UK to be different

On a recent trip to the UK (London & Aberdeen) I was looking for things that were different from an everyday life and of course from a consumer look. Here are some of my observations and comments

  • Tax inclusive pricing – if it says £1 on the shelf it’s £1 at the till, the NSLC does this  and we love it based on the outcry when they tried to change, why not have it that way everyday.
  • 3 for 2 deal – instead of the BOGO or BOGO1/2 we have it’s 3 for 2 and tends to be on a range of products instead of an individual item

  • small grocery stores – neighbourhoods have their own full range grocery store complete with prepared food and fresh meat and produce and Supermarkets are much more rare
  • Bookies all over the place, fills up empty retail space
  • The food in the grocers are sold in smaller packs, especially meats produce etc designed for 1 or 2 instead of out mega packs,  also the food is displayed much more condensed and stacked higher, the newer Sobeys have integrated this into some of the newer produce departments
  • they have luggage racks on Airport transfers 🙂
  • Scatter crosswalks – one direction of traffic goes then the other then the pedestrians can go on a diagonal, as a result retailers tend to have entrances right on the store corner

  • packaging of product in general is more minimalist
  • Buy British is very prominent and they are very proud to support their own food supply chain
  • many public buildings that have doors that swing both directions but look they are PULL based on the handles
  • rarely see people walking the streets with a coffee in hand or eating something as they walk
  • They do not stop for pedestrians, vehicles are king and people are always expected to yield
  • I did like this idea at Waterstones, they had shelves dedicated to books that appeared in recent online and print media and cited where the article was

 

 

 

 

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