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Retail Week’s cartoonist Patrick Blower’s take on Amazon trialling its first bricks-and-mortar store in New York over Christmas.

Blower’s retail cartoon: Amazon to trial physical store in NYC this Christmas

Retail Week’s cartoonist Patrick Blower’s take on Amazon trialling its first bricks-and-mortar store in New York over Christmas.

This Christmas, the vast majority of shoppers are connected through smartphones and tablet access, and thus have, unsurprisingly, higher expectations than ever for exceptional, connected digital and real world experiences.

Comment: Are retailers ready for connected Christmas shoppers?

With Christmas fast approaching and customers more digitally connected than ever, how will retailers rise to the challenge of engaging consumers?

M&S Back to School standalone pop-up store in the Trafford Centre

In pictures: Marks & Spencer opens back to school standalone store

Marks & Spencer has opened its first standalone back to school store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

Planning for the Christmas period is well under way, and with more channels than ever the pressure on supply chains has never been greater.

Analysis: How are Christmas supply chains evolving?

Planning for the Christmas period is well under way, and with more channels than ever the pressure on supply chains has never been greater.

Fortnum & Mason opened its second standalone store in St Pancras

Analysis: Fortnum & Mason packs its hamper for travel push

Fortnum & Mason’s chief executive Ewan Venters talks to Retail Week about the upcoming Heathrow Terminal 5 store, expansion and brand overhaul.

Latest Christmas news

Booksellers including Foyles will hope they benefit from Super Thursday

Booksellers hope for 'Super Thursday' sales boost

Booksellers including Waterstones and Foyles are hoping to benefit from a surge of new titles that will hit the shelves today.

Marks and Spencer is “firing on all cylinders” and prepared to deliver this Christmas, according to its food boss Steve Rowe.

Marks & Spencer 'firing on all cylinders' ahead of Christmas, say food boss

Marks & Spencer is “firing on all cylinders” and prepared to deliver this Christmas, according to its food boss Steve Rowe.

Christmas will be unspectacular this year, according to Mintel

Christmas set to be 'unspectacular' this year with 3% sales growth forecast

Sales growth is expected to be unspectacular this Christmas with just 3% growth in December forecast, a slower rate than last year, according to Mintel.

Selfridges

Video: Selfridges brings Christmas to its Oxford Street store in August Video

Selfridges became the first department store in the world to open its Christmas shop this year last week. Retail Week visits the Winter Wonderland.

Teksta Dinosaur

Argos unveils top 13 Christmas toys as technology vies with classics Video

Argos predicts traditional toys will go head-to-head with their high-tech counterparts as it unveils its predictions for the top 13 Christmas toys.

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