Multichannel, mobile and service: themes from the N Brown Group full-year figures

Jacamo, Simply Be and Figleaves owner the N Brown Group this week reported sales of £900.7m in the 53 weeks to February 27. That’s 4% ahead of the same time last year. But pre-tax profits of £57.6m were 20.2% down on last time, following a £22.9m charge related to compensation (more…)

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April 28th, 2017|

GUEST COMMENT Seize the expansion opportunity created by a weaker pound

Like many businesses, retailers are closely monitoring the effects of the Brexit referendum. While much remains to be seen, British fashion retailers, such as Burberry and Superdry, have seen profits jump due to the weaker pound. Burberry’s in-store sales have swelled as foreign tourists spend more on luxury items in (more…)

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April 28th, 2017|

How Waitrose used Facebook for its pancake-making masterclass

Supermarket chain Waitrose , a Leading retailer in IRUK Top500 research, celebrated this year’s Pancake Day with a Facebook Live Video session. Jake Ward, business development director at Groovy Gecko, told us how they did it, and what the results were. Here are the highlights. The event Food writer and (more…)

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April 28th, 2017|

UK shoppers choose the early hours to buy via mobile: study

When are UK consumers most likely to be browsing for bargains via their smartphone this Bank Holiday weekend? It seems the answer is at 3am. Data from PCA Predict suggests that 61% of all ecommerce webtraffic is generated at this time during the weekend. Mobile traffic remains higher, at between (more…)

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April 28th, 2017|

Boohoo.com, Waitrose, Simply Be and Jacamo: how IRUK Top500 retailers are engaging for growth

In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter, we’re exploring the strategies that leading retailers use both to boost sales, and to engage through social media. It’s not surprising that mobile forms a common theme: the smartphone is now overdelivering on predictions that it would form the remote control to its users’ lives. Today (more…)

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April 28th, 2017|

Five strategies that helped boohoo.com grow annual sales by 51%

In full-year results out this week, fashion pureplay Boohoo.com unveiled fast growth in both sales (£294.6m in the year to February 28, +51% on last year) and pre-tax profits (£30.9m, +97%). We took a look at the strategies driving that success. Joint chief executives Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane said: (more…)

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April 27th, 2017|

Body Shop, Debenhams turn to mobile; the driver of online sales growth

This week Debenhams and the Body Shop have both outlined mobile strategies designed to turn around their businesses. For the likes of online printing business SpreadShirt, mobile has become the key to its development. And who can blame them? Mobile is driving growth in retail and is, for many, the (more…)

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April 26th, 2017|

Specsavers to introduce new in-store technology

Specsavers is to use in-store technology and data to transform its customers’ experience in stores across Europe. The British optical retailer, a Top250 retailer in IRUK Top500 research, has signed a £17.6m deal with Fujitsu that also promises to improve the employee environment by giving staff more information that allows (more…)

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April 25th, 2017|

50% mobile traffic drives Spreadshirt sales up 9%

In 2016, print on-demand, ecommerce platform, Spreadshirt, increased its global sales globally by around 9% to a total of £77.7m (€93 million), driven largely by mobile. Mobile has become a key driver of growth for the company, which enables everyone to spread ideas on something tangible. Almost 50% of platform visitors use mobile devices. Increasingly they (more…)

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April 25th, 2017|

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