Plan Your Visit – Apple (UK)
Q: I’ve heard that some Apple Stores near me are now open. How do I know which stores I can visit?
A: Some of our retail stores are now open. Please check apple.com/uk/retail for the latest on store reopenings, services available and opening hours.
Q: Will I have to queue?
A: At Apple Store locations that have fully reopened for shopping and Genius Support, you may experience short waiting times before being allowed to enter the store. To maintain physical distancing, we are limiting store occupancy and giving everyone lots of room. Not all our stores have resumed full operations. Please check the status of your nearest Apple Store at apple.com/uk/retail.
Q: How is physical distancing practised at Apple Store locations?
A: In every store, we’re limiting occupancy and giving everyone lots of room, while renewing our focus on Genius Support and one‑to‑one, personalised service throughout the store.
We have reduced the number of products on display in our stores so customers can shop and browse while maintaining a safe distance between themselves and others.
Not all our stores have resumed full operations. Please check the status of your nearest Apple Store at apple.com/uk/retail.
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Q: Will I have to wear a mask when I visit an Apple Store?
A: Yes. Face masks will be required for all our teams and customers while visiting an Apple Store and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own. N95 masks with valves and masks that do not cover your nose and extend below your chin — such as bandanas — are not permitted at Apple Stores. Replacement masks will be provided as needed.
Q: What if a customer is unable to wear or exempt from wearing a mask?
A: If a customer is unable to wear a face mask due to an existing medical condition or disability (or for any other reason as set out within the relevant legislation), Apple will offer reasonable alternative shopping or support options. We will:
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– Offer to serve customers without a mask outside of trading hours.
If the customer is under the age of 11 in England and Wales, under 13 in NI or under 5 in Scotland, we will serve them in-store if it is safe to do so; otherwise, we will offer service out of hours or provide a face shield instead of a mask.
Q: What does contactless temperature check mean?
A: Before you enter an Apple Store, we will take your temperature using a thermometer that does not touch the skin to ensure that it measures below 37.5° C (99.5° F). No data from this procedure will be recorded. Prior to your store visit, please ask yourself the following health-related questions: Do I currently have a fever, chills, muscle or body aches? Do I currently have a cough or am I experiencing any respiratory issues? Do I have a headache, sore throat, runny nose or congestion? Am I experiencing any nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea? Have I been in contact with any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? If you answer YES to any of these, please visit at a later date. You can get all the same great products and services from our online store with free, contactless delivery and one-to-one shopping help from a Specialist via Chat, or by calling 0800 048 0408. Shop Apple Store online.
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Q: What protocols are you following to keep Apple Store locations clean?
A: Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleaning that places special emphasis on all surfaces, display products and highly trafficked areas. Devices that are passed back and forth between our team members and customers are wiped down before and after each use. We also conduct enhanced deep cleaning of our stores at night.
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The Top 50 Online Shops In The UK – Blog
The Internet has forever changed the way we handle everyday activities – from ordering food and paying bills to banking and shopping. Gone are the days where you have to stand in endless lines to complete whatever menial transaction on your To Do List for the day. Now, most of what needs doing can be accomplished with just a few clicks of a mouse.
That includes shopping for everything from clothing to groceries to furniture. Before online shopping, you were limited to the merchants in your neighborhood or your town. Now, you can shop stores from around the globe from the comfort of your living room!
The UK is home to many of the world’s top retail shops. If you’re shopping online, we can help you by accepting your purchases, consolidating them and shipping them on to you. With so many stores to choose from, you will never run out of things to see, sample and shop for. Of course you aren’t limited to shopping online. You can use our BuyForMe service to shop in store specials and offers. Learn more
Top 50 Online Shops in the UK, along with a brief overview of what each one has to offer
Amazon UK is, of course, one of the most popular online merchants in the UK. It is a global marketplace where you can purchase everything from high end electronics and designer clothes to hard to find and obscure items as well. Amazon UK often has free shipping deals and vouchers for various percentages off your purchase so be sure to look for those when you go.
Tesco is another household name that most UK’ers will recognize. They sell department store items, along with seasonal products, food, wine and groceries. They also have an “Offers” section and a “Clearance” section where you can find some of their better deals – so be sure to visit those two departments when you shop
Coming in third is another popular UK merchant that sells a wide variety of household and department store items. They offer free Click and Collect service at any of the many Argos locations around the UK, along with same day delivery service for only £3.95.
Marks and Spencer
M&S is a multi-national retailer of high end clothing and accessories, along with furniture, home décor and gourmet food items. They offer free delivery on orders over £50 as well as free Click and Collect service to any of their local stores.
Next is an in-house label of high end mens, womens and childrens clothing – along with housewares and accessories. While they have several stores all over the UK, Next is also an international merchant that is available to and ships to more than 70 countries globally. Be sure to check their “Clearance” section for great deals on discounted items.
Boots is a popular pharmacy chain with locations in the UK and Ireland. Boots pharmacies can be found in high street districts, airports and shopping centers across both countries. Along with prescription medicines, they do sell over the counter medicines, as well as perfumes, cosmetics and health and wellness items.
Homebase is a home improvement and garden center store that carries everything you need for those renovation or lawn projects. They offer a free Click and Collect service where you can pick up your in stock orders at any of the Homebase stores within one hour of purchase.
Matalan is an online retailer of fashion and accessories for men, women and children. They also stock a wide range of home décor items and furniture as well. Matalan provides free delivery on orders over £50 as well as next day delivery for just £4.95. Be sure to check their “Offers” section for the best deals on discounted items.
IWOOT is a cool little shop that specializes in geeky techy gifts and gadgets. You will find electronic items, apparel and toys. They usually have a 3 for £20 deal where you can land some pretty great bargains, along with sporadic free shipping offers as well.
Boohoo is an online retailer of trendy clothing for men, women and children. They also have a “Sale” section where you can find up to 75% off select items. Be sure to check out their delivery specials, with next day delivery starting at just £5.99 on some orders.
Wickes is another home improvement store where you can order products like flooring, paint, lumber, tools and appliances. Wickes also offers a free design service so you can consult with professionals before undertaking projects in the home. Be sure to sign up for the Wickes email list to have special offers and vouchers sent to your inbox as they become available.
JD Sports is the UK’s go-to merchant for trainers, athletic apparel and accessories. They carry popular fitness brands like Nike and Adidas and have a “Clearance” section where you can find some great deals on discounted products.
PC World is a retailer of computers, printers and other peripheral devices and accessories. They offer free next day delivery as well as free Click and Collect service at any of their 800 UK locations. Be sure to shop their Deal of The Day promo for instant savings on a different product each day.
Littlewoods is an online retailer of high end fashion designs for men and women, as well as fragrances, accessories, gifts, jewelry and more. They regularly have 40% or more off sales so be sure to look for those when you go. You can also find some great deals in the Littlewoods “Clearance” section as well.
Halfords is a UK retailer of cycling accessories, car parts, tools and related items. They offer free delivery on orders over £40 as well as free Click and Collect service to any of their retail locations. Be sure to sign up for their email list to have special offers and vouchers sent to your inbox as they become available.
John Lewis offers a wide range of products for home, garden and life. John Lewis also has a wide range of toys and gift items as well. They offer a free Click and Collect service on orders over £30 and free home delivery on orders over £50.
DIY is another UK home improvement store where you can find power tools, building supplies and outdoor necessities all in one location. They offer a free Click and Collect service 7 days a week at any of their retail locations as well as free home delivery on purchases over £50.
SportsDirect UK is a popular retailer of sporting apparel and accessories. They have clothing and shoes for men, women and children – along with a wide range of products for nearly every sport and outdoor activity imaginable. Be sure to shop their “Deals” section to find the best prices on featured products.
Debenhams is well known for its collection of designer clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Debenhams also carries perfumes and cosmetics from many high end manufacturers as well as furniture, gifts and items for the home. Be sure to sign up for their email list to have special deals sent to your inbox as they become available.
H&M specializes in expensive-looking clothing at discounted prices. You will find the latest trends in everything from evening wear to street wear at H&M, along with some adorable fashions for kids. H&M offers free shipping on orders over £50 and they have a pretty great “Sale” section as well.
HMV is a cool shop for movies and movie memorabilia. They have a 3 for £20 deal all the time, plus some sporadic special offers as well. HMV also stocks movie-related apparel and gifts for nearly any genre of film you can think of.
AE is a popular clothing brand for teens and young adults. They offer free shipping on many items all the time, plus they have a Rewards Program where you can earn points toward vouchers on future purchases every time you shop. Be sure to sign up for their email list to have additional vouchers sent to your inbox as they become available.
River Island is another popular clothing shop with fashionable apparel for men, women and kids. They offer free express shipping on orders over £100 plus delivery on all additional orders for just £1. Sign up for their email list to have special offers sent to your inbox as they become available.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop is the perfect place to find skincare products, cosmetics and perfume. They have products to keep you young, beautiful and glamorous – no matter the season. The Body Shop also offers free shipping on any order over £25.
Everyone is familiar with the luxury department store Harrods. The good news is – you can now shop all their fabulous designer products online. Harrods often has pop up coupon codes and offers that appear on the site, so be sure to look for those when you shop.
Jessops is a retailer of professional-grade photography equipment such as cameras, tripods, lenses and more. They also have used products for sale, which are just as great as new ones, but can cost a fraction of the retail price. Jessops offers free delivery on orders over £50 all the time.
House of Fraser
House of Fraser has a long history in the UK, dating back to 1849. They sell apparel and gifts, as well as shoes, luggage and household items. House of Fraser usually has a free shipping offer on purchases of a select amount so be sure to look for that when you go.
Screwfix is another UK home improvement store that stocks all the things you need for those home repair and renovation projects. They offer a free Click and Collect service within just minutes of placing your order, along with free home delivery on orders over £50.
New Look is a popular fashion retailer with apparel for men, women and children. They offer high end designs for all occasions and even have a plus size section as well. New Look offers 30% off your first order, if you sign up for their email list as well as 20% off for university students during weekly Uni Days sales.
Ace sells thousands of products at up to 70% off retail prices – and their inventory includes everything from clothing and gifts to electronics. Most of their products can be personalized, which is great for those looking for that one special gift. Ace also has a “Clearance” section where you can find deep discounts on discontinued items.
Any Toys is an online retailer of all things anime. They have toys, collectibles, books and more – all with a fun, colorful anime theme. Be sure to check out their “Under £10” section for rock bottom prices on select products.
Most everyone has heard of or shopped at Ebay UK – the global online marketplace and auction house of millions of products. While big box merchants and popular brands sell their items on Ebay, private sellers do as well, which means you can find some great deals on whatever you are looking for. Ebay is also a super place to go for obscure items that may not be available on the regular market anymore.
The Garden is an online pharmacy and perfumery where you can find a wide range of high end cosmetics, fragrances and health and wellness items. They also offer lots of gift suggestions as well, along with baby care items, mens products and an entire section of totally free gifts! The Garden also provides a free gift wrap service and free delivery on orders over £50.
Appliances Direct is an online retailer of home appliances. Refrigerators, stoves, wall ovens, microwaves – whichever appliance you’re looking for, you can find it at Appliances Direct. Be sure to check out their sale offers on the home page for the best deals on a variety of products.
Laptops Direct is a division of Appliances Direct. They have a large inventory of laptop computers, both new and used – along with accessories and peripherals to outfit them. Some of their refurbished products work just as well as the new ones, but are up to 60% cheaper than retail prices so be sure to check those out when you visit.
Furniture 123 is an online retailer of home furnishings. They have furniture for every room in your home, along with garden and office furniture. Furniture 123 also offers free delivery on all UK mainland orders and £20 off an order of £100 using the voucher code on the website.
Electrical Discount UK
Electrical Discount UK is another online retailer of home appliances. They have great deals all the time on a wide range of products and they offer free delivery on all purchases. Be sure to check out their “Clearance” section for big discounts on discontinued items.
Gentlemen’s Tonic is a division of Mayfair and is an online retailer of men’s skincare products. They have lotions, aftershave and cologne – along with gift sets of various products. Gentlemen’s Tonic offers free delivery on orders over £50.
Foyles is an online bookseller featuring titles for all genres. Foyles also sells gifts and themed memorabilia for lovers of certain and specific series. They also have signed copies of popular and obscure titles for book collectors as well. Some of their titles are discounted randomly so be sure to look for these discounts when you shop.
Blue Nile is a retailer of handcrafted fine jewelry. They allow you to create and customize every piece, down to the setting, style and finish of your jewelry. Blue Nile offers a free consultant service to help you choose your options as well as free, secure delivery on every purchase.
Alex and Alexa
Alex and Alexa is an online retailer of designer children’s clothes. They also offer upscale shoes, toys and accessories for children of all ages as well. Alex and Alexa provides free delivery on orders over £50 and they also have a “Sale” section where you can find discounted pricing on some of your favorite kid designs.
I Just Love It
I Just Love It is an online retailer of personalized gifts for recipients of all ages – and that’s exactly what they will say when they receive them! You can choose from personalized books, engraved picture frames and more. Be sure to check their “Offers” section to save up to 66% off discounted items.
Prezzybox is another great place to shop for unique and hard to find gifts for any occasion. From electronics and apparel to kitchen gadgets and things for the home – Prezzybox has it. Be sure to sign up for the Prezzybox email list to have special offers sent to your inbox as they become available.
If you are looking to indulge yourself in couture fashions, Browns is the place to go. You will find upscale clothing and accessories from some of the world’s most famous designers – including Dolce & Gabana and Gucci. Browns sometimes has free shipping offers on purchases of select amounts so be sure to look for those when you shop.
If you are a guy who likes brand name designer clothing, but may not have the budget to afford it, Brown Bag is the place to go. They offer apparel from world famous designers – including Armani, Burberry and Prada – at prices up to 45% off regular retail price. They also offer free next day delivery on orders over £100.
The Drink Shop
If you would rather buy your spirits online than go out to the store to make the purchase, The Drink Shop is the place to go. Along with your favorite spirits and wine, The Drink Shop also offers handy information via their blog about how to pair your favorite wine with foods and various drink recipes as well.
Mesh Computers is an online retailer of desktop, laptop and tablet computers. They have computer systems for all needs and budgets – from high end gaming computers to simple machines for online browsing. Mesh Computers also has a “Build Your Own” service that allows you to build your dream machine from scratch. They also offer free delivery on all desktop computers as well.
Novatech is another online retailer of computers and peripherals that allows you to build your own machine. They also stock a wide range of pre-built machines for every budget. Novatech provides free delivery on orders over £50 as well as free lifetime support for every product they sell, which can really come in handy. Be sure to check out their “Deals” section for discounted pricing on featured products.
Figleaves is a popular retailer of lingerie and sleepwear for men and women. They also have a “Clearance” section where you can find great deals on discontinued products all the time. Be sure to sign up for the Figleaves email list to receive a voucher good for 10% off your first purchase.
This list would not be complete without mentioning a merchant where you can buy your groceries online and save yourself the hassle of fighting market crowds. Ocado offers a complete inventory of grocery, freezer and butcher items – along with other grocery store fare, including paper products, toiletries and baby care essentials.
Amazon Fresh Opens Second U.K. Store, Eighth in California
In recent weeks, Amazon Fresh has opened three new U.S. stores—the latest in Long Beach, Calif., on March 18. It opened its fourth Illinois store in Bloomingdale on March 10, and another Southern California store, located in Fullerton, on Feb. 25. New Amazon Fresh locations reportedly slated for Sacramento, Calif., and the greater Philadelphia are also getting buzz. But it’s the reaction to new stores across the pond that’s putting the trademark smile on the faces of some industry watchers.
With its “Just Walk Out” technology, the first U.K. Amazon Fresh in the Ealing neighborhood of West London elicited a mixed bag of consumer response when the 2,500-square-foot store opened on March 4. Some thought the store “scary,” while others described it as “magical,” according to the Independent, which noted one elderly gentleman cursed his way out of the store when faced with the prospect of a checkout-less shopping experience.
Frightening or fabulous reviews of its first London store aside, Amazon Fresh opened its second U.K. location March 16 in Wembley.
Despite the “Amazon Fresh” name on the building, the U.K. stores sound more like a hybrid of Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go in the U.S. The latest Amazon Fresh “convenience store” in Wembley, the company said, does not require shoppers to have a Prime membership. “Customers simply use the Amazon app to enter and can put their phone away and shop for what they need like normal, bagging items as they go. At the end of their shopping trip, they can just walk out, no stopping to stand in a queue or check out,” Amazon said.
The Amazon Fresh store at Wembley Park also offers customers a wider assortment of goods than U.S. shoppers would expect from most convenience stores, including the new private food brand, “by Amazon.” The brand has hundreds of products, including meat, poultry and fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables, bakery, freshly prepared meals and everyday essentials. By Amazon will also offer customers hot food throughout the day and on-the-go meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“The Amazon Fresh store offers customers everything they’d want from their local neighborhood grocery store with an experience that allows shoppers to simply take what they want and just walk out,” the company added. “We are excited to see how customers like the Amazon Fresh stores and look forward to opening more in the greater London area in the future.”
But it’s not only Amazon Fresh products, which the company said have been specifically curated in West London and Wembley with the U.K. consumer in mind, but technology that’s for sale from the Seattle-based retailer.
Earlier this year, the first-ever Hudson Nonstop, a convenience store in the Dallas Love Field Airport debuted using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology. The new 500-square-foot store from Hudson, which operates more than a thousand c-stores in airports and other transportation hubs across the U.S., is designed to allow travelers to seamlessly enter the Hudson Nonstop store with a swipe of their credit card or using Tap to Pay, take the products they’re looking for, and then walk out of the store.
While many believe Just Walk Out technology is the future of grocery retail, the journey to full adoption will likely log some casualties along the way, like the West London gentleman who headed down the block to Sainsbury.
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Latest Amazon Fresh store plants cashierless food shopping in U.K.
Amazon has opened its 11th Amazon Fresh store, but with two key differences from previous locations: It uses the company’s “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology, and it’s in the United Kingdom.
Sized at 2,500 square feet, the new Amazon Fresh in the West London suburb of Ealing, opened March 4, more closely resembles the compact Amazon Go convenience stores in the United States, yet with a bigger food and grocery offering, though not as extensive as the 10,000-square-foot Amazon Go Grocery stores. In fact, Amazon describes the U.K. Amazon Fresh as a “convenience grocery store,” serving hot food throughout the day; on-the-go meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner; staple ingredients for making meals; coffee; fresh-baked goods; sandwiches; newspapers and magazines; flowers; and Amazon devices.
Related: Amazon Go draws high interest from U.S. shoppers
“Amazon Fresh is Amazon’s first physical store and first grocery store outside of the U.S. The Amazon Fresh store will offer customers everything they’d want from a local grocery store with an experience that allows shoppers to simply take what they want and just walk out,” Amazon stated. “Our Amazon Fresh store in the U.K. uses our Just Walk Out Technology that shoppers have come to know and love in our Amazon Go and Amazon Go Grocery stores in the U.S.”
The Just Walk Out system uses overhead cameras, weight sensors and deep learning technology to detect merchandise that shoppers take from or return to shelves and track items selected in a virtual cart. Customers use a QR code in Amazon mobile app to gain entry to the store through an automated gate. When they exit the store, the Just Walk Out technology automatically debits their Amazon account for the items they take and then sends a receipt to the app.
Related: Amazon cracks $100 billion in quarterly sales with huge Q4
“Amazon opened its first checkout-free grocery store outside of the U.S. this week, with a 2,500-square-foot Amazon Fresh store in Ealing, London,” Coresight Research CEO and founder Deborah Weinswig wrote yesterday in her “Weinswig’s Weekly” report. “Although the store is branded Amazon Fresh, it uses the Just Walk Out technology seen in Amazon Go stores in the U.S.”
The opening of the Ealing Amazon Fresh also marks the the launch of “by Amazon,” a new Amazon food brand exclusive to the U.K. Amazon said the private-label line was “specifically created with our U.K. customers in mind” and encompasses hundreds of items, such as in-season fresh fruit and vegetables; responsibly sourced British fresh meat and fish; fresh-made sandwiches; fresh-baked bread; hot food; and partly prepared dishes to fully prepared meals, including traditional classics and “street food-inspired” dishes.
Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the new Amazon Fresh also houses an Amazon Hub counter, where Amazon online customers can pick up and return Amazon.co.uk parcels. Customers can select their local Amazon Fresh UK store as the delivery location during checkout on Amazon.co.uk or the Amazon app.
In the U.S., Seattle-based Amazon currently operates 10 Amazon Fresh supermarkets, including seven in California and three in Illinois, ranging from 25,000 to 45,000 square feet. The newest locations — in Fullerton, Calif. (45,000 square feet), and Oak Lawn, Ill. (35,000 square feet) — opened last month. The two Amazon Go Grocery stores, in Seattle and Redmond, Wash., opened in February and September 2020, respectively.
The Amazon Go convenience banner, which inaugurated the company’s Just Walk Out technology, now numbers 26 locations, including eight in Manhattan, seven in Chicago, six in Seattle and five in San Francisco. The stores range in size from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet, except for one 450-square-foot, employee-only location in Seattle’s Macy’s building.
Amazon’s physical stores also include 523 Whole Foods Market specialty supermarkets (502 in the U.S., 14 in Canada and seven in the U.K.) plus 24 Amazon Books stores, 29 Amazon 4-Star outlets and seven Presented by Amazon pop-up locations.
“Amazon’s apparent commitment to U.K. grocery retail is confirmed by the launch of a new ‘by Amazon’ private label at the Ealing store,” according to Weinswig. “Nevertheless, the direct impact on incumbent U.K. grocery retailers will almost certainly be minimal even over the medium term, as building any meaningful market share in grocery is a long-term task. Even in the U.S. market, Amazon has only established 33 physical grocery stores (excluding Whole Foods Market) and the ripples from them have been slight.”
Weinswig foresees potentially greater impact from the geographic expansion of the Just Walk Out technology in food and convenience retailing.
“Amazon’s venture will provide another nudge for retailers to innovate around the checkout experience. Amid COVID-19, we have seen many retailers in various countries roll out different iterations of low-contact or checkout-free technologies, although most of those implemented so far are iterations on self-scan. Closer to Amazon’s autonomous offering, in the U.S., we have seen 7-Eleven and Giant Eagle trialing or launching stores with entirely contact-free checkouts.”
She also cited the inception of “smart” shopping carts — including the KroGO cart (from Caper Inc. introduced by The Kroger Co. in January and the Amazon Dash Cart unveiled last July (now in use at Amazon Fresh stores) — as helping to advance cashierless shopping.
“The creep toward checkout-free grocery stores is therefore proving gradual, with Amazon’s innovations in the market another spur for conventional stores to compete,” Weinswig said.
Take a Look Inside the First Amazon Fresh Store in the UK
- Amazon has just opened its first cashierless Amazon Fresh store in the UK so I went to check it out.
- Cameras and shelf sensors monitor what you’re putting in your bag and you’re billed after you leave.
- The trip was hassle-free, but I wasn’t a fan of the hundreds of cameras dangling from the ceiling.
- Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.
The Amazon Fresh store in the borough of Ealing, west London, is no ordinary supermarket.
Retail giant Amazon opened its first physical store in the UK on March 4 so I decided to go along to see what all the fuss was about.
It operates in the same way as the cashierless 20 Amazon Go stores in the US — you go in, put the items in your bag, and wander back out.
I felt like the world’s biggest shoplifter, even when carrying Amazon’s green bag with “Just Walk Out” slapped on the side.
The whole shopping experience was hassle-free. There’s no dodging trolleys, speed-packing at the till or faffing with credit cards. You get billed after you exit the shop, although my receipt took two hours to come through so I didn’t know exactly how much I’d spent until then.
The location is only 2,500 square feet so it’s much smaller than a supermarket and it would be a struggle to do a weekly shop in there.
Overall, I was impressed at the organisation, cleanliness and efficiency of the store. What I didn’t like was the hundreds of cameras hanging from the ceiling, checking what was going into my bag. It had a dystopian feel.
The food wasn’t anything special, but what makes this store pop is its futuristic technology that means an effortless shopping trip.
Here’s what happened during my shopping trip to London’s new Amazon Fresh and what I bought:
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Classic British style in men’s wardrobe
Calm tones and austere cut distinguish British style. British menswear has a rich history associated with conservatism and sophisticated simplicity. The assortment of the Britishroom store includes jackets, trousers, shirts, suits, coats, kilts, shoes of famous British brands, which have gained fame primarily due to high-quality materials.
Two-piece or three-piece suits are the basis of the English style.The composition of the suits includes classic jackets, either straight cut or with a moderate fit. They are made interesting by simple patterns of tweed fabric, from which suits are most often made: “herringbone”, small or large cage, “crow’s feet”.
Tweed appears frequently in film adaptations of classic novels. So, in order to more accurately convey the atmosphere of that time, in the film “Pride and Prejudice” the costume designers selected tweed products for them. For example, Kristen Bonham-Carter (Mr. Bingley) was wearing a tweed suit.
Quality tweed suits are produced by brands such as Harris Tweed, Walker Slater, Bucktrout Tailoring.
The main thing in outerwear is thermal insulation properties. In the production of English pea jackets, overcoats and duffle coats, only natural wool is used with minor impurities of synthetic materials. Melton or tweed are warmed at temperatures down to -20 degrees and at the same time, products made from them look textured and stylish.
The English shoe school is considered one of the best.Oxfords, derbies, brogues, monks and loafers in traditional Goodyear Welted construction last long. English-style shoes are not only produced by British brands, which proves their value. For example, the author of the book “Suit” Michael Anton believes that it doesn’t matter where the shoes are made, if they are made in the English style. For example, the Spanish brand Berwick uses Goodyear construction. Berwick footwear design is never experimental: the brand designs shoes and boots according to the best British traditions.And at the same time, an advantageous value for money is evident.
The words “kilt”, “sporran”, “khosa”, “flush”, “kiltpin” sound unusual. In the meantime, it’s all part of Scottish culture. The kilt was worn by mountain warriors; instead of bags, they used sporran. Hoses made of natural wool protected the feet of the mountaineers from the cold. The kiltpin was attached to the kilt so that it would not swing open.
Each element of the Scottish costume had a deep meaning, emphasizing the characteristics of the clans.Today, all these elements are used on Scottish holidays, but their presence in one costume is optional.
90,000 8 British department stores that are no longer
Large department stores, which were opened in the 19th century, are often found in the pages of classic novels. Today we decided to recall 8 UK department stores that are no longer on the shopping map. However, even then, many of them, being real innovators and even revolutionaries, introduced formats and methods of working with the assortment, which are still relevant today.
British Home Stores was founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1928. The main focus at the start was on pricing – the most expensive product in the retailer’s assortment cost one shilling. Later, in order to expand the range, the bar was raised to five shillings. Another distinctive feature of the stores was the obligatory presence of small cafeterias and grocery departments. For those times, the decision was quite unusual. Sweets, spectacular pastry shops still coexisted next to the non-food assortment, and it was not customary to place grocery minimarkets next to non-food, to put it mildly.
In August 2016, BHS department store chain closed its last 22 stores, and the company failed to make a life-saving deal and keep its retail business.
The retailer has accumulated over £ 1.3 billion in debt, including a £ 571 million pension deficit – a corporate scandal that hit its last owner, Dominic Chappell, and its previous owner, retail tycoon Sir Philip Green.It was the “pension hole” that became the reason for the refusal to purchase an active potential buyer.
After 92 years in the British market, the company closed, and 11,000 employees not only lost their jobs, but also lost their chances of getting paid. At the time of closing, the chain operated 163 stores in the UK and 74 retail outlets in other countries.
Bourne & Hollingsworth
Bourne & Hollingsworth was located at the corner of Oxford and Berners Streets in central London.
Founded in 1894, it has become known not only for the quality of its products, but also for its social support program. More than 600 employees working in the department store received housing at Warwickshire House on Gower Street.
However, the department store closed in 1983 and the building now houses the Next flagship store. The name Bourne & Hollingsworth has been preserved, but now in the form of a cocktail bar, which receives visitors in the nearest quarter and, by the way, is a success.
H. Binns, Son & Co, commonly known as Binns, was a Sunderland-based department store chain that was founded in 1807. The personality of the founder of the company is of interest. The owner of the department store, Henry Binns, was an extraordinary man at the time. He was a member of the anti-slavery movement and sold in his shops exclusively cotton products grown by the hands of free workers, completely excluding slave labor.This position caused bewilderment in business circles, because purchases of cotton created by free workers were much more expensive, but this did not affect the principles of a businessman.
During the 19th century, the department store moved several times from place to place, and in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the business expanded by acquiring department store sites in nearby cities in the north of England.
In 1953, the rival department store House of Fraser ultimately defeated the Binns.The struggle intensified, and throughout the 1990s Binns struggled desperately with falling sales. The battle was lost – in 1993 most department stores were closed, including the flagship in Sunderland.
The remaining locations were bought by the House of Fraser and renamed. Thus, in 2006, Binns officially became the history of British retail.
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C&A was founded in 1841 in the Netherlands by brothers August and Clemens Brenninkmeier.Then the brothers were engaged in the textile business and produced cotton and linen fabrics. The products of the factory quickly became known, and in 1860 the brothers opened the first fabric store. The idea of producing clothes under their own brand was inspired by the invention of the Singer sewing machine. The clothes went with a bang, as their distinctive features were good quality raw materials, tailoring and low cost.
The first UK store was opened in 1922 and at the time of 2000 the British C&A chain had 113 stores.Why at the time of 2000? Because this year marks the end of the brand’s presence in the UK market. In Russia, the last retailer’s store closed in 2017. It was a franchise outlet, and the development of the franchise was not included in the strategic plans of the brand.
The ending of this story is not as sad as in the previous ones – the brand stores are actively present on the German market. By the way, it was Berlin that became the first city in which a C&A store was opened back in 1911.
Another department store that started out as a fabric store.Peter Robinson was founded in 1833 and soon expanded into a full-fledged multi-category department store at Oxford Circus. Currently, the flagship Topshop is located in its place. At its peak, Peter Robinson had 39 stores in the UK.
Interestingly, Topshop debuted in 1964 as a section in one of Peter Robinson’s department stores, and in 1965 the brand took over an entire basement floor. Peter Robinson disappeared from the British shopping map in the late 1970s.
Dickins & Jones
Dickins & Jones, a popular London department store at the time, which was founded back in 1835 and ended its activities in 2007.
The first department store was opened on Regent Street, and then a chain of department stores with branches in other cities in the UK – new spaces have been opened in Richmond, Epsom and Milton Keynes.
Over the years, Dickins & Jones was taken over by Harrods and then taken over by the House of Fraser.The last Dickins & Jones store was closed in 2005 and the building now houses the offices, as well as the H&M subsidiary and the Canada Goose flagship store.
The name Dickins & Jones has not gone down in retail history; it lives on as its own fashion brand in the House of Fraser matrix of department stores.
The history of Pauldens department store is so old that it is extremely difficult to find information about it even on the pages of global search engines.In many ways, however, the department store opened in 1860 in Manchester was revolutionary. It became the first UK store to feature elevators, escalators, electric lights and panoramic windows. The first department store was opened on Cavendish Street, and now it houses the residence of the largest higher educational institution in the country – Manchester Metropolitan University.
The main “killer” of Poldens was the Debenhams department store, which in 1928 absorbed a competitor. However, he himself fell victim to the 2020 pandemic.The network fought desperately for life, but the coronavirus nullified all attempts. In April of this year, the company began bankruptcy proceedings.
In 1878, the Gamages department store was opened in central London. It didn’t live long before its centenary – both department stores (the second Gamages opened in 1960) were closed in the early 1970s. It’s a pity … the department store was different from the large shopping facilities of that time, and boldly introduced new approaches to trade. Interestingly, the giant department store began with a small watch repair shop.The service was so successful that in some incredible way it turned into a department store with one of the best watch departments in all of London.
The founder of the department store Arthur Walter Gamage knew a lot about not only watches, but also trade. Gamages had the broadest selection of departments and also launched a catalog delivery service for the first time. And he brought in the bulk of the revenue. Among the departments there was even a trade in car parts and firearms – exotic even nowadays.Even then, Gamage guessed that a grocery supermarket was a traffic-generating element, and the department store was one of the first where such an “anchor” appeared.
The object that attracted the audience was a giant railway that ran through the entire department store, thousands of people came to gaze at this miracle. And now many large department stores are creating “centers of gravity” in the form of interactive compositions, aquariums and other unusual objects that attract customer traffic.
LAV`Z – British Jewelry Brand
ABOUT THE BRAND
LAV’Z is a British jewelry brand. For more than three years the company has been working in the fashion jewelery segment, that is, it creates trendy, ultra-fashionable jewelry. They are always the most modern pieces that can be stylized, combined and personalized through engraving.
Create your own magic. It is with this message that LAV’Z designers work on each piece.We involve our clients in the process of creating unique products and our own unique jewelry wardrobe. All LAV’Z jewelry is made in such a way as to match and combine with each other. No one is able to feel you and your desires the way you yourself. And we do our best so that you can realize yourself in LAV’Z jewelry.
Make it yours. Engrave jewelry. Choose special words, phrases and symbols. Fix important dates and events. Select a stone by the sign of the zodiac or special meaning.We give every customer the opportunity to choose jewelry not only with their eyes, but also with their hearts.
Mix and Match. Mix and match is what we inspire our clients to do. LAV’Z jewelry can be worn independently or combined, changing individual parts, trying different shapes and combinations.
LAV’Z jewelry regularly appears on the page of leading glossy magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, InStyle, Glamor and others.
Welcome to LAV’Z world.
Welcome to the world of LAV’Z.
One of the main principles of LAV’Z is the use of natural materials. All of our jewelry is silver with gold or rhodium plating. They are available in three versions:
- Sterling Silver plated with Vermeil in 18kt yellow gold;
- Sterling Silver with Vermeil Plated in 18kt Rose Gold;
- Sterling Silver White Rhodium Plated.
LAV’Z designers love to work with precious and semi-precious stones, they are attentive to the energy and philosophy of each stone.
For information on how to care for your silver jewelry (including Vermeil plated 18kt gold) read here.
LAV’Z designers love to work with precious and semi-precious stones, they are attentive to the energy and philosophy of each stone.
LAV’Z stores are mini design studios where each customer can create their own unique jewelry. Each studio has a silent engraving machine, with which you can engrave directly at the time of purchase.