Online Sales Threaten Traditional Shopping

As more of us change our shopping habits and smartphones and tablets become a more common way to buy goods and services these new shopping habits are set to increase five fold over the next decade according to expert research. As Amazon have announced that they may take shopping sci-fi with drone deliveries we continue to spend almost £10 billion on our mobile devices. But by 2024 that number could be £52.6 billion experts predict. On the other side of the coin only one in five people believe that sales made on line can [...]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Retails, ShelfWatch News|0 Comments

Dunnes’ Stores Workers Seek To Escalate Campaign

After we reported on the industrial action being taken by staff at Dunnes' Stores Supermarket chain there has apparently been no let up in the discord between the staff and management of the store. Workers are apparently now preparing to ratchet up their action against the Irish owned supermarket. Mandate, the union that supports around two thirds of the Dunnes staff, have held a special ‘disputes committee’ meeting in Dublin to review the situation. The special committee is made up of shop stewards from various branches of the chain from towns all over the [...]

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Retails, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dunnes’ Store Staff Strike

From 6am on the 2nd of April, all across the country, thousands of Dunnes Stores staff have been on strike. MPs including Labour and Sinn Fein TDs, Gerry Adams and Mary-Lou McDonald turned out to support the workers who were on the picket line outside the St Stephen’s Green branch. ShelfLife magazine printed an interview after they had spoken to St Stephen’s Green shop steward Michelle Rossiter on the picket line. When she was asked if she was worried about potential redundancies that might result from the strike action, she replied that she was [...]

By |April 9th, 2015|Categories: Retails, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dubliners love avocado -What’s your county’s favorite veg?

We all know that we should be eating our five a day of fruit and vegetables. But you might not know that the favourite fruit and veg in Ireland varies widely from county to county. In Offaly they can’t get enough potatoes and swedes, whereas Sligonians can’t resist chillies and fresh herbs. In Donegal it is all about the berries, oranges and sweet potato. It is supermarket chain Tesco that have spilled the beans about the most purchased greens in their stores, county-by-county, revealing that Dubliners are giving cabbage and apple the elbow in [...]

By |April 7th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

SuperValu are expecting €18m worth of lamb to shift this year

As spring has sprung we hear news that SuperValu are expecting to sell a whopping €18m worth of fresh Irish lamb over this year and another €300,000 worth of seasonal Irish rhubarb. Both these tasty treats are now on sale in SuperValu’s stores nationwide in good time for the Easter table. The lamb sold by SuperValu has an impressive pedigree being 100 per cent Irish born, bred and reared and the first of the 2105 season’s lamb is now available on the butchers counters of Supervalu. The SuperValu fresh Irish rhubarb is grown by [...]

By |April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Audits, Retails, Uncategorized|0 Comments

US retail sales post largest decline in 11 months

US retail sales recorded their largest decline in 11 months in December as demand fell almost across the board, which could temper expectations for a sharp acceleration in consumer spending in the fourth quarter. The commerce department said on Wednesday retail sales fell 0.9 per cent last month after a 0.4 per cent increase in November. It was the biggest decline since last January and exceeded economists’ expectations for only a 0.1 per cent drop. Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, sales fell 0.4 per cent last month after a 0.6 per [...]

By |January 16th, 2015|Categories: Retails|0 Comments

How The Internet of Things Will Shake Up Retail in 2015

Just as there’s no pause button or adjustment period between one year and the next, technology doesn’t wait for laggards to catch up. That’s why, as we barrel into 2015, smart retailers are rapidly adopting one or more of a half-dozen technological breakthroughs that are beginning to permanently change how businesses and consumers interact. In a nutshell, these half-dozen technologies are part of what is called the Internet of Things (IoT), which is characterized by the automated transmission of information over a network, without need for human interaction. Each of these technologies relies on [...]

By |January 9th, 2015|Categories: Retails|0 Comments

Google Shopping to Counter Amazon

Google Inc. plans to push deeper into online commerce by enhancing its Google Shopping service with features that more directly challenge Inc. Google has approached retailers about creating a “buy” button for its online shopping site that would be similar to Amazon’s popular “one-click ordering” feature, according to people familiar with the discussions. Until now, Google Shopping has referred shoppers to merchants’ websites via links in search results. But Google wants to keep users on its own pages longer, rather than send them elsewhere. Google wouldn’t sell or ship products itself. It aims [...]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

Coke milk? Coca-Cola to launch premium milk brand called Fairlife

Speaking at Morgan Stanley’s Global Consumer Conference last week, Coca-Cola’s North American chief, Sandy Douglas, said: “It’s basically the premiumisation of milk… We’ll charge twice as much for it as the milk we’re used to buying in a jug.” Mr Douglas claimed that the milk “tastes better” than regular milk and is made on sustainable dairy farms with “high-care processes” and a “proprietary milk-filtering process”. Much of America’s milk is made in controversial mega-dairies where up to 30,000 cows are kept indoors all year round. But Mr Douglas said its milk will come from [...]

By |December 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Retailers look forward to busiest Christmas in five years

THE ghost of cash-starved Christmases past is finally being laid to rest as high-street retailers predict the most successful shopping season in five years. Gift-seeking shoppers will fork out between €650 and €750 this month on top of what they would normally spend, new research shows. The overall December spend is expected to rise by 2pc from €3.8bn last year to €3.9bn this year. The figures come from industry body Retail Ireland and its Retail Christmas Monitor 2014. This tracks economic trends to gauge shopping behaviour. All the indicators pointed to the best Christmas [...]

By |December 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Retail giants Target and CVS ban Apple Pay as work begins on rival system

Well, that didn’t take long. Apple Pay launched mid October, and it’s already unmasking major strife in the retail industry. According to The New York Times and others, Rite Aid and CVS both blocked the use of Apple Pay. Though neither company is saying why, one likely reason is a competing mobile payments app that a group of big retailers have been developing on their own. But it’s a battle the stores won’t win. Retailers including Walmart and Gap, as well as Rite Aid and CVS, are part of a consortium called Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, that [...]

By |November 19th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

SuperValu to sell 115,000 pumpkins this Halloween

SuperValu has announced that it expects to sell 115,000 pumpkins this Halloween, which will be used for carving and cooking. SuperValu expects the number of pumpkins sold this Halloween to increase by 30pc compared to 2013. Available in SuperValu stores nationwide from this week, pumpkins will retail at €3 for a giant pumpkin; €2 for large pumpkins and €1 for medium size. This is the seventh year that SuperValu will sell Keeling’s Irish pumpkins, grown by Oisin O’Gradaigh on 4.5 hectares of land in Castlebellingham, Co Louth. “Demand continues to grow for this Halloween [...]

By |October 29th, 2014|Categories: ShelfWatch News|0 Comments
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