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M&S, Halfords, Pets at Home, Topps Tiles and more on balancing stores and online

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IRUK Top500 retailers are considering their store estates
IRUK Top500 retailers are considering their store estates

In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter, we’re reporting as retailers from M&S to Halfords, Topps Tiles to Pets at Home update us on their digital progress. Stores play a role for all of them. M&S is looking to reduce its stores estate as it moves to reclaim a ‘special’ place on the high street. Pets at Home says it nearly has its ideal number of stores, while Topps Tiles is looking to grow its estate. Halfords, meanwhile, shows how it has successfully brought services and online into its stores, giving shoppers a reason to visit that, it rightly says, has differentiated its business from others.

 

All of the retailers we report on also see a growing link between online and the store: M&S, for example, says that its stores will be supported by and include digital services as it looks to improve its customers’ experience.

 

That’s a situation also envisaged by Forrester. In a new report it projects that digital will play a role in European retail sales worth €1 trillion within just a few years – including 45% of those taking place offline.

 

Today’s guest comment comes from Patrick Gallagher of On the dot, who considers why stores and online retailing both matter, while we also report on five myths around GDPR.

 

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