Not all doom & gloom

T J Hughes Store

Spring has been a tough time for UK retail with the sad news first of British Home Stores (BHS) and then, almost immediately after, Austin Read the gentlemen’s tailoring brand, both tumbling into Administration. Of course these aren’t the only retail failures over the last months, but they stand out for being two of the most enduring and well known high street brands. Fortunately, not all retail failures end this way and some have risen, Phoenix-like from the ashes. T J Hughes, the much-loved Merseyside…

Designer brand Santoro steps onto the high-street

Santoro's new Store in Bath

You could be forgiven if you haven’t come across the London design house Santoro, which started life in 1983 not far from London’s Carnaby Street. But girls, and mums with daughters everywhere, will surely recognise some of the celebrated gifts and accessories that have driven the company’s success – the Gorjus range of bags, accessories and stationery for instance, the Kori Kumi collection or the Mirabelle range. Until now Santoro’s range of gifts and designer-led products, covering bags and accessories, gifts and stationery, as well…

Futura4POS eases international expansion for Cath Kidston

Futura4POS

Breaking into lucrative international markets, especially the Far East and China, is an obvious next step for many UK-based fashion and lifestyle brands where rising incomes and with it the desire for western goods appears unstoppable at the moment. But although it is a very desirable goal, it is not without its challenges. Different currencies and payment systems, cultures and languages are just a few of the things to consider as part of your expansion strategies.A suitable EPOS environment that allows central deployment and updates…

Going paperless… at the till

Sometimes an innovation comes along that’s so obvious you wonder why it hasn’t been done before. yReceipts, which delivers email receipts direct from the till, falls straight into that category. It’s certainly worth a closer look. It’s one of the simplest ways to add value to your customer experience and at the same time encourages customer interaction beyond the store. You can use it to automatically promote offers and related products, and it is straightforward to implement with your Futura EPOS platform. yReceipts makes the…

Lifestyle fashion retailer Saltrock expands with Futura

Saltrock Saunton

While the economy might be looking brighter, fashion retailers still have to be on the ball to ensure both their stores and websites perform to the max. Futura’s new Web Services can help by integrating the latest technologies to give a single view of real time inventory, with sales and management information all in one place, cutting waste and duplication. North Devon-based lifestyle brand Saltrock, which set out selling T-shirts with surfing motifs, has just gone live with Futura’s EPOS and head office retail management…

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