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PCG News Wrap Up 1st July 2019

Monday 1 July 2019

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By Louise O'Donovan

Here’s what the Property Consulting Group have been talking about this week…

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Welcome to CACI’s Property Consulting Group’s News Wrap Up Blog.

Keeping up to date with the latest news and emerging trends in the retail and leisure sector is key to supporting the project work we do with our clients. This means our team are constantly searching for relevant news stories, so we thought we’d share some of the best ones we have been talking about recently with you.

 

1. Lush have unveiled plans to open a flagship Asian store in Shinjuku station, Tokyo.

The store will be centred around the Lush Labs mobile app, where customers will be able to scan the digital display for product information and new product launches.
Read more about the tech-fuelled new store here

 

The store will feature a shoppable window, allowing customers to browse and shop products.

 

2. Tesco to increase store and warehouse workers’ pay by over 10%.

Lowest paid workers at the supermarket will see their pay increase across the next 2 years.
Read more here

 

3. Ted Baker has launched a new ship from store service aiming to reduce delivery timings and enable greater product availability on site.

Teaming up with OneStock, omnichannel order management specialists, the move will see staff in stores receiving orders via an app and packing the orders to be sent to customers directly.

Read more about the ship from store service

The main drivers for the ship from store project are to enable greater product availability on Ted’s website while maintaining a better sell-through rate of full-priced items within the store

Clare Harrison-Empson, head of global retail operations at Ted Baker

4. Aldi to expand their trial of Aldi Local stores after positive feedback from their flagship Aldi Local in Balham.

Several existing London Aldi stores are to be converted to Aldi Locals which means removing the Special Buys section of the store and introducing chilled ‘food to go’ and ‘food for tonight’ sections.
Read more about the roll-out of new sub-brand Aldi Local store

 

Ebay

In an effort to capitalise on Amazon’s widely hyped Prime Day, Ebay are set to launch their own sales day, “Crash Sale”, a dig at Amazon’s track record of crashing on prime day.

Read more about Ebay’s Crash Sale

Have a sneak peek at what Prime Day offers are available.

 

5. Ikea given the green light by Worthing council to build 162 affordable flats.

Partnering with construction firm Skanska, Ikea will build flats in Worthing where house prices are almost 12 times higher than the average income locally. We hope they come complete with Ikea flatpack furniture!
Read more here

 

6. Matalan to create 200 new jobs at its Knowsley warehouse to deal with growth in online sales.

This move comes after Matalan reported an online sales increase of 30% in its last financial year. The new jobs will enable Matalan to offer customers a smooth omnichannel service.
Read more about Matalan’s response to online sales growth

 

7. Harvey Nichols’ new localised global online checkout has boosted overseas sales.

The new online checkout allows customers to shop in 21 languages with tax conversions and alternative payment methods.
Read more about the localised checkout

 

8. Waitrose are trialling a ‘bring your own’ container scheme in a bid to reduce plastic waste and consumption.

Currently being trialled in their Oxford store, the scheme involves customers filling their own containers using dispensers of products ranging from dry goods to cleaning products and alcohol.
Read more about the scheme here

 

9. WH Smith has been voted the UK’s worst retailer for the second year running, according to a survey from Which?

Survey respondents rated the retailer low on value for money and in-store experience. WH Smith have fought back against the results saying the results are “not relevant to our loyal customer base”
Read more here

 

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Our team are constantly searching for relevant news stories, so we thought we’d share some of the best ones we have been talking about recently with you.

PCG News Wrap Up 1st July 2019