Authors

Edward Story

Partner

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Simon Jupp

Senior Associate

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Louisa Penny

Senior Counsel

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Authors

Edward Story

Partner

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Simon Jupp

Senior Associate

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Louisa Penny

Senior Counsel

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24 August 2018

Consumer and Retail in the News – Issue 277

This week's top stories in the Consumer and Retail sector.

TW Viewpoint

The direct to consumer (DTC) sector has developed into big business. The rationale seems compelling for a start-up brand with a story – specialist product, better customer insight and engagement, removing cost from the supply chain by selling direct, retain control of the brand equity. But the territory has become crowded; among the mattress and shaving brands which seem to regenerate weekly the major brands have swamped the market which was previously the preserve of disrupters as an alternative route to market. And yet it is operational challenges, principally stock and distribution, which are the major challenge to the DTC model and are most acutely felt by the upstarts. As with other areas of e-commerce, reaching the audience is easier than ever but getting the product to reach them is the major challenge.

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Northern Ireland's social supermarkets scheme helps nearly 1,000 people
(The BBC)

Flagship Oxford Street store of House of Fraser to remain operating
(The BBC)

Pepsi acquires SodaStream, a manufacturer of devices for making carbonated drinks at home
(The Independent)

UK grocery market analysed
(Kantar)

Diageo launches edible
(The Drinks Business)

Male skincare products boosted by Love Island
(The Guardian)

Lib Dems call for a landowner levy instead of the business rates
(Retail Gazette)

China now drinks more Budweiser than the US
(Beverage Daily)

Amazon considers buying Homebase stores
(Retail Gazette)

Mulberry shares lose value as a result of House of Fraser's collapse
(The Independent)

Are health-conscious "millennials" responsible for the UK's new sugar tax?
(Foodbev)

Emerging Uber rival engages in talks with Transport for London
(The Standard)

Non-alcoholic beer sees unexpected 60% increase in UK sales
(The Drinks Business)

New figures show one out of every five pounds spent with UK retailers is now online
(The Telegraph)

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