Essential Retail News

Retail sales grow for fifth consecutive month

Retail sales grow for fifth consecutive month

ONS figures show that retail sales grew by 1.5% month-on-month in September, with volumes 5.5% higher than pre-pandemic levels in February.

Made launches new AI-powered search tool

Made launches new AI-powered search tool

Made launches a new tool called 'Shop Your Photos', which can recommend products based on shoppers' photo inspiration.

Rishi Sunak announces new support for Tier 2 businesses

Rishi Sunak announces new support for Tier 2 businesses

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new financial support measures to help businesses allowed to stay open but suffering from falling trade.

Robots cleaning up: Sam's Club to roll out autonomous floor scrubbers

Robots cleaning up: Sam's Club to roll out autonomous floor scrubbers

Walmart-owned US wholesaler Sam's Club says it will introduce 372 more robot cleaners to its stores.

Lego appoints ex-Tesco CIO as chief digital & technology officer

Lego appoints ex-Tesco CIO as chief digital & technology officer

Lego Group names ex-Tesco CIO Atul Bhardwaj as its chief digital & technology officer.

Hobbycraft launches inaugural video-on-demand Christmas ad

Hobbycraft launches inaugural video-on-demand Christmas ad

Hobbycraft launches its first ever video-on-demand Christmas advert.

Sky to open first ever physical store at Liverpool ONE

Sky to open first ever physical store at Liverpool ONE

Sky will open a concept store on 26 October in the Liverpool ONE shopping centre, which will be separated into themed spaces.

Co-op extends home delivery network in Scotland

Co-op extends home delivery network in Scotland

Co-op's extension of home delivery services continues, as the retailer partners with same-day fulfilment specialist Gophr.

G-Star merges in-store and online through Apple’s App Clips

G-Star merges in-store and online through Apple’s App Clips

Fashion retailer G-Star introduces Apple's App Clip tech to allow customers to digitally bring up product information in-store.

Royal Mail launches doorstep collection service

Royal Mail launches doorstep collection service

Royal Mail launches a parcel pick-up service across the UK in a bid to capitalise on the eCommerce boom.

Non-essential shops to close for six weeks in Ireland

Non-essential shops to close for six weeks in Ireland

Ireland has announced a new six week lockdown, in which non-essential shops will be ordered to close during a large part of the golden quarter.

Asda launches new sustainability store trial

Asda launches new sustainability store trial

Asda has started a trial of a sustainability store, which is designed to help customers reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics.