All articles by Rosie Lintott

Rosie Lintott

Video technology: The future for high street stores

High street retailers are under pressure from online competition, but the use of video technology could benefit in-store operations and keep consumers coming into the shops. With innovations being introduced in stores such as Whole Foods installing a robotic barista in the US, video technology within the retail industry could be a positive step.

Aldi gets into Christmas spirit with festive food donation

Supermarket chain Aldi is donating unsold fresh food to good causes across the UK this Christmas Eve.

Sports Direct Group profits rise as House of Fraser starts recovery

UK retailer Sports Direct has reported an increase of 160% in profit before tax from £74.4m to £193.4m year-on-year for its half-year results ending 27 October 2019, due to improved trading results and profit from the sale and leaseback of its Shirebrook campus.

Ocado’s revenue rises after joint venture with M&S

Online supermarket Ocado has reported an increase in retail revenue of 10.8% from £387.2m to £429.1m year-on-year for its fourth-quarter results ending 1 December 2019.

Will it be a merry Christmas for UK retailers?

Sustainability and Brexit are some of the key focuses for UK retailers leading up to the festive season this year, according to EMEA director for B2B online auction platform B-Stock Ben Whitaker. Whitaker says compared with 2018, 2019 is looking to be a ‘tough Christmas for retailers’ as product stock-piling and the upcoming general election are causes for concern in the retail industry.

Ocado and Aeon partner to boost Japan’s online grocery market

British grocery e-commerce service provider Ocado Solutions has gone into partnership with Japan’s largest retailer Aeon to improve Japan’s online grocery business using the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP).

Clarks hires consultants McKinsey after tough trading conditions

Footwear retailer Clarks has appointed management consultants McKinsey & Co to conduct a review of the business after challenging years in the UK market.

Thomas Cook rescuer Hays Travel creates 1,500 new jobs

UK independent travel agent Hays Travel has created 1,500 new jobs and apprenticeships at its high street stores and head office.

John Lewis to open experimental concept shop

UK department store chain John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners is set to open its first experimental concept shop tomorrow in its Southampton store.

Connecting the digital with the physical world: AR in retail

Augmented reality (AR) is “incredibly important” for retail customer engagement. This is the view of Kate Ancketill, the CEO and founder of GDR Creative Intelligence who spoke to Retail Insight Network at an event organised by software company Scandit.