Changing fashion isn’t just a problem for those selling clothes. The wider trends, issues and pressures facing retailers also come and go over time.

Changing fashion isn’t just a problem for those selling clothes. The wider trends, issues and pressures facing retailers also come and go over time.

Retailers are on the front line when it comes to explaining their environmental impact on society. Their ability to respond to the changing economic climate and customer needs is watched closely by investors and the wider market. They are also quickly called to account by a variety of stakeholders and commentators when things go wrong.

But those who supply services to the retail industry also have an important part to play in the response to such challenges. In fact, though they often don’t have a direct relationship with consumers, the support they give can heavily impact on customers’ views of a particular retailer.

Suppliers to retailers have to follow closely the issues that affect their clients’ businesses and provide an appropriate response in the products and services they provide to the sector.

Over the next few pages, Retail Week’s commercial partners outline some of the trends within the retail industry and the ways they are supporting retailers as they adapt to them.

UK retailers are famous for their product innovation; and the innovation that suppliers to retailers bring to the sector should also be highlighted and celebrated. A symbiotic relationship - with real partnerships formed to tackle the issues of the day - is beneficial to all.

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