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Close passes Google\'s mobile friendly test

There's no excuse for not having a mobile-optimised website

5 May 2015 | By

Is there anything more annoying than a website that doesn’t work properly on your phone? There are probably a few things, but it’s definitely up there with the best of them for me.

Neil Harris is assistant manager and buyer at Hatters menswear store in Norwich, which is a member of the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB).

Talking Shop: Co-operative brands and exclusivity are critical for indies

4 May 2015

Neil Harris is assistant manager and buyer at Hatters menswear store in Norwich, which is a member of the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB).

Britt Soeder at iProspect

Comment: Google pushes retailers to focus on mobile-optimised websites

30 April 2015 | By Britt Soeder, head of owned media at digital performance marketing agency iProspect

As consumers increasingly use mobile devices to research, browse and buy online, Google wants to do its part to ensure a smooth experience. Last week, it began rolling out an algorithm update that rewards ‘mobile-friendly’ sites, with users shown these to the detriment of others when searching from a handset.

Eric Musgrave

Message from Musgrave: Fashion activists keep talking about a revolution

30 April 2015 | By

Like a cork that keeps bobbing back to the surface, critical scrutiny of the fashion supply chain refuses to disappear.

Anne Wright, owner of womenswear independent Young ideas in Ashbourne

Talking Shop: Independents can compete with multiples

27 April 2015

Anne Wright is the owner of womenswear independent Young Ideas in Ashbourne, Derbyshire

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Brands seek donations for Nepal from fashion industry

6 May 2015 | By

Brands are calling for donations from the fashion industry to help the people affected by the recent devestating earthquake in Nepal.

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‘Autumn 15 raises the bar’ says M&S’s Belinda Earl

6 May 2015 | By

Marks & Spencer style director Belinda Earl said the autumn 15 range “raised the bar” as the multiple had “new found confidence” following a turnaround in fashion sales in its fourth quarter.

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WGSN launches data tool to help brands predict bestsellers

6 May 2015 | By

Trend forecasting agency WGSN and consumer review company SoundOut Retail have introduced a customer insight tool that allows brands and retailers to predict successful items before they are launched in stores or online.

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Men's formal hire business hit by cheap suits

6 May 2015 | By

Men’s hirewear businesses are being priced out of the market as high street retailers capitalise on the trend towards smarter day-to-day dressing with increasingly cheap off-the-peg suits.

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Sports Direct's head offices visited by police

6 May 2015 | By

Soprts Direct’s head office in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, has been visited by police as part of an investigation into the former ownership of Rangers football club.

mobile shopping

Topshop and Miss Selfridge to introduce Visa mobile payment system

6 May 2015 | By

Topshop and Miss Selfridge will introduce a new mobile payments system by Visa from June this year.

Tesco is hoping to raise £4.5m for the Poppy Appeal

Two more non-executive directors leave Tesco board

6 May 2015 | By

A further two non-executive directors will step down from the Tesco board next month in the wake of the £263m accounting scandal.


Drapers Digital Forum: Don’t rush into international expansion

1 May 2015 | By

The most important thing to remember when weighing up whether to launch into new markets is to take it slowly and do your research, ecommerce experts have said.


Drapers Digital Forum: 'Personalisation is over-rated', says Boohoo marketing boss

30 April 2015 | By

Speaking at the Drapers Digital Forum today, marketing director Richard Clark said he thinks “personalisation is a bit overrated” at the individual customer level and that retailers should focus on segmenting customers into groups.


Drapers Digital Forum: Boden to test retail concept and launch tablet app

30 April 2015 | By

Boden is looking at a “serious” retail test and is preparing to launch a new tablet app, the catalogue and online retailer’s founder has revealed.


Drapers Digital Forum: Clarks to ‘re-examine’ free returns

30 April 2015 | By

Footwear giant Clarks has said it is looking into “tweaking” its offer of free returns on purchases across Europe.


Drapers Digital Forum: Personalisation is at the ‘tip of the iceberg’

30 April 2015 | By

Personalisation has a long way to go, but there is a fine line between helping the customer find what they want and becoming intrusive, retailers and technology experts said today.

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Drapers Talks: The profitability of online sales, Mothercare's results and Next Generation 2015 Video

17 April 2015 | By ,

Drapers news editor Kirsty McGregor talks to senior news reporter Jill Geoghegan about retailers’ concerns over the profitability of online trading, Mothercare’s latest results and the careers advice given at Drapers’ Next Generation 2015 event.

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Hit or Miss: Footwear Spring 15

30 April 2015 | By

The third and final instalment of our spring 15 survey puts shoe stores through their paces.

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Hit or Miss: Menswear Spring 15

17 April 2015 | By

In the second part of our spring 15 high street review, it’s the turn of men’s retailers to be given the once-over 

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Hit or Miss: Womenswear Spring 15

10 April 2015 | By

Drapers sifts through the high street’s womenswear retailers to find the best - and worst - of spring 15.


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    Drapers Retail Market Report 2014

    With the economy showing tentative signs of recovery, but uncertainty remaining in what will be an election year, fashion retailers and brands alike must adapt to trends and changing shopping habits to compete.

    We bring you our annual Retail Market Report, in association with K3, to assess some of the prevailing trends and opportunities. 

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      The Supply Chain
    Report 2015

    Speak to some of the supply chain directors at the high streets leading fashion retailers and the same message will come back time and time again: logistics and supply chain has gone from being a necessary evil to an essential function.

    It is with this in mind that we bring you our annual Supply Chain Report, in association with DHL and Alvanon.

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    Drapers Technology Investment Report 2015

    Investment in technology and digital solutions is essential in today's multichannel retail world. But it can be expensive, difficult and time consuming. So when is the right time to invest? And does it make the business more attractive in the event of an eventual company sale?

    These are some of the questions we ask in our first-ever Technology Investment Report, in association with HSO.

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    Drapers Luxury Report 2014

    With so much movement in the Luxury sector, we bring you our third annual Luxury Report, in association with retail technology provider K3 Retail.

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