Issue 2017 October 10th


    Shoptalk Europe: Westfield says days of physical platform only are over

    Westfield co-CEO Steven Lowy told delegates at ShopTalk Europe in Copenhagen yesterday that the days of only operating physical space are over for mall owners. Lowy said instead that developers need to consider their role as connectors between retailers and consumers across multiple channels. He also slammed the traditional view of retailers retaining data and [...]
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    Shoptalk Europe: Hudson’s Bay sets out vision for physical retail

    There is no doubt that Hudson’s Bay CEO Jerry Storch is one of the industry’s keenest advocates of physical retail space, although how he plans to combat online remains less clear. Storch opened up the debut Shoptalk Europe event in Copenhagen yesterday but his presentation offered few details on how his businesses plan to leverage [...]

    Shoptalk Europe: I really like my competition dead says Seb James

    Dixons Carphone boss Seb James set out the omni-channel strategy for the UK’s biggest consumer electricals market in Copenhagen today. He said that Brexit has hit mobile phone sales but also said that the UK consumer had remained “remarkably resilient”. James said: “When I joined we were at a point of hubris, because we had [...]

    Shoptalk Europe: Big players focus on voice recognition for retail

    Once again the major online players identified voice recognition as the next major trend in retail as Amazon, eBay and Alibaba took to the floor in Copenhagen today. Although still in their infancy, voice programs and products like Echo and Alexa dominated predictions about the future direction of ordering and price finding. Chief product officer [...]

    Islamic bank investor makes second UK department store acquisition

    Rosette Merchant Bank has quickly followed its August acquisition in the UK of the M&S portfolio by acquiring the Debenhams department store in Swansea, Wales. The freehold property is located in the heart of Swansea city centre and is the only full range department store in the town.  It is strategically located at the southern [...]