London's West End is preparing for reopening in the next few weeks with the New West End Company issuing strategy guidance and saying markdowns will be off the menu as they could encourage unsafe shopping.
John Lewis is working on plans to reopen its department stores in May and is also said to be considering taking on an outside partner to finance a big move into services and away from such a strong reliance on retail.
As consumers become ever more eco-aware, brands and retailers are responding with special initiatives to promote sustainability and also ensuring that their customers and prospective customers know what they’re doing.
Clothing giant M&S is aiming to give a serious boost to its website business and also to drive store footfall and has extended its click & collect next-day orders cut-off by a further three hours in the UK to 11pm.
In addition to the many pressures in the UK retail market, John Lewis is facing a business rates bill of around £57.4 million in the current year - a significant burden for a department store chain of less than 50 shops.
Frasers Group is the latest target for Peta’s investment activism, with the animal rights organisation buying stock in the business to protest against the sale of animal fur products at House of Fraser.
When retail mogul Mike Ashley added House of Fraser to his portfolio in 2018, he spoke about converting the chain into the “Harrods of the high street”. And two years later, his vision is starting to take shape.