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Drapers chats digital strategy with River Island ecommerce development manager, Helen Colclough.
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).
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.
Like a cork that keeps bobbing back to the surface, critical scrutiny of the fashion supply chain refuses to disappear.
Anne Wright is the owner of womenswear independent Young Ideas in Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Brands are calling for donations from the fashion industry to help the people affected by the recent devestating earthquake in Nepal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topshop and Miss Selfridge will introduce a new mobile payments system by Visa from June this year.
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
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.
Speaking at the Drapers Digital Forum today, Boohoo.com 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.
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.
Footwear giant Clarks has said it is looking into “tweaking” its offer of free returns on purchases across Europe.
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.
Drapers Next Generation
Drapers Talks: The profitability of online sales, Mothercare's results and Next Generation 2015 Video
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.
Forget about plain black leggings and an old cotton T-shirt, the trend for fashionable sportswear continues to gather pace. This has prompted London agency Claret Showroom to launch a separate activewear offer, featuring brands Varley, Mara Hoffman and Wellicious.
Alternative trade show London Edge will return to Islington’s Business Design Centre for the spring 16 edition on September 6-8.
Schuh’s refurbished Bluewater flagship sets a new design benchmark for the footwear retailer.
The shop of the future Video
The chief executive of Swedish brand Happy Socks on Brits’ sock sophistication and why he never wears black underwear
Meet the London designer pushed into the spotlight by the selling power of a mini monarch
The new Apple Watch, which went on general sale this week, is being touted as a game changer for fashionable wearable tech but could also have a significant impact on the future of contactless payments in stores.