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Meeting Peak Demand for Retail Logistics with Robots

Following Black Friday, Frazer Watson, VP Sales UK&I for mobile robot manufacturer iFollow, explains why retailers and e-tailers are deploying autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in intralogistics operations. Retail peaks can seriously challenge intralogistics operations. AMRs offer a cost-effective solution that will help remove much of the risk, smooth the spikes and ensure continuity of service…

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Cazoo Awards Hard Services Contract

Online car retailer Cazoo has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services across its UK estate. Under the contract, Pareto will deliver all associated compliance and engineering services across Cazoo’s 40+ UK locations which includes supporting of all 22 national Customer Care Centres. Cazoo’s mission is to transform the car buying and selling experience across…

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Incentive FM Recognised for Contribution to Retail Shopping Centre Sector

Atalian Servest brand Incentive FM has been recognised with SCEPTRE Awards for implementing best practices in security and customer service at shopping centres it manages in the UK. A ‘Security Team of the Year Award’ ackowledged initiatives introduced by the facility services provider at Beaumont Shopping Centre which have been credited with reducing anti-social behaviour…

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Cash-back App Partners with Nielsen to Disrupt European Retail Data Market

Cash-back app Shopmium has announced a strategic partnership with global audience measurement leader Nielsen in a bid to improve data-driven marketing within the FMCG sector – post-cookies. Shopmium’s data combined with the Nielsen Marketing Cloud’s comprehensive consumer data willenable brands to gain an omnichannel view of consumers across different buying signals and retailers.Shopmium is the…

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GMB Union Calls on ASDA to Address Poor Supermarket Pay

ASDA is once again the worst-paying of the UK’s ‘Big Four’ supermarkets after Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi increased wages to help workers cope with the cost of living crisis says the GMB Union as it calls on bosses to ‘wake up’. According to the union, basic pay for Asda retail workers remains at £10.10 per…

News

MRI Software Acquires Retail Footfall Analytics Provider

MRI Software has acquired UK-based Springboard, a provider of footfall counting and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered analytics to retailers, landlords, and government bodies. The acquisition expands the [email protected]™ for Retail solutions suite, which currently serves more than 500 retailers and retail property owners and operators globally according to the company. Leveraging plug-and-play software, existing camera networks,…

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Delivering Secure Edge Computing Environments

A new partnership between confidential computing software provider Cysec and edge application orchestration platform Avassa will offer automated, scalable, and secure solutions for edge computing environments. For many enterprises today, it’s no longer a matter of cloud or edge — it’s a matter of both. And with a hybrid infrastructure, businesses need to apply tooling…

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The White Company to Reduce Emissions with Cloudfm

Lifestyle brand The White Company has appointed Cloudfm to manage its 67 sites in the UK and Ireland under a three-year contract that will introduce an innovative approach to reducing carbon emissions. Cloudfm’s technology-driven approach will provide greater transparency throughout the process to improve cost-control and boost response times to improve the customer experience. In…

Contracts

Tamoil-Autogrill Collaboration Wins 30-year Zürich Motorway Services Concession

Swiss Oil Company Tamoil SA, in close collaboration with Autogrill, has secured a new concession for the operation of the Herrlisberg Nord motorway service area in the canton of Zürich, Switzerland. The 30-year concession (with an option for a further 10 years) is expected to generate sales of around 400 million euros1 (over the 30…

Contracts

OHS to Provide Water Compliance Services for Pets at Home

OHS has been awarded a water risk assessment and remedial work contract for all 457 stores operated by FTSE 250-listed pet supplies retailer, Pets at Home.  The work will see OHS send teams of assessors to stores and ensure compliance of water systems with applicable regulations. David Hulston, facilities manager for Pets at Home, comments:…

FM Magazine

The Changing Face of Retail Security

Brendan Musgrove, managing director of G4S business Total Security Services (TSS), discusses the retail sector’s response to emerging security threats including an increase in reported incidents of abuse of frontline workers and losses caused by shoplifting – as well as his company’s recent acquisition by Allied Universal. According to the British Retail Consortium Crime Survey…

News

Markzware Announces Pre-Release Launch of FlightCheck 2022 for Mac

Document data conversion and print quality control software developer Marketzware has announced the pre-release launch of FlightCheck 2022 for Mac, a stand-alone application for preflighting digital files. The company is offering graphic designers, desktop publishers, print production specialists, and prepress professionals a 35 per cent discount as part of the pre-launch promotion – with IDMarkz…

News

Wiltshire Development Secures New Tenants

RO Real Estate, a subsidiary of UK family-owned business, The RO has successfully pre-let two food retail units on its development at Solstice Park in Amesbury, Wiltshire.  Work on the units is underway with completion expected over the summer and customer visits expected to commence later this year. Tenants include leading food retailer Greggs, the…

Contracts

Creating Smiles and Breathing Kindness at Cribbs Causeway

Independent UK facilities management company Incentive FM has won a new three year contract with CBRE at Cribbs Causeway, the premier shopping destination in the South West of England. Incentive FM were originally appointed as the soft services facilities management provider at Cribbs Causeway in April 2017. Following a robust tender process during 2021, Incentive…

Appointments

Cushman & Wakefield Bolsters Retail Valuation & Advisory Team

Cushman & Wakefield has hired veteran valuation professional Julie Holt-Swaun, MAI, MRICS to its Valuation & Advisory (V&A) practice in Seattle, Washington. Holt-Swaun will serve as an executive director and one of the firm’s key retail valuation experts in the Seattle and Greater Washington markets, working closely with Richard Latella, executive managing director and the…

News

Why Britain’s High Streets are Anything but Dead

Steve Purvis, Bis Henderson Space managing director, explains why reports of Britain’s High Streets dying are greatly exaggerated. Amid the angst about rows of empty shops and the demise of much-loved retail brands, it is easy to forget that the High Street has been through changes as fundamental, if not quite so rapid, many times…

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Savills IM UK Value Boxes Fund Deploys £75 Million on Retail Park Assets

Savills Investment Management’s UK Value Boxes fund has deployed £75 million on four retail park assets since launching in October 2021. Savills IM’s UK retail park strategy was launched in October 2021 with the aim of capitalising on the strong income-producing characteristics of the UK retail parks sector, with a focus on parks let to…

Finance

DRC Savills Investment Management Finances Blackbrook Spanish Supermarket Portfolio

Funds advised by European investment fund advisor, DRC Savills Investment Management LLP (DRC SIM), financed a portfolio of 21 supermarket assets owned by Blackbrook Capital (Blackbrook). Blackbrook were advised by the EMEA Cushman & Wakefield Debt and Structured Finance (C&W) team on the financing. The portfolio is subject to long-term triple net leases to Eroski,…

Cleaning

Protecting a Shopping Mall from Covid-19 and Other Pathogens

Incentive FM have applied an innovative antimicrobial coating from Nordic Chem at out-of-town shopping and leisure centre, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol.     Independently certified to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens including the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus for a period of up to 90 days with a single application, the coating supplements regular…

Cleaning

European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022

Incentive FM has been shortlisted for the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2022, which will take place at the Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels on 28th April. The prestigious awards have recognised Incentive FM in the Excellence in Client Contractor Relationships category, for its work with British Land at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre in Leicester.   Glenn…

Japan

Savills IM Announces EUR 3.4 Billion of Transactions in 2021

Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) transacted more than EUR 3.4 billion globally in 2021, with Europe accounting for around EUR 2.6 billion and Asia EUR 670 million of the total figure. Globally, transactions included around EUR 2.1 billion of acquisitions and around EUR 1.2 billion of disposals, resulting in a net investment of approximately EUR…

Government

Collaboration Is Key for Rent Collection

As commercial landlords continue to grapple with rent arrears and struggling tenants breaching the terms of leases during the pandemic, Matthew Peake, partner and head of Strategic Asset Management at Cluttons, comments on the UK government’s new Code of Practice and draft Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill. Covid has brought many challenges to the fore, with…

Foodservice & Catering

M7 Acquires West One Retail Park from Frogmore

M7 has acquired the West One Retail Park in Eccles, Greater Manchester from the Frogmore Real Estate Fund III for a  purchase price of £27.5 million.The retail park comprises 13 ‘big box’ retail units anchored by Lidl, The Range, McDonald’s, Subway, Home Bargains, The Food Warehouse, Jollyes Petfood Superstores, Pure Gym and Smyths Toys. Frogmore…

Environment

Rewarding Consumers of Sustainable Beauty Products

A new partnership between UK loyalty app Embargo and eco-beauty brand Faith In Nature will incentivise purchases of refillable products.   App users buying qualifying products at participating outlets will be rewarded with loyalty points which can later be traded for free product refills.   According to the company’s literature, Faith In Nature currently saves…

Blog

Boosting Your Startup Retail Business

08.10.2021, 08:06 Boosting Your Startup Retail Business Starting a retail business is never easy and keeping it trading successfully can be tough in the current environment. Despite reaching a point where the business is operating with some degree of stability, you may find that you’ve started to stagnate somewhat and lose interest in progressing your…

Italy

CONAD Expands Self-Checkout Offering

Pistoia-based retail cooperative Conad Nord Ovest has further expanded a collaboration with Diebold Nixdorf and tech integrator Distribution Service to install self-checkout solutions in stores across Italy following the success deployment of 160 units in 2020. The new deployment of 90 units will allow customers of supermarkets and hypermarkets to experience what the cooperative describes…

News

Family Investment Vehicle Acquires LA Retail Anchor Store

28.09.2021, 12:52 Family Investment Vehicle Acquires LA Retail Anchor Store Cushman & Wakefield has brokered the sale of a newly built single-tenant grocery property in Los Angeles, California for US $35 million. Completed in 2020, the 29,456 SF property is located prominently on the southeast corner of Centinela Avenue and La Tijera Boulevard and benefits…

Contracts

Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Culinary Talent

16.09.2021, 07:47 Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Culinary Talent Aramark is recognising the contribution of Hispanic and Latino American employees through two initiatives dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. Launched by Congressman George E. Brown in 1968 in appreciation of the cultural and economic contribution of U.S. citizens whose families originated from Mexico, Spain, the…

Education

Social Media Trends Influencing School Dinners

02.09.2021, 14:04 Social Media Trends Influencing School Dinners Sodexo’s education catering brand Alliance in Partnership (AiP) is drawing inspiration for its latest school menu offerings in the UK from TikTok and Instagram. The food services brand which was acquired in 2018 serves more than 75,000 freshly cooked, nutritious and locally sourced meals a day at…

News

Making Lasting Retail Memories

19.08.2021, 08:56 Making Lasting Retail Memories A new brochure from Aramark explains why supporting ‘experiential’ retail is a cornerstone of its integrated services offering for the sector. The publication provides an overview of Aramark services in several areas, and explains why best-in-class store design and technology combine to leave a lasting impression on visitors to…

News

Merger to Create US $7.5 Billion U.S. Retail REIT

19.07.2021, 20:28 Merger to Create US $7.5 Billion U.S. Retail REIT Kite Realty Group Trust and Retail Properties of America, Inc., have entered into a definitive merger agreement.   Under the terms of the proposed merger, Retail Properties of America (RPAI) which owns and opertes 102 retail properties in the United States representing 19.9 million SF…

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