Vodafone has announced plans to ramp up its UK investment programme with the opening of 150 new shops and the creation of 1,400 new retail roles over the next 12 months. The £100 million boost to the high street forms part of Vodafone's plans to invest £1 billion in 2014 in the networks and services it provides to its more than 19 million UK customers.
Sportswear brand adidas has launched its new global retail concept for adidas Originals in Berlin, Germany. The new 'Neighbourhood' concept celebrates the best of adidas Originals while connecting to the city's unique neighbourhood and includes a variety of digital features, including a Wi-Fi equipped lounge, mobile charging points and a digital bar that allows customers to check out adidas websites and listen to music.
Iconeme, a new technology and design company from the people behind Universal Display, has launched a product that allows retailers to communicate with customers via their smartphones as they browse items on display in shop windows and in store.
Organisational, operational and technology challenges are hampering retailers’ efforts to meet customer demand for a seamless shopping experience across all channels and touch points, according to a study from Accenture and hybris software. Nearly all (94 per cent) of retail decision makers surveyed said that their companies face significant barriers to becoming an integrated omnichannel company.