Retail | 03 May 2019

 

Brand management

Brands are one of the most valuable assets of any business. They act as ‘badges of origin’, distinguishing products and services of one business from those of competing businesses. They also impart a message to customers, acting as a guarantee of quality and authenticity. In this article, we consider five important aspects of effective brand management that should always be considered (but that are often overlooked).

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Retail | 23 January 2019

 

Can retail help lead the renewables ‘quiet revolution’?

The National Infrastructure Commission was established in 2015 to provide independent advice on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs. This year it has published the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) 2018, one of the recommendations being that at least 50% of energy in the UK should be generated by renewable sources by 2030. The report states that: [Continue Reading]

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Retail | 02 October 2018

Retail and insolvency

The increasing popularity of online shopping has resulted in a decline of footfall on the high street and rising business rates, wages and pension costs have resulted in a tough trading environment. With well-known retailers such as Toys R Us, Prezzo, Carpetright, New Look, Mothercare, House of Fraser and recently Homebase all announcing restructuring plans, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of the high street retail sector. Ashfords discusses what options are open to struggling retail businesses. [Continue Reading]

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Retail | 10 July 2018

Providing a seamless customer experience:
the key to success for retailers?

As Mothercare and House of Fraser announce store closures and Debenhams issues another profits warning, it seems that more and more predominantly bricks and mortar high street stalwarts are struggling to profit in this challenging sector.
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Projects, energy and natural resources | 14 June 2016

Does your business produce waste? The answer is very likely to be ‘yes’. Waste can be any number of things; including any material or item which you have no further use for and want to remove. If you are discarding it, it’s still waste, even if you can repair or reuse it. It includes kitchen waste, construction waste, electrical waste, office waste, hazardous waste and production waste.

Most businesses will be considered a ‘waste producer’ by virtue of their everyday activities as categories of waste are widely defined (including household waste). As such, the waste duty of care requirements under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the Regulations) should be of interest to everyone that produces waste – not just the waste industry. [Continue Reading]