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CONTENTS


4 NEWS: Sirius Buying Group celebrates 20th anniversary 6 NEWS: Over half of retail spend will be online post-COVID


8 NEWS: The TRIC Awards will return in September. ERT caught up with TRIC Chair, Jane Ostler, about plans for this year’s glittering ceremony


10 NEWS: ‘We can help retailers add to their bottom line’ – Sirius Buying Group and Symphony on selling kitchens


12 NEWS: Headphones sales soared during lockdown


14 OPINION: techUK’s Craig Melson on new consumer insights into smart and connected home device ownership


18 ERT INTERVIEW: Peter Booth, Commercial Director CE at LG, reflects on the past 18 months and how the industry has fared. “The trends in spends we have seen through COVID have been nothing short of remarkable.” He talks exclusively to Jack Cheeseman


20 ANALYSIS: They may be small but the benefits of SDAs are impressive. So what’s new in this unique market? ERT investigates


26 PROFILE: Clever and cool appliances: SMART premium range


28 ANALYSIS: Listen out for the latest trends in headphones and earbuds. ERT speaks to some of the leading brands


34 SHOPFLOOR: EXCLUSIVE: Coopers Stores aims to become a true retail destination and Smeg has just installed an impressive shop-in-shop. Jack Cheeseman hears all about the project


38 PROFILE: Why should you consider commercial contracts?


The team: Editor


Contributors to ERT this month: Saranraj Mathivanan, Rasika D’Souza, Craig Melson.


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