As a firm that is passionate about the retail sector we have decided to do a monthly round up of the stories that catch our eye each month.Whether it’s about pursuing an interesting new venture in retail or highlighting exciting new trends, you will find it here. We’ll also include any articles offering useful tips for retailers!

1. Dublin-based Couverture wins SuperValu supplier award (from businessandleadership.com)

Couverture has been named the overall winner of the SuperValu Irish Food Producer Awards 2012. The company, which employs 22 people in Dublin, produces a range of luxury deserts for the SuperValu own brand range, and most recently has developed ‘SuperValu Supreme Fruit Shots’ as part of the SuperValu’s Signature Range for Christmas. Read more.  

2. Dealz opens 22nd Irish store creating 20 jobs #positiveireland (from retailexcellence.ie)

Our recently acquired appetite for bargains continues unabated as discount retailer Dealz has opened another new Irish store creating 20 new jobs. With almost 4,000 sq ft retail space, Dealz Talbot Street brings the total number of jobs created in Ireland to date to almost 600. Since opening in August 2011, Dealz has invested over €2m in the Irish economy. Read more. 

3. Baby Bay Market goes nationwide #retail #startups (from businessandleadership.com)

Following the success of the Baby Bay Market in Leinster, entrepreneur and deviser of the concept Mandy O’Rorke has decided to take the market nationwide, with New Year dates announced for Sligo, Galway and Athlone. Baby Bay Market is the live market version of her online retail site BabyBay.ie, where parents can buy and sell good quality unwanted baby items online. Read more.  

4. The Joy of Cha is first Digital Boost winner #retail #ecommerce (from digitaltimes.ie)

Temple Bar’s specialist tea shop, The Joy of Cha, is the first winner of eircom’s Digital Boost initiative, which means it gets a new website, a strategy day with experts and a telecoms package for one year, all to the value of €10,000. The tea shop was set up in 2006 by business partners Dara Gallagher and Sergey Letsko and sells more than 50 different types of teas imported from every part of the world along with accessories. Read more.  

5. Slow Websites Cost Retailers Billions [INFOGRAPHIC] (from mashable.com)

The days of dialup are long gone. Most modern Internet users expect websites to load lickety-split. For e-commerce companies, having a fast website could be the difference between success and failure. Research shows that most expect a website to load in about three seconds. If a site takes much longer, it will begin to lose its audience. Read more.  

6. Shoppers using Smartphones for festive shopping to spend more #mcommerce (from siliconrepublic.com)

Shoppers who use their Smartphones to help them make holiday purchases are expected to spend 72pc more than shoppers who do not plan to use their Smartphones to buy items for the holidays, Deloitte’s annual holiday survey of consumer spending intentions and trends suggests. Read more.  

7. Family businesses optimistic about the future #positiveireland (from rte.ie)

Over three quarters of Irish family businesses are anticipating growth in the next few years, according to the results of an international study by PwC. Read more. 

Let us know if you have any stories you think we missed in the comments section below!

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