Poll PUBLISHED: 16:35 09 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:35 09 March 2019 Suzanne Day Shoppers in Ipswich town centre on Saturday afternoon - do you still shop on your local high street? Picture:SUZANNE DAY Suzanne Day It’s been a bleak year for the High Street, with stores closing and warnings issued by retailers. But today we ask – how are your shopping habits changing, and what influences them? High Street retailers suffered their worst February in a decade. The figures were announced this week – just days after Debenhams, which has stores in Suffolk and Essex, caused concern by issuing a profit warning.Despite a unseasonably warm February fashion retailers also struggled with in-store sales dropping by 3.5%.Debenhams isn’t the only high street retailer that is struggling. Paperchase, which has stores in Colchester, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds has recently announced it will be closing a small number of shops across the country. … [Read more...] about Do you still shop on the high street?
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Michael Liedtke and Joseph Pisani, Ap Business Writers Updated 1:10 pm PST, Friday, February 8, 2019 This Nov. 14, 2018, photo shows the Standard Cognition cashier-less store on Market Street in San Francisco. Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in other stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. less This Nov. 14, 2018, photo shows the Standard Cognition cashier-less store on Market Street in San Francisco. Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first ... more Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 This Nov. … [Read more...] about Retailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout lines
PUBLISHED: 05:30 23 January 2019 Jessica Hill Business feature for Century Logistics. Pictured is MD Stephen Basey-Fisher. Archant While the craze for online shopping is leading to empty shopfronts, it’s also bringing a massive boost to Suffolk’s warehousing and logistics industry. It’s a road that’s all too often chocked up with traffic. But the A14 in Suffolk is about to take centre stage in a “significant, and long-overdue” expansion of logistics and distribution activity that is bound to provide a welcome boost to the local economy - but which also makes the need for investment in the A14 more urgent than ever.For decades, the A14 has provided a vital link between the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, and the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ of warehousing and distribution operations in the Midlands, bordered by the M1, M6 and M42.But new data from Savills demonstrates that the Golden Triangle is … [Read more...] about New warehousing near Felixstowe to feed our demand for online shopping
PUBLISHED: 13:33 28 December 2018 Jessica Hill HMV Ipswich Picture: Jessica Hill Archant With it’s distinctive logo of a dog peering into a gramophone, HMV is an iconic, much-loved British brand that has managed to weather economic storms for almost 100 years. HMV Ipswich Picture: Jessica HillThe first HMV-branded store was opened by the Gramophone Company on Oxford Street in 1921. But now, the future of the company looks bleak for its 130 stores - including those in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Chelmsford - as HMV is appointing administrators amid a cash crisis.A staff member at the HMV store in the Sailmakers Shopping Centre in Ipswich said that employees there had been given the bad news this morning. “We were really shocked, we hadn’t expected it at all. Customers have been remarking on it all morning - not all of them have been nice.”Kevin Clark, who works for an agricultural company mending tractors and lives with … [Read more...] about Do you still shop at HMV? We discuss changing shopping habits
It’s not enough for today’s brick-and-mortar stores to offer a place to shop; they need to offer a shopping experience.If they don’t, they’ll struggle.“Bricks-and-mortar is competing with online,” said Dan Rodriguez, a commercial broker with the Colorado Springs office of national real estate firm CBRE. “But online isn’t killing bricks-and-mortar. Bricks-and-mortar is getting killed by boredom.“We don’t have to go to the store to buy commodities anymore; we have other options,” he said. “So for us to physically go spend our time and effort to go somewhere, there has to be some other driving reasons for us to be there.”The disparity between retailers who’ve embraced strategies to keep pace with changing consumer shopping habits and stores that have done little to adapt will be on display this week as the holiday shopping season kicks off with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.Successful retailers … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs retailers look to attract and keep customers as holiday shopping season kicks off