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Social media: Millennial’s path to success

Social media: Millennial’s path to success

Art, Breaking News, Culture, Education, Fashion, Instagram, London, Media, News, shopping, Social media, Uncategorized
Social media have become a huge part of the lives of millennials. These platforms all started out mostly as post sharing apps and have become successful marketing tools. As of 2020, one billion users per month access the Instagram app. Millions of business accounts are growing on a daily basis. As well as advertising, sponsored posts and the new shopping feature added a few weeks ago, these are all making the app a dominant marketing tool. These platforms are being used as a form of personal expression, sharing experiences - sometimes with financial gain or to build new businesses which in turn is helping thousands of the young people achieve their goals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGh02dWKbb0 We asked Suarvo, a young Londoner who started a business thanks to social med...
Shoppers hit Oxford Street as lockdown lifts

Shoppers hit Oxford Street as lockdown lifts

Black Friday, Business, clothes, Covid-19, economy, Fashion, LifeStyle, London, shopping, shopping
Busy store front in Oxford Circus| Photo Credit: Anjali Coronavirus restrictions have had an enormous impact on our daily lives; from jobs to consumer habits and social distancing, businesses and individuals are continuously adapting to survive the lockdown/tier system cycle.  The clothing retail market has experienced economic impact across the scale – from businesses increasingly relying on online sales, to some going into administration. The hospitality sector has suffered too, and currently operates under restrictions to support social distancing.  Tier 2, the category London is in, does not include restrictions on clothing retailers re-opening since the latest lockdown was lifted last week. Shops like Primark kept some of their branches open through Thursday night.
The issue with holiday deals: fast fashion is not sustainable

The issue with holiday deals: fast fashion is not sustainable

Black Friday, Covid-19, Environment, Fashion, LifeStyle, shopping
Shoppers walk around central London. Credit: Lubna bin Zayyad Black Friday and its follow up - Cyber Monday saw retailers markdown products in a bid to get consumers to purchase items leading up to the holiday season. Online retailer Pretty Little Thing caused a commotion over the weekend after introducing their ninety-nine percent off sale. Consumers everywhere expressed their disappointment over missing out on such a huge sale - where clothes were going for as little as fifteen pence. However, many expressed concern over just how sustainable and ethical the major sale was considering the brand is one of many fast fashion retailers on the market. https://youtu.be/Fp1SkkGT5pg Fast Fashion is cheap- but at what cost? In a bid to both create and keep up with demand, bu...
Randy Brits stock up on sex toys during lockdown.

Randy Brits stock up on sex toys during lockdown.

Adults, Breaking News, Covid-19, dating, Health, LifeStyle, London, shopping, Video, Women
People turned to sex toys as restrictions keep couples apart. Photo: Anna Shvets Coronavirus restrictions have sent sales of sex toys soaring, as Brits stock up during lockdown. With nowhere to go, and not much to do, Brits have turned to sex toys to satisfy their sexual urges. In the first two weeks of the March lockdown, sex toys sales increased by 25 per cent, according to the Daily Mirror. The trend has again been repeated during the current lockdown; Zuleika Philips, owner of Pleasure Drum, an online wellness and sex toy shop aimed at women of African heritage, told Westminster World: “Over the Covid period we have definitely seen an increase of about 30% pickup of toys.”  In addition, Ms Philips mentioned that they’ve also received a lot more interest from men. C
Food delivering robots: will this be the new normal?

Food delivering robots: will this be the new normal?

shopping, Tech, Technology
The future of food delivery has arrived. Starship Technologies, a robotics company have expanded their autonomous delivery robots to another town in the UK. Partnering with Co-op, Starship has been delivering food items to residents in Northampton. Photo credit: Ami Gill The small 100 pound electric robots travel up to four miles to deliver food, working around the customers’ schedule. They are quite a sight to see when you are out and about. It’s as though you are in a futuristic world where robots and humans walk side by side.  Ordering food with Starship is very simple. Customers download the Starship Technologies app and then shop in the local store. Delivery times vary from 30 - 70 minutes, depending on what you order. Not only can you get small food orders, but Starshi
The fall of the high street outlets: Is it the coronavirus effect?

The fall of the high street outlets: Is it the coronavirus effect?

Black Friday, Breaking News, clothes, Covid-19, Fashion, shopping, shopping, Worldnews
Arcadia Group faces downfall due to the pandemic which brings an end to the empire. Photo credits by Rashi Agarwal Sir Philip Green is the owner of the retail empire Arcadia group that owns high-street brands like Topshop, Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, and Miss Selfridge. Amidst the lockdown, the stores saw a significant drop in footfall while putting 13,000 jobs at risk. Is COVID-19 the only reason for the fall of this huge empire? Why didn't the Arcadia group invest in digital marketing like other brands? Even before Coronavirus took over the world, Arcadia group was struggling against the new online-only fashion retailers like Asos, Boohoo, and Pretty Little Thing. Sir Philip Green didn't invest in the digital business just like rival Zara and so failed to kee...
Silver surfers during COVID-19: standing outside the digital-centered world

Silver surfers during COVID-19: standing outside the digital-centered world

Adults, Covid-19, International, London, shopping, Technology, UK news
In UK, more than half of people aged 65 and above (54%) had to turn to online shopping. During lockdown, digital technology set up a lifeline connecting people with the outside world. Online shopping, video calls, and virtual payments greatly support their daily living and well-being at home. However, for a large number of senior citizens, it is the bottomless digital divide opposite conveniences. Photo credited by The People's Daily/ edited by Ningjing Fan A report by the Office for National Statistics indicates 2.5 million over-75s still had never used the internet in 2019. Under the influence of the epidemic, with more than half of people aged 65 and above (54%) had to turn to online shopping. In fact, the milestone development of this generation
Retail workers feel supported as more UK employers pay real living wage

Retail workers feel supported as more UK employers pay real living wage

Business, Food, shopping, UK news
Retail workers across UK will enjoy a wallet boost as “real living wage” is increased.  The lowest paid staff working in retail and hospitality, care, security etc, will have their minimum hourly pay increased to £10.85 in London and to £9.50 across the rest of the UK. The rises were announced by the Living Wage Foundation to mark Living Wage Week, which fell between 9-15 November this year.  More than 250,000 employees at nearly seven thousand accredited firms will benefit from an extra £1,500 a year from this increase. The real living wage is paid by employers voluntarily and is based on the amount of cash people require to cover their day-to-day needs.  Announcing the rise, Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: "It’s an
Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Young people face the worst festive Eve season every year

Christmas, Culture, LifeStyle, London, News, shopping, Student
The young workforce who are trying to make a bit of extra cash end up having an anti-social Christmas. Over 78,000 people have signed a petition to stop shops opening during Christmas and Boxing day after retail workers across the UK have complained about the stress of working during these periods. As Christmas approaches, streets and malls become busier with shoppers from all over the world, and young people are mostly found working in these retail shops which prevent them from spending time with their families on the holidays. Dave William, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), Media officer told Westminster world: "We know that boxing days are becoming popular in recent times but we don’t see any reason why these sales cannot take place some other day
Black Friday consumers in UK predicted to out-spend last year

Black Friday consumers in UK predicted to out-spend last year

Breaking News, Business, Fashion, shopping
The busiest shopping week of the year is upon us, and consumers are predicted to spend more during this Black Friday than the rest of the fourth retail quarter, according to Global Data. But first, what is Black Friday? Black Friday, like many trends, is an American export that now resides in the UK. Since the 1940’s and the rise of department stores, US retailers have been promoting big sales come Christmastime in hopes that shoppers will line up the day after Thanksgiving with some money to spend. In the last few years, however, British retailers have adopted the discount weekend, since Amazon UK first began advertising Black Friday sales in 2010. The holiday, it seems, is here to stay. What do consumers have to say? We spoke to shoppers on Oxford Street to see how the