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Retailers unite to make High Street Shopping safer this Christmas

Retailers are uniting to revive the high street by promoting safer shopping this Christmas.

Ted Baker, Phase Eight, Mint Velvet,  Jigsaw, Reiss, Hobbs and Paperchase are among 17  brands already participating  in  the  #SaveShops campaign  led by  unified  commerce specialist OneStock. It aims to increase awareness of in-store  services  that  support  a safer shopping experience for customers while helping to safeguard millions of retail jobs throughout the Christmas period.

The  hashtag #SaveShops guides consumers to  a new online hub, saveshops.co.uk, where they can find a list of  UK brands  offering  options  such as click  and  collect, reserve  and  collect, assisted  remote shopping  with a store staff employee as well as  home delivery.  Retailers that provide any of these services are invited to sign up.

“This is a fantastic initiative in what has been an extremely disrupted year,” said Beth Butterwick, Consulting Partner at Jigsaw. “We are looking forward to welcoming customers back to each of our locations with open arms in December. These are more than just places to shop, each one plays an important and unique part in being part of a real community hub. Let our doors open safely so we can listen, support, serve and add a little bit of Christmas joy.”

The saveshops.co.uk  website acts as a central hub for high street  retailers  of all sizes  and sectors  that  have adapted their operations  during the pandemic, enabling  local businesses  to connect with customers and continue to trade, while  protecting  the livelihoods  of  their staff.

The UK retail industry employs approximately three million people, making it one of the largest employment sectors in the UK.

“I’m proud to support the #SaveShops movement,”

said Helen Williamson, Retail Adviser and former Managing Director at Whistles.

“Having enjoyed a lifetime working in retail myself, we must now come together to support our local shops and protect the livelihoods of all our shop workers.”

Former CEO of Hobbs and Retail Adviser Meg Lustman commented:

“I think it is important to support all initiatives that remind customers of the pleasure of shopping, wherever and however they choose.  The omnichannel nature of retailers’ efforts mean that customers can choose how they want to engage with the brand, whether for inspiration, transaction, fulfilment or return.”

OneStock  offers an agile, omnichannel inventory software suite for retailers that want to optimise order management and boost sales. It helps deliver a unified shopping experience to end customers. Global clients include LVMH, Ted Baker and Intersport.  OneStock  won a Drapers Award and was named most innovative start-up of 2018 by FEVAD. The company won the 2019 Retail Systems Multichannel Technology Vendor of the Year Award and a special mention at the 2020 LVMH Innovation Award ceremony. OneStock  was joint winner of the Editor’s Choice Award at Retail Insider’s Transforming Retail Awards 2020 and named Omnichannel Solution of the Year at the Retail Systems Awards 2020.

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