Understanding Its Importance in Retail

Tokinomo

Category Management plays a pivotal role in the intricate landscape of retail, yet its essence extends beyond mere simplicity. At a fundamental level, it aims to enhance customer experiences, streamline operational efficiencies, and cultivate profitability. However, the realm of Category Management delves deeper than surface perceptions, encompassing a multifaceted approach to retail strategy.

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Ebay Expands Consignment Service to Jewelry, Watches and Footwear

Retail TouchPoints

Ebay is continuing to expand its consignment service , which will now include fine jewelry, luxury watches and footwear. The service, already available for handbags and luxury apparel , allows casual sellers to access Ebay experts for help listing and selling their high-end products. Since the launch of its consignment service, sellers are seeing stronger final sales prices than if they had listed the traditional way on Ebay.

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“We can help”: Ikea Australia CEO on its bold campaign to combat homelessness

Inside Retail

Ikea Australia overhauled its Sydney flagship in Tempe, NSW, to shine a light on the growing issue of homelessness in Australia. On Wednesday, customers were confronted with a car parked inside the store and a tent pitched in the restaurant, reminders of a societal issue that impacts 120,000 people every day but is often kept in the dark. It can be tricky for businesses to authentically partner with charities beyond simply making a donation to drive positive change for communities and societies.

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Bank of Canada Reduces Interest Rates to 4.75%, Hints at Future Cuts

Retail Wire

The Bank of Canada has initiated a rate cut, reducing the benchmark overnight rate by 25 basis points to 4.75%, marking the first step in an easing cycle among the Group of Seven (G7) central banks.

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Lighting a new aesthetic for Russell & Bromley

Retail Focus

Russell & Bromley’s beautiful new boutique store in Hampstead, London, designed by design & architect studio Shed, and lit by Shoplight, has been created to gracefully blend in with the surrounding village aesthetic, retain the building’s original character and showcase Russell & Bromley’s luxury fashion footwear. Shed’s new design concept is in fact a new blueprint for Russell & Bromley as it expands in the UK and beyond.

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Century 21 Continues Ecommerce Expansion with TikTok Shop Debut

Retail TouchPoints

Century 21 has expanded its partnership with livestream shopping app ShopShops to bring the iconic New York City retailer to TikTok Shop. The partners have been working together since 2018 to bring Century 21’s constantly evolving slate of off-price designer merchandise to online shoppers, via weekly live shopping events on the ShopShops app and Century 21’s Instagram.

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Aldi looks beyond groceries with expansion into the insurance industry

Inside Retail

Aldi Australia is moving into the insurance sector with the launch of Aldi Insurance. Like its grocery proposition, the retailer says it wants to make insurance straightforward by providing Australians the best value and experience at consistently competitive prices. “We won’t be engaging in one-off rewards or conditional discounts; we want to bring to the insurance market what we have successfully delivered in our grocery operations – a trusted, high-quality product with Aussie insurance partne

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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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Walmart Shareholders Vote Down Majority of Proposals at Annual Meeting

Retail Wire

Walmart shareholders held their annual meeting virtually online on June 5, 2024, with roughly 91% of all outstanding shares represented, and saw the rejection of most of the proposals on the agenda.

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Timothy London launches innovation rich premium luggage collection with new Jermyn Street flagship store

Retail Focus

Game-changing travel innovation and expert craftsmanship define new premium luggage brand, Timothy London. The British-based brand stands out from the travel pack with its superior product design, showcasing travel-led innovation and engineering excellence. Timothy London is poised to establish itself as one of the world’s leading luggage manufacturers, delivering the perfect travelling companion for all of life’s adventures.

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Sam’s Club Taps 50K-Strong Member’s Mark Community to Provide Product Input

Retail TouchPoints

The Sam’s Club division of Walmart is supersizing crowdsourcing via its Member’s Mark Community, an opt-in network that boasts 50,000 engaged participants. The Community provides input on products before they reach Sam’s Club stores, from voting on exclusive flavors to testing and trialing new items. The retailer had relaunched the Member’s Mark private label brand in April 2022.

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Shein plans its first Perth pop up later this month

Inside Retail

Shein is getting ready to touchdown in Perth, marking the brand’s first visit to Western Australia after successful activations in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. This will be the global online fashion retailer’s seventh Australian pop-up and is set to showcase its extensive range of on-trend, affordable and size-inclusive collections. “Shein is thrilled to be making our first visit to Perth, bringing to life another in-person, immersive shopping experience.

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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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US Business Travel Is Rebounding

Retail Wire

Business travel in the United States is experiencing a robust resurgence, though it looks markedly different from its pre-pandemic form.

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Is service in luxury becoming a luxury?

Retail Focus

Ghalia BOUSTANI. Expert Manager at Univers Retail | Published author | Visiting lecturer. The luxury market has been flooded with high-end and accessible luxury brands offering products and services at high prices in recent years. An alarming trend has emerged: the decline in service quality. Consumers are discovering that paying a premium does not always ensure exceptional service.

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Walmart Expands InHome Delivery Option to 10 Million More Households

Retail TouchPoints

Households in the greater Philadelphia area as well as Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis and San Bernardino, Calif. will now have access to Walmart InHome, the retailer’s top-shelf delivery service. The expansion brings InHome — which launched in October 2019 in three markets — to more than 50 markets covering 45 million homes. As its name suggests, InHome gives Walmart associates a one-time access code to unlock the customer’s door or garage for in-home delivery.

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Glossier preparing for Down Under debut

Inside Retail

Glossier is getting ready to make its bricks-and-mortar debut in Australia, only a decade after the cult-favourite beauty brand launched in the US. As of July 16, a range of Glossier products will be available in 70 Mecca stores across Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever – allowing consumers to shade-match and swatch-test products before checkout. “We want our customers to experience the very best in global beauty, so bringing the world of Glossier to Mecca couldn’t be

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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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Consumer Alert Issued After FDA Recalls Cinnamon for Possible Lead Contamination

Retail Wire

Nearly three months after the FDA recalled six brands of ground cinnamon, the New York State Department of Agriculture has issued a warning regarding another brand of cinnamon: Badia Spices.

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Why Custom Embroidery Is Becoming a Staple for High-End Retail Widening Brand Appeal

Retail Focus

Humans have been embroidering for literally thousands of years, and yet it is not a process that has sat still or stagnated. In fact its popularity is, like all fashion trends, somewhat cyclical – and the application of modern technology to it is giving high-end brands a way to engage audiences that are hungry for personalisation. To understand why this is happening right now, let’s talk about the motivating factors encouraging retailers to make custom embroidery a staple of their current

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Media Networks Beyond Retail: How to Activate Your Right to Win

Retail TouchPoints

With retail media ad spend projected to reach $140 billion this year, companies outside of retail seeking new revenue streams have an opportunity to dominate the next wave of media networks. Where retailers carved out a unique ability to deliver closed-loop media measurement, large-scale businesses in verticals such as travel, sports, entertainment and delivery services can offer advertisers rich first-party data and exclusive behavioral insights into loyal, passionate and targeted audiences.

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Meet the Aussie pet accessories business with 14-carat leads starting at $550

Inside Retail

It’s no secret that consumers are still spending big on their pets even in a cost of living crisis – and the launch of luxury pet accessories brand Mon Petit Amour Manolo, which sells collars starting at $550, is proof of this. With the number of pets in Australia surpassing the human population according to a national survey, it comes as no surprise that the Australian pet industry was valued at $3.7 billion in 2023.

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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.