With half of the UK population now passing through the doors of discount retailers and their sales showing double digit year-on-year growth, there’s certainly an appetite for discounted goods. But what’s behind this shift? And how is it affecting the UK’s retail landscape?
Consumers remain on edge as unemployment in the US is at a high level and incomes remain flat, but food and petrol prices are an increasing chunk of their budgets. How have supermarkets adjusted to price-conscious consumers?
After redesigning the face of discount retail in the UK, Primark is moving to Germany. John Ryan travels to the Waterfront shopping centre, where native discounters face stiff competition from brighter interiors and better layout.
From paying at self-checkouts to ordering with apps, modern shoppers are handling more and more elements of the shopping journey themselves. But is streamlining the shopping experience removing the personal element of retail?