June: In Review 2016

Hello and welcome to June: In Review!

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The end of June already? That can only mean one thing, it’s time for your month in review! We’ve scrolled the internet to bring you the best retail, ecommerce and digital marketing content from the last month!

We’re well and truly into the summer season and it’s not just the weather that’s been hotting up as it’s been a big month in the retail world.

It’s time to recap on the biggest news to grace our screens this month…


1. News: Brexit becomes reality as the UK vote to leave the EU

Brexit. The topic that everyone is talking about as last week the UK voted to leave the European Union. June 2016 is certainly a month to remember as British history was made and will always be known as the month the UK decided to break-up with the EU.

So what does Brexit mean for the retail industry and independent businesses? We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best articles on the impact for retailers:

Happy? Sad? Disappointed? Excited? Worried? How do you feel about the outcome? Let us know in the comments section below.


2. Study: The state of omni-channel retail

What are the shopping habits of modern consumers? Our friends over at Bigcommerce conducted a study to find out about where, when, why and how Americans buy online. The results are in and they’re very interesting!

These statistics cover possibly everything you could think of when it comes to the demographics of US consumers. Our favourite results include that 43% of Americans shop while in bed, 80% of people are influenced by shipping cost and speed when making a decision to purchase online, and 40% of Americans can’t live without online shopping. Check out all the other stats in this blog.


3. Infographic: Independent retailers use technology to turbo-boost sales

This infographic based on our survey results shows how independent retailers are using real-time technology to boost sales and save time. This Retail Times article shares how 84% of retailers viewed technology as essential to their growth.

The key findings show that retailers are improving order management with a 53% increase in orders, boosting revenue by 30% and improving efficiency by saving 57.5 days per year.

Take a look at the infographic!


4. Apply: Small Biz 100

You may have heard of Small Business Saturday? It’s becoming a bigger event each year in both the US and UK that celebrates independent retailers and encourages communities to shop small and local.

The UK Small Business Saturday have opened applications to become 1 of 100 businesses to be highlighted in the lead up to the big day. It’s a great opportunity to highlight your business across the Small Business Saturday community!

Apply now to be in with the chance of shining the spotlight on your small business. Not in the UK? Why not sign up for Shop Small and get your hands on an event kit.


5. Free download: Key Holiday Dates Calendar 2016

The holiday season may seem like a million moons away but as a retailer, it’s important to get ahead of the game and get planning at the earliest opportunity. Why not start by getting your hands on this free calendar full of all the key dates you need to know for the 2016 holiday season. It includes all the dates you’ll need from shipping specific dates and the busiest shopping days to watch out for! Download, print it off and stick it up on your wall! And… Why not tweet a picture of it in use to @BrightpearlHQ?


That’s all for this month, think we’ve missed anything? Let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and have a great July!