Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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UK’s largest retailers see search relevancy as their biggest challenge

Exclusive data from Kin + Carta and Google Cloud has revealed that 85 percent of the UK's largest retailers see "search relevancy" as their biggest challenge regarding product discovery on their ecommerce sites. Twenty business leaders from some of the biggest high street brands were asked by the global transformation consultancy: "What are your biggest challenges with product discovery (search, browse, recommendations)?" – "Search relevancy" topped the results by a significant margin, followed by "low conversion rates" at 35 percent.

Posted: 2 August 2023

Kite Packaging launches an expandable m spec mailer

Online UK packaging supplier Kite Packaging has launched an expandable m spec mailer ideal for shipping various small goods. The corrugated mailer can be used as a flat letterbox friendly envelope or it can be converted into a small parcel box depending on the goods packaged inside. An adhesive peel-&-seal strip makes for quick, easy and secure seals, while pre-creased grooves allow users to easily pop the envelopes out into a box, improving pick and pack efficiency for greater order fulfilment and cost savings. Manufactured with strong corrugation, these mailers provide crush resistance and compression strength when they come into contact with other boxes or heavy items, ensuring goods are well protected during shipping.

Posted: 31 July 2023

ACID CEO Dids Macdonald OBE celebrates achievement

This year's 2023 theme on World Intellectual Property Day was Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity and ACID CEO Dids Macdonald OBE., was amongst five UK women selected for their "can do" attitude of women inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs worldwide and their ground-breaking work. Other UK women included in this prestigious global line-up are Jewellery Designer and trail blazer, Harriet Kelsall; Installation technique for offshore wind turbines inventor and entrepreneur Jacqueline Morrison; Esteemed departmental lecturer in intellectual property (IP) at the Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Le Vu Van Anh; Academic lawyer and professor Janice Denoncourt.

Posted: 28 July 2023

Ty Warner lauds The Beanie Bubble feature film

Ty Warner issued the following statement today in response to the release of The Beanie Bubble, a fictionalised feature film about the history-making success of Beanie Babies upon their first release in 1993. "I applaud the filmmakers for capturing the unprecedented energy and excitement – though not the facts – surrounding the original release of Beanie Babies 30 years ago. The movie is, by its own admission, partly fiction. But, like the filmmakers, I am in the business of dreams, and I admire their creative spirit. To the fans and collectors of Beanie Babies who have been there for the last three decades, thank you for all the love you have shown."

Posted: 28 July 2023

Creative Retail Awards reveal Shortlist for 2023

The Creative Retail Awards are delighted to announce the Shortlist for the 2023 Awards. The Shortlist presents some of the very best in global retail, leisure, and hospitality design & display with projects including Flannels, Gaucho, Selfridges, Myriam K, Hamleys, Nike and many more. The panel of Judges found it even tougher than usual this year to Shortlist the entries, with exceptional quality submitted from all corners of the globe, from North America, across Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East. As physical retail evolves, design and experience have become more influential tools than ever. The Creative Retail Awards have recognised the industry's best companies and talent since 2018. With categories including sustainability, omni-channel, technology, VM schemes, POP/POS, shopfitting, store design, experience, and innovation, the Awards recognise talent across the full spectrum of design and display.

Posted: 27 July 2023

Greetings card Lima Lima announces expansion

Based in Colwyn Bay, Lima Lima was launched by Carly and James Brands in 2015 and got off to a flying start, producing and selling daring and risqué gifts and cards that quickly gained popularity and began selling the world over. The impact of Brexit that same year took its toll on the company, notably in Europe, but the couple have diversified and bounced back. They achieved a significant rise in turnover, sell more than 550,000 items annually, and now employ up to 10 full and part-time staff. As they prepare to move to new, larger premises in the seaside town, they have big plans for the future and a fresh selection of product ideas.

Posted: 26 July 2023

Dartington Crystal joins BHETA

Leading UK glass manufacturer Dartington Crystal has joined BHETA. Dartington Glass as it was known until the 1980s, was born in 1967 as one of the Dartington Hall Trust's social enterprises in North Devon. It became the most recognised manufacturer of simple yet functional glassware in the UK. Dartington's vision was built on a clean and simple design style, handmade using age-old techniques of Scandinavian roots. It remains the only remaining factory scale producer in the country.

Posted: 24 July 2023

Autumn Fair launches Product Preview

Autumn Fair, the UK's ultimate shop for shop for wholesale Home, Gift, and Fashion taking place from the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham, has launched an inspirational new and exclusive Product Preview offering buyers the scoop on the forthcoming show. In the exclusive first look at what buyers can expect at the show, Autumn Fair has curated the most sought-after products. From gifts to greetings cards and footwear to furniture, the Autumn Fair Product Preview features the must-have products destined to be your next bestsellers.

Posted: 21 July 2023

Gift cards supporting local businesses

With a handful of accolades including best seaside resort in Britain, best beach in the UK and the happiest place to live, St Ives is ready to showcase its charms with a new gift card. Led by St Ives BID, the St Ives Gift Card is available to buy online as either a physical or digital card, and can be spent like a debit card on everything from accommodation and eating out to shopping and leisure activities, making it ideal for UK holidays and locals looking to explore where they live. One of the places that accepts the new St Ives Gift Card is restaurant Hub Box, located on St Ives harbour, and home of the live harbour webcam.

Posted: 19 July 2023

Home & Gift 2023 delights buyers with exciting product launches and themes

The Harrogate Convention Centre came alive this Sunday (16th July) as the opening of Home & Gift 2023 saw thousands of retailers flock to the start of this year's 4-day event, eager to discover the very latest product launches from across the globe. Strong visitor pre-registration that included a 21% increase in department stores and a 6% increase in galleries and museums was evident on-site, with a combined buying budget of over £300 million from the show's first-day attendees.

These retailers found more than 500 exhibitors across Home & Gift's six curated sectors, and over 150 brands making their show debut - presenting them with an abundance of choice as they sourced products for their A/W23 offering. Despite uncertain weather conditions, enthusiastic crowds arrived throughout the day, finding the show's seven halls brimming with an array of showstopping homewares, gifts, culinary infusions and statement accessories.

Posted: 18 July 2023

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