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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 02:  Shoppers stand outside a branch of the House of Fraser department store in Oxford Street on January 2, 2014 in London, England. Department stores House of Fraser and John Lewis have announced they experienced good trading over Christmas while shares in Debenhams have fallen following the company's poor sales during the same period.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

House of Fraser cuts digital team in effort to streamline operations

House of Fraser cuts digital team in effort to streamline operations

House of Fraser has reduced its digital team, making eight people redundant, as part of a wider restructuring scheme outlined in March which is designed to streamline its operations. Some of the functions of the eight online jobs that were cut have been outsourced to India, where the retailer’s IT department is based, reported Drapers. In


Rudell the Jewellers commended for staff development as business booms

Midlands-based jewellery retailer Rudells the Jeweller is celebrating after picking up two local business awards. The jeweller won Retailer of the year and Excellence in Staff Development at the Wolverhampton Wire Awards 2017. Director Sioux Jones added: “The standard of training that we provide throughout the life at Rudells is consistent and within our values

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Aurum Holdings buys major US jewellery retailer

Britain’s biggest jewellery and watch retailer, Aurum Holdings, has acquired Mayors Jewelers, a chain of 17 prestige jewellers in Florida and Georgia, USA, for $104.6 million (£81 million). Mayors gives Aurum Holdings a significant foothold in the US market, including the real estate and resources of a headquarters office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Aurum Holdings


Edinburgh jewellers embrace Fringe Festival

Jewellers in Edinburgh are embracing the month-long Fringe Festival, which sees hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to the city. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, with 3,000 shows set to take place across the month of August. Embracing the city’s event, jewellers in Edinburgh have been using it as an

Charles Green

Charles Green launches online luxury bridal area for retailers

Charles Green has collaborated with independent jewellery retailer John Pass to unveil an online luxury bridal area for retailers. The new section, featured on the official John Pass website, tells the story of Charles Green, outlining the company’s prestigious history and heritage. The section also showcases Charles Green’s best-selling products in four core categories: plain


Smartphones trigger rise in retail search volumes

The volume of overseas customers searching for UK retailers has grown in the second quarter of 2017, driven by a rise in smartphone use. For all devices, search volumes maintained year-on-year growth of 7% in the second quarter of 2017, according to the BRC-Google Online Retail Monitor. This was boosted by search volumes on smartphones,


Gecko introduces seven new ranges at CMJ

Leading jewellery suppliers Gecko has presented seven new ranges at the Company of Master Jewellers  Autumn trade event. The new season ranges can be found throughout its best-selling brands Elements Gold, Orla Kiely, Fiorelli, D for Diamond, Elements Silver and Beginnings. In addition, Gecko is also offering CMJ customers an exclusive peek at the upcoming Fred

Mococo has opened its new, larger-sized Liverpool store in the city's Metquarter today, featuring brands Chlobo, Shaun Leane, Thomas Sabo, Pandora, Swarovski, Diamonfire and Nomination. The new store, located on the ground floor of the shopping centre, replaces the much smaller Mococo shop, which opened in Metquarter in 2009. The improved store also features a champagne and coffee bar. Mococo managing director Lee Hooson said: "We are so excited about our brand new store in Liverpool's Metquarter. The city's customers have been so loyal to us, they deserve to have even more of the world's most exciting jewellery brands at their fingertips."

Technology revolution sees retail jobs plummet

The number of full time retail jobs has fallen due to mounting cost pressures technology transforming the way consumers shop. In the second quarter of 2017, full time employment (FTE) fell by 3.3%, with all three months reporting a decline in FTE employment. More than half (69%) of respondents to the BRC Retail Employment Monitor