In this issue...

Cover Story: Something stirs on the high street

The Government announced in July that it has appointed a panel of eight retail gurus to find ways to help our High Streets to thrive.

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Retail Insights: Business rates reform – who's listening

Clinging to hope by the fingernails – the Autumn Budget is ‘likely’ to include further scrutiny but don’t hold your breath.

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Retail Services: Quality training enhances teamwork

Ask Ruth Noah what makes her store in Wallington so magical and she’ll tell you it’s having a great team.

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Increase Gross Margin: Maximising existing customers

Do you know your Conversion Rate from your Average Transaction Value? Catherine Erdly talks you through four key numbers to enable you to increase your gross margin.

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Business Development – Uptown girl

Rosemarie Bennis of Sonas Healthfoods in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, dared to dream of a move to a better part of town.

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Online & Social Media – Get up to speed with Google

Many online retail brands are risking a significant drop in their visibility by neglecting mobile site performance.

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Retail Services – Taking control

Pencil and rubber, even spreadsheets, are no longer the way to manage staff rotas and payroll

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Retail Services – How tech could change your P.O.S.

Mobile point-of-sale devices could liberate your heath store staff, says Chris Labrey

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Online & Social Media – Click & collect

Retail supply chains are being transformed by the digital revolution. At the heart of this is ecommerce, driven by the digitally savvy consumer seeking a transparent, low cost and customised service.

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Retail Insight – Health inequalities

Who and where are the consumers who want to improve their health through good nutrition? Shopper behaviour analyst Kantar looks for answers.

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Market Watch – Natural beauty

In its Beauty & Wellbeing Report 2018, the Soil Association predicted the concept of inside-out beauty as its top trend for this year.

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Market Watch – Heart health & cholesterol

There’s been a bewildering round of ill-informed media coverage about supplements and heart health of late, and fortunately plenty of sensible comment from our industry.

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Quickfire marketing – New to social media? Start with Facebook

Steve Hasler fires ideas bullets in his regular 'Try This' column

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest – these channels don’t exist purely to help us talk to our friends. Can they bring you new customers?

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Planning Ahead – Take a bow, Vitality Expo

Vitality Expo is a new event billed as Ireland’s largest natural health and wellbeing show. Head for the RDS Dublin on September 8 & 9.

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Read articles from the Summer 2018 issue here