05 Oct 2016

Extreme Segmentation: How Big Data is Transforming Retail

Retailers are making use of complex algorithms that help them identify patterns in consumer spending and associated behaviour in order to increase sales. It’s thought consumer retail spending could reach nearly $27 trillion next year, thanks to rising population and […]

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22 Jul 2014

Localising Smells: How Different Cultures Perceive Scents

Smell is not just a biological or psychological experience, it is also a social and cultural phenomenon. For the Ongee people, who reside on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal between India and Burma, the universe and everything […]

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13 Jan 2014

The Future’s Bright, the Future’s Silicon

Online shopping took off this Christmas Anyone thinking about growing their business in 2014 should have at least one eye on the online market. Figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show online sales grew at their fastest rate for […]

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06 Dec 2013

British Firms Urged to Meet China Tourism Demand

British firms are being urged to think about tailoring their customer service and marketing strategies around Mandarin as a major campaign to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit the UK is launched. The campaign, announced as part of the Government’s […]

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14 Nov 2013

Are Retailers Ready for the Christmas Tourist Influx?

Last year, department store Harrods opened its Christmas World department on July 26th, a mere 151 days before the big day. Knightsbridge may have been sizzling in the Olympic summer heat when Harrods’ Santa donned his beard for a spot […]

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14 Nov 2013

LVMH to Capitalise on Chinese Tourism With New Store

LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton are to renovate their old department store in Paris in a bid to attract tourists from emerging markets. LVMH will renovate the old La Samaritaine store eight years after concerns about fire safety forced them […]

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23 Oct 2013

German Consumers Embracing Ecommerce

German shoppers are embracing commerce as online shopping moves closer to becoming the standard retail entry point for the country’s consumers. An analysis of data from EU statistics agency Eurostat shows that two-thirds of Germans shopped online last year, up […]

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14 Oct 2013

Middle East Ecommerce: Opportunities and Challenges

As Google, PayPal and logistics firm Aramex announce an important ecommerce tie-up in the Middle East to empower small businesses to go online, we take a look at what it means for the region’s retail landscape. To say that ecommerce […]

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06 Jun 2013

6 Tips For Global eCommerce Success

As successful businesses grow, they often experience a reduction in local demand as their traditional markets become saturated. So, it is logical that these companies should set their sights further afield and evaluate and select opportunities for growth in new […]

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02 Sep 2011

The Local Food Shift

The question of local food has become increasingly important to consumers. Public service officials and political candidates have been forced to find new means to responsibly source local, organic, and healthy produce. The shift towards local food has gathered strength […]

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