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  • Marriott hotels offering virtual tours

    Marriott hotels offering virtual tours

    Hotel chain Marriott is offering potential customers an opportunity to view its facilities using new technology that enables virtual tours.

    Marriott hotels offering virtual tours
  • John Lewis has invested in virtual interior design but what is it?

    John Lewis has invested in virtual interior design but what is it?

    Virtual interior design business DigitalBridge won £100,000 worth of investment from department store chain, John Lewis, but what does the tech company do?

    John Lewis has invested in virtual interior design but what is it?
  • Comment: How will we shop in the future?

    Comment: How will we shop in the future?

    Ahead of Tech UK's Supercharging the Digital Economy event, the organisation's head of cloud, big data & analytics, Sue Daley, assesses how Hollywood-style technology is becoming a retail reality.

    Comment: How will we shop in the future?
  • Asos bets on visual search, voice search and AI

    Asos bets on visual search, voice search and AI

    Asos CEO, Nick Beighton, will focus digital efforts on visual and voice search, as well as artificial intelligence to transform customer experience over the next few years.

    Asos bets on visual search, voice search and AI
  • Comment: Three start-ups, three themes

    Comment: Three start-ups, three themes

    Start-ups have an uncanny knack of identifying a specific pain point and then trying to solve it. Siobhan Gehin, partner at Kurt Salmon, says retailers should take note.

    Comment: Three start-ups, three themes
  • Q&A with luxury start-up website The New Craftsmen

    Q&A with luxury start-up website The New Craftsmen

    Essential Retail speaks to Mark Henderson, chairman of Gieves & Hawkes and co-founder of The New Craftsmen, an eCommerce network for luxury goods manufacturers.

    Q&A with luxury start-up website The New Craftsmen
  • Mercedes-Benz showcases last-mile robotics fulfilment solution

    Mercedes-Benz showcases last-mile robotics fulfilment solution

    Mercedes-Benz produces prototype 'mothership' vans to house last-mile fulfilment robots and drones.

    Mercedes-Benz showcases last-mile robotics fulfilment solution
  • Q&A with IBM on working with start-ups for retail innovation

    Q&A with IBM on working with start-ups for retail innovation

    IBM's head of ecosystems and innovation for IBM Cloud UK and Ireland, Alison Say, answers a few questions for Essential Retail on working with start-ups.

    Q&A with IBM on working with start-ups for retail innovation
  • Costcutter pairs up with Parcelly for click & collect

    Costcutter pairs up with Parcelly for click & collect

    Costcutter is partnering with mobile click & collect solution, Parcelly, to enable customers to use its network to pick up parcels.

    Costcutter pairs up with Parcelly for click & collect
  • TrueStart launches fourth retail start-up accelerator

    TrueStart launches fourth retail start-up accelerator

    TrueStart is calling for start-ups to join its fourth retail start-up programme this winter.

    TrueStart launches fourth retail start-up accelerator
  • Big Interview: Iceland on start-ups and innovation

    Big Interview: Iceland on start-ups and innovation

    David Devany, chief digital officer, and Nick Canning, joint-MD, of Iceland Foods, tell Essential Retail why the retailer has begun looking at the start-up community for digital innovations.

    Big Interview: Iceland on start-ups and innovation
  • Comment: Driverless Uber cars will disrupt the sharing economy

    Comment: Driverless Uber cars will disrupt the sharing economy

    Ursula Huws, professor of labour and globalisation at University of Hertfordshire, looks into how Uber's driverless car news and the sharing economy continues to disrupt the industry.

    Comment: Driverless Uber cars will disrupt the sharing economy

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RBTE 2017: JD Sports revives outdoor business around the customer
RBTE 2017: JD Sports revives outdoor business around the customer