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London Bridge Project Unveils the Future of Retail

London Bridge Project Unveils the Future of Retail

Before the Covid 19 outbreak, the UK High Street had taken a hammering from the internet, with major household names such as Woolworths, BHS and Dixons among its scalps. And the outbreak is adding more big-name casualties to the list.

Now, with social distancing measures closing or impacting non-essential retail outlets, could the crisis lead to new opportunities in the industry?

“The Coronavirus has hit hard,” says Aaron Sarac, Chief Operating Officer at London Bridge Project. “The disruption in supply chains across the continents have affected global trade.”

“Businesses have had to make other arrangements to fulfill orders, but the online delivery model, such as Amazon, has come into its own and will only look stronger in the future.”

Convenience

Before the Coronavirus outbreak, London Bridge Project had seen a major shift from bricks-and-mortar retail to online sales.

“Growth in technology meant that people could order everything from car parts to pizzas to their front door, with retailers such as Amazon boasting same-day delivery on many products,” explains Kemal Sidar, Chief Executive at London Bridge Project.

“The buying power of online giants like Amazon means customers have a wide variety of products to choose from, often with big savings to be made.”

Traditional High Street retailers also blamed the lower operating costs of online operations for affecting their business, arguing that they cannot compete fairly.”

“The High Street will not return to the pre-internet success of its heyday, but it still has a future, albeit in a different form”

Kemal Sidar, London Bridge Project

Adapt to Change

“The High Street has to provide something that complements the online offering, and not be in competition with it,” suggests Kemal.

“One way to achieve this is to focus more on the service industry and an offering that cannot easily be replaced online.”

“Let’s say that your online retail business is selling clothes. The High Street offering could be to provide ironing and sewing services, which you can’t get on Amazon.”

“As Amazon has a high commission rate, what value could you get from using the mass market appeal of the platform as a gateway to convince people to buy additional or complementary products and services from you offline?”

Kemal Sidar, London Bridge Project

Along with the Coronavirus pandemic, the growth of online retail has changed the face of shopping as we know it,” concludes Kemal. “Instead of hammering the final nails in the coffin of traditional retail outlets, a change in what they are offering, and the way they offer it, could be a boost to business, if not critical.”

To discover how you can successfully leverage offline and online sales for your business, please call London Bridge Project on 0203 871 2695 or visit londonbridgeproject.com.



Mike Crutchley is a journalist and newspaper editor with more than 20 years in the industry with local, regional and national media. He now runs the PR firm Mike Crutchley Media.