UK employers will receive a one-off bonus of 1,000 pounds for each furloughed employee that returns to work, the government has announced. It's part of a wider 30 billion pound package unveiled Wednesday by chancellor Rishi Sunak to support jobs and boost the economy after months of lockdown. The Jobs […]

Gap Inc. has launched a new B2B product program to supply large organizations with high-quality, reusable cloth face masks. These non-medical grade protective wear will be sold to companies wishing to supply their employees with masks as offices and workplaces reopen. The company has sold approximately […]

British department store Harrods has opened the doors of its new concept store at Westfield London. Announced in May, Harrods Outlet aims to help the company sell inventory built up during lockdown and take pressure off its store in Knightsbridge by providing additional space for shoppers who will need […]

Francesca's has teamed with Poq to launch its first mobile app. The boutique chain plans to introduce an iOS app this summer and an Android app in time for holiday shopping later this year. "During the temporary store closure period resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, our ecommerce business surged," […]

The fragility of a consumer’s purchasing journey is revealed post-Covid-19, with nearly four in ten UK shoppers abandoning a purchase at least once a week. That’s according to new research commissioned by payment provider Klarna and e-commerce platform BigCommerce, who called on retailers to prioritize […]

ANALYSIS New York - Wesfarmers, the owners of the Australian division of US department store operator Target, has decided to accelerate the integration of its online retail brands and offline. One year after acquiring Catch for 230 million dollars, Wesfarmers has taken a further step toward full integration […]

This spring, when then pandemic migrated to Europe and North America, all eyes were on Asia for signs of recovery and positive consumer sentiment. That recovery hasn’t fully happened. “Covid-19 has forced luxury brands to postpone their fashion shows and cancel promotions events, and has disrupted supply […]

With the loosening of Covid-19 lockdown measures in the UK, shops reopened and consumers were able to shop in-store again. However, British customers still remain wary about purchasing items in physical stores and online shopping is the current preferable option. That’s according to research commissioned […]

As the UK reopens and consumers can once again visit physical stores, new research suggests that the lockdown will have long-term effects on the way we shop. In fact, an estimated 17.2 million British consumers plan to make permanent changes to the way they shop, according to a new report by global […]

Tourists and foreign shoppers are likely to avoid coming to the UK, where the government-imposed 14-day quarantine means anyone arriving will not be allowed to leave the place they are staying for this duration. The U.K.’s luxury sector, along with many brands and retailers, is concerned of the impact […]

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