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London businesses join forces to save the high street

by on May 4, 2016

In the wake of both BHS and Austin Reed collapsing into administration this week... A growing army of tech startups, regional newspapers, on demand couriers, business directories, shopping apps, influential bloggers and more have joined forces on a shared mission to revive the high street...

From this May, online and local shopping will converge like never before, empowering the bricks and mortar high street to fight back at scale.

The ammunition is simple - products in stock in local shops registered with pockethighstreet.com will be available for 1 hour delivery or click & collect in minutes and discoverable across a wide range of digital publishers.

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Revealed: what drives the UK’s high street mad

Revealed: what drives the UK’s high street mad

by on April 12, 2016

A new survey has revealed what British shoppers hate most about the high street experience.

10,000 people in the UK were asked what really gets their goat about high street shopping – with queues, misleading deals and cramped stores taking the top spots.

42% of participants disproved a Great British stereotype, citing queues as their ultimate annoyance when it came to high street shopping – while deceptive offers came in second at 37%.

Cramped shops scooped a substantial 36% of the vote, with almost half of 18-24 year-olds claiming they were a nuisance. [more…]

Latest news on the plan to relax Sunday trading laws

by on February 21, 2016

Rules on Sunday opening hours for shops in England and Wales are out of date and need to be relaxed, a group of 200 MPs and council leaders has said.

In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, they wrote that increasing spending on Sundays would boost job prospects and help shops compete with online firms. They backed government plans to devolve Sunday trading laws to local councils.

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Easter wash-out causes shoppers to shun High Street

by on April 5, 2015

High street retailers are facing an Easter Bank Holiday wash-out this weekend after a shock slump in the number of shoppers.

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Silver Surfers ignore tech-led shopping – Northern Ireland wed to the high street / SmartFocus

by on September 15, 2014

We concentrate on an important survey of 2,000 people commissioned by leading digital marketing company SmartFocus,

  • - national survey analyses UK’s digital and analogue shopping habits
  • - shopping preferences strongly linked to age
  • - digital gap widening - Silver Surfers ignore tech vs Generation Y embrace smart-phone shopping
  • - Northern Ireland wedded to the high street - shoppers lie behind the digital curve

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Breaking the chains on high streets: A movement for independent local loyalty cards plans to go nationwide

by on April 15, 2014

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Winners of the high street Christmas battle – by iD’ Experiential’s Laura Leonard

by on January 9, 2014

The fight for Christmas has become a fierce competition over the last few years with the department stores Christmas adverts being as eagerly anticipated as Santa. Now all the mince pies and mulled wine have been consumed, iD’ Experiential Group Account Director, Laura Leonard (pictured) reflects on which retailers triumphed during the Christmas period.

2013’s initial winner is undoubtedly John Lewis who has recently announced sales were up 1.2% with record sales in city centre stores on Monday 23rd December. However their high street rivals, Debenhams have not fared so well with a profit warning issued this week.

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New survey shows that 71% would visit their high street more if there was a greater range of independent shops

by on November 25, 2013

71% of shoppers would visit their high street more if there were more independent shoppers, new research from Groupon has revealed. Could this be the way to resurrect the high street?

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Is mobile still to blame for the death of the High-Street? / Nick Marsh, VP of Sales EMEA, Mojiva

by on September 9, 2013

Mobile is often cast as the villain for retailer brands – stealing away consumers to a potentially limitless range of competitors.   It has been reported that in many areas we have seen the demise of the high street during the economic downturn.

This coupled with an increase in online shopping, means that the future of the high street seems to be hanging in the balance. So the question remains, is mobile causing the death of the high street?

In my opinion mobile can only become a friend to the high street retailer if implemented effectively. According to an IBM study, mobile sales now represent 19% of all online sales, up 28% from last year. M-commerce is no emerging market; in my opinion it’s definitely arrived.

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“Reports on the death of the High Street have been greatly exaggerated” / Mark Jones

by on May 3, 2013

Mark Jones writes ... Great feature in The Times today on 'The Future of Retail' from Raconteur Media.

'Innovate or Die' the opening piece says. I couldn't agree more.

Reports on the death of the High Street have been greatly exaggerated -  providing the compelling arguments for innovation and digital technology are not ignored. 

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