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M & S new 900,000 sq ft warehouse will help improve online sales Thursday, 9th May 2013
Marks & Spencer have opened a 900,000 sq ft warehouse in Castle Donington in a bid to improve its online trading. The clothing and homeware retailer currently only sells 15 per cent of its products online, 20 per cent less than major rival Next. The new facilities will mean the retailer will be able to deal with 1m orders a day, compared with a few hundred currently.
Nicola Formichetti confirmed at Diesel Thursday, 4th April 2013
Diesel has confirmed Nicola Formichetti has joined the popular denim brand as its new artistic director. In his new role, Nicola will oversee all creative activities of the Diesel main line, including the areas of product, communications and interior design. Having worked everyone from Lady Gaga to Uniqlo, Dolce & Gabbana and Nike, Formichetti will now co-ordinate the existing Diesel Creative Team along with his new recruits from different fields.
Genius Foods strengthens senior management team Thursday, 14th March 2013
Genius Foods, one of the UK’s leading gluten-free brands, on Thursday announced the appointment of Liam McHugh as manufacturing director. Having previously worked for both Unilever and Warburtons, McHugh will oversee development of the manufacturing strategy for the Genius and Livwell brands, as well as the development of own-label capability for the company as it looks to continue its expansion across the UK and internationally.
Marc Jacobs is Diet Coke’s new creative director Wednesday, 6th February 2013
Behind the scenes of Marc Jacob's advert for Diet Coke. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs has been named by Diet Coke as its new creative director as the brand celebrates its 30th anniversary. Jacobs will join a stellar line-up of previous creative directors for the drinks brand including Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, with a limited edition run of bottles and cans, along with a “stylish and light-hearted” makeover.
John Lewis names new online director Monday, 4th February 2013
John Lewis has named Mark Lewis as its new online director, charged with growing and developing the retailer’s online business. Reporting directly to managing director Andy Street, Lewis will lead the online time, as well as assuming responsibility for profitability and development of the retailer’s online channel.
My-Wardrobe appoints new fashion director Thursday, 15th November 2012
Former senior style editor of British Harper’s Bazaar, Carmen Borgonova will join My-Wardrobe in January 2013 as fashion director for the luxury online retailer. Borgonova will replace buying and merchandising director Luisa De Paula, who is set to leave the company after five years in the role.
Change at the top as Tesco moves UK director Tuesday, 23rd October 2012
Tesco on Tuesday announced UK fresh food commercial director Andrew Yaxley would leave his post for a new management role. UK commercial director John Scouler will replace Yaxley, as Tesco looks to strengthen its fresh food offering. "At Tesco we place great emphasis on developing our colleagues to ensure we have the best possible pipeline of general management talent for the future," said a Tesco spokesman.
BRC warns on escalating food prices Wednesday, 5th September 2012
The British Retail Consortium this week warned that food price inflation is set to rise again, as poor US harvests and the wettest British summer in 100 years will only serve to exacerbate the problem. The latest Shop Price Index from the BRC showed overall annual change in shop price in August picked up slightly to 1.1 per cent from 1.0 per cent in July.
Yet more trouble for HMV: shares slide on double exit Monday, 6th August 2012
HMV saw a sharp 6.3 per cent drop in shares to 3.4p in trading this morning as the troubled retailer confirmed finance director David Wolffe would also leave the business. The news comes less than a week after chief executive Simon Fox announced he would step down from his role last Thursday.
Selfridges finance director jumps ship to Harrods Friday, 13th July 2012
John Edgar, group finance director at Selfridges, will step down from his role to take up a similar position at Harrods. Having worked at Selfridges since 2008, Edgar will now take up the role of chief financial officer at Harrods, replacing Benedict Smith. Edgar has previously worked at Woolworths, after spending seven years as director of strategy at House of Fraser.