Category: News

Popup Shops

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With this week’s news that UK department store giant John Lewis is planning to open a popup shop it now seems that temporary stores are now a very legitimate part of the UK retailing landscape. In the present economic climate many retailers are reluctant to make long term commitments, and are eager to take advantage of the lower rents...

Windows 8 – the cloud is coming!

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Windows 8 was released to manufacturing on the 15th of August. This new incarnation of Microsoft’s flagship operating system integrates tightly with the cloud, allowing users to take advantage of some pretty nifty features. For example, you can login to your computer using your Windows Live account. This synchronises your data and settings. In our view the Windows 8...

Emailing Till Receipts

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It is much publicised in the British news media today that many retailers are considering providing customers with email alternatives to paper receipts.  Judging by the comments that numerous readers have left on newspaper web pages, opinion is currently divided. Some customers clearly love the idea.  They dislike having their purses and wallets full of scraps of paper, and...

Retailers Prepare for VAT Increase

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After much speculation, the emergency budget delivered this week by George Osborne was a relief for retailers. Whilst this increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% will now occur, it will thankfully not to be implemented until the New Year. The fact that the new government has given retailers maximum time to prepare for the change and avoiding the...