When it comes to retail business advice, there’s no shortage of online outlets dishing out tips. The challenge is knowing whom to trust. Here are the must-read blogs for reliable, retail-focused information on everything from staffing issues to to tech to design.
Retail Week: A leading name in UK industry news, the Retail Week blog should definitely be in your bookmarks. Covering everything you may wish to know, from insider news about big brands to predictions about the future of high street names this blog will keep you up-to-date with all the essential news.
Design 4 Retail: A UK blog that tracks the best of retail design around the nation. Whether it’s hunting down the best window display of the moment or finding out when that next brand tea party is happening, this is a great blog with endless inspiration when it comes to brand design.
Retail Minded: There are plenty of retail blogs that focus solely on a business’s financial,marketing and merchandising operations, and Retail Minded does all that, but italso posts information about key (and timely) legal issues like sexual harassment in retail businesses and what upcoming trends you should be aware of.
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The Retail Doctor: Bob Phibbs, aka the Retail Doctor, is the CEO of the eponymous retail consultingfirm, so it makes sense that the brand’s blog offers advice on sales-driven topics like getting your employees to upsell and how to get customers back in your shop after a bout of inclement weather.
Retail Design Blog: Design addicts can get their fix of gorgeous retail spaces and packaging at theaptly named Retail Design Blog. The homepage features large images of interiors, displays and products along with a short description, and you can click for more info and photos. It’s also highly satisfying to scroll through for an inspiring, Pinterest-esque experience of the best in retail design.
Retail Focus: With a full directory of suppliers, listed calendar of events and posts devoted to shop re-furb projects, as well as all the latest news on new openings, pop-ups and brand expansion, this blog is a great one-stop-shop for the latest info on all aspects of retail.
Intelligence Node: A “retail big data lab,” Intelligence Node’s mission is to help “retail companiessucceed by giving shoppers what they want.” That translates to blog posts educating retailers with attention-grabbing headlines like “5 Brilliant Ways to Get People To Spend More”and “What IKEA Can Teach You About Retail Cash Flow.”
Startup: The UK’s leading resource for startup businesses, this blog is full of useful information about taking the plunge from franchising and staffing to logo design. The blog also has dedicated posts for highlighting new businesses, so you can keep up with the UK’s brightest young retail talent.
SnapRetail:This blog offers marketing tips and advice for small businesses, with straightforward, useful information and actionable ideas for retailers, like how to use GIFs to enhance marketing communications and social media.
Tech World: For those who like to keep up with the latest tech and the ways in which it can help their business, Tech World is the blog to follow. With a varied news feed that covers everything from the latest healthtech startups to the way tech can better the ecommerce arena, Tech World is an essential read if you’re a tech-head looking to apply your passion to your business.