Argos opens new digital store inside Sainsbury’s supermarket on London Road, Stoke- on-Trent

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — A brand new Argos digital store opened today (24/08/2016) inside the Sainsbury’s supermarket on London Road, Stoke- on-Trent bringing extra choice and convenience to customers in the area.

The new digital store has created 20 local jobs and follows the success of the 10 stores opened within Sainsbury’s supermarkets during 2015.

The smaller, new format Argos store offers the most popular products that customers want for immediate pick up with c.20,000 products available for store collection within a few hours ranging from toys to tablets to tables.

Peter Jones, Manager of the Sainsbury’s store, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome the Argos team to our store, and we are looking forward to feedback from customers about the increased range and offer. It’s a great, complementary product offer and provides the convenience that our customers are looking for. We’re also enjoying getting to know the Argos team and welcoming them into store as we work together to serve customers.”

Steve Rowlands, Argos Store Manager, added: “Over the last few weeks passers-by have been trying to get a sneak peek of the store, and they’ve all said “wow.” It’s a really convenient addition for local shoppers and will allow them to have access to an extended range of non-food items.”

The new store is equipped for shopping in the digital age, with tablets that mirror the online shopping experience and staff on hand to help. Around half of Argos’ total sales now start online, but 80% of customers will visit one of 842 stores to pick up their goods.

Notes to Editors

Photographs of the Argos store in a Sainsbury’s are available from the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@argos.co.uk

Argos now offers same day delivery and faster in-store collection with Fast Track.

You can now buy online and get your order delivered the same day for £3.95, seven days a week, with Fast Track Delivery. You can also buy online and collect from our dedicated Fast Track counters in-store in as little as 60 seconds.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 30,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

About Sainsbury’s
Founded in 1869, Sainsbury’s today operates over 1,200 stores, employing around 161,000 colleagues across the UK.

With 24 million customer transactions every week, the company’s focus is on delivering high quality, affordable food, clothing and general merchandise across supermarkets, convenience stores and online.

Sainsbury’s Bank offers accessible financial products that reward customers who both bank and shop with Sainsbury’s. Strong, well-established values are integral to Sainsbury’s success in helping customers Live Well for Less.

For more information about Sainsbury’s, please contact the Sainsbury’s press office on 020 7695 7295 or email press_office@sainsburys.co.uk

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Argos opens new digital store inside Sainsbury’s supermarket on London Road, Stoke- on-Trent
Argos opens new digital store inside Sainsbury’s supermarket on London Road, Stoke- on-Trent

 

Source: Argos

REI launches new digital store featuring best-in-class, off-price products — REI Garage

SEATTLE, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (08.09.2016) REI, the national outdoor specialty retailer and consumer co-op, launches REI Garage, a new digital store that offers a unique shopping experience for best-in-class, off-price products handpicked by co-op experts. REI Garage replaces REI Outlet and features a focused product assortment of only the top closeout products and brands that its members love.

“The outlet space is way too complicated and confusing right now, and the shopping experience feels unnecessarily chaotic. It’s too hard for consumers to sort between genuine, first-rate products, and gear that was made specifically for the second-tier market. REI Garage is a complete rethink of this space. We are curating gear so that the shopping experience is clearer, simpler, and less pressured. We’re working with vendors to find top-tier closeout product and offering it at the best possible prices. This is a very different approach from how most companies operate in this space, and we think it is more aligned with the experience customers expect at REI,” said Mark Seidl, REI’s divisional vice president of Digital Retail and general manager of REI Garage.

Over the past 18 months, the co-op engaged its members to redesign REI outlet. That process led REI to build REI Garage around three promises:

  • Quality first: REI Garage offers products that share the same standard of quality as REI’s full-price business. The only difference is that REI Garage products are closeout items.
  • Distinct shopping experience: REI Garage provides a separate shopping experience that is designed for the off-price shopper, but still offers the convenience of a shared shopping cart with REI.com and returns in store.
  • Stand behind its products: All products are backed by REI’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Each product sold by REI Garage is purposefully selected by a team of expert buyers to ensure high quality, varied assortment and the best deals. All products are new and unused end-of-season closeouts and previous-year models purchased specifically for REI Garage.

REI is unique in its ability to offer these exclusive deals. The co-op’s trusted relationships with vendor partners allows it to have the best access to closeout products, and with decades of expertise the co-op can offer the best closeout gear and apparel to members.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI-Garage.com or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

Contacts:

U.S. and Canada: 1-800-426-4840
International: 1-253-891-2500
Fax: Dial 1-253-891-2523

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REI launches new digital store featuring best-in-class, off-price products — REI Garage
REI launches new digital store featuring best-in-class, off-price products — REI Garage

 

Source: REI