RebatesMe marks its 5th Anniversary with new logo!

Our new logo and rebranding are here, beginning a new journey for our company.

Portland, Oregon, 2018-Aug-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online shopping can be described as a great benefit for consumers worldwide. RebatesMe is the ultimate platform that helps shoppers all over the world earn cash back, no matter where you’re shopping from. It is among the top cashback sites offering coupons, discounts, and cash back services. After five years of rapid development, RebatesMe has brought global high-quality and cost-effective products to more than one million consumers from China and the United States, and now to the whole world. And its global brand influence is growing.

Striving to meet the needs of this change and to aid in future development strategy, RebatesMe officially launched the new logo on our 5th anniversary in efforts to further enhance the brand image and to continue upgrading its brand and service.

In the face of fierce consumer competition, economic benefits and good service are undoubtedly the two keys to winning the market. The new brand image is upgraded to link the brand value with the consumer demand. RebatesMe brings higher cashback to consumers and provides users with a better shopping experience.

RebatesMe has always been involved in overseas cash back shopping and has been actively cultivating the US market for many years all while continually expanding global business cooperation in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. All while still striving to accelerate the globalization of overseas shopping and consumer cash back. By expanding our overseas merchants, categorizing products and providing exceptional shopping tips, we are able to provide our shoppers both in the US and china with a more extensive choice of products with cash back.

At present, RebatesMe has cooperated with more than 3,000 merchants around the world. At RebatesMe, you can get the latest international e-commerce preferential information and enjoy the best-selling products globally. In addition, loyal users with VIP membership can also enjoy preferential treatment by learning about exclusive deals in advance, paired with our superior customer service, giving them an overall better experience in global online shopping.

In the past five years, RebatesMe has earned millions of dollars in cashback for its website users. And now on its 5th anniversary, RebatesMe will continue to be an unparalleled contender in e-commerce shopping around the world and excitedly anticipate a surge in growth with our rebranded image.

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Media contact:
RebatesMe, Angel Gao, 503-719-4367, angel.gao@rebatesme.com

JusTransact Sees E-commerce Retail Explosion in India

New Delhi, India, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — E-commerce retail operations in India supported by unprecedented growth of smart phone and internet penetration has made Indian retail industry the most potent, sustainable and fastest growing industry  in 2018 compared to many of the world’s leading economies.

Even in rural regions, where people used to make retail purchases from the nearby mom-and-pop or physical stores for their grocery, electronic, or any other domestic goods, are now flaunting with tablets or smart phones with dependable internet connectivity and make purchases from online stores using debit or credit cards or internet banking or through digital wallets offered by payment companies such as Paytm, Rupay, Freecharge, MobiKwik, Jiomoney, to name a few.

According to market research firm eMarketer, Indian e-commerce sector will show rapid growth of 31 per cent this year to reach $32.7 billion. With the growing internet penetration and rapid usage of smart phones, the report predicted that by 2022, Indian e-commerce businesses will worth a whopping $71.94 billion surpassing the growth of China and other leading economies in the world.

As per the 2017 Goldman Sachs report, the online retailing sector in China will grow from the current 17 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020.

Factors contributing growth

Industry analysts from Millennium India, a leading e-commerce advisory and supplier of advanced POS technology to Indian retailers, say that the E-commerce growth in India has been contributed by the arrival of leading names – Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, Zomato, Bigbasket, Naaptol, Urban Ladder, etc, which have forayed into newer fields to address the daily needs of customers.

For example, Flipkart, Amazon and Jio are in the process of integrating nearby grocery shops to provide customers the pleasure of shopping daily need items, fruits and veggie from home, says Kiran Bhargava, an industry analyst based in Mumbai.

According to Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of JusTransact.com, which is India’s only e-commerce portal for Point of Sale (POS) electronic products, says: “E-commerce in India has seen vertical growth over a decade and is now in the consolidating mode spreading its base to several other fields to satisfy growing customer demands. Customers, who are empowered by mobile technology, want everything online.  Today’s shoppers are highly demanding and tech-savvy which forces retailers to  open all doors – physical, internet, mobile, land-line, desktop/smart mobile/tablets, O2O, cloud- to reach them and vice-versa. No one wants to lose-out customers because of lack of technology.”

“E-commerce is getting further boost due to cheaper smartphones and increased internet users, and this trend is catching up fast in tier II and III cities as well,” adds Bhaskar, who also heads Millennium India.

Not only, groceries, customers can now order their daily needs and essential items such as furniture, electrical and electronic items, hardware, home utility items, laundry services, food from their smart phones, whose penetration and internet connectivity and also overwhelming online presence by young population and expanding middle class are catapulting the number of digital buyers in India.

The online retail space has been witnessing fierce competition in the recent times for the larger pie with market leader Flipkart (which has been taken over by Walmart recently), Amazon and Paytm Mall (backed by Softbank and Alibaba) infusing huge capital for improved logistic and payment system and also planning to woo customers with attractive discounts on competitive products.

Though as of now, no one has emerged clear winner of the e-commerce space in India, one can surely say that coming months will be more crucial for these entities and customers are in for delightful surprises with deep discount offers, concludes Bhaskar.

 

For Media Contact

K Ramanathan

Editor-Media coordinator,

Justransact.com,

Millennium Re-tech Ventures India Private Limited,

G-19,2nd Floor, Block-16, 2nd Main Road,
Ambattur Industrial Estate,Chennai-600 058.

Website: https://www.justransact.com/

E-mail: ram@justransact.com

Ph: +91 9384612789

 

 

Vape starter kit sales soar by 37% over Stoptober campaign

Modern electronic mod vaping device. Vape. ecigarette

 

LONDON, 2017-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Early signs indicate that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates across the UK has not only been widely accepted, but capitalized upon. For the first time, vaping has featured prominently within the NHS Stoptober campaign, with the official website included in the Stoptober TV advertisement.

Vape Club – the UK’s largest online retailer of vaping products and e-cigarettes – has seen e-cigarette starter kit sales increase by 37% year on year following the launch of the 2017 campaign.

Director of Vape Club Dan Marchant says that the medical acceptance has provided a watershed moment for public health:

‘It’s fantastic to see the NHS finally backing vaping as a pathway to quit smoking. The industry has been backing this alternative for a long time, but with the evidence provided by Public Health England, endorsements from the likes of Cancer Research UK and the figures which are produced by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), there can be no doubt that vaping is the most effective method to give up tobacco.

The NHS advocating vaping as an alternative to tobacco is an enormous breakthrough and will do an outstanding amount of good for public health and tobacco control in the UK.’

Believed to be 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco, e-cigarettes feature within the NHS’ Stoptober campaign as a way of phasing out tobacco rather than advocating – as seen in previous campaigns – the ‘cold turkey’ approach. Through the adoption of this harm reduction strategy, the UK has seen record high rates of smoking cessation and is fast becoming a European leader in this respect.

About Vape Club

The UK’s largest online retailer of vape kits and e-liquid, Vape Club aim to provide the best possible quality vape products at the best possible prices.

Vape Club are offering a site wide 15% discount with the code STOPTOBER.  You can also be in line to win your very own starter kit as they give away 5 kits each week through social media to smokers looking to switch.

Fresh Market in Kaysville launches online shopping and curbside pickup service — Fresh Market to Go

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between long days at the pool, family get-togethers and vacations, there isn’t always enough time to grocery shop. Fresh Market in Kaysville is helping shoppers save time and make the most of their summer days with the launch of Fresh Market to Go, an online shopping and curbside pickup service. The program is part of a partnership with eCommerce company Rosie and available exclusively at the Kaysville location.

“Fresh Market to Go makes it possible to get the groceries you need, even when you don’t have a lot of time,” said Steve Bitter, Customer Service Operations Manager for Associated Retail Operations and Fresh Market. “We’ve trained our personal shoppers to shop for you the way you would shop for yourself. If they have any questions about your order, they’ll call or text you to make sure we provide exactly what you want.”

Fresh Market to Go makes grocery shopping simple with four easy steps. To get started, guests create a free Fresh Market to Go account on the store’s website. With their account, shoppers can select needed items and fill their cart. After they have everything they need, they can pay and select a time to pick up their order. When they arrive at the store, they park in one of the designated Fresh Market to Go stalls and text the Fresh Market to Go team to have their order brought out to their car.

There is a small convenience fee for the service, but Fresh Market to Go shoppers will benefit from all in-store ads, sales and promotions. Kaysville is the first Fresh Market location to launch the service. Guests have responded extremely well to similar programs at Fresh Market’s sister stores, Macey’s and Lin’s.

Reporters interested in trying Fresh Market to Go should contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or rmwabel@afstores.com

About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit freshmarketstores.com

About Rosie
The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web; Rosie launched in July 2013 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. Rosie partners with leading local retailers and their wholesalers to provide e-commerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. Like us at fb.com/rosieapp. Follow us ontwitter.com/rosieapp

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Source:  Fresh Market

Meijer expands online shopping and Curbside service in Southeastern Michigan

Retailer grows Meijer Curbside service in Southeastern Michigan to 14 stores; will offer 33 locations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois by end of year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2016-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With another four Detroit area stores unveiling Meijer Curbside in the past few weeks, Meijer is continuing a big push this summer to increase locations that allow customers to shop online and enjoy the convenience of picking up their groceries curbside without leaving their vehicles.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer just added its Rochester Hills, Brighton, Fort Gratiot and Lapeer supercenters as Meijer Curbside locations and plans on completing its Southeastern Michigan plan in October, bringing the total number of stores offering the popular shopping option in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas to 14. By year end, Meijer Curbside will be offered at 33 stores in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, including multiple locations in Lansing, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne.

“The way customers shop for food continues to change and our efforts to expand the number of stores where Meijer Curbside is offered is one more way we are bringing more convenience to our customers,” said Michael Ross, vice president of Digital Shopping and Customer Marketing. “Providing an all-encompassing service that offers grocery, health and beauty and general merchandise items, and allows customers to pick up orders in as little as a few hours is a game changer for many of our shoppers.”

Since launching the program at its Canton and Ann Arbor stores last year, Ross said that popular demand in Detroit has seen the number of orders more than double in the weeks following most store launches, and expects that number will eventually grow to 100 per day at some stores. He said more than 80 percent of weekly orders come from repeat customers, which demonstrates how quickly the shopping option of picking up their groceries curbside is gaining popularity especially among busy parents and young millennials.

The Meijer Curbside program enlists 15 specially-trained team members at each store to hand select every item in a customer’s order, choose best available produce and meats, and shop according to special instructions and personal preferences. Orders are shopped prior to pick-up and dedicated refrigerators and freezers are used to keep grocery items fresh.

Customers shop for more than 80,000 of the most commonly shopped grocery and general merchandise – including health and beauty products, pet food, toys, Keurigs and Fitbits – and place orders online at Meijer.com/Curbside. Then customers select a preferred pick-up time between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. For orders, customers can schedule pickup in about three hours. Orders can be placed up to five days in advance.

As a busy school teacher, Utica resident Melissa Wolfe said the last thing she and her husband want to do at the end of a long week is to go grocery shopping. But that’s how she used to spend her Saturdays, until she tried Meijer Curbside at the Auburn Hills Meijer in April. Ever since, she and husband John have been enthusiastic repeat customers.

“Balancing full work weeks and weekly grocery shopping has never been easier,” she said. “Curbside saves us at least 2 to 3 hours every weekend – and because we both have full-time jobs that demand a lot of our time during the week, our weekend hours are precious to us. We now put our weekly shopping list together throughout the week, sleep a little later on weekends and choose a pick-up time to get our groceries and pet food. For us, going grocery shopping is no longer a chore and we both get to sleep a little later and avoid long checkout lines on Saturdays.”

For shoppers at the newly added Rochester Hills, Brighton, and Fort Gratiot stores, Meijer Curbside will be offered free through July 31. Following the initial phase, the service cost varies between $4.95 and $6.95 per order, depending on store.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 228 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Joe Hirschmugl
joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com
616-791-3943

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Meijer expands online shopping and Curbside service in Southeastern Michigan

Meijer expands online shopping and Curbside service in Southeastern Michigan

 

Source: Meijer

 

FDI in Indian E-commerce will stop price wars and streamline operations: Bhaskar Venkatraman

Chennai, India, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Indian government’s move to open up E-commerce market place to Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) will, apart from bring in more foreign investments and improve economy, also streamline and regulate the market while arresting the unethical price competitions, says Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com, an exclusive e-commerce market place for Point Of Sale (POS) products and consumables, for both retail and non-retail applications.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Director, JusTransact.com

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Director, JusTransact.com

Reacting the government move to allow 100% FDI in India’s e-commerce sector, Bhaskar, who is one of the pioneers in introducing POS technology to Indian retail market, says,  “This is a good step with a long term vision and a step towards bring in regulations and healthy competition among e-commerce companies. The move will arrest un-ethical price competitions vis-à-vis brick-and-mortar counterparts which will ultimately benefit end users. This will also change consumers’ perspective towards online shopping as they give more weightage to convenience rather than the price factors.”

On the flip side, the entry of international biggies into Indian e-commerce sector will lead to realignments of local companies, which is unavoidable in the present scenario. This will trigger healthy competition and improve products’ standards in the market, a win-win situation for consumers.

About JusTransact.com

Justransact.com is an e-commerce venture of Millennium Retech Ventures India Pvt. Ltd promoted by Millennium Group. JusTrasact.com was launched with a sole motive of providing reliable, affordable and scalable POS solutions to the fast growing retail sector in India. POS technology facilitates small, medium and large businesses automate their activities, enhance customer experience and also make them competitive with established players. The portal has made world-class cutting-edge POS Hardware, Software and Knowledge accessible to retailers. Headquartered in Chennai and having branches in major cities in India, Justransact.com offers one-stop solution for all kinds of POS needs to both retail and non-retail business applications. The portal currently sells 1000+ POS products of 15+ categories from 40+ world’s leading brands.

Media contact: 

K Ramanathan,

ram(at)justransact(dot)com

G-19,2nd Floor, Block-16, 2nd Main Road,

Ambattur Industrial Estate,

Chennai-600 058.

Argos revolutionises online shopping by becoming the first retailer to offer same-day home delivery across the UK

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Argos is revolutionising online shopping by becoming the first retailer to offer same-day store collection, and same-day home delivery, for nearly 20,000 products across the UK.

The new service is called Fast Track. Customers can see Fast Track items clearly online, purchase them, and choose to either collect them from a local store or schedule a same-day or next-day delivery slot.

Customers choosing Fast Track Collection can collect their products from 800 Argos store locations nationwide, at specially marked Fast Track Collection counters, from Argos colleagues who will have the products in customers’ hands within 60 seconds. Fast Track Collection is free.

Customers choosing Fast Track Delivery can select from four convenient home delivery slots: 7am-10am, 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm and 7pm-10pm, seven days a week including Sunday. Customers can order by 6pm to have an item delivered by 10pm the same day, or schedule a convenient time on the next day or future days. The delivery fee is only £3.95.

Like the Argos team members serving Fast Track Collection customers in-store, Fast Track Delivery drivers are Argos employees, specially hired and trained and working in local stores around the country.  Argos has created new jobs for 3,300 drivers, who will operate the 800 liveried Argos vans in streets up and down the UK this Christmas season. Up to 1,000 drivers are currently being recruited for the busy upcoming Christmas season.

Fast Track Collection and Fast Track Delivery are possible because of behind the scenes improvements Argos has been making during the past two years to its stocking, distribution and digital systems, such as the ‘hub & spoke’ stocking model it deployed in stores last year.  Fast Track has been in testing for several months and customer reaction to the new home delivery service in particular was very positive.  One customer tweeted: “…the fact that Argos do same day delivery on a Sunday makes me so happy.” Another said she found the service “amazing” when her TV broke at 5pm and she was watching her new one by 8.30pm the same day.

John Walden, Chief Executive, Home Retail Group (parent company of Argos) said: “As customers increasingly shop from online and mobile shopping channels, they are increasingly sensitive to the speed and cost of obtaining their products.  Argos has always been known for convenience, and is uniquely positioned with its national network of stores and distribution centres to provide customers with the best options to fulfil their digital orders.  We are pleased to introduce Fast Track Collection and Fast Track Delivery, which represents the fastest, cheapest and most convenient way for customers to purchase their goods online.  We hope Fast Track will help UK consumers this Christmas and make their seasonal shopping speedier and easier than ever before.”

Bryan Roberts, Senior Vice-President & Knowledge officer for EMEA at Kantar Retail, said:

“Delivery has emerged as one of the key battlegrounds for UK retailers, as customers increasingly look for multiple delivery slots that allow them to shop how and when they want on the same day.  In terms of customers being able to order online as late as 6pm and receive products on their doorstep that evening, Argos is showing its rivals a clean pair of heels with this new speedy nationwide service.  While having the right offer at the right price will be as crucial as ever this Christmas, there will also be a sprint finish on the nation’s roads to deliver the goods the same or next day.”

Interested applicants for customer fulfilment drivers or seasonal jobs in Argos stores should apply as soon as possible at www.argoscareers.com

Argos was the first to launch click & collect 15 years ago and prior to that led the way with a UK-wide home delivery service in 1999.

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Notes to Editors

For more information or images, please contact media.relations@argos.co.uk or call 0845 120 4365.

Additional images and driver case studies are available on request.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 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 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 800 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

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PR PHOTO. Free Editorial Use. Argos Launch NEW Same Day Delivery Service.

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Argos Launch NEW Same Day Delivery Service.

Online shopping with in-store pick-up now available at Weis Markets’ Bellefonte store

Online Shopping Offers In-store Shopping Experience with Online Convenience

Sunbury, PA, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Weis Markets today announced that online shopping with in-store pick-up is now available at the Bellefonte store located at 170 Buckaroo Lane.

Weis Online Shopping allows customers to conveniently order groceries online and either pay through a secure PayPal system or at the store with curbside checkout. The service is free for orders of $150 or more, and $2.95 for orders under $150. The service fee is waived on first time orders.

Each order is handpicked in store by trained personal shoppers and then carefully stored until pick-up. Customers can use their Weis Preferred Shopper’s cards to save on their orders and earn gas rewards. They can also browse the weekly online circular and add sale items to their carts. Paper and eCoupons are also accepted.

“Many of our customers have embraced Weis Online Shopping, which offers our customers the best of both worlds: the in-store shopping experience with online, time-saving convenience. Our in-store personal shoppers are trained to focus on quality and customize orders,” said Richard Gunn, Weis Markets’ Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Sales. “This is an extremely convenient service. Customers can place their orders at any time and schedule a convenient pick-up time that suits their schedule. These orders can also be ready in four hours.”
Weis Online Shopping is now available in 34 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. For more information, visit WeisMarkets.com/OnlineShopping.

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About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.

H&M launches shop online in Bulgaria, Bulgaria and Slovakia

STOCKHOLM, 2015-4-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are proud to announce that we successfully welcomed our Slovak, Hungarian and Bulgarian customers to a new and extended online experience on April 9th.

H&M’s Shop Online will offer the same collections online as in-store giving customers access to a wide range of clothing and accessories including ladies, men’s, teens and a full children’s line. There will also be exclusive “online-only” items available all year-round.

The Shop Online launch will also include H&M Home. H&M Home brings fashion and fun to interiors with a seasonal selection of products for every room in your home.

Besides great fashion collections for the entire family, H&M Home will let our customers access the trendiest decorative items for their home with a very good quality and always for the very good H&M prices. Online shopping at hm.com completes the H&M experience.
For more information:

Bulgaria
Anna Velikova, PR Manager
Email.: anna.velikova@hm.com

Hungary
Nagy Szilvia, Marketing Manager
Email: szilvia.nagy@hm.com

Slovakia
Ewa Jarzemska, H&M Sales Market East Marketing & PR Manager
Email: ewa.jarzemska@hm.com

Argos gives its Victoria store a ‘digital makeover’ now local residents can take advantage of the speed and convenience of online shopping

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Local residents in Victoria can now take advantage of the speed and convenience of online shopping on their local high street, thanks to Argos which has given their store a ‘digital makeover’.

The revamped ‘paperless’ store has a fresh and contemporary look, with tables of tablets replacing Argos’ traditional laminated catalogues, paper slips and pencils. Customers can use the tablets to browse for products to add to their digital shopping trolley, and access lots of extra product information, including extended ranges, videos, photography and customer reviews.

Central London shoppers can benefit from new services such as the ability to browse and pay for goods online at home or on the move for speedy collection from a special Fast Track collection point in store.

Store staff have undergone special training to provide more help to customers on the shop floor using technology. New digital display screens and complimentary WiFi complete the digital transformation.

Argos has been committed to serving customers in Victoria for almost 30 years, having opened the local store in 1985.  It employs 39 workers in the Vauxhall Bridge Road Store.

In January 2014, Argos opened its first digital hub directly above the Victoria store, where its digital teams develop exciting innovations. The Digital Hub is key to Argos’ plan to become a digital retail leader.

Mustapha Ali, Argos Store Manager for Victoria, said: “We’ve had some really great feedback from customers about the fresh modern look of the new store, and the introduction of the tablets and digital screens.

“We’re also very lucky to be next to the Digital Hub, making us the first store to get a sneak peek into the business’ next creation and offer feedback from staff and customers.”

Research commissioned by Argos found that nearly half of London shoppers believe that one of the biggest benefits of online shopping is that it offers more choice. However, 65 per cent revealed that they still shop on the high street.1

Argos found that the changing expectations of customers in London mean value for money is more important than ever, with 71 per cent of shoppers saying they are savvier now than they were five years ago. In addition, 54 per cent admitted to checking the price of an item online before purchasing it.1

Staff in the Victoria store will also be wearing a brand new uniform to reflect the growing role of technology in the store environment.

Predominantly a black polo shirt and soft shell jacket with a white logo, supported by red and grey secondary colours, the new outfit has specially-designed features that make it fit for purpose for the fast-paced, changing nature of retail. Staff across the store, including store managers, will sport the new look to reinforce a team approach when serving customers.

The new uniform features include:

  • Loops on the side of the polo shirt and battery pack holder on trousers to accommodate the technology headsets team members wear to pick and put away stock in the stock room.
  • Pen pockets on the trousers so staff are ready to make notes easily when serving customers, answering the phone and in the stock room.
  • Lighter fabric to ventilate the body in a fast-paced tech environment

The new uniforms come as part of Argos’ new brand campaign – ‘GET SET GO ARGOS’ – which uses energy, colour and excitement to highlight the top brands and great new services customers can experience at Argos.

The new digital stores equip Argos for the online revolution, as shoppers increasingly browse and buy online via PCs, tablets and other mobile devices, while still wanting the immediacy of a local store to pick up their purchases. Around 44 per cent of Argos’ total sales now start online. Sales from mobile phones and tablets represent 18 per cent of the total sales. 2

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Notes to Editors:

1Research conducted on behalf of Argos by Opinion Matters in July 2014.

2Home Retail Group Annual Report 2014

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.

Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 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 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

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

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Brand New Website Layout at No1Brands4You Makes Online Shopping Easier

Discount online retailer No1Brands4You has launched its brand new website, with its attractive, streamlined layout now making it easier than ever for their customers to shop for brand name gadgets and accessories at drastically reduced prices.

The website has recently undergone a dramatic transformation, and the new look website makes shopping for brand name products easier than ever, with the new layout easily highlighting all of the essential areas of the website, from the Special Offers to the dedicated categories such as DIY products and items for the Armed Forces.

There are plenty of household essentials in stock at No1Brands4You, such as the range of retro kitchen appliances from Giles and Posner. The Mini Retro Popcorn Maker will let you make fresh, tasty popcorn as often as you please, whilst also giving your kitchen a retro 50s feel. Meanwhile, the Mini Chocolate Fountain will provide the ultimate retro centrepiece at parties and get-togethers.

These are just some of the fantastic products that are now available to order online from No1Brands4You, and with Christmas fast approaching, there is no better time to get shopping for all of your festive necessities, whether you need innovative gifts for your loved ones, or you need to stock up on your party essentials to make your Christmas party go with a bang.

No1Brands4You is an online discount retailer that is dedicated to bringing its customers great value deals on a wide range of home and garden essentials. There are so many different products in stock, from clothing and jewellery for both men and women, to DIY essentials and car care products.

To check out all of the wonderful products that are currently in stock at No1Brands4You, including a whole host of brand names at reduced prices that you wouldn’t find anywhere on the high street, visit the No1Brands4You website at http://www.no1brands4You.co.uk/

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Biker Chique has also been a trend that a lot of people knew of, but this year it has been storming the catwalks and high street fashion and Fuchia.co.uk has all the leather, studs and spikes you could fit into your wardrobe to help ride in style this season.

Biker Chique has also been a trend that a lot of people knew of, but this year it has been storming the catwalks and high street fashion and Fuchia.co.uk has all the leather, studs and spikes you could fit into your wardrobe to help ride in style this season. A real fashion follower always wants to stay one step ahead when it comes to trends and Fuchia is the perfect place for all your fashion must haves. We regularly update our stock to help people keep up with the latest fashions for every season. We have everything a girl could need at Fuchia.co.uk

Fashion experts say trends come back to life after twenty years, we saw this with leggings and now we are seeing it with the 80s biker look coming back, with lots of leather, studs and spikes. With lots of big designers creating the latest range of biker fashion and other fashion styles for this year, Fuchia offers the same trendy designs on a budget. Fuchia provide the latest High Street Fashion Online at the cheapest prices.

Add some biker style to your high street fashion.

If you are looking to buy women’s clothing online Fuchia update their stock almost every week and at the best prices, why not let out your biker side with a Spiked Collar White Sleeveless Blouse for £18.00 (also available in black and green) or give your shorts a new lease of life with Studded Denim Shorts for £25.00

Be sure to check out Fuchia for their High Street Fashion Online with new trends and fashions arriving every day at the best prices. First class delivery is available on all items.

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Ramona’s Online Shopping Store Site Launches

RDM Marketing World Wide, an Internet Marketing Company based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has announced today that the company is launching a new website, Ramona’s Online Shopping Store. The new website has numerous products and categories for every room in the home or office. The new website can be found at http://www.RamonasOnlineShoppingStore.ca

“The main objective and goal for the new website, Ramona’s Online Shopping Store, is placed on building an outstanding shopping experience that interested and potential customers will love and value. The website markets top leading brand name products such as Citizen, Cartier, Sony, Toshiba, and Dell just to name a few at bargain prices to the global market,” said Ramona Morrow, Founder and CEO.

Ramona’s Online Shopping Store, is one more resource for online shoppers by offering an enjoyable, comfortable, reliable and extensive browsing experience for everything from Apparel, Jewelry, Software to Watches. Everyone will find a fabulous, fashionable selection of clothing and accessories for every taste and any budget.

For busy households, online shopping has quickly become another avenue to shop for moms and dads. Shopping online has become the way of the future for gift giving ideas and to buy gifts for everyone. You will find gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for kids, gifts for mom, gifts for dad, gifts for Mother’s Day and gifts for Father’s Day.

RDM Marketing World Wide is confident that Ramona’s Online Shopping Store will be a significant and an ongoing competitor in comparison shopping for today’s global market. “Looking forward to making a mark and be the “little giant” of companies to watch as the website progresses forward with new adventures for this project.”

“In the upcoming year, striving forward by proving to the business world that RDM Marketing World Wide and Ramona’s Online Shopping Store can be an equal contender with the online shopping niche and take a big bite out of the economic market,” said Ms. Morrow. “Hoping to create a company where growth and expansion is welcomed within the community.”

By pointing out that our “Free Super Saver Shipping” program will soon become a customer favorite because this program includes free shipping on orders $25 and over which is another reason to include online shopping into your daily routine.

For more information and details on Ramona’s Online Shopping Store visit http://www.RamonasOnlineShoppingStore.ca

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Bargains To Be Had As Shoppers Get Ready For Christmas And Save By Using The Latest Discount Codes And Voucher Codes Online

Consumers are expected to purchase more gifts online than ever before in the run up to Christmas, despite still feeling the pinch as the UK’s faltering economy struggles to pick up.

Sales via the web are set to rise by 16% this year and VoucherMole.co.uk, the UK ‘s leading voucher codes website, is urging Christmas shoppers to take advantage of the array of discount codes available in order to keep bills down.

“Despite people having less money at their disposal they’ll still look to splash out on gifts at Christmas as they won’t want to disappoint their friends and relatives,” said a spokesperson from Voucher Mole. “Also, young children don’t understand what a recession is and will still be asking for the same expensive toys – it’s difficult for parents to say ‘no’.

“That said, the beauty of online shopping is that discount codes are out there waiting to be snapped up and Voucher Mole can put them in the hands of the consumer. By making the effort to cash in as many discount codes as you can, costs can be kept much lower than expected meaning Christmas 2011 can be a good one.”

Meanwhile, Google has issued an article called ‘e-Retail Recommendations for Christmas 2011′ which offers advice to online retailers on how they can make sales to the bargain hungry user. They give three key tips, namely: businesses should prepare as early as possible (Cyber Sunday and Cyber Monday are on December 4 th and 5 th this year) and research what this Christmas’s ‘must-have’ items are; allay any fears about undelivered goods, particularly if there are severe weather conditions again; and ensure that websites are mobile and tablet friendly as more and more consumers are using such devices to shop.

“It seems that retailers such as play.com, HMV and WHSmith are keen to offer customers some good deals in order to ensure pleasing sales figures for this quarter,” added Voucher Mole. “With shoppers desperate to snap up discounted products in return, there’s every chance that – particularly regarding online retail – there won’t be the doom and gloom that everyone is expecting.”

Voucher Mole is a leading retail promotion company which features voucher codes, deals and offers from a wide variety of online retailers. Our team tracks down the best deals and passes them on to online consumers keen to save money on big brands. Voucher Mole is part of Wilsons Online Retail Ltd. For information visit www.vouchermole.co.uk.

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More People Set to Shop With Daily Deals This Christmas

Daily Deal search engine Dealzippy.co.uk predict an upward trend in the numbers of shoppers who will look for deals on their Christmas shopping this year. Dexter Grima , one of the founders of the Deal Zippy website said:

“We’ve seen a surge in the numbers of deals available in our Christmas gift ideas category in the last few weeks on everything from digital cameras, fashion, toys for the kids and even home teeth whitening kits!”

With an uncertain forecast for the highstreet going into this Christmas period online retailers are flocking to deal sites like Groupon deals, KGB deals and Living Social to boost their early Christmas sales by offering genuine discounts of up to 80%.

“We’re also seeing more extended sale periods. Where as deal sites like Groupon used to be all about one day sales now we’re regularly seeing gift ideas on sale for anything from a week to a month to make the most of the early Christmas shopping period.”

Evidence would suggest it’s the online shopping retailers who are offering the most substantial discounts on Christmas sale items, aimed at enticing shoppers to buy early, before the highstreet starts competing with its own Christmas sales.

Give a Gadget This Christmas?

The popularity of gadget gift deals on daily deals websites has also exploded in the run up to Christmas.

“At the time of writing we have 52 live daily deals on gadgets listed on UK deals sites and this number is increasing every day. Compare that to a few months ago we only saw a handful of this type of deal being offered. Now it’s common to see even high value items like sat navs, TV’s, Laptops and camcorders with discounts of 50% or more.”

On average gadgets have a discount of 53% on daily deals sites which given the relatively high value of some items can make for a substantial discount.

Deal Zippy will publish more in-depth Christmas Shopping data on their blog at http://www.dealzippy.co.uk/blog/data in the run up to Christmas.

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Parcel2Go Urges More Retailers To Consider Selling Online

Following a report showing that only 14 per cent of EU companies sell goods and services using the internet, despite an increase in buyers, online parcel delivery company Parcel2Go has urged businesses to reconsider their trading strategies.

A study by international administrative department Eurostat has revealed that the number of online consumers in the European Union doubled between 2005 and 2010 – from 20 per cent to 40 per cent – but this growth has not been matched by a growth in the number of businesses using the internet to sell their wares.

With so many sales methods accessible online and a range of cheap courier services on offer to transport goods directly to customers, representatives of courier comparison website Parcel2Go have expressed surprise that more companies are not taking advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Parcel2Go Marketing Director, Richard Mercer said: “Online shopping gets bigger all the time, especially with the accelerated evolution of smartphones and tablets in recent years. Businesses which don’t use this avenue to sell their products are losing the chance to appeal to huge swathes of consumers.

“In today’s world, selling items online is a straightforward and accessible process with plenty of resources available to support it. Whether you are a sole trader or the proprietor of a large operation, online sales could do wonders for your bottom line.”

The Eurostat report showed that household internet access in the EU had reached 70 per cent by 2010, with clothes, travel, computing and electronic goods among the most commonly-bought items.

The data also demonstrated that most internet users prefer to focus on their home markets when shopping online; though this did vary from country to country, with more than 90 per cent of Maltese shoppers buying from another member state and thus requiring international shipping services, while only 10 per cent of Polish consumers did the same.

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Uggs As Popular As Ever In Post-Christmas Sales

Its been a busy few months for Decker’s Outdoor, owners of the hugely popular Ugg Australia brand as the top selling footwear company catches it breath after some of the busiest months in their history. Uggs are always in demand in the run up to Christmas, they make great gifts and they have long been at the top of the footwear ladder for their designer appeal and comfort factors that other boots just can’t match. But it has also been the result of all the bad snow and freezing temperatures that we experienced during the month of December that boosted sales past the expected peaks for the year on top of Christmas sales on-line as well as from various authorised retail outlets.

Though at times the shops were deserted in the weeks running up to Christmas, particularly when shoppers were expected to be out in force doing their Christmas buying, some retailers predicted all time low sales compared to the same weeks last year and in previous years but sales of Ugg boots were more in demand than ever due to people wanting to get hold of some decent warm boots that would allow them to get out in the snow and not freeze in the sub zero temperatures.

Uggs have the advantage of being popular gifts at Christmas as well as the best thing to wear when it snows or when it’s cold so they were always going to be a winner when the terrible weather descended though none could predict the scale of the demand for Uggs and other popular boots such as Hunter wellies and FitFlops too. Many retailers saw their shelves stripped bare as demand reached epic proportions during the worst of the cold snap and the fact that Uggs are easily obtained on-line from many independent retailers meant that this avenue also saw higher than expected sales. All good stuff in terms of business, especially in these tough economic times.

The bad weather before Christmas may also have been a major factor in the busy post Christmas sales as shoppers in their droves were out from Boxing Day onwards to spend their Christmas money and bag themselves a great bargain. Many people who had not been able to get to the shops resorted to buying gift vouchers on-line for friends and family as this was one of the few options available to them which didn’t involve trying to get to the shops in the treacherous conditions hence the happy shoppers after Christmas in the sales as the snow had cleared and people were free to get out and about once more.

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Online Shopping – Employer and Security Issues

As Christmas is nearly upon us again, the last minute rush to buy the remaining presents is intensifying. But according the APACS, the UK payments association (apacs.org.uk), 85% shoppers find the high street too crowded and stressful. Therefore many of us are increasingly using the internet to buy our presents; it is easy, quick and you do not have to endure the cold weather or long queues. Also, the presents are delivered to your door within one or two days and some are even gift wrapped in the process.

We are spending online at an average rate of £4.57 million per hour in the run-up to Christmas – (IRMG – Interactive Media in Retail Group – img.org ). “38% of those sales have taken place outside of traditional shopping hours, either before 9am or after 6pm.” That surely means that 62% of those sales are placed during working hours. This is causing information security experts like commissum to fear that many shoppers will be using their company’s time and resources to do their shopping in working hours. This can open organisations up to a number of risks such as loss of productivity, reduction of available bandwidth and increase of personal email which can lead to more spam and phishing attacks. Companies are therefore advised to provide employee with awareness training such as provided by commissum.

But if the internet is such a convenient way to buy your last minute presents why aren’t we all using the online shops? After all, the online market is currently £ 1.6 billion of a potential £ 5 to £ 6 billion to be spent leading up to Christmas. Apparently one in three of us are avoiding the online shops because of the perceived dangers of fraud, commissum are therefore helping online shops to keep their systems secure with their PCI DSS related services.

At commissum we often see evidence of users not taking simple measures to reduce these risks. Neither are they aware of the risks of their actions while purchasing goods online. This is backed-up by statistics from Card watch (cardwatch.org.uk) concluding that 1 in 8 online shoppers fail to logout a shopping site and 1 in 4 online shoppers do not check whether a website is safe and secure.

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Online Shopping Has Saved Britons £27,024 EACH Over The Last Ten Years

A survey published yesterday revealed the astonishing figure that on average every online shopper is saving £2,702 every year by bagging top deals on the internet.

“Online companies have lower overheads than high-street operations and can pass on those savings to their customers,” said Fil Adams-Mercer, who is the founder of the UK’s largest internet parcel delivery company Parcel2Go.

The survey, of 3,000 shoppers conducted by an online internet insurance firm, discovered that the savings were made in deals for holidays, insurance, clothes, music, books, toys and electrical goods. Nearly three-quarters of those polled made said that they made most of their purchases on line.

The biggest saving was to be found in weekly supermarket shopping. 10 years ago the average in-store-spend was £71.22. Online shopping has seen that figure fall to£48.98. Over ten years, that would be a saving of £11,564.

Internet millionaire Mr Adams Mercer put his support squarely behind the Coalition Government’s plans to get 10 million more Britons to use the internet last month.

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Retail Product Search And Store Locator iPhone app Now Available Through Lasoo

Lasoo.com.au has launched its pre-shopping iPhone app, allowing users of the popular phone to search across catalogues, products, retailers and brands from leading retailers while they’re out and about.

The app brings the full search and browse functionality of the Lasoo.com.au website directly to the iPhone. Using the iPhone’s integrated GPS functionality, users can search across retail products or browse catalogues that are available in whatever area they happen to be. Products appear with a price, description and an expandable image.

What’s more, once the user has found something they want to buy, the Lasoo store locator uses the phone’s GPS to direct them to the nearest shop, complete with a map, contact details and opening hours.

The Lasoo.com.au iPhone app has offers from many of Australia’s leading retailers, including Target, BIG W, Coles, Dick Smith, Myer, Toys R Us, ALDI, Officeworks, Borders, Repco, IKEA and many more.

According to Lasoo.com.au executive director, Paul Marshall: “The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular gadgets used by Australians today, with many people using it to do everything from banking to paying bills, checking the weather and much more.”

“The Lasoo.com.au app will make the iPhone even more indispensable to anyone who downloads it, giving you the ability to find advertised offers at shops near you, no matter where you are.”

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Gemondo Introduces The Gorgeous Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection

Gemondo, one of the UK largest online jewellers has introduced the gorgeous Zandra Rhodes Jewelleryinto their designer jewellery collections. Gemondo.com is an online jewellery retailer specialised in designer jewellery. It’s the only online outlet for discontinued Zandra Rhodes jewellery, and stocks the largest collection of Zandra Rhode’s jewellery in the world, many of which are offering at sales prices.

Zandra Rhodes is a famously colourful British fashion designer. She was introduced to the fashion world by her mother, who was a teacher at Medway College of Art. Zandra Rhodes graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1964. Her major area of study was printed textile design. Zandra Rhodes is renowned for her unconventional clothes and pink hair. Her designs are considered clear, creative statements, dramatic but graceful, bold but feminine.

Zandra Rhodes was considered as one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. She designed costumes for Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury of Queen, and continues to design for royalty and celebrities. In May 7 2009, Zandra Rhodes teamed up with Marks & Spencer and launched a capsule collection, using her creative and iconic designs as inspiration, featuring a range of women’s wear, accessories, holiday pieces and lingerie. It turned out to be a huge success.

Zandra also has her very own collection of jewellery. Her inspiration has always come from organic material and nature, and the Zandra Rhodes Jewellery collection continues this theme. Turning silk into yellow and white gold or silver with a combination of precious and semi-precious stones, such as Sapphire, Swarovski Crystal, and Pink Tourmaline, etc. Zandra has created five different styles of beautiful and stylish necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and brooches. The Zandra Rhodes jewellery includes five separate collections, which are Oriental Whisper collection, Punk Chic Collection, Lovely Lilies collection, Signature collection and Manhattan Lady Collection.

The inspiration for the Oriental Whisper Collection was the eternal ‘wiggle’ line that is featured in nearly every one of Zandra’s fabulous textile designs, and has become the staple of Zandra’s work in this field; The inspiration for Punk Chic collection came from her days as the ‘Queen of Punk’ where her haute couture collections included torn fabrics, pinned together with safety pins. Zandra’s safety pin designs came a long time before Versace and Vivien Westwood.

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MAC Cosmetics Has Announced The Launch Of A Newly Designed Website That Fuses Art And E-Commerce

MAC Cosmetics has announced the launch of a newly designed website that fuses art and e-commerce.

MAC Cosmetics Has Announced The Launch Of A Newly Designed Website That Fuses Art And E-Commerce

The website redesign includes a number of new ground-breaking technological features as well as launching a collection of Christmas 2009 gift sets, MAC Palettes and makeup shades for the festive season.

“Websites act as their own entity and they tell you when they want to be redesigned,” said James Gager, Senior Vice President/Creative Director, M·A·C Worldwide. “We looked at the M·A·C website in its entirety and wanted to redesign it in a way that was interactive and playful yet still very M·A·C. We incorporated new technologies that engage our customers in a way that they haven’t been before, by playing with vibrant colour, incorporating videos, and adding edgy new collection and product visuals that will make a serious impact.”

One of the key new features reinforces MAC’s authority in colour with the new Colour Play feature, which is unique to the website. It is an innovative immersion into colour that allows consumers to view, compare and shop for colour and texture across all product groups, from MAC eyeliner to lipstick and glitter.

A second innovation to the site lets the consumer learn how to professionally apply their favourite MAC blush or eye shadow with MAC’s new brush finder; an interactive tool that allows consumers to educate themselves on the various brush types in order to choose one that will best suit their specific needs.

Continuing with the theme of educating the customer, MAC has launched a series of ‘How to’ videos in which MAC’s Senior Makeup Artists offer their expertise via step-by-step tutorials that provide makeup tips, techniques and detailed product benefits; from learning how to apply MAC eyelashes to creating the perfect red lip.

The Christmas colour collection boasts an array of pretty pastels for the lips and smokey purple tones to adorn the eyes. MAC assortment of perfect holiday delights are also back, showcasing perfectly presented Christmas sets such a Naughty Noir Eye Bag – containing MAC mascara, pigment and eye liner.

About MAC Cosmetics
Makeup Art Cosmetics, better known as MAC Cosmetics, was founded in 1984 in Toronto. MAC Cosmetics’ first US store was opened in 1991 in Greenwich Village. Ten years after its initial opening, MAC Cosmetics was acquired by Estee Lauder Companies.

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Animal Crowns UK Pro Surf Tour Champions

The Animal team cleaned up the top spots of the UK Pro Surf tour at the final decider event in Newquay at the weekend. Alan Stokes claimed the overall men’s open tour title and Gwen Spurlock became overall women’s open tour champion too. This is a great finish for Gwen who has taken home the Welsh Junior and British Junior titles already this year.

Animal Crowns UK Pro Surf Tour Champions

The Animal Newquay open was the final stop of the gruelling six round tour that took the cream of UK surfers round the UK best breaks. After the stormy conditions provided by Mother Nature on day one, meaning the event was moved to Towan beach, the competition returned to Fistral. Day two saw a challenging chunky 6ft swell and a strong cross-shore SSW wind testing competitors. Each heat of the day was watched closely by the onlookers to find out who would win overall.

The weekend started with Stokesy holding a slender lead but with six surfers all in with a chance of taking the men’s Pro open tour title. As the heats progressed the contenders were eliminated leaving Newquay surfers Tom Butler and Alan Stokes as the last challengers remaining in the semi finals. Stokesy won his semi but Tom was unable to find the best waves and 3rd place kept him out of the final and handed the victory to Stokes.

Stokesy commented, “It means so much to take this title, it’s the hardest UK title to win as the championship is contested over 5 events. These new chargers like Tom Butler and Reubyn Ash pushed me all the way and made it an anxious but fantastic final event.”

In the Women’s event strong performances were put on by Zoe Sheath and Gabi Rowe. This wasn’t enough to take the overall title from Gwen Spurlock who won the overall UK Pro Surf Tour Women’s event thirty points ahead of the pack. Gwen’s story is one of a true champion, after winning the junior tour in 2007 a serious head injury kept her from the water in 2008. Now sporting a helmet Gwen has not only returned, but won the tour title.

On finding out she’d won the tour Gwen said, “Boom. I’m amazing.” She was pretty stoked that she had won the title.

About Animal
Since their conception, Animal clothing, Animal watches and Animal bags have successfully evolved into household names. The introduction of the Animal estore in 2009 means Animal can now offer Animal products UK wide and in a space unconstrained by shop floor size.

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Designer Jeweler, AstleyClarke.com Wins Best Luxury Brand Online 2009

We are delighted to inform you that AstleyClarke.com has won the Walpole Award for “Best Luxury Brand Online 2009

The annual Walpole awards for Excellence took place last night (16th November 2009), at Banqueting House, London and honored those individuals and companies who have, in the views of the judges, members and industry, achieved the pinnacle of excellence across seven categories including luxury, design, online, international, overseas and emerging talent.

Designer Jeweler, AstleyClarke.com Wins Best Luxury Brand Online 2009

This year, the award for Best Luxury Brand Online was judged by leading industry experts Nathalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter, Brent Hoberman of MyDeco.com, Guy Salter of Walpole, Erik Wachtmeister of A Small World, Martin Bartle of 270 Degrees and Peter Fitzgerald of Google. Judges unanimously agreed that AstleyClarke.com has shown innovation through the use of online technology and marketing, achieving outstanding sales results and a luxury presence online in 2009. The other Nominees were: Anya Hindmarch, Cartier, Hackett, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton.

AstleyClarke.com is now the recognized home of the World’s best collection of designer jewellery and is the ultimate destination for all online jewellery gift shopping.

The award is a fitting accolade; in October AstleyClarke.com re-launched its Designer jewellery website as part of the strategic development of the Astley Clarke brand. It sits within the company’s mission to make Fine Designer Jewellery a more creative and imaginative category for a new generation of luxury consumer. This consumer embraces the attributes of ecommerce and is a high spender in the luxury arena. To compliment the launch of the new website, AstleyClarke.com also opened its newly refurbished showroom in West London.

“I am delighted AstleyClarke.com has won the Walpole Award for Best Luxury Brand Online. Astley Clarke has embraced a gap in the market for online luxury and is a pioneer in changing the way that luxury consumers shop for jewellery online – With exquisite designer jewellery, combined with a return to old-fashioned customer service of the highest standard, AstleyClarke.com has carved a unique niche for itself; moving away from a mass approach to luxury”. Bec Clarke – Founder and Managing Director

AstleyClarke.com
The new AstleyClarke.com website features outstanding jewellery photography; sophisticated gemstone search functions; zoom features and product showcases giving customers an improved view of the products, exquisite front end design, excellent faceted navigation, improved jewellery wish-list and gift reminding features. The site also houses inspirational jewellery content by the AstleyClarke.com design team, International Jewellery designers and leading fashion and jewellery editors. To educate international jewellery shoppers, Astley’s Jewellery Miscellany, written by the in-house gemmologists, covers in-depth information on gemstones, precious metals, design and craftsmanship.

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Artificial Christmas Trees Light Up The Ellen DeGeneres Show With A Denali White Christmas

Balsam Hill® Artificial Christmas trees has set a new standard of quality for the Artificial Christmas Tree industry. From the complete realism of the Vermont White Spruce Tree to the striking Artificial Christmas Trees White Denali, Balsam Hill® has overwhelmed its customers with quality and options. Ellen DeGeneres’ delight was evident on an episode that featured Artificial Christmas trees by the company. As she enjoyed the splendor of the trees, her enthusiasm and passion for beautiful touches of holiday magic was apparent. The Balsam Hill® Artificial Christmas Trees Decorations adorned the studio stage in such a way that it was transformed into a magical winter wonderland of Christmas that anyone would appreciate.

California, November, 2009 – Balsam Hill® Artificial Christmas trees are the number one trees when it comes to realism and beauty. The company has established a mission that guides them in working toward the goal of creating Artificial Christmas trees that are realistic and luxurious, while also being convenient and beautiful. The company has set new standards in all areas with each of its categories of trees. The Vermont White Spruce Tree, California Baby Redwood™, and Colorado Mountain Spruce trees are known for their realistic qualities and the Artificial Christmas Trees White Denali has been described by the “Home Journal” as ‘striking’. Even Ellen DeGeneres seemed to be taken aback as she looked intently at the adornments on her stage.

In recent years there has been a move toward using Artificial Christmas trees. This has resulted in a booming new business of opportunities for many, which means many companies are being put up overnight and producing less than quality products. But the cream always rises to the top, and that has been the case with Balsam Hill®. This company’s technology is at least two steps ahead of the others, which is why there is such a difference in the trees made by Balsam Hill® and Artificial Christmas trees made by other companies.

As the “Home Journal” describes Balsam Hill’s® Artificial Christmas Trees White Denali as being striking, the article goes on to suggest that one simply decorates it with blue paper starbursts and blue and silver ball ornaments. While this may not be the true traditional type of decorating theme that one is used to, the luxury of having the white tree foundation of Balsam Hill’s® Artificial Christmas Trees White Denali to work with opens new opportunities for creativity. Because the tree is white, using simple color schemes usually works; the white foundation provides opportunities to try things that may not work so well on a green tree.

Until this ‘white’ Christmas tree was created by Balsam Hill®, it was not possible to find well-made, first quality, white Artificial Christmas trees. Therefore, anyone with a sense of creativity but with a preference for quality was left without a real solution. Balsam Hill® has provided that solution and at the same time, made it more difficult for other companies to compete with them.

Balsam Hill® also offers high-end Artificial Christmas Trees Decorations that add a stunning final touch to the perfect tree. The company provides ornaments that are unique and quite different from the typical ones seen in department stores. It seems that they have gone out of their way to find and offer the ideal Artificial Christmas Trees Decorations in order to make their trees look even better.

Retailers Seeking Temporary Solutions To Guarantee A Better Christmas

Displaysense reports high street retailers and independent stores are heading into the festive period in full force by increasing their retail display solutions to promote and distribute their range of products in defiance of forecasts of a slump in Christmas sales threatening the speed and strength of the UK’s economic recovery.

Displaysense, the UK’s leading supplier of display cabinets and cake stands has noticed a growing trend in businesses purchasing more in the way of temporary shop displays. This allows retailers the opportunity to have more stock on display, providing customers more choice as well as retailers the chance to reduce their stock and increase sales during this festive period.

With a slump in sales over the summer period, primarily due to poor weather and unrest in the banking system, there is now a surplus in stock at many retailers which needs to be cleared in order to make way for the latest products and gadgets for 2010.

With the opportunity of Christmas and January sales just around the corner, many shops are looking for as many opportunities as possible to sell, sell, sell and recoup their depreciating investment in the stock they hold. As cash is very much king to retailers and with banks still unwilling to lend, businesses are trying to ensure they can make the most of this silly season of sales and buyer demand approaching.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense, commented on this trend in a positive tone by stating, “The fact that a lot of businesses are looking to get rid of their stock shouldn’t be seen as a desperate attempt to make some money, but rather that they are ready to move on after a disappointing year. New stock lines bring new opportunities and the lessons learnt over the past year or so should put the majority of companies in good stead for the coming months ahead”.

With some ranges of wire chrome shelving units and clothes rails near to selling out at Displaysense, the company is already having to reorder more to fill the demand, which is the opposite to last year’s demands which saw the company’s 95% off sale signs selling out. The move from desperation to innovation has clearly paved the way for the unexpected upbeat feeling on the high street.

Only time will tell whether the predictions of a gloomy Christmas period will come true, however one thing that is certain, a temporary display isn’t just for Christmas. It can be a real life saver for retail shops.

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Ernest Jones Has Unveiled Its Own Twitter Page

Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch specialist has joined the social media revolution and launched its own Twitter page.

The Ernest Jones Twitter page can be found under the name Ejonesjewellers at the social media site. The page is designed to give customers a chance to stay up to date on offers, new product launches, news and trends from Ernest Jones and the watch, jewellery and fashion marketplace.

Ernest Jones is joining other leading high street brands such as H.Samuel, Next, Tesco and Starbucks in this innovative arena. With the competitive nature of the market at present this makes total sense and allows the jeweller to engage with customers, maintain its brand presence and reputation and keep its customers informed about offers, promotions, new collections and products and charity affiliations.

The messages (Tweets) are intended to be a mixture of information and fun and will be aimed at consumers, journalists and anyone interested in Ernest Jones. Ernest Jones will also engage with any customers looking for advice or information, either answering the query directly or referring the customer to someone who can help them.

According to Jason Edworthy, Signet Digital Comms Manager, “We want to engage with our customers, promote our offers and build our brand and online presence with witty, fun and informative Tweets aimed directly at our customer base.”

This initiative also offers consumers insight into less obvious ranges, such as the famous Vera Wang wedding collection, that consumers might not realise Ernest Jones sells. Other benefits to the consumer include industry news, fashion tips, exclusive product information and the possibility for customers to engage directly with one of the high street’s leading authorities on diamonds and watches.

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Storewide Clearance Sale on Children’s Clothes At Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, announced today, it’s storewide clearance sale featuring up to 60% off selected fall fashions for boys, girls and infants. The clearance sale begins today, and is good on items purchased in-store and online. Choose f r o m a variety of styles f r o m Naartjie Kids’ Fall collections. In addition, shoppers will receive an additional 30% off girls’ velour fashions including dresses, pants and coats, f r o m November 19-25.

“Little ones are constantly growing and outgrowing their clothes, so kids clothing is always a natural for holiday shopping lists and gift giving,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This year, Naartjie Kids helps holiday shoppers with find great fashions at unbeatable prices, during our storewide clearance sale. Our promotion on girls’ velour fashions make great holiday ensembles that are stylish without the spendy price tag.”

The Naartjie Kids fall styles are on clearance during the pre-Thanksgiving shopping season and feature easy-to-wear and maintain styles in kids, baby girl and baby boy clothes. The girls’ velour collection features girls dresses and optional matching Mommy Tunics that make wonderful ensembles for holiday parties and photo shoots. (Mommy Tunics are not discounted during the Velour promotion.)

Naartjie Kids’ designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie Kids uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie Kids introduces new colors, prints and styles within a grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between Naartjie Kids seasonal collections, which showcase the freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry, distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always “Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

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H.Samuel Has Joined The Twitterati With Its Own Twitter Page

H.Samuel the jeweller has launched its own Twitter page, joining other leading high street brands such as Tesco and Next on the popular social networking site.

H.Samuel is following a growing trend in retail for engaging directly with customers. Any retailer looking to maintain its brand presence in the future and to stay competitive will be using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to engage with customers and manage brands and reputations.

The H.Samuel Twitter page is designed to inform customers about offers, promotions, new products and brands as well as keeping consumers up to date with news about competitions and charity affiliations. The messages will be a mixture of information and fun and will be aimed at consumers, journalists and anyone interested in H.Samuel and its products, promotions, offers and brands.

According to Jason Edworthy, Signet Digital Comms Manager, “We want to engage with our customers, promote our offers and build our brand and online presence with witty, fun and informative Tweets aimed directly at our customer base.”

The benefit for consumers is access to up-to-the minute information about new brands, new offers, competitions and an insight into products that they might otherwise not consider or realise that H.Samuel stock, such as gifts and collectibles. Other benefits include news on exclusive products and competitions and the possibility for customers to engage in conversations directly with the brand if they have queries.

Regardless of the topic, the company intends for each Tweet to link to a promotion, information page or product. The Tweets themselves will not all be directly sales orientated and are intended to entertain and please the customer as well as inform them.

As well as promoting products and offers, H.Samuel is hoping to increase brand awareness at a crucial time in trading for all high street retailers. It is hoped that the Twitter page will drive footfall to stores and visits to the website.

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The Body Shop Revives 80s Favourites

The Body Shop has announced it is bringing back some of its most popular products f r o m the 80s for a limited period.

The Body Shop is re-introducing classic products, now featuring new retro packaging. Old favourites such as Fuzzy Peach, the Banana collection and Ice Blue are all present, as well as a range of cleansers and moisturisers for face and body, and hair care products.

The Body Shop Revives 80s Favourites

Other original products included in the range are Dewberry Bath and Shower Gel, with a fragrance still fondly remembered by almost half of British women (44%) and now containing Community Trade aloe vera, specially selected for its ability to soothe and hydrate skin. Cucumber Cleansing Milk is also making a return, to help cleanse without drying the skin. In addition to gentle cucumber extract, the Cucumber Cleansing Milk features Community Trade organically grown soya oil.

The Body Shop customers can also have their say about which products f r o m the 80s they’d like to see make a comeback by visiting the company’s website and voting on the items they’d like back on shelves.

With its strong and unique heritage, The Body Shop was founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976 and has taken a place in the hearts of British women. A survey* showed that two-thirds of women fondly recall its 1980s campaigning against animal testing (63%) which today remains uncompromised, and its innovative use of natural ingredients (60%). A brand known for taking pioneering steps forward, in the 1980s its introduction of fair trade ingredients is still remembered by one-third of British women (31%).

The Body Shop has consistently developed new innovative ways of helping protect the planet through its use of packaging, with products in the originals collection now packaged in 100% PCR PET (made f r o m post-consumer recyclate).

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