Spring Fair - 3-7 FEBRUARY 2019 - VOLUME OPENS 2 FEB

2-6 FEBRUARY 2020 - EVERYDAY SECTOR OPENS 1 FEB

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  • The global cosmetics industry is growing every year and is now worth over three times the amount it was in 2000. It is expected to reach a market value of $805.61 billion by 2023.  
  • To celebrate this loud and proud community we’ve delved into their purses to find out just how big the UK’s LGBT market is. 
  • The UK is leading the way with online shopping, whether that be browsing and researching online before buying in-store, or actually purchasing the items online.
  • Europe is taking retail to the next level with hyper specialist retail stores. This trend is predominantly in Berlin but it’s spilling out all over Europe.
  • Hybrid retail is a new term that has been coined to describe the collaboration of both e-commerce and bricks and mortar stores.
  • Pop up shops are temporary retail stores that sell products or services. They add a fresh touch to the high street and get consumers excited.
  • Some top retailers are taking advantage of the rise in popularity of pre-owned products and second hand clothes online and instore.
  • Social media is a really important marketing tool but there are a few things that businesses tend to do that annoys consumers. 
  • Customers will gravitate to stores and e-commerce sites that offer great value but retailers need to work carefully with how they offer sales and discounts in their shops
  • We caught up with Anya Gomulski's, Studio Designer for Ashley Wilde, a global leader in the textile industry, for some fabric inspiration. 
  • Consumers don’t want fad home décor trends when they’re looking to update their home. These five interior design trends fit well with each other and have longevity. 
  • At this year’s Spring Fair, Sarah Garforth, of Hill Interiors, spoke about the faux floral industry and the bestselling products that retailers should be focusing on.
  • There’s a spotlight on ethical consumerism in recent years and retailers are taking notice. A clear majority of people in the UK and worldwide are considering the impact of their retail purchases on society before buying.  
  • At Spring Fair this year, Diane Wehrle, the Marketing and Insight’s Director at Spring Board, spoke about how customer behaviour in retail is changing. For anyone that could not make the seminar, we have rounded up the key takeaways.
  • There’s been a huge growth in influencer marketing in the last couple of years. Ian Shepherd spoke at Spring Fair about the rapid rise of influencers and the impact they have on the gift and fashion market. 
  • Spring Fair is always a good indicator of the retail trends that will be popular for the next year or two. Christmas Gifts, Floral & Seasonal Decoration, the home of everything festive and magical, had a few surprising trends this year...

  • Dinosaurs are emerging as the next trend after unicorns and mermaids in the retail industry. They appeared in every sector, from gift to jewellery, at Spring Fair.
  • 2018 was a huge year for retail with new opportunities and challenges, We’ve seen experiential and personalised retail continue to rise in popularity, Look at what 2019 has in store with Vend’s Trends and Predictions...

  • Let’s start the New Year in the best way…with a look at what 2019 is going to bring. Being in the world of interiors means consistently being on your top game so we’re bringing you a dose of interior inspiration focused on trend, style and specific products with our predicted 5 bestsellers of 2019.

  • We’re delighted to introduce Directions – an exploration of retail trend insights across colour, product and experience to inspire your sourcing in 2019.

  • If you were to ask anybody about their thoughts on the current state of the great British high street, chances are their reaction would be the same, but if we were to take a closer look, it’s that very thing which most physical retailers dread that is in fact driving our high streets forward, and creating some exciting times ahead for both the retailers and the customers alike...

  • Since June 2016 business has had to deal with a lot of uncertainty. Uncertainty over supply chains and access to clients, as well as volatile currency markets to name but a few. Read more...
  • If you’re looking for all the creative interior inspiration you could possibly need for planning what to buy for 2020 then you’re in the right place... read on for some of our favourite home interior ideas…
  • We can thank the pagans for the rituals of gift giving that we partake in today’s era to show our loved ones what they mean to us. While Christmas is the most obvious time of year for sharing presents, it’s clear that gift giving is an evergreen human activity!

  • There’s a controversy around wholesale licensed toys, and it’s growing in momentum year on year.

  • Men’s health and wellness has been an emerging trend for a while now, but it’s in 2019 that the trend will step fully into the spotlight.

  • Whilst consumers are excited for Christmas 2018, for our community, 2019 comes into focus. Here we look at five pointers to help you plan for next years festive period...

  • The world record sale of a pearl pendant that belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette reinforces growing tastes for pearl jewellery, but does Brexit impact the retail performance in the UK.....  
  • The physical world of retail and the beloved British high street is no longer just a channel for buying... the product may be king,but the customers experience now reigning supreme!
  • The key to decoding 2019 is to appreciate that consumers will be looking to recreate a simpler more rustic look within their homes and décor...
  • What pantone colour trends 2019 can you expect? And what changes can we expect to see as we move into 2020?
  • We all know that providing a good service is important, but what is it really worth to your bottom line?
  • British-made products and British designer brands have a high reputation around the world for quality, craftsmanship and imagination. Find out why and how you can gain a piece of that heritage for your customers.
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