2024

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BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volkswagen Used Banned Chinese Parts

Retail Wire

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and Volkswagen (VW) have been found to have utilized components from a banned Chinese firm, implicating potential ties to forced labor practices.

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Retailers face rising risk of cybercrime. Here’s how to lock your digital doors

Inside Retail

Every six minutes a cybercrime is reported in Australia, with the average cost of an attack to a small business owner around $46,000. Enter Cyber Wardens, a free online training program launched by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), supported by the Australian Government and an industry alliance led by Telstra, CommBank and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

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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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UK retail sales to EU plunge post-Brexit

Retail Gazette

British retail sales to the EU have plummeted £6bn since Brexit, despite a flourishing European ecommerce market, new research has found. While online retail is estimated to add £323bn of annual sales to EU economies, trade frictions from Brexit-related complexities are limiting this sales opportunity for UK brands and retailers, according to findings by Retail Economics and Tradebyte.

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The Pragmatic Guide to Composability

Be empowered to master the digital landscape and implement modular and adaptable composable technologies. Authored by Orium, The Pragmatic Guide to Composability takes readers on a journey from composable’s beginnings to common misconceptions about the approach, then concludes with strategies for choosing implementations that result in quick wins to grow your ROI.

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Co-op first to announce move to 100% British strawberries

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Co-op is the first UK retailer to announce it is moving to 100% British Strawberries across its entire own brand range – hitting shelves two weeks ahead of last year and just in time for St George’s Day. From 23rd April, the leading convenience retailer will exclusively offer only British fresh strawberries across its offering […] If you want

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J.C. Penney remains profitable, could open new stores

Retail Dive

Holiday and full-year sales fell, and net income plunged. But the CEO of one of the retailer’s owners says its ongoing profitability could merit an expansion.

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Elevating the Ordinary: How Pride Transforms Your Work

Hyken

I love seeing amazement in action. I was at the airport last week with a friend who accidentally spilled his soda. Within moments, an airport employee came over with a bucket and mop to clean up the spill. My friend apologized for making a mess, and the woman’s response surprised both of us. She said, “My name is Laura, and it is my pleasure to clean up your spill.

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Unlocking exceptional customer experience in retail

Retail Customer Experience

Research reveals consumers are willing to pay a premium for products from companies that demonstrate a deep understanding of and care for their customers.

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The Evolution of Retail Shopping – Balancing In-Store and Online Preferences

365 Retail

The retail sector has undergone significant transformations in recent years, driven by factors such as the rapid acceleration of e-commerce, a heightened demand for sustainable products, and the implications of Brexit. The recently published “ Retail Resilience ” report investigates these changes, offering a detailed analysis of in-store retail operations and consumer expectations.

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Netflix to Open Entertainment Venue at 1.9 Million-Square-Foot Shopping Center in Dallas

Shopping Center

Dallas — Netflix will open an entertainment venue within an anchor space at Galleria Dallas, a 1.9. million-square-foot shopping center in Dallas. Dubbed Netflix House, the establishment will feature immersive experiences,… The post Netflix to Open Entertainment Venue at 1.9 Million-Square-Foot Shopping Center in Dallas appeared first on Shopping Center Business.

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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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Tyson Foods Faces Boycott After Report Claims Company Plans To Hire Asylum Seekers

Retail Wire

Tyson Foods, the well-known food processing company, finds itself in hot water as calls for a boycott surge due to allegations of planning to employ migrants at its factories.

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Miniso Australia business collapses – again

Inside Retail

Miniso ‘s business in Australia collapsed into administration for the second time, with the Chinese variety retailer appointing Melissa Lau, Andrew Spring and Peter Moore from insolvency firm Jirsch Sutherland as administrators earlier this month. This is the second time the local master franchisee of the Chinese discount variety products retailer has entered administration, having previously undergone a restructuring in 2020.

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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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Retailers suffer longest dip in sales since Covid-19 lockdown

Retail Gazette

Retailers are suffering from the longest dip in sales since the 2020 pandemic as consumers cut back for the fifth consecutive month. Like-for-like sales across fashion, homewares and lifestyle slipped 1.3% in February, according to new figures from accountancy firm BDO. Fashion was hit the hardest, with overall sales down 4.8% and instore sales plunging 8.2% last month.

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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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John Lewis Partnership and top photographer launch LGBT+ History Month exhibition

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! In a project to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, the renowned photographer Chris Jepson has partnered with the John Lewis Partnership, for part of a series exploring identity in the queer community. Partners (employees) at John Lewis and Waitrose posed for portraits by Chris, which will be displayed in bespoke exhibitions throughout the year.

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Walmart confirms hundreds of coporate layoffs

Retail Dive

The retailer also said “the majority” of remote workers and those at offices in Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto, must relocate — mostly to its Arkansas headquarters.

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ARA predicts $1 billion cash splash for Mother’s Day

Inside Retail

Australian retailers are set to benefit from a surge in spending on Mother’s Day despite the current cost-of-living crunch, according to research conducted by the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) in collaboration with market research company Roy Morgan. The study predicts that Australians will spend $995 million on Mother’s Day this year, which is $70 million or 7.5 per cent more than last year.

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Chatime Australia boss appointed global CEO

Inside Retail

Chatime Group Australia CEO Carlos Antonius is taking on the newly-created global CEO position from 1 July 2024. Worldwide Chatime has more than 1,500 locations and in his new role Antonius will oversee the bubble tea brand’s development, with a target of nearly-doubling the footprint with 1000 more outlets within three years. The appointment to global CEO comes as Chatime’s new brand refresh initiative rolls out internationally.

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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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Froyo chain Yo-Chi marks growth milestone

Inside Retail

Frozen yogurt and acai brand Yo-Chi has opened its 30th store in Semaphore, South Australia, which management said marks a “huge milestone” for the brand. “It is amazing to see how many Australians have become a part of the Yo-Chi family that continues to grow by the day,” said Brooke Rodger, COO of Yo-Chi. Established in 2022, the yogurt shop is known for its buffet-style bar that allows customers to create their own frozen yogurt or acai desserts.

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Pizza Hut Australia fined $2.5 million over 10 million spam messages

Inside Retail

Pizza Pan Group, trading as Pizza Hut Australia, has been fined $2.5 million for sending more than 10 million spam messages within four months. The company sent more than 5.9 million texts and emails to customers who either had not consented or had withdrawn their consent to receive marketing from January to May last year, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

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Retail Food Group settles class action filed by former franchisees

Inside Retail

Food and beverage company Retail Food Group (RFG) has entered into a binding deed to settle the class action filed by some of its former franchisees. The settlement, subject to court approval, involves a dismissal of the proceeding by the applicant without RFG making any admission or payment, the company said. However, as part of the agreement, RFG will release applicable members of the class action from historical debts alleged in the proceeding.

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‘Systematic failure’: 85 Degrees franchisor fined $1.44 million for wage theft 

Inside Retail

The franchisor of the 85 Degrees cafe chain in Australia has been fined $1.44 million for underpayments at its franchisee outlets in Sydney. 85 Degrees Coffee Australia, which operated 85 Degrees-branded outlets in NSW and the ACT, was charged for “systematic failure to ensure compliance within its franchise network”, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).

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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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Autobarn parent Bapcor receives $1.8bn buyout bid

Inside Retail

Private equity firm Bain Capital has offered to acquire automotive parts retailer Bapcor in a $1.83 billion deal. Bapcor, which owns the Autobarn, Autopro, Burson and Midas chains, said it had received an unsolicited, conditional and non-binding proposal at $5.40 per share after the sharemarket closed on June 7. The company added it had yet to finish assessing the merits of the offer.

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Holiday Forecast: China-Direct Discount Apps will Attract Value-Conscious Consumers

Retail TouchPoints

It can be a bit jarring to start worrying about the holidays just as summer is powering up, and yet that’s exactly what many retailers are doing, particularly as the socio-economic environment continues to throw curveballs at commerce. “The global economy is still in flux,” said Rob Garf, VP and General Manager of Retail and Consumer Goods at Sales f orce at a recent media briefing.

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ACCC allows talks among retailers, others over cash transit plight

Inside Retail

The ACCC has authorised – with conditions – that retailers, the Australian Banking Association (ABA), the Customer Owned Banking Association, banks and other industry participants can participate in talks over the distribution of cash in the country. The move came after Armaguard – a major supplier of cash-in-transit services – expressed its concerns about its operational future in the industry, given the declining use of cash.

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Good360 gets $3 million grant: How it will connect retail, charity and community

Inside Retail

Demand for charity aid is rapidly increasing amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis in Australia, but retailers have the power to offer a helping hand and simultaneously solve their costly $2.5 billion annual deadstock dilemma. In the federal budget released yesterday, the Government announced multiple measures to relieve pressures on middle-class Australians, including reducing tax rates and offering $3.5 billion in energy bill relief for 10 million Australians and small businesses and $1.9 bil

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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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Old-School Identity Theft on the Rise

Retail Wire

Old-school identity theft is making a strong comeback, with fraudsters targeting unsuspecting victims by using stolen checks, fake IDs, and forged signatures. This resurgence has left banks and government authorities scrambling to address the increasing threats.

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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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Costco Fans Frustrated by Exclusive Canadian Food Court Favorites

Retail Wire

Costco enthusiasts in the United States have been left frustrated and envious upon discovering that a popular food court item available in Canada is not offered stateside.

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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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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.