Cat Millar

Cat is a Product Marketing Manager at Qubit. Originally from Belfast, she moved to London to pursue a Masters in Publishing. After that she decided to stick around and over the last few years she's found herself working in marketing agencies and tech start-ups with some of the world's leading retail and lifestyle brands. Key facts: Started at Qubit: January 2016 Loves: Pizza and fashion Hates: Slow internet

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Catalysts of Change: Retail and Technology in the Age of Disruption

Retail

On April 4th we hosted over 150 retailers here in London at our inaugural Catalysts of Change event to launch our latest research in partnership with Retail Week. Featuring insights from over 70 retail executives on the technologies set to transform retail, the morning was a great chance to delve into the findings as well as hear perspectives from our diverse range of speakers. Here we've pulled together the key take-aways from Westfield, Grabble, Tesco and our panel (and stay tuned for video content coming very soon!).

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Future gazing on the next big mobile trends disrupting retail with Daniel Murray, CEO & Co-founder, Grabble

Retail

At our upcoming Catalysts of Change event, in partnership with Retail Week, we'll be launching our latest research featuring comment from over 70 retail executives on how they see technology impacting the future of the industry. We'll explore how disruptive technologies are changing consumer behaviour, but also providing new opportunities for retailers to understand and engage with their customers.

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“Controlling our own technology is fundamental to delivering our differentiated product,” Brian Mahon, Head of Product at BetBright

Customer experience

Following their recent win for best in-house product at the EGR Operator awards, Dublin-based innovator BetBright have put ‘understanding and influencing’ their customers at the heart of their strategy for 2017.

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Behind the Black Friday billions: digging into the data understand the 'why' of the shopping super peak

Retail

Black Friday and Cyber Weekend generated plenty of headline grabbing stats as usual, and in spite of the yearly claims that the discount holiday is greying out. John Lewis, who previously spoke out against the discount day, reported its best ever weekly revenues of nearly £200m (Guardian, November 2016).

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6 last minute tips for retailers ahead of the holiday rush

Retail

With Black Friday and Cyber Weekend looming large, we caught up with our Qubit friends and family (AKA our partner network and industry specialists) to get their last minute tips for the holiday shopping season. While planning has already been going on for months, it's always worth double-checking your list to make sure you're not missing a trick. From UX, to mobile, to delivery, we touch on six ways retailers can ensure they’re paying attention to the trends that matter to make the most of peak 2016 and beyond!

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The rise of the shopping mega peaks: 5 staggering stats from Singles' Day

Retail

To say that change is the only constant is somewhat of a cliché, but this is what has come to define retail in 2016, particularly when it comes to peak. The past few years have seen disruption after disruption to the traditional peak shopping periods, driven by changes in consumer behaviour and, in response to this, the rise of new ‘mega’ shopping holidays.

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What are the tricks to treating your customers this Halloween?

Retail

As creepy clowns dominate the headlines and my email inbox fills up with pumpkins and ghouls it can only mean one thing — this is Halloween.

It seems like every retailer out there is trying to jump on the Halloween ghost train, and it’s no wonder, with the NRF annual survey predicting spend in 2016 will hit $8.4bn, the highest in the survey’s history. Even in the UK, where Halloween has always played second fiddle to the more traditional Bonfire Night, Halloween is the new holiday to back for retailers, now the second biggest party night after New Years Eve (Guardian, October 2015).

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Peak perspectives: 'speed and performance' vs. 'bells and whistles'

Retail

For retailers, getting peak right is crucial, but what is ‘getting it right’ in today’s competitive environment? Do you focus on systems, making sure that your site can cope with the influx of visitors, or take advantage of this to get creative and use it as the basis for a long term, customer centric strategy?

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Pick your own peak: What retailers can learn from Prime Day

Retail

Last year Amazon picked its own peak. Recognising that retailers enjoy different sales peaks throughout the year, they created their own artificial peak, opening up a fresh day of discounts exclusively to Amazon Prime members. It was an immediate hit. That success was replicated this year. Amazon sold more than $2 billion of merchandise on an otherwise quiet Tuesday in July. Where Amazon goes, retail follows, so we’ve picked out the key takeaways from Prime Day 2016 and have some suggestions for picking your own peak in the future:

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Event roundup: The key takeaways from our Black Friday London breakfast

Retail

Black Friday is an oft debated topic in the retail world. On the one hand are the stories that emerge every December about record breaking sales, but on the other are the doubts that seem to be creeping in.

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