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The End of an Era - The Big Four No More

The era of 'The Big Four' is well and truly over. There is now greater diversity and the rise of the discount retailer as a result of the recession has eaten into the markets of the Big Four and prompted food price wars across the sector. There are now two clear distinctions where success lies - upmarket or discount and the middle ground is left floundering to define itself in the new landscape. We see this in the rise of Waitrose, Lidl and Aldi now accounting for 11.5% of the grocery market, and their expansion plans show they are expecting further success with their business models.

Tesco and Morrisons have been hardest hit with Sainbury’s and Asda holding their own. The supermarket wars are seeing similar prices across the retailers so there has been a push on raising taste standards and own brand ranges that reflect both quality and economy.

Shopping habits have changed and retailers are moving away from the large format stores, investing in convenience stores and in online services such as click and collect and home delivery. Morrisons has been slow to move into this area but is now investing in similar services and opening more c-stores.

The Co-op made the decision earlier this year to close 200 of its larger stores and focus on convenience, planning to open 150 smaller format stores this year, with about a third of its existing estate being revamped. Ex Somerfield stores will likely be sold off to Aldi as part of their expansion plans.

It’s been a big change for the food retailers but ultimately offers better quality and cost reductions for the consumer. We have seen a rise in promotional items and price war POS being installed in retailers as they jockey to maintain their market shares and attract and keep customers.

http://ruckretailservices.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-end-of-era-big-four-no-more.html

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Kite opticians by Fourmation, London - UK

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Kite opticians by Fourmation, London – UK

Kite is a game changing new optical experience that believes in doing things differently. Ditching the sterile for style the experience takes a much more fashion and lifestyle approach to retail. Embracing digital technology customers can take pictures of themselves and share on social media using the bespoke kiosks. With a strong family history in clinical eyecare, KITE is a new breed of high…

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British Museum bookshop by Lumsden Design, London - UK

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British Museum bookshop by Lumsden Design, London – UK

The British Museum has opened the doors of a new bookshop created by Lumsden Design. This will be the sixth shop interior Lumsden has created for the global cultural destination during the past five years. It’s the next step in a series of designs that began with the Family and Collectibles shops in the British Museum’s Great Court. The new bookshop curves for 35 metres of an arc around the…

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These Forests Of Light Are Projected On Famous Buildings, And You’re In The Picture

Planned for the big United Nations climate conference in Paris next year, Naziha Mestaoui’s “forests of light” show is really two light shows in one. The first is the public show on the buildings and monuments, which will be made up of trees generated in 3-D. The second is the image of the show on mobile phones, augmented with “unique virtual trees” attuned to each viewer’s heartbeat.

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PRADA, Harrods - London

PRADASPHERE - the special exhibition on the beautiful PRADA style at HARRODS shopping mall in London.

Absolutely love their perfection in VM and displays!  

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GINA store by Caulder Moore, London - UK

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GINA store by Caulder Moore, London – UK

GINA is delighted to announce the unveiling of its latest store in Mayfair’s fashionable Mount Street, W1 this month. As part of its program of international expansion, Mount Street has been identified as the venue of choice for GINA to invite the style cognoscenti to discover the latest evolution in luxury fashion retail. Georgian splendour is both the aesthetic and cultural template for the…

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Should have gone to spec savers. 

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PRINTEMPS, Paris

Amazing creative windows at Printemps Paris - dedicated to Baccarat Crystals and Jewellery!

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