The recent surge of collaborations in retail continues, with Sainsbury's and WH Smith the latest retailers to announce that they are entering into a strategic partnership together. This follows news of a collaboration between Tesco and Carrefour (France's biggest retailer) and Sainsbury's recent merger with Asda. In what has historically been a competitive environment, it is interesting to see that some retailers are now choosing to work together to succeed in the current challenging market.
This week's top stories in the Consumer and Retail sector:
London's O2 to open 85 store outlet
H&M tops the list for popular fashion brands on the web
IKEA UK stores ditch single-use plastic straws
John Lewis to revamp its stores and add a range of new services
Co-operation between the UK retailers on the rise