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PCG News Wrap Up 8 March 2019

Friday 8 March 2019 Data Insight & AnalyticsProperty DevelopmentRetail Consultancy

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By Laura Symes

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. Marks and Spencer will pay £750 million for a 50% share into the delivery firm Ocado, who are to also stock their own-brand products

The joint venture will begin trading in September 2020, leaving customers to decide whether they are to stay with Ocado and switch to Marks and Spencer’s food products, or move to which operates its own online delivery service.

Read more about the new partnership


2. Clapham Junction station has installed an automated retail unit which allows commuters to buy flowers at any time of the day

The high-tech refrigerated vending machine has opened at the busy railway station after a successful two-year trial at London Blackfriars station.

Read more about Rockflower


3. The largest Primark store to date will open in April at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Birmingham

The new store will be spread across 5 storeys, that is, in total, approximately 11,000 sq ft bigger than the brand’s current largest store in Manchester. The new store will also feature a unique dining experience and a beauty studio.

Read more about the new Birmingham store


4. The returns logistic company ‘Happy Returns’ has launched a new kiosk that aims to reduce labour costs in stores and improve customers’ experience

The simple self-service kiosk asks customers to place their items inside the unit, so they can be returned to the retailer’s stock in-store.

Read more about the high-tech returns kiosk



Amazon launches a new programme developed to support women in technology and Amazon Fresh prepares to grow its UK business.

Did you know that nearly 90% of UK shoppers use Amazon and 40% have an Amazon Prime subscription?

Amazon looks to expand online grocery arm

Amazon launches grant to support women in technology

90% of UK shoppers use Amazon


5. Lidl have introduced “fun size” trolleys for kids to use whilst shopping with their parents in a bid to make shopping more exciting

The new initiative intends to widen children’s understanding of what they eat, after a successful trial in the Tooting and Oakham branches last year.

Read more about the campaign


6. Wandsworth Council plans to connect Nine Elms and Pimlico with an impressive sustainable bridge for cyclists and pedestrians

The planned landmark link over the Thames will improve the infrastructure and conditions for commuters in this part of London.

Read more about the new bridge


7. The fast-growing Danish company ‘SameSystem’ have launched a workforce management system exclusively for retailers

The technological company work with over 600 clients that account for around 12,000 stores, to effectively run and optimize their retail spaces.

Read more about SameSystem


8. A crowd funding campaign has started for the world’s oldest department store, Bennetts, after the retailer fell into administration last month

The fundraising campaign details the plan to save the heritage retailer, whilst administrators explore potential buyers for a sale.

Read more about the crowdfunded campaign for Bennetts


Bennetts have called in administrators after being hit by weakening consumer confidence, online competition and growing costs

Retail Gazette

9. The Wardrobe Workshop is set to open a new pop-up store in London’s Chelsea district specialising in independent fashion brands and pre-owned designer items

The store will open on the same street that Hunter & Co made their physical debut, stocking items from brands such as Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Valentino and Gucci.

Read more about the retail debuts on King’s Road


10. Pinterest has launched a ‘Catalogs and Shopping Ads’ function, making it possible for businesses’ products to become easily discovered and more accessible

Users will have an easier time finding products they want to purchase with personalized shopping recommendations.

Read more about Pinterest’s newest feature


11. The co-founder of, Ning Li, has launched a new Paris-based quality skincare and cosmetics start-up company

‘Typology’ wants to differentiate itself from cosmetic giants such as L’Oréal, with simple ingredient lists and no harmful products for your skin or the environment.

Read more about Typology


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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 8 March 2019