25 Nov 2019
Could collaborative retail save our high streets?
The Collaborative Retail report from Gekko looks at how independent retailers can think more innovately to avoid struggling on the high street
Gekko's retail report suggests ways independent retailers can flourish on the high street.
The survey has revealed that independent retailers should think more creatively and work together to avoid going bust.
The report interviewed 2,000 UK adults, with nearly three quarters (73%) admitting that they thought independent retailers should collaborate to come up with innovate ideas like sharing shop space and marketing costs ad cutting down on their individual overheads.
Independent shoe and clothing retailers were among the most popular types of shops for collaborations ( favoured by 71% of consumers), followed by book shops and cafes (68%) and bakeries and greengrocers (65%).
Reasons for these collaborations included consumers wanting to support the high street (64%), wanting to support local businesses (63%), by choice (56%), convenience (52%) and an enhanced shopping experience (48%).
Alongside these collaborations, nearly 90% of consumers thought it was important that large national retail brands renovated their store designs and opened up concepts in new regions rather than just in major high street destinations. Over fifty per cent (56%) said they would visit their local high street more if brands did this.
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