Asda parodies its past Black Friday carnage, Majestic Wines and Hotel Chocolat get competitive on the rugby field, and Victoria Plum has a heated situation.

Asda hits freeze on Black Friday

”There’s no need for Black Friday frenzy,” the grocer argued, after turning its back on the sale event last year. 

Instead, this year, it created a video spoof of the events that unfolded on Black Friday in 2014 – now also known as Black-eye Friday.

Asda staff parodied bargain-hungry customers rushing for discount TVs, but did it in the style of the ever-prevalent Mannequin Challenge.

Here’s a glimpse of the team playing statues in Asda’s Pudsey store.

Majestic Wines and Hotel Chocolat get competitive on the rugby field

Retail friends became temporary enemies earlier this month when England’s rugby union side took on South Africa at Twickenham.

Englishman Angus Thirlwell – of Hotel Chocolat fame – and Majestic Wine’s South African boss Rowan Gormley were among the 81,000-strong crowd cheering on their respective nations.

The duo exchanged more than patriotic banter during the match though, as Gormley dished out healthy portions of South African delicacy biltong, while Thirlwell returned the favour by sharing one of Hotel Chocolat’s festive yule logs.

If gorging on the chocolate treat didn’t make Gormley feel slightly sick, England’s 37-21 win may well have done.

At least he will have had access to plenty of wine if he needed to drown his sorrows.

Things get heated for Victoria Plum

The online bathroom retailer has become embroiled in a heated situation with a plumbing firm that has a very similar name.

A High Court ruling earlier this week stated that Victorian Plumbing has been unlawfully bidding against in Google AdWords, infringing the Victoria Plum trademark and misleading consumers.

As Google increasingly becomes the shopfront for pure-play retailers, Victoria Plum will be keen to flush away its search term competitor.

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Retail Week Live has gone Black Friday crazy

Deals worth fighting over for the retail event of the year


  •  Our first ticket of the day is going for just £400 that’s almost £1,200 off the full price
  • The second to sixth tickets are then £550 each
  • The next 10 tickets after that are only £700 each
  • All other tickets once these are gone are two-for-one

For non-retailers

  • There are a limited number of tickets at a whopping 30% off

To buy tickets as part of this special limited offer contact

Andrew Falconer Borgars | 020 3033 4247 | or

Jessica Sobey | 020 3033 2992 | or

Samantha Compton | 020 3033 4318 |


More information and two-for-one tickets can be found at

Check out the programme jam packed full of thought leaders, industry trailblazers and even a few renegades. But don’t take too long. This offer is strictly for a limited time.