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Amazon’s Internet of Shopping will stock your fridge
In all the years of chatter about the Internet of Things, one of the most-cited use cases has been the connected fridge that monitors your food levels and automatically orders replenishments when supplies run low. Hurrah, we all think, no last-minute asparagus shortages (you keep asparagus in the fridge, right?).
Clarks steps into digital experiences across the UK and Ireland
Moki, a software provider enabling cost effective management, security and analytics throughout the life cycle of customer-facing devices, has announced that Clarks, the iconic British shoe manufacturer and retailer, has selected Moki Total Control to deliver contextual and relevant digital signage experiences via LG tablets in its 566 U.K. and Republic of Ireland stores.
43% Of Irish Consumers ‘Would Like To See More In-Store Counters’
More than two fifths (43%) of consumers would like to see more butcher/seafood counters in-store, according to the latest Consumer Insights report from Empathy Research. The survey of 996 consumers found that a fifth of Irish consumers (20%) say they are regular users of in-store butcher counters, while a further 43% of Irish consumers are occasional users.
IFA and Meat Industry Ireland oppose lifetime beef quality assurance
The IFA is opposed to the concept of lifetime beef quality assurance, according to the organisation’s Livestock Committee Chairman Henry Burns. He described such a development as not practicable and undeliverable.
The End of Austerity: Ireland's boom towns
Nestled between Slieve Foy mountain and Carlingford Lough, the medieval village of Carlingford in County Louth has managed to weather the recession well and is now cashing in on recovery. The secret is a year-round tourism offering that is not dependent on the sun shining.
Bank holiday bus drivers' strike to cost us €3m, say city retailers
The warning came as Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe refused to budge over the time-frame of the tendering process and said he is "open to anything that we can do now in the intervening period". Up 2,500 drivers are expected to take part in industrial action on May 1.
Ice cream sales up 50% as Lakeland Dairies secures Tesco contract
The recent sunny weather resulted in Tesco’s ice cream sales increasing by 50% compared to the same time last year and now Tesco have launched a new range of premium ice cream produced by Lakeland Dairies.
SuperValu steals supermarket top slot from Tesco
SuperValu has taken over from Tesco as the largest grocery retailer in the State ending a period of overseas dominance stretching back over 10 years. The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel show SuperValu with a market share of 24.9 per cent compared with to the 24.7 per cent Tesco now has.
Shore Capital: ‘Green Shoots Of Encouragement’ For Tesco In Ireland
UK-based Shore Capital Stockbrokers has said that there are ‘green shoots of encouragement’ for Tesco’s business in Ireland, despite the retailer losing its market leading position to SuperValu. In a statement, Shore Capital said that: “In Ireland, which is expected to remain an important and valuable market for the group in the medium-term, there may also be suitably green shoots of encouragement as filtered through the Kantar data.
Shifting sands underscore dramatic change since Aldi and Lidl arrived
Industry insiders say that Dunnes Stores for instance, which for well over a year has been running major money-back voucher schemes that have cost it tens of millions of euro, has done extraordinarily well from this.
Musgrave Anticipating ‘Aggressive’ Competition Following Rise To Market Leadership
Musgrave marketing director Ray Kelly has told Retail Intelligence that he expects the market to “get more aggressive”, following SuperValu’s rise to the position of grocery market leader. According to Kantar Worldpanel data issued yesterday, SuperValu now stands on 24.9% market share, ahead of Tesco (24.7%) and Dunnes (22.7%).
Milestone for Gala as Online Community Surpasses 100k
Focusing its efforts online over the past few years has paid dividends for the Gala brand, as the convenience retail group has just surpassed 100,000 fans online. Now sitting at 102,000, Gala’s facebook audience is growing thanks to its engaging tone and aspirational prizes, and in 2014, the significant rise in Gala’s fan base resulted in the retail group being named as a finalist at the Social Media Awards.
Dealz Parent Poundland Sees Sales Up 11.8% In Q4
Poundland, the UK-based parent company of single price retailer Dealz, has posted a sales increase of 11.8% (on a constant currency basis) for the 13 week period to 29 March. Sales, which came in at £1.11 billion, were up 2.4% on a like for like basis.
Losses mount at Debenhams’ Irish stores
Losses widened at the Irish arm of British retailer Debenhams last year, largely due to the weakness of the euro against sterling. Accounts for the year to the end of August 2014, which were recently filed by Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Ltd, show losses increased from €6.97 million in 2013 to €8.49 million. This follows a pre-tax profit of €7.8 million in 2012.
Dunnes Stores workers may escalate industrial action
Yesterday, Mandate — the trade union which represents two-thirds of workers in Dunnes Stores — said it would be holding a special disputes committee meeting today to decide on the next course of action.
Next to close its flagship shop on Dublin’s Grafton Street
Fashion and accessories retailer Next is to close its shop on Dublin’s Grafton Street and make way for another fashion and lifestyle group Hugo Boss.Next’s decision to leave the high street after more than 20 years is in line with its new marketing strategy of concentrating mainly on large in-town or out-of-town stores.
Tesco urges customers to register for Great Irish Bake to fundraise for Temple Street
Tesco is calling on customers, schools and businesses to put their baking skills to good use and raise some dough for Temple Street Children’s Hospital on Friday, 17 April. The Great Irish Bake, supported by Tesco, aims to raise funds as Temple Street embarks on one of its most ambitious projects yet – the construction of a new neurology and renal outpatients unit.
Dublin grower to provide first season spinach this year
Tesco is to be the first Irish retailer to stock new season spinach this year and it will be supplied by Rush-based grower Colm Leonard. Tesco expects to sell 17t of perpetual spinach this season, which is in season from April to December and Colm’s family have been farming in Rush for four generations and as well as spinach they supply kale to Tesco.
New shopping centre ‘will bring €35m to Limerick’
A Belfast developer won a major battle against Limerick City and County Council yesterday, when he got the go-ahead for a new shopping centre near the University of Limerick, which opens the way for Marks & Spencer to move into the city.
Dundrum centre's expansion plans sink due to flood fears
The owners of Dundrum Town Centre have been refused planning permission to extend the shopping centre, despite getting permission just over five years ago. Now, the officials at Dún Laoghaire Rathdown have turned down an application from developer Joe O'Reilly, whose Chartered Land built the shopping centre during the Celtic Tiger era.