iPay – The Simple Touch Of A Finger

Apple Pay is changing the way we buy things, bridging the gap between the online world and that good old fashioned notion of walking into a shop, restaurant or cafe with change in our pockets. This new payment service which is now three months old is making progress toward a goal that has eluded most other mobile wallets by actually persuading people to use it. Past attempts by Google and Ebay among others to get shoppers to pay for purchases with a...

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The Big Four vs The Disrupters

2015 is looking bleak for the retail sector. Recent figures have shown a poor performance for the ‘Big Four’ at the hands of German retailers Lidl and Aldi. Sainsbury’s saw its first Christmas sales decline in a decade, although the performance was ahead of expectations, while Iceland’s boss Malcolm Walker has described it’s trading over the festive period as “bloody awful”. There is also no sign of a pick-up in the grocery market despite the falling cost of fuel, which...

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Click and Collect – It’s Behind You. 

While everything and everyone is telling us to look forward into 2015, we can’t help but look behind us panto style, and take stock of the mixed messages Christmas trading has given us.  According to figures and retail analysts, online retailing continues to improve at the expense of in store retailing which has seen a downturn.  On top of that, John Lewis, the behemoth of the high street, reports that most of their increase in sales has been in click...

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We Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

In the immortal words of Roy Wood’s Wizard - “We wish it Could be Christmas Every day ... “. But do we? What exactly would the retail sector look like if it was Christmas 365 days a year? Seasonal cheer and longer store opening hours are usually expected this time of year. Birmingham’s Bull Ring has extended its opening hours from 10:00am – 10:00pm in the run up to Christmas, and just down the street eager shoppers can experience the...

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Zone Manager Example Configurations

Zone Manager provides benefits for small and large operations alike. From a small site with a single gate and a couple of unloading areas to a multi-project site with many gates, unloading areas and cranes. Below are some examples of how the Zone Manager has been used. Media City, Manchester MediaCityUK is a major 200 acre site which will, when complete, have over 7 million sq. ft of new and refurbished floor space for business, retail and residential property.  It...

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