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BEZZU on Tour!

  Entrepreneurs Greg Kavanagh and Lana Gregan have joined forces with a specialist team to create BEZZU, a free online survival kit to help save our local retail stores. Irish Fashion Model Gail Kaneswaran from Andrea Roche Agency has joined RTÉ Ultimate Hell Week International Operations Specialists Bob Stafford, Ray Goggins, Ger Reidy and Alan O’ Brien to find out exactly what problems face our declining high street shops and breathe life back into our community!     The BEZZU app will help you locate a store across Ireland and the world, and then shop in it, at any time of the day. The BEZZU team will be in your area soon to give retailers the much needed help and...

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Personalization is Key

Consumers expect personalization, reveals report More than half, 63 percent, of consumers expect personalization as a standard of service and believe they are recognized as an individual when sent special offers. That's a prime finding of a RedPoint Global survey conducted by The Harris Poll that surveyed more than 3,000 consumers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Consumers also feel many brands are not keeping pace with the personalization expectation, according to a press release. "Ultimately, while brands might believe they are delivering a superior experience, the consumer perception says otherwise," stated the release. Interactions consumers label as "very frustrating" include being sent an offer for a recently purchased item (34 percent), offers that aren't relevant (33 percent), or when...

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Deloitte Breaks Down Retail 2019

Store closures, business failures, job losses and the worst Christmas for 10 years. 2018 was a tough year for UK retail but is it really all doom and gloom on the high street? Look beyond the dramatic headlines and it is clear to see an industry in transformation, with new channels driving growth as the old channels decline and retail is re-invented. Squeezed between weakening demand and rising costs Retail is an industry under pressure. Many retailers find themselves in an uncomfortable position as margins are squeezed between weakening demand and rising costs. Consumer confidence crumbles Consumer confidence fell in the second half of 2018 and, with uncertainty around ongoing Brexit negotiations, a Global economic slowdown and a China/US trade...

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RTE Reports on Why so many Physical Stores are Failing

By Amanda Ratcliffe TU Dublin More fromTU Dublin Analysis: Traditional stores are struggling to deal with the challenges presented by online outlets and changes in how we shop today  The news that HMV has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators amid a cash crisis at the firm and the recent difficulties of many other retail household names, including US retailer Sears Holdings, highlight an ongoing trend of failure of businesses with a physical store presence on the High Street.  Once considered the "Everything" retailer, Sears was the largest retailer in the US until overtaken by Walmart in 1989. While its fate is not yet known, it is unlikely to emerge from bankruptcy. In the UK, Marks and Spencer are closing 100 stores by 2020, Debenhams have cut hundreds of...

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Raising Awareness for a Circular Lifestyle

MAKING A STATEMENT Our new limited edition T-Shirt has been designed to make a statement for sustainability. To raise awareness about the benefits and importance of choosing to reuse, donate or resell quality items rather than simply throwing out.  On average, consumers throw away 70 lbs of shoes and clothing [versus recycle], per person, annually.  Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. This persistent throw-away fashion culture is depleting our natural resources and significantly contributing to the over-filling of our landfills. The best thing we can do is reuse more. We created a simple yet versatile quality white T-Shirt that can be worn in a number of different ways, team with a midi,...

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