Impressive line-up of UK retailers and high-profile industry figures attending MAPIC 2016, November 16-18, Cannes

Paris, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — MAPIC, the global retail real estate market, has announced an impressive line-up of UK retailers and high-profile industry figures that will be attending the event in Cannes from November 16-18.

“The 22nd edition of MAPIC will offer exhibitors and visitors alike unparalleled opportunities to network with leading industry influencers. We have a fantastic list of international participants from the entire spectrum of the industry, including fashion, accessories, food and beverage, retailtainment, designers and architects, and our comprehensive programme of seminars will provide attendees with valuable insight into the latest trends and developments in the market by leading market experts,” says Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC.

MAPIC is pleased to welcome UK retailers attending the show for the first time, including Jaeger, Matalan, Julien MacDonald, Fenn Wright Manson, Nicole Farhi, Blue Inc. and the UK’s largest omni-channel retailer John Lewis Partnership with 46 John Lewis stores and 350 Waitrose supermarkets. They will participate alongside a host of loyal MAPIC retailers hailing from the UK including Arcadia Group, Burberry, Debenhams, Hamley’s of London, JD Sports, Mothercare, Primark and Ted Baker.

Tesco will be making its MAPIC debut as an exhibitor this year. Other first-timer UK exhibitors include Savills, Meyer Bergman, New West End Company and Broadway Malayan architects.

Reflecting the increased importance of retailtainment, five new leading UK brands from this sector are attending the show including: Merlin Entertainment, the largest European entertainments company operating in Europe, which runs 115 attractions in 23 countries across four continents; All Star Lanes, which offers food, drinks and bowling in a timeless American classic style setting; Ai Solve, virtual reality simulations and game based learning experts; Global Attractions – a concept design consultant that implements leading leisure attractions – and Paragon Creative: a world-class themed model making and fit-out facility specialist, which has provided over 1,000 unique experiences for customers worldwide.

The recent surge in the demand for quality food and beverage offers in the retail landscape, has been reflected in the strong increase of F&B brands signing up to attend MAPIC 2016. UK F&B first-timers such as Yo! Sushi, T2 Tea, Chopstix Noodle Bar and Drake & Morgan will join returning UK retailers Marks and Spencer, Leon Restaurants, Pret a Manger and Wagamama to name a few.

A number of UK retailers and exhibitors will also be participating in conference sessions at MAPIC 2016. Known to many as the “Queen of the Shops” and one of UK’s most prominent retail gurus, Mary Portas will be making her MAPIC debut as a moderator for the UK market discussion seminar entitled: “United Kingdom – Good Morning Retail!” (Thursday 17th November). The panel – consisting of Jeremy Collins, Property Director of John Lewis; Duncan Grant, Strategy Director of The Entertainer and Jace Tyrell, Chief Executive of New West End Company – the business voice for the world’s largest retail destination including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street – will provide unrivalled insight into the latest trends and thinking in the market.

The Dune Group – a global player in footwear and accessories, with 40 stand-alone stores and 175 concessions in the UK alone – will also be attending MAPIC for the first time this year.  On Wednesday, November 16th, Ben Jobling, International Director of The Dune Group, will be speaking at the Middle East seminar; “How Tall is Retail?”, about the group’s international expansion.

With international tourism and travel booming, retailing opportunities are ambitious. Kim Gray, Head of Retail Strategy of Heathrow Airport, will speak in the travel retail panel discussion: “Travel Retail – the 6th Continent for Retailers?” (Thursday 17th November) alongside Damon Crowhurst, European Business Director, Displays, Samsung; Albert Beltran, Managing Director Iberia, UK & France, Guess; Ludovic Castillo, Managing Director of Altarea Commerce (France, Italy, Spain), Altarea Cogedim and Mehmet Kalyoncu, Member of Board, Kalyon. Fiona Hamilton, Global Head of Retail for International Brands, BNP Paribas Real Estate will moderate the session.

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Report: UK Retailers making significant progress around carbon emissions, water management and waste reduction

LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK Retailers on course to meet ambitious 2020 environmental targets

Report shows industry making significant progress around carbon emissions, water management and waste reduction

1 March 2016

Britain’s retailers are on track to meet ambitious voluntary targets to cut the environmental impact of their operations, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)’s latest progress report on its ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ (ABRC) initiative(1). This progress is notwithstanding an increasingly challenging business environment for retailers, driven by a range of factors such as: increasing resource scarcity, commodity price fluctuation, and changing shopping habits.

Some of the achievements to date by ABRC’s participating retailers as detailed in the progress report include:

– Cutting in-store carbon emissions by 35 per cent*, relative to growth, as well as working with suppliers to cut carbon emissions across their supply chains by sharing best practice via information exchange mechanisms
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions arising from refrigeration by 50 per cent*
– Increasing the measurement of water usage to 91 per cent* and working with farms and factories to develop more sustainable water management practices throughout their supply chains
– Ensuring that 91 per cent of their palm oil is sustainably sourced
– Working with farmers and producer groups to reduce food waste and losses in agriculture by reviewing current product specifications and introducing ‘smarter’ ways to forecast (2)
*All figures are against 2005 levels when ABRC was launched

BRC Director of Food and Sustainability Andrew Opie said: “A Better Retailing Climate clearly demonstrates that creating and maintaining sustainable supply chains is at the heart of retail businesses. We fully appreciate the positive role we can play with suppliers and consumers in meeting head on challenges of climate change and resource efficiency. We are confident that we will meet by the year 2020, the ambitious voluntary targets we’ve set for ourselves.”

Please follow the link to access the full report: BRC A Better Retailing Climate Progress Report

– ENDS –

1. Launched in 2008, ‘A Better Retailing Climate’ is a voluntary initiative created by a group of leading retailers (representing half of the UK retail market) which sets out collective environmental impact targets, all of which were not only met but exceeded by 2013. A new set of targets were agreed in 2014, all of which are to be met by 2020. Today’s progress report is the latest assessment of progress made by the participants in meeting those targets.
2. As part of the A Better Retailing Climate initiative, in October 2015 the BRC published a combined retail food waste figure for 2014. This figure was published in a report which also details the practical steps supermarkets are taking to reduce food waste in the supply chain, in store and at home. For more detail see: BRC Food Waste Report


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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launched new initiative to enable UK retailers to improve their energy efficiency

LONDON, 2015-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today launched a new initiative to enable UK retailers to improve their energy efficiency, in turn driving down business costs and reducing the environmental impact of their operations.

With 25-in-5: Unlocking Energy Efficiency through Smart Regulation, the BRC aims to harness the experience, knowledge and best practices of its members, leading to the rapid deployment of low and zero carbon technologies right across the retail industry. With energy costs expected to increase significantly over the next five years, greater energy efficiency is vital for the long-term growth and viability of the industry, not to mention helping the fight against climate change. The BRC believes that a clearer and more accessible policy landscape can deliver great potential in energy efficiency for the future.

As outlined in 25-in-5, British retailers are already leading the way where it comes to energy efficiency, cutting down significantly on the environmental impact of their operations across a range of areas. Achievements to date include:

  • A 33 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in stores between 2005 and 2012;
  • A 27 per cent fall in carbon emissions resulting from store deliveries in the same period and,
  • An overall drop in energy consumption from buildings of 50 per cent based on 2005 levels.

It is clear that further progress by Britain’s retailers will depend upon measures to simplify an overly complex, unwieldy and misaligned policy landscape which presents much uncertainly for companies, making it difficult for them to invest and bring about further efficiencies. The BRC believes that a range of small, but significant policy simplifications could lead to further improvements in energy efficiency across the retail industry, which will in turn help drive greater investment in green technologies to the benefit of the wider economy while also achieving significant steps towards climate change and energy security objectives.

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson said: “Energy and energy efficiency are of strategic importance to Britain’s retailers. Through our 25-in-5 campaign, we believe we can build on what has been done so far to help drive energy efficiency across the retail industry, allowing our members to benefit from significant energy cost savings while at the same time making a vital contribution to the UK’s climate change and energy security goals”.


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UK retailers welcome historic court ruling to end excessively high fees retailers pay banks to process card payments known as interchange fees

LONDON, 2014-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retailers have today welcomed an historic court ruling to end the excessively high fees retailers pay banks to process card payments (known as interchange fees).

Today’s judgement by the European Court of Justice comprehensively and decisively supports retailers’ decade-long campaign for a more competitive payments system and a reduction in unjustifiably high card fees, which cost UK businesses £1 billion a year, which would otherwise be invested in further improving value for the customer.

This ruling provides further support for on-going European regulatory developments to set a cap for interchange fees, for the benefit of businesses of all sizes and their customers.

Helen Dickinson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We are delighted with this historic ruling. Capping these excessive and anti-competitive fees will support the UK retail industry and others, boosting our ability to invest and innovate while continuing to deliver lower prices and value for customers.

While retailers welcome the ruling, the UK is already falling behind other European countries that have introduced more immediate domestic caps and provided much needed redress for their retail businesses. France, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Hungary have started or already taken action – as have the USA, Australia and Canada outside of Europe.

Helen Dickinson continued: “While this is great news, the UK risks falling behind other countries who have already chosen to act to reduce the anti-competitive costs of interchange fees at a domestic level. There is a real opportunity for the Government and Payment Systems Regulator to go further and faster by taking more immediate action in the UK so that British consumers benefit as quickly as possible.”

With other countries taking a more proactive approach the UK needs to catch up urgently as failure to keep pace is harming UK companies’ ability to compete in Europe, because it costs them more to do business as a result. This is especially bad for small and independent businesses, undermining UK competitiveness, investment in jobs and the Government’s Digital Economy agenda.

Fifteen retail chief executives, representing a third of UK retail sales, recently wrote to the newly created Payment Systems Regulator, requesting it to act without further delay. These excessive costs cannot be allowed to continue to delay the introduction of effective competition in the banking sector, to the detriment of businesses both large and small.

Notes to Editors

1. 2000 – BRC filed original complaint against MasterCard.
2. 2007 – European Court ruled against MasterCard. MasterCard launched their Appeal.
3. 2012 – European Court dismissed the MasterCard Appeal. MasterCard filed the second and final appeal.
4. 2014 – In January the Advocate General (adviser to appeal judges) recommended that MasterCard’s second appeal be dismissed on all counts.