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Posted by: on March 23, 2011

UK Government Retail Growth Strategy

For once, the UK Government has made Retailing one of its sectoral priorities for growth. In the recent Budget, the accompanying Plan for Growth set out eight ways in which the Government will seek to make life easier for the retailer. Retail is subject to a wider range of regulation than any other sector, and […]

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Posted by: on March 22, 2011

Superstores in market towns and district centres: a critique

The impact of large food stores on traditional patterns of retailing is a topic that has been of longstanding interest to practitioners, policymakers and academics in the UK for the past thirty years. Attention has increasingly focused on smaller, and arguably more vulnerable, locations for such developments, not least in the light of changes in […]

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Posted by: on February 2, 2011

Productivity and skills in retailing

The Institute has recently completed an update of its pioneering work on retail productivity back in 2004. This time, the work was undertaken for Skillsmart Retail, which was particularly interested in the effects of the recession, e-commerce and internationalisation on retail productivity and skills. The full report will be available from Skillsmart shortly. In the […]

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Posted by: on September 9, 2010

Retail location: art or science?

In 1974, Dr David Thorpe, then based at the Manchester Business School before his move to become Head of Research at the John Lewis Partnership, wrote about the central importance of what he called the ‘external’ areas from which retail firms might be expected to benefit in undertaking research, which included site selection. He remarked: […]

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Posted by: on February 1, 2010

Good shop, bad shop

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Posted by: on December 6, 2009

Location, location, location… redux

So-called Location-Based Services applications have been around for some time and have often been described as ‘solutions in search of problems’. But early implementations were clunky and unreliable, GPS expensive and not widely available and consumer unused to or unwilling to pay significantly for such information. Contemporary applications show much greater promise. Two developments now […]

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Posted by: on October 17, 2009

From classroom to shop floor

A recent discussion in Retail Week about the interaction between business schools and the retail shop floor: contains interviews with Paul Freathy from Stirling, John Pal from MMU and from me about the issues raised. Read it here.

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Posted by: on September 6, 2009

This survey should take no more than 45 minutes to complete …

As a social science researcher myself, I always feel duty bound to undertake email surveys. This can be a tiresome duty. This is partly because, as a result, I am exposed to the all the vicissitudes of bad practice in design and administration, ludicrous questioning and all the obsessions of anxious clients that the industry […]

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Posted by: on August 22, 2009

New business formats

Always on the lookout for new retail formats, I was struck by these two candidates, found in Barcelona over the summer. “Tell it like it is” is clearly reaching new standards of honesty.

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Posted by: on July 20, 2009

Can online buck the trend?

Received wisdom would have us believe that if there is a type of retailing that is surviving if not thriving in the economic downturn, it is Internet-based retailing. In the UK, headlines have consistently suggested that savvy consumers have abandoned the High Street and taken to the Internet in their droves to take advantage of […]

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