Argos opens ‘Pop-Up’ Store at Milton Keynes’ biggest shopping centre, centre:mk

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christmas has come early for shoppers at centre:mk thanks to Argos’ latest innovative digital offering.

Visitors to Milton Keynes’ biggest shopping centre will come face to face with a revolutionary Argos ‘Pop-Up’ Store in the centre of the mall, which offers choice, value and convenience for customers.

Technological enhancements means products can be supplied from local stores so that bargain hunters can order gifts, continue with their shopping and then return to pick them up within as little as an hour.

Alternatively if their hands are full, they have limited time or the items are too heavy to carry, products can be delivered to a customer’s home or work address using Argos’ award-winning Fast Track delivery service.

The store, measuring 400sqft, will be at the heart of the centre for just 12 weeks with six million shoppers anticipated during this time.

Steve Carson, Argos’ Director of Retail and Customer Operations, said: “As a leading local employer and digital retailer we wanted to give something back to the City and its shoppers.

“By combining hourly drop-offs of products from our Milton Keynes Stores and online collection point functionality, this pioneering concept will enable us to be even more convenient, helping put a smile on the faces of our customers in the run up to Christmas.”

Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk, added: “We are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s most popular high street retailers to centre:mk.

“The Argos ‘Pop-Up’ is a fantastic addition to centre:mk’s already strong and diverse retail offer. The combination of innovation, convenience and the Argos brand is sure to be a hit with our visitors, particularly during our peak Christmas trading season.”

Argos’ lease on the space runs until 15 January 2017.

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Digital retailer Argos to hire over 9,000 seasonal workers this Christmas

MILTON KEYNES, UK, 2015-9-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading digital retailer Argos is looking for over 9,000 seasonal workers to help make Christmas happen for the millions of customers who will shop with Argos this Christmas.

Around 8,000 customer helpers are being sought to support over 800 Argos stores to meet customer demand for toys, video games, technology and other popular Christmas gifts this festive season.

1,000 drivers with great customer service skills are required to support Argos’ store to customer door distribution service during the peak shopping season, which it expects to be highly popular with customers looking for the certainty of same-day delivery.

Initial contracts for all vacancies are around three months, with the potential for some roles to become permanent at the end of the season, where vacancies exist.  Recruits will be offered a minimum of 12 hours per week (minimum of six hours per week for weekend staff).

Roles are available at stores across the UK, including more than 100 digital Argos stores, which combine the benefits of online shopping inside a physical store.

Steve Carson, Director of Retail and Customer Operations, Argos said: “Christmas is the busiest and most exciting time to be in retail and our ability to offer more than 20,000 products for the whole family within easy reach is why millions of people shop with us over the festive season.

“To make sure we offer customers the best possible service, we need extra support in our stores and we’re looking for people who are customer focused, energetic and enthusiastic.  As we gear up to make getting hold of Christmas gifts as easy as possible, for the first time we are also seeking drivers to join our store teams and support local deliveries to customers.

“People are at the heart of our business and we are committed to maintaining the friendly, personal service we are known for, whether customers are shopping online or in-store. We can offer fantastic, flexible training that will also benefit people for the long term.”

Argos serves more than 121 million customer transactions throughout its store network every year, with 95 per cent of the population living less than 10 miles from an Argos store.

Vacancies are available nationwide:

Country Approximate number of vacancies
England 7,343
Scotland 666
Wales 465
Ireland 718

New team members will receive competitive rates of pay and immediate benefits of 10 per cent staff discount at Argos and 20 per cent discount at sister company Homebase. The ‘My Benefits’ scheme gives all staff exclusive savings and local discounts both online and in a variety of other high street retailers.

Successful applicants can gain valuable and transferable skills via Argos’ Open Door training system. This enables them to work through retail training modules at work, on the move or from the comfort of their own home using their smartphone, tablet or PC.

For the fourth consecutive year, Argos will be continuing its successful partnership with TUI UK, parent company of Thomson and First Choice, under which summer seasonal workers with the travel company can apply for roles in their local Argos store for the winter season.

Interested candidates can apply for all roles at www.argosxmasjobs.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors: For regional job breakdowns, images, case studies or 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 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 788 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.

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

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

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Digital retailer Argos to hire over 9,000 seasonal workers this Christmas

Digital retailer Argos to hire over 9,000 seasonal workers this Christmas

Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

LONDON, 2015-5-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first two Argos digital stores are opening today (Wednesday 27th May) in Sainsbury’s supermarkets in North Cheam in Surrey and Nantwich in Cheshire, bringing extra choice and convenience to customers in the local communities.

This follows the announcement in January about the retailers teaming up to open 10 new Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets this summer.

The smaller, new format Argos digital stores offer all the most popular products that customers want for immediate pick up with 20,000 products available for pick up within a few hours at the store*, ranging from tables to tablets to toys.

The new stores will be around 1,000 square feet with other stores opening over the summer ranging in size up to 5,000 square feet. All 10 locations are now confirmed to open over summer 2015.

Sainsbury’s Retail & Operations Director, Roger Burnley, said: “This partnership with Argos is one of a series of steps we are taking to ensure we continue to offer our customers a wide range of products at great value and to make their shopping more convenient. We are looking forward to working with Argos to ensure the best availability and shopping experience for our customers.”

Argos Director of Retail and Customer Operations, Steve Carson, said: “Working with Sainsbury’s will help us to bring the convenience of the Argos offer to more customers. This is the first time we have had stores in these specific locations. I’m delighted to bring our very latest digital stores to customers inside their local Sainsbury’s. I am particularly pleased with how our teams have worked together to make sure customers have the best experience of this very new partnership.”

The new stores are 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 90% of customers will visit one of 755 stores to pick up their goods.

The ten locations are:

  • Nantwich
  • North Cheam
  • West Hove
  • Crayford
  • Calcot
  • Bognor Regis
  • Durham
  • Rustington
  • Drumchapel
  • Keighley

*Order by 1pm for collection the same day from 4pm.

1Home Retail Group Annual Report 2015

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Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s supermarkets