You think bikes are seasonal? How about next to sales of ice lollies? The plain fact is that all of retail is effected by the weather. A good spell leads to money in the till for everybody. Thats why the Met Office has now got a dedicated four-strong team working full time on weather patterns for retailers. The Engage extranet system from the Met Office was launched at Retail Interiors. The cheapest package is £100 000 so its in Tescos league, not IBDs, but the Met Office website has long-range weather forecasts for just a few quid. More of this in the next printed issue. Shown here is one half of the Met Offices retail team: Juliet Wall and Richard Bennett.
ADM Ltd of Wales produce running and cycling mannequins. Both have very natural looking running/cycling motions. Consultant to the cycling one was Julian Braddick of Reg Braddick Cycles in Cardiff. A 10rpm cycling mannequin will set you back over £4000. None have been sold to IBDs yet. Harrods and other top stores around the world have used the running versions. Shown here is Darren Saunders, MD of ADM Ltd with one of his running Cyberquins. Tel: 01446 781102, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abacus was part of the Epson Village at Retail Interiors. Shown here trying to drum up nin-bike trade business is Marianne Patten and Ian Tomlinson. Abacus started in the radio and TV hire trade and still have many clients in that field.
More stuff from Retail Interiors in the July BicycleBusiness.