Essential Retail Analysis

UK grocery's online fashion battle becomes a four-way affair

UK grocery's online fashion battle becomes a four-way affair

Morrisons has recruited Kooomo to run online operations for its Nutmeg clothing brand, joining the other major UK supermarkets’ in selling fashion lines digitally.

Analysis: Walmart accelerates omnichannel innovation

Analysis: Walmart accelerates omnichannel innovation

Walmart continues to embrace emerging retail technologies as it ramps up its omnichannel strategy in the face of discounters and a rampant Amazon.

Five key takeaways from John Lewis’ JLab

Five key takeaways from John Lewis’ JLab

Essential Retail gets the lowdown on the latest JLab retail technology accelerator, asking John Vary, futurologist at the John Lewis Partnership to give us five learnings from this year’s programme.

Amazon’s record breaking fourth quarter

Amazon’s record breaking fourth quarter

From doubling down on data to checkout-less convenience stores and verbal commerce, Essential Retail breaks down Amazon’s latest financial figures

Shell trials IBM’s instant checkout

Shell trials IBM’s instant checkout

Shell is trialling a RFID instant checkout solution from IBM which hopes to rival Amazon Go.

NRF 2018: The tech is getting better all the time for retailers

NRF 2018: The tech is getting better all the time for retailers

There was a growing feeling at NRF 2018 that the technology now available to retailers is able to fix some real-life pain points today, as opposed to solving issues at some unspecified time in the future.

NRF 2018: Future technologies impacting retail

NRF 2018: Future technologies impacting retail

Essential Retail gazes into the crystal ball that is the NRF 2018 show in NYC, to share the latest technologies which are likely to impact retail in the near future.

NRF 2018: Retail technology to banish the boredom

NRF 2018: Retail technology to banish the boredom

The technology on the NRF expo hall may not have looked too different to last year's event, but the capability of many of the solutions has ramped up considerably and has the potential to support compelling in-store experiences.

Has digital impacted Christmas 2017 trading for UK retailers?

Has digital impacted Christmas 2017 trading for UK retailers?

Retailers have been told Christmas trading results show there is no hiding place for the digital laggards. Essential Retail rounds up the results from retail’s most important time of year.

What to look out for at NRF 2018

What to look out for at NRF 2018

From artificial intelligence and the jam-packed conference agenda, to the many, many parties, Essential Retail shares what to look out for at the NRF Big Show in NYC next week.

Should fashion e-tailers worry about Amazon?

Should fashion e-tailers worry about Amazon?

The gloves are off as Amazon homes in on its latest target – online fashion. Essential Retail reports.

What’s in store for retail technology in 2018?

What’s in store for retail technology in 2018?

What technology will give retail the edge in 2018, and will it be worth the money?