(Author : internetretailing)
Morrisons and Lakeland are joining forces to launch a new website selling kitchen products in a move that is part of the supermarket’s strategy to expand its non-food business online.


The new site will launch in the spring and will be the supermarket’s third online venture, following the launch of wine site MorrisonsCellar.com in November and the acquisition of nursery retailer Kiddicare.com in 2011.

Morrisons  says it is moving online by launching categories that are close to food, while allowing its supermarkets to remain focused on fresh food.

“We believe the future for retailing many non-food products is online rather than in supermarkets,” said: Dalton Philips, chief executive of Morrisons, said:  “Morrisons customers are used to buying great fresh food and this venture will also ensure they can prepare it with great kitchenware from Morrisons.com. “We decided to work with Lakeland because it has spent 50 years selling reliable kitchenware for cooks of all standards.” Lakeland launched its catalogue business in the 1970s, making it one of the first retailers to move into home shopping.

Its managing director Sam Rayner said: “Lakeland are delighted to have the opportunity to offer our products for sale on Morrisons.com. This is a unique opportunity for us to work closely with one of the UK’s leading grocers and we see a lot of opportunity in the links between our respective products and services. We are looking forward to delivering our practical and innovative kitchenware to Morrisons customers. ”

Lakeland’s range of kitchenware will sit alongside Morrison’s existing range of everyday essentials.  Initially Lakeland will fulfil orders, but in time Morrisons will take over the role.

Source : internetretailing

(Author : abullseyeview)
We love shopping—the thrill of the hunt, the victory of a good deal, the feeling you get when you find an item in your size and on sale. But we also love our couch, and the comfort of our own home.


This, of course, means one thing—we’re online shopping pros. Lucky for us, Target has debuted six, new online-only brands. They’re exclusively available on Target.com now, just waiting to be clicked on and discovered. “We’re excited about these new brands and how they’re helping us further differentiate Target.com from other online retailers,” says Theresa Schmidt, a Target divisional merchandise manager. “We know our guests are increasingly connected and are shopping online more, so we wanted to offer guests something new, unique and unexpected.” Check out the six brands below, and stay tuned for upcoming interviews to discover the stories and designers behind them.

TOO by Blu DotRooted in simple design and sophisticated silhouettes, TOO by Blu Dot is a collection of modern décor with a sense of humor. With versatility, boldness and attention, the collection adds unexpected detail to every room in your home.

Labworks: Skip the dressing room! This dynamic contemporary line of daring designs in missy, plus and petite sizes can only be found online at Target.com. With a strong point of view, this confident collection of women’s ready-to-wear pushes boundaries for the stylish and polished fashion fiend.

Room 365From winter to summer, the eye-catching colors and signature looks of Room 365 infuse homes with a sense of freshness 365 days a year. Chic collection details, like modern prints and crisp colors, transition from season to season.

Zutano BlueAfter being uninspired by children’s clothing for her newborn daughter, European designer Uli Belenky founded Zutano. Today, Uli is happy to bring her playful patterns to Zutano Blue, an exclusive collection of clothing, bedding and décor that celebrates the spirit of childhood.

MudHutGo global with the bold textures, vibrant motifs and saturated hues of Africa, Asia and Latin America in this eclectic collection of bedding, textiles and home accessories. Inspired by their South African childhoods, a the brother-and-sister designing duo hope to bring the whole world into your home.

Boho Boutique Set your spirit (and style) free with an airy assortment of bedding, table linens, curtains, shower curtains and more. The whimsical prints and patterns are complemented by bold texture and materials. You’ll never want to get out of bed.

Source : abullseyeview

(Author : internetretailing)
Hobbs’ online sales grew by more than 60% over Christmas, with Boxing Day its busiest day. 

The multichannel fashion retailer today said online sales rose by 60.2% in the 10 weeks to January 5, compared to the same period in the previous year. At the same time, store sales were up by 6.1%, giving total sales across channels a lift of 16.4%.

The website’s busiest day was December 26, when online sales were up by 80% on the previous year.

Hobbs chairman Iain MacRitchie said in a Christmas trading update: “We are delighted with our Christmas performance, achieving good growth in sales across all labels and channels, despite a tough trading environment.

“Our multichannel offer plays an important role in providing our customers with a great shopping experience during the busy Christmas period. While we anticipate conditions will remain challenging for the retail sector over the coming year, we are looking forward to continued growth across the business both domestically and internationally in 2013.”

Hobbs sells from 140 branches in the UK and Ireland, with further franchise stores in the UAE and Sweden. Its online business now delivers to more than 50 countries. The core Hobbs label now sits alongside two sister brands, NW3, aimed at a younger market, and which saw its sales rise by 35% in the period, and Invitation, launched in 2013.

The uplift to sales continues a trend Hobbs previously reported in November, when it said ecommerce sales had lifted by 55% following the relaunch of its website, and that it was targeting expansion in the UK and overseas.

Rakuten LinkShare reacted to the news both of Hobbs’ figures and of a boost to online sales at LK Bennett, whose website is now reported to generate three times the sales of its flagship London store. Mark Haviland, managing director of the CPA network, said: “It’s clear that online is becoming an increasingly integral part of the purchase journey for shoppers looking for high end luxury goods, as online sales continue to grow for these brands. Shopping online is not just for bargain hunters; the channel has the power to drive serious sales for luxury retailers.”

Source : internetretailing

(Author : Matthew Chapman,)
Morrisons has formed an in-house digital agency, M Digital, to develop its eagerly awaited ecommerce site.

M Digital’s core operation comprises about 10 staff who joined the supermarket under Transfer of Undertakings (Tupe) proceedings from Candi, a digital agency that held the Morrisons account, before its closure last year.

The in-house agency, which operates out of Candi’s former London Bridge office, has been asked to create a user interface for the ecommerce site. Employees at Morrisons-owned babycare retailer Kiddicare are also working on the project.

It is understood the in-house agency was set up in December, with IT services group Capgemini thought  to be creating the back-end system for the ecommerce offering.

A Morrisons spokesman said the decision to create the agency ‘made sense’ because it ‘ensures continuity of ongoing digital projects’.

The news of Morrisons’ forthcoming ecommerce offering comes after the supermarket endured a tough Christmas period, with like-for-like sales for the six weeks to 30 December down by 2.5%.

The poor results prompted chief executive Dalton Philips to claim further details of an online grocery store would be unveiled along with the company’s full-year results in March.

During the Christmas trading update last week, Philips claimed the chain’s late entry to ecommerce means it will have ‘last-mover advantage’ in a market he said had been unprofitable for the past 12 years.

Philips’ comments contradict those of rival super-market boss Philip Clarke, who claimed last week that Tesco’s online food offering has ‘always been profitable’.

Morrisons hinted in March 2011 that initially its online operation will launch in London only.

Source : marketingmagazine

(Author : Ashley Lutz)
When McGregor Madden started his company, Proper Suit, he noticed something that gave him an idea for a new business. 


“We had men buying $1,000 suits, yet their dress shirts never fit them,” said Madden, who is a tailor by trade. “Dress shirts were a commodity, something you had to purchase, but very few men put thought into how they fit under this expensive suit.”

With that experience in mind, Madden and his business partner and fellow tailor Richard Hall co-founded subscription service Hall & Madden.

For $150, men get three dress shirts customized to fit them based on height, weight, and other measurements provided by the customer.

The shirts are as high-quality as those manufactured by Hugo Boss, Burberry, and Gucci, but for about one-third of the price, Madden told us.

“We actually reverse-engineered our shirts based on these designer labels by finding their suppliers and working directly with them,” Madden said. “Then we added even more luxury features, like thick mother-of-pearl buttons and handmade single-needle stitching construction, to make the shirt even better.”

Madden said the service is “all about the product.”

“I’m a tailor by trade, so I tried to be meticulous about the product, how it was made and the fit,” Madden said.

Madden is able to offer the shirt at such an affordable price because he doesn’t have the overhead costs of store rents or associates, he said.

The service has 1,000 subscribers in just a few months. Hall & Madden’s next step is to open an office near Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

Madden said his typical customer is a young man who is just starting out in his career.

“I think that a lot of men graduate business school and have no real idea of how their work clothes should fit, or what they should be wearing,” Madden said. “Our goal is to ease that stress and provide a product that works for them.”
Source : businessinsider

(Author : Christina Farr)
The Walt Disney Company is known for its iconic movies, but it deserves its place aside Silicon Valley titans for transforming real-world experiences with technology.


Disney’s digital push will drastically change the experience for visitors to Walt Disney World, the Orlando, Fla. edition of the company’s theme park empire. Armed with a radio-frequency identification bracelet encoded with credit card information, visitors will snap up tickets to Space Mountain and purchase popcorn with the flick of a wrist.

The plan is to reduce wait time for the most popular Disney World attractions and make the experience “more fantastical” for youngsters, with their favorite Disney characters registering personal information from the bands.

For months, rumors have been circulating about the Disney devices dubbed “MagicBands” and a new vacation management system called MyMagic+, which have been under development since February 2011. In October, Disney filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for the MagicBands, but the specifics have been kept under wraps.

MyMagic+ enables users of a new website and app, called My Disney Experience, to elect three FastPasses before they leave home for rides or VIP seating for special events. Guests can register for the bands, which can also function as a room key for on-site resort guests, parking ticket, FastPass, and credit card.

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(Author : internetretailing)
Sainsbury’s today said its multichannel offer was delivering “strongly”, as it celebrated a record-breaking Christmas.

Online trading grew by more than 15% in the 14 weeks to January 5, the company said in a third quarter trading statement, while the supermarket’s convenience business grew by more than 17%. Both helped sales to stay positive across the business: across its channels, like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, were slightly ahead by 0.9% over the period. Including fuel, they were up by 1.5%.

Sainsbury’s said it delivered a record 200,000 online food orders during its busiest week. Click and collect came to the fore in its non-food online business, with 60% of general merchandise orders collected through the service.

The week before Christmas was Sainsbury’s strongest ever, with more than 27m transactions. “We saw a record-breaking £16m of sales in one hour between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday December 23 and experienced our best ever Christmas Eve, at both our supermarket and convenience stores, with over £100m of sales,” said chief executive Justin King.

Throughout the business, sales of general merchandise grew faster than food, with clothing up by 10%, year-on-year, small electricals by more than 24%, and cookware by nearly 15%. Own brands also saw sales grow three times as fast as those of other brands, with the by Sainsbury’s brand growing at nearly 5%, year-on-year.

King added “This Christmas we have helped more customers than ever to Live Well for less, delivering another quarter of good sales in a challenging retail environment, increasing market share.”

Source : internetretailing

(Author : Ashley Lutz)
Target just effectively ended the practice of showrooming in its stores by saying it would match Amazon’s prices year-round.

The discount chain said it would match prices of some online competitors all year, instead of just over the holidays. In addition to Amazon, Target will match prices from itself, Best Buy, Walmart and Toys R Us, Reuters reported. By matching Amazon’s prices, Target is ensuring that customers won’t check out a product in a retail store and then order it for cheaper from Amazon. The announcement comes after Target reported that sales in December were flat from a year earlier.

“Target said that throughout the year it will match the price when a customer buys an eligible item at one of its stores and finds the same item at a lower price in the following week’s Target circular or in a local competitor’s printed ad,” according to Reuters. “It will also match the price if the customer finds the same item at a lower price within a week on Target’s website or the websites of Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us.”

Best Buy, Walmart and Toys R Us have also been impacted by showrooming in the past.

While the move is bold, it may not have a huge impact on Target’s earnings. In November, CEO Gregg Steinhafel downplayed the significance of the company’s holiday price-matching policy.

“We don’t see a lot of price match activity in our stores,” he said on a conference call with analysts. “We’ve been price matching for a long time. Our value proposition is so good day in and day out, and our circular price offering is so good that we don’t expect this to be meaningful.”

Still, the announcement sends a strong message that Target sees Amazon as a major competitor.

Source : businessinsider

(Author : Mae Anderson)
Is Target’s grocery aisle ready for its close up?  Target is pushing its food, laundry detergent and other groceries in a national ad campaign that pokes fun at high-fashion advertising by featuring models interacting with everyday products.

In one ad, a model in a white dress and high heels struts by blueberry muffin and cake mix boxes that explode in different colors. Then she crushes an egg with her hand. “Dominate that PTA bake sale,” a voiceover whispers. “The Everyday Collection. By Target.”

The campaign is part of a larger move by Target, better known for its cheap-chic clothing and home goods, to focus more on its grocery-store aisle. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other Target competitors also have been expanding their selection of groceries to lure more customers into stores. For its part, Target has been expanding its grocery selection, particularly with investments in its “P-Fresh” fresh-food section. Out of its 1,782 stores, about 1,100 have an expanded fresh food layout and more than 250 have a full grocery store. With that push complete, Target decided the time was right to put the focus on its groceries, but in a way that still plays on Target’s fashion know how, said chief marketing officer Jeff Jones. Target, with ad agency Mono in Minneapolis, created the tongue-in-cheek campaign that treats groceries and home products like fashion accessories in a photo shoot. Spending is undisclosed on the ad campaign, but it will include eight TV ads that will run throughout 2013. In addition to TV spots and newspaper inserts, it will include eight TV spots, three radio ads, and digital short films that will run as banner ads online. One TV ad shows an $11.99 bottle of Tide laundry detergent and a model in a white dress dancing fancifully.

“We all yearn for something,” says a voiceover as bubbles float by the model. “And that something is the other sock.”

The campaign “creates a foil for what people are used to seeing for grocery advertising,” said Jones. “It combines the design ethos and fashion creditability that Target has with the idea that it also has great grocery items at a great price.” Target’s ad campaign comes as the retailer faces some challenges. On Thursday, Target reported that revenue at stores open at least one year was flat in December — a key holiday sales period. The company, based in Minneapolis, blamed the decline in part on weakness in sales of merchandise such as furniture and electronics.

Target, which has been successful in the past by pairing up with upscale designers who create lines of products that it can sell for a limited time, also recently was dinged by bad publicity for its collaboration with posh retailer Neiman Marcus. The line debuted Dec. 1 and included 50 products from 24 designers, including a $70 Marc Jacobs scarf and a $500 Alice + Olivia bike.

But the merchandise was criticized for being too expensive, among other things, and all remaining items in that collection were marked down 70 percent off on Jan. 1. That’s quite a reversal from its Missoni collection a year ago, which was so popular demand caused Target’s Web site to crash.

Source : businessinsider

(Author :Jim Edwards)
Selfridges, the upscale British department store, is trying a “no noise” experiment in which it is reducing the amount of visual branded clutter that assaults shoppers inside its stores.



So it asked several famous brands — including Heinz, Marmite and Levi’s — to create versions of their products without their logos. Of course, the package design and trade dress on Heinz Baked Beans and Ketchup are so distinctive that they’re instantly recognizable even without the brand names.
Source : businessinsider