Guest blog: Supply Chain Consequences of Supermarket Mergers

Since their acquisition of Argos back in 2016, it seems Sainsburys have been left with an insatiable appetite for more; and as we approach mid-year 2018, the FMCG retailer has revealed plans to merge with their supposedly regarded rivals, north of the wall; Asda.

Following the successful integration of Argos into Sainsbury’s stores two years previous, many may now question whether the true purpose of this strategy was more advanced, than to seemingly provide consumers with added value, and a more convenient in-store customer-experience.

 

Annabel Plowman on preparing for Black Friday & retail 'peak'

Annabel Plowman heads up the Retail and FMCG team here at Cast UK and has worked in recruitment for over 3 years now but prior to this she worked in the Retail sector.

How will Brexit affect recruitment in the UK Retail sector?

It’s been over a year since the shock result of the Brexit referendum was announced, and now that the dust has settled & negotiations have commenced with the EU, we thought we’d take a look at the likely impact on the Retail sector, an area, alongside FMCG, in which we have provided recruitment services in for many years.

How technology is changing the way we shop this Christmas

Rather than battling the crowds of the high street this year, many consumers will be buying their gifts through the online channels of their favourite stores.

Here’s just 4 of the ways that technology is influencing the way we shop this holiday season:

What does Black Friday 2016 mean for UK retailers?

This year the 25th November marks the 6th Black Friday in the UK, which began back in 2010 with Amazon.co.uk being the first company offering discounts in Britain.

The emergence of Black Friday and then Cyber Monday (falling 3 days after) in the UK have massively impacted on the dynamics of consumer shopping trends around the Christmas season.

Why are retailers struggling to keep up with omnichannel expectations?

With the technology available to us today, we are able to shop at any time we want, across all of our devices, wherever we are! This one-click purchase culture has led to market of highly demanding consumers; we want it all and we want it now.

Predicted changes in the UK retail landscape

The latest report from the British Retail Consortium predicts up to 900,000 jobs in the UK retail sector will not exist by 2025 as a result of increasing tax, wage bills and digital growth resulting in shop closures.

Making returns reap rewards

As e-commerce is set to increase by 17% this year, so will returns. This is particularly true with clothing and electrical goods as it has been reported that up to 40% of goods bought online are returned.

Omnichannel retail surges with 83% of brands planning to implement strategy

According to a recent survey by SLI connect UK83% of retail brands are paving the way for a customer-focused future using an omnichannel strategy. The survey also revealed that 53% of respondents have an omnichannel strategy in place today and that significant differences exist in the attitudes exhibited by pure online versus online and offline retailers regarding the multi-channel experience.

CAST UK comments on top themes affecting the retail sector

Some of the biggest names or the retail sector spoke at Retail Week Live about challenges facing the industry, particularly homing in on key themes ranging from international growth to IT.