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Thumbnail-Photo: Overregulation: Burdening Americas small retailers...
22.05.2016   #consulting

Overregulation: Burdening America's small retailers

Survey finds seven in 10 small retailers ‘overwhelmed’ by government regulations and mandates

The expanding scope and cost of government regulation are placing new burdens on America’s small businesses, hindering their ability to create jobs and drive economic growth, according to a new survey released today by the National Retail ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Retail Think Tank warns of a costly quarter ahead for UK retailers...
18.05.2016   #consulting #retail

Retail Think Tank warns of a costly quarter ahead for UK retailers

Margins are expected to come under pressure too in Quarter 2, as the weak pound is already causing retailers pain

The health of the UK retail sector is expected to dip in Q2 2016, as retailers bear the brunt of soaring costs. The National Living Wage, a weak sterling, continued investment in channel shifts and rising petrol prices are expected to significantly ...

Thumbnail-Photo: International trade is a major supporter of U.S. employment...
17.05.2016   #consulting

International trade is a major supporter of U.S. employment

TPP would bring ‘significant positive impact’ for retailers, consumers

The recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will have a positive impact on both retailers and American consumers once enacted, according to a new report released today by the National Retail Federation. “This ...

Thumbnail-Photo: RetailNext hires Mark King as Senior Account Director...
17.05.2016   #consulting

RetailNext hires Mark King as Senior Account Director

Retail Analytics veteran to spearhead industry leader’s agressive expansion in U.K and Europe

RetailNext has announced the addition of industry veteran Mark King to its European offices, joining the organization as a Senior Account Director, responsible for leading and managing the company’s  aggressive growth in the United ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Return to a less exuberant market in 2016
10.05.2016   #consulting

Return to a less exuberant market in 2016

Five strategic insights for companies pursuing M&A in the consumer and retail industry

A new report by A.T. Kearney, "Consumer and Retail M&A 2016: Has the Consumer-Retail M&A Market Lost its 'Froth'?," predicts that while deal volumes for large, more established businesses will stay at 2015 levels, ...

Thumbnail-Photo: One Giant Leap for Retail
10.05.2016   #consulting

"One Giant Leap for Retail"

CNN Series on the future of retail featuring MaxMedia campaign launch

Digital retail experience agency MaxMedia will follow its recent CNN profile with the launch of a new awareness campaign. "One Giant Leap for Retail" will include a speaking tour, industry articles, and a series of webinars aimed at ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Bizerba reports record sales and 19 percent growth...
03.05.2016   #consulting

Bizerba reports record sales and 19 percent growth

Fiscal year 2015 a full success

Bizerba recorded sales of 598.6 million euros and 19 percent growth in its fiscal year 2015 as a result of sales increases in all regions worldwide. Main growth drivers included the strong demand for Bizerba’s weighing, slicing and labeling ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Alexander Otto receives ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award...
21.04.2016   #consulting #associations

Alexander Otto receives ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award

Otto has been an ICSC member since 2000

Alexander Otto, CEO, ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG and the former chair of ICSC’s European Advisory Board, has received the 2016 ICSC Trustees Distinguished Service Award. The decision to award him this honour was made with the ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Shopper expectations will continue to rise
15.04.2016   #consulting

Shopper expectations will continue to rise

Four trends predicted to shape the future of global food retailing

Genuine revolutions in food retailing are rare, but we’re living through one now. That’s the view of Joanne Denney-Finch, the chief executive of the food and grocery researchers IGD.

Thumbnail-Photo: World Food aisle leaves good taste for shoppers...
15.04.2016   #consulting

World Food aisle leaves good taste for shoppers

But almost a third of world food shoppers find it a confusing aisle to browse

Seven out of 10 shoppers who buy from the world foods aisle say they enjoy the experience, making it an even more popular part of the supermarket to browse than wine, which 56% claim to enjoy shopping for, or fresh fruit (53%) and fresh vegetables (51%).

Thumbnail-Photo: Mom-And-Pop vs. The Big Box: Both can win in emerging markets...
31.03.2016   #consulting

Mom-And-Pop vs. The Big Box: Both can win in emerging markets

Surviving local retailers have benefitted from the market efficiencies that the big chains have implemented

Over the past two decades, so-called "big box" stores have transformed the retail landscape in emerging markets, but not in the way many local store owners and policymakers had feared.

Thumbnail-Photo: Lots of IT-Trends, innovations and case studies...
29.01.2016   #consulting #EuroCIS

Lots of IT-Trends, innovations and case studies

EuroCIS Forum and Omnichannel Forum: Detailed programme now online

At EuroCIS leading international IT providers present their latest tailor-made products and solutions for retail, on the one hand, while on the other, the EuroCIS Forum and the Omnichannel Forum offer an extensive series of lectures over the three days of the event.

Thumbnail-Photo: Retail imports wind down after end of holiday season...
20.01.2016   #consulting #retail

Retail imports wind down after end of holiday season

"This is the time of year when the retail supply chain catches its breath"

With the holiday season over, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slowly decline through the first quarter of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Thumbnail-Photo: Christmas Click & Collect shoppers experienced issues with their orders...
20.01.2016   #online trading #e-commerce

Christmas Click & Collect shoppers experienced issues with their orders

Many Brits online would switch to shopping with an alternative retailer

More than a third (36%) of Christmas Click & Collect shoppers encountered issues with their ‘Click & Collect’ orders, according to the second annual JDA/Centiro Christmas Customer Pulse report (conducted online by ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Seminar on Shopper Research and Shopper Insights...
15.01.2016   #consulting #signage systems

Seminar on "Shopper Research and Shopper Insights"

Prof. Hendrik Schröder informs on methods and insights of shopper research

Lately, interest in shopper research, shopper insights and shopper marketing has significantly increased. The Chair of Marketing and Retailing at the University of Duisburg-Essen is offering a seminar on methods and insights of shopper research.

Thumbnail-Photo: Insights for Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence...
15.12.2015   #consulting

Insights for Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence

Solutions for Retail Brands (S4RB) are now a partner of the non-profit professional development organization

Retail brand and supplier engagement specialists Solutions for Retail Brands (S4RB) are now a proud partner of Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE), a non-profit professional development organization within the store brand industry. The ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Potential for 135.8 million holiday shoppers to shop online, in stores...
03.12.2015   #consulting

Potential for 135.8 million holiday shoppers to shop online, in stores thanksgiving weekend

Although nearly 60 percent of holiday shoppers had already started checking off their shopping lists by November 10, millions more are eagerly waiting to hear what retailers have in store – and online – for the biggest holiday shopping ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Elastic Path releases second ebook ‘The Future of Commerce’...
03.12.2015   #consulting #retail

Elastic Path releases second ebook ‘The Future of Commerce’

How to get senior decision makers on board for your next digital project

Elastic Path Software has published the second volume in its ebook series entitled “The Future of Commerce: Critical Commerce Conversations To Have Today With Your C-Suite.” Part of a series on experience-driven commerce, the new ...

Thumbnail-Photo: FMI reaffirms supermarket industry support for common sense bill...
03.12.2015   #consulting #retail

FMI reaffirms supermarket industry support for common sense bill

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has reaffirmed the supermarket industry’s strong support for legislation (H.R. 2017). Introduced by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), that is being marked up by the ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Cardlytics releases holiday consumer spending report...
30.11.2015   #consulting

Cardlytics releases holiday consumer spending report

Last-Minute shopping is on the rise & Black Friday spending is shrinking

Cardlytics has released a new report revealing key consumer shopping trends for the upcoming holiday season. The report incorporates transaction history data from millions of U.S. consumers to provide retailers with unique insights as they ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Companies wireless infrastructures are overwhelmed...
18.11.2015   #consulting #wlan

Companies wireless infrastructures are "overwhelmed"

Internet of Things, new devices and services are putting pressure on retail

Zebra Technologies released survey results indicating 46 percent of retail,transportation and logisticsbusinesses are operating on “overwhelmed” wireless infrastructures. More than half (53 percent) of surveyed companies in ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Morrisons takes the tough decisions
12.11.2015   #consulting #management consultancy

Morrisons takes the tough decisions

Planet Retail sees the Q3 numbers from Morrisons as indicative of limited progress in terms of topline like-for-like performance. However, we are encouraged by new management’s willingness to take the tough decisions exiting convenience in ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Norma shows interest in Tengelmann
10.11.2015   #consulting

Norma shows interest in Tengelmann

Discounter offers talks about the acquisition of stores

The subject has been moving the retail sector in Germany for months already. And now – just around two weeks before the public hearing on the acquisition of Kaiser's Tengelmann by Edeka - the food discounter Norma has also expressed ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Loss of customers at German discounters
10.11.2015   #consulting

Loss of customers at German discounters

Difficult times for Aldi, Lidl & Co

Being cheap is no longer enough: According to a recent survey conducted by GfK, the German discounters have lost 1.3 percent in sales volume from January to September 2015. This is in stark contrast to the classical supermarkets, which are looking ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Digital not yet delivering
04.11.2015   #consulting #multichannel commerce

Digital not yet delivering

Multichannel integration challenges impacting revenue

A study from global ecommerce consultancy Salmon has explored the most important aspects of digital commerce in Britain, analysing how companies across a range of sectors rate their performance in digital channels. The findings reveal ...

Thumbnail-Photo: ICSC welcomes Sandra de Jenken as new Managing Director Europe...
02.11.2015   #consulting #associations

ICSC welcomes Sandra de Jenken as new Managing Director Europe

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is pleased to welcome Sandra de Jenken as new European Managing Director. Sandra brings several years of experience working for the French government and organising major events – having ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Winners in UK grocery will be those embracing shopper power...
29.10.2015   #consulting

Winners in UK grocery will be those embracing shopper power

Retailers and their suppliers are already reconsidering how to use their floor space

The winners in UK food and grocery will be those that continue to embrace shopper power and create solutions to keep pace with changing shopper habits. This is one of the predictions based on new research, outlined in a speech today by IGD chief ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Online grocery delivers huge potential
29.10.2015   #consulting

Online grocery delivers huge potential

Many shoppers would really enjoy today’s online grocery experience

More than four in 10 (42% of) grocery shoppers in the UK could potentially be converted to online shopping, according to research being unveiled at IGD’s Online & Digital Summit this week, offering huge opportunities for growth in this ...

Thumbnail-Photo: 86 percent of shoppers avoid a store with long queues...
23.10.2015   #consulting

86 percent of shoppers avoid a store with long queues

Almost nine out of ten shoppers avoid a store if its queues are too long

A survey of 2,000 UK consumers, conducted for Box Technologies and Intel, reveals the full extent of consumer frustration, with 70% of respondents saying they are unlikely to return to a store if they have to wait for a long time on just one ...

Thumbnail-Photo: EMV credit cards ‘overwhelming’ for small retailers...
22.10.2015   #consulting #payment systems

EMV credit cards ‘overwhelming’ for small retailers

Lack of PIN ‘extremely frustrating’

A gift shop owner told Congress today that making the change to chip-and-signature credit cards has been “overwhelming” for many small businesses and that owners are disappointed that without PINs they are being pressured to make an ...

Thumbnail-Photo: ICSC European advisory board introduces new chair...
15.10.2015   #consulting #associations

ICSC European advisory board introduces new chair

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announces the appointment of Josip Kardun, CEO of the Atrium Group as the new Chair of ICSC’s European Advisory Board. The official handover from Alexander Otto, CEO of ECE ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Diversity can improve stores sales performance...
14.10.2015   #consulting #personnel management

Diversity can improve stores' sales performance

Matching levels of racial diversity between store employees and the surrounding community impacts the store unit's sales performance

The new study from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas merges two opposing views on diversity in the workplace, said Dr. Orlando Richard, associate professor of organizations, strategy and international management and lead ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Kewill announces CEO transition
07.10.2015   #consulting #personnel management

Kewill announces CEO transition

Francisco Partners appoints new CEO and COO for next phase of growth

Kewill announced that Bob Farrell has decided to transition his role as CEO of the company to Doug Braun, effective immediately. Farrell will continue to support the transition through December. “I am excited about the opportunity to again ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Today’s consumers primarily want a seamless customer journey...
01.10.2015   #consulting #mobile payment

"Today’s consumers primarily want a seamless customer journey"

Interview with Robert Wucher, Head of Technology and Digital Client Solutions, GfK

To understand what services customers expect today, retailers should know exactly what touchpoints their customers use to get in touch. Only then can they align their sales approach, advertising and services accordingly. Robert Wucher, Digital ...

Thumbnail-Photo: 15 year high in consumer morale as Brits are more upbeat...
01.10.2015   #consulting

15 year high in consumer morale as Brits are more upbeat

Retailers urged to capitalise on their online investment to ride consumer confidence

British consumer morale unexpectedly rose in August to match June’s 15-year high, as low inflation and a recent pick-up in wages made Britons more upbeat about their financial prospects. With a just a month or two until the peak online ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Bad weather in August held off crucial sales...
28.09.2015   #consulting

Bad weather in August held off crucial sales

The weather could also find some retailers in difficulties later in the season

The statistics for Retail Sales have been released, but even though they report a sustained period of growth year on year, the figures actually reveal that when broken down month on month, the growth statistics are minimal – and the bad ...

Thumbnail-Photo: African Retail Development Index points to promising new markets for...
21.09.2015   #consulting

African Retail Development Index points to promising new markets for global retailers

Gabon, Botswana and Angola provide retailers with diverse options for retail expansion in Africa

A.T. Kearney’s 2015 African Retail Development Index (ARDI) reconfirms the potential of many nations throughout Africa—not just oft-discussed markets like Nigeria and Ghana, but also small, dynamic markets such as Gabon, the ARDI’s ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Volker Smid joins Searchmetrics as new CEO
14.09.2015   #consulting

Volker Smid joins Searchmetrics as new CEO

Experienced business manager joins after senior roles at HP, Novell and Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Search and content performance leader Searchmetrics today announced that Volker Smid has been appointed CEO with immediate effect. Based on his senior management experience with HP and Novell and extensive knowledge of the online sector, Smid ...

Thumbnail-Photo: The DNA of the future retail CEO
14.09.2015   #consulting

The DNA of the future retail CEO

New research by the World Retail Congress and Green Park

The boards of nine out of every 10 retail companies will be past their sell-by date within five years, according to initial findings of new research by the World Retail Congress and Green Park. The report, which will be a hot topic for debate at ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Generation Consumer has arrived
10.09.2015   #online trading #consulting

Generation Consumer has arrived

Retailers at the forefront of opportunity to capitalise on the rise of consumerisation of technology

Roll over millennials and pack your bags Gen X, there is a new kid in town: Generation Consumer has arrived! This is one of the key findings of a major research project into the online shopping preferences across the UK conducted by Tryzens, a ...

Thumbnail-Photo: China remains top grocery market
10.09.2015   #consulting

China remains top grocery market

India and 'MINTs' among fastest growing

Chinese grocery sales are set to grow by a third between now and 2020 and reach US$1.5tn per year, according to IGD’s new forecasts. China will comfortably retain its position as the largest grocery market although others will grow ...

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