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Keeping Britain's Independent Retail Alive

17 Jul 2019

As indepedent businesses are increasingly affected by political factors and a lack of government support, the UK retail industry is becoming a crisis situation with hundreds of independent... Read more…

Search For Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019 Gets Underway

4 Jul 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), begins today with a focus on consumer engagement and how... Read more…

Rising costs halt plans for walking and cycling crossing

25 Jun 2019

The plans for a new Thames walking and cycling crossing from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe in London have been halted due to the rising costs
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Get involved in Local Bike Shop Day

24 Jun 2019

Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK
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Huge increase in e-bike sales expected

12 Jun 2019

The e-bike market is forecasted to grow further across the UK competing with the car for short distances.
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How retailers are responding to online growth

12 Jun 2019

The growth of the online market space within retail is having a wider effect on the high street.
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Effective email marketing campaigns

12 Jun 2019

Newsletters are an incredibly popular means to engaging with consumers but on any given day our inboxes are flooded with a plethora of automated email newsletters, so how do you stand out?
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Report on violence in your store

12 Jun 2019

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Home Office have been campaigning to raise awareness of violence and abuse towards retailers to encourage action and change.
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Love to Ride & The ACT

5 Jun 2019

Getting more people on bikes and using their local bike shops is a shared goal of Love to Ride and the ACT so we are doing it together.
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A guide to building a landing page

30 May 2019

15 key things to check when building a landing page Read more…

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Technology may hold the key

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News

Mobile technology holds the key to competing in the new retail market that is defining 2019.

Attention in the last couple of weeks has been on how retailers can compete in a tough, high standard market space.

onlien shoppingThe new retail market brings competition with Amazon, online brands and industry retailers as well as another side of competition from growing retail platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Mobile technology is also a playing factor in the competition changing how people shop and what they demand from the shopping experience.

What is so successful about Amazon and Instagram is that they tap into the retail market space challenges and competition and give customers what they want.

But advertising on Instagram and creating an online delivery platform is not always the answer, especially for independent retailers. Look at what Co-op and Made have done so successfully.

Co-op launched itself into online retail with its mobile-first approach to grocery ordering, but, Co-op uses technology to not only create a baseline for shopping but also to paint two-hour delivery as the new battle.

Made has used technology to their advantage as well, in a completely different way, with technology smoothing the shopping journey across all channels.

So what is the key to a new retail future?

Bringing together the technology, the new channels and understanding how your store can work in harmony with the new retail market space for your store and your customers, no one else's.

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