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PCG News Wrap Up 1st November 2019

Friday 1 November 2019

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By Laura Symes

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

 

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Keeping up to date with the latest news and emerging trends in the retail, residential 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 would share some of the best ones we have been talking about recently with you.

 

1.Trick or treat yo' self: The Halloween cosmetics market grew by 36.5% between 2017 and 2018.

Halloween now surpasses Valentine’s day with increased popularity, and online Halloween-related make-up and fancy-dress searches. Read more here.

 

2. To Celebrate Barbie’s 60th anniversary Liverpool ONE has opened a Barbie-themed fashion pop-up.

The pop-up features limited edition clothing for kids aged 3+, adults’ apparel and Barbie accessories for kids and adults, including tote bags and hair accessories. You can even take pictures in the life-size Barbie box. Read more here.

 

3. H&M are to launch a rental service for loyalty members.

Here in the UK, we shouldn’t get too excited just yet, as the pilot will take place at H&M’s newly refurbished store in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more here.

 

Some of the team here in PCG are really keen to try this out and think this is an exciting new trend.

4. Whole Foods Market reveal their top food trend predictions for 2020, but what do you think?

Predictions include new types of flours to make baking more inclusive, non-alcoholic options, on-the-rise flavours, products and culinary influences.

 

5. Westfield reveal a sales and footfall increase at London and Stratford City centres.

Footfall rose by 3.9% for Q3 and saw a 5.2% increase in total tenant sales with parent company Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield also seeing an increase in these across mainland Europe and the US. 

 

CACI have had a long-standing relationship with Westfield providing vital insight work for them since the London assets opened – this is great to see such a positive news story bucking the trends.

Spotlight on: Adidas LDN

The new flagship store on Oxford Street offers a bespoke line-up of in-store services such as testing products using treadmills with a London backdrop and ‘The Creators Court’ where customers can create a movement pattern to have it heat pressed on to a T-shirt in the Maker Lab customisation lab.

 

 

All in all very impressive and finally a good example of digital tech in use without being obtrusive or novelty but actually improving the customer experience

Alex McCulloch - Director - CACI - @AlexMcRetail

6. Tesco’s new Clubcard Plus scheme offers savings across grocery stores, Tesco Bank and Tesco Mobile.

The scheme costs £7.99 a month and offers 10% off for two shops a month up to £200 (customers could save over £400 a year!).

 

7. Boots are transforming the in-store beauty experience and have created BootsX to replace the Advantage Scheme.

Alongside new product launches, free samples, offers and events, Boots are re-invigorating themselves so that people want to fully immerse themselves in the beauty industry.

 

8. Professional ghost hunter Yvette Fielding will lead an ‘Arghost’ hunt in partnership with Lego in Tottenham Court Road Argos store.

The store will undergo a spooky re-vamp where it will host an after-dark in-store ghost hunt this Halloween. Read more here.

 

9. Nestled between martini glasses and tumblers are home fragrances, scent bottles and candles in Diptyque’s unique retail space in Covent Garden.

The luxury goods company showcase their high-end lines of scented candles, perfumes, face and body care in the revamped store inspired by Paris jazz bars and London pubs. 

 

This definitely sounds like it could relieve some of the Christmas Shopping stress!

10. John Lewis stop selling 5p single-use plastic carrier bags to test and change shoppers’ behaviour.

Read more here about their latest sustainability initiative here.

The pilot will test eight ways in which both the retailer and its customers can lessen their impact on the planet, including reducing plastic and excess packaging in order to prevent it from going to landfill

Rebecca Smithers - The Guardian

All our childhood dreams have come true!
(Well, mine anyway)

Barbie just opened her dreamhouse on Airbnb, located in Malibu, of course. Read more here.

 

Get in touch if you would like to find out more, arrange a meeting or discuss any of this in more detail.

 

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Keeping up to date with the latest news and emerging trends in the retail, residential 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 would share some of the best ones we have been talking about recently with you.

PCG News Wrap Up 1st November 2019