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Christmas trading: retailers must continue to develop online offerings to beat the showrooming trend

Christmas 2012's trading results are in, and the retail winners have clearly been those that have invested in innovative online operations. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in the clothing & footwear sector. Department stores have also thrived, as retailers have been investing in creating desirable shopping destinations and websites.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2013
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The horse meat scandal should spark supply chain evolution

Following the revelations of horse meat in frozen burgers, the scandal has escalated throughout Europe, with suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers all involved. This has highlighted the complexity of the supply chains used to get meat onto consumers' tables. Retailers must become more diligent and ensure traceability so shoppers know exactly what they are paying for and eating.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2013
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Luxury offerings by midmarket players drive department store premium spending

The premium sector of the UK department store market will account for 42.9% of total expenditure in 2017, equating to an additional GBP975m in the next five years, according to the Verdict report Department Store Retailing in the UK. This is being fueled by midmarket players moving towards more luxury products.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Airport retailing taking off as Chinese consumers travel and spend more

Airport retailing grew in Asia Pacific by 20% to $12.2bn in 2012, enabling it to surpass Europe to become the largest region for the first time. Verdict's Global Airport Retailing 2013 report shows that China is the main catalyst for this, with its increasing economic power and continued major expansion in air travel infrastructure, and the desire of its growing middle class to travel abroad.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Department stores need to bolster their online services to exploit growing Internet sales

Verdict has revealed that more than GBP2.5bn of the UK's department store sales will come from online by 2017. As department store websites become more commonplace, delivery innovations such as annual subscriptions, click & collect, and m-commerce will become must-haves.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2013
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Morrisons needs to step up its efforts to expand into the convenience sector

UK grocery retailer Morrisons has been slow in launching its convenience format, with just 12 stores opened in 18 months. Despite being poised to open a new fulfillment center, and acquiring seven sites, the pace is still far too slow for its convenience proposition to be a success.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2013
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Beauty sample boxes provide opportunities but should be approached with some caution

Consumers could reject monthly subscription beauty sample boxes for their initial high cost compared to a one-off inexpensive treat, or may end up relying on them, reducing store footfall. However, benefits such as a wider brand awareness and customer base, alongside a high profit margin, mean that retailers could bolster their position in a relatively stable market by adopting this tactic.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2013
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Member sites in homewares: not just a flash in the pan

The homewares sector can be difficult for a newcomer to break into. Price competition from specialists and non-specialists alike can prove to be a barrier to entry for smaller brands. However, the development of flash sale sites, in tandem with a recovery in consumer spending, will create communities of devoted shoppers, seeking out the best new unique product they can find.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2013
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Should Primark make the leap to online?

Primark is clearly not suffering from a lack of a transactional website, but as a huge player in an intensely competitive retail sector, there are obvious benefits to an online presence, at least socially. Verdict's clothing & footwear analysts, Kate Ormrod and Honor Westnedge, examine whether or not the retailer needs a full multichannel offer.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2013
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Retailer collaboration on childrenswear sizing can only benefit

In reportedly the first major collaboration of its kind among British retailers, George at Asda, M&S, Monsoon, Next, Shop Direct Group, and Tesco have joined forces as part of the Shape GB consortium to develop a standardized system for children's clothes sizes. Verdict believes this will create a more logical approach to childrenswear sizing, benefitting consumers, retailers, and suppliers.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2013

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