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Posted by: on May 13, 2013

Levelling the multichannel playing field?

There has been much debate over the relative cost disadvantage facing bricks and mortar retailers in the UK when compared with their pure play competitors. Attention has focused on the physical costs of space and the local tax regime. Distribution centre rental per square foot is compared to prime retail real estate and the differences […]

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Posted by: on April 30, 2013

The many faces of retail politics

Research done by the OXIRM team in emerging markets (namely India) suggests that regulatory factors often temper the retail growth potential in these markets. The introduction and, more importantly, the implementation of regulatory reforms is far more complex and reliant primarily on the political governance structure in these economies.  In the sphere of retail modernisation […]

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Posted by: on April 12, 2013

The spaghetti-model of retail regulation

The Finnish retail industry is in a horrible shape. The market is arguably duopolistic – the total market share of the two largest retailers exceeds 80%. News frequently tells Finns the perils of our top retailers: grocers are creating welfare losses to society: prices are higher, quality is lower and the product variety is incorrect. […]

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Posted by: on March 4, 2013

If an industry leader says he doesn’t want his stores, what can we expect next?

The chief executive of Kingfisher has apparently just said that he’d like to close one quarter of his stores. Ian Cheshire warns of store closures My jaw dropped. Is this a really big retail company in serious trouble now? In recent weeks some well-known UK retail chains have foundered – HMV, Blockbusters, Comet, Jessops. The […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2012

Portas: good value for the Government?

The updated British Retail Consortium report into the High Street of the 21st century makes it clear that a ‘supportive regulatory and fiscal regime’ is needed to make the cost of operating and investing in town centres more manageable. It’s clear, from both practitioner and academic commentary, that business rates are perceived to lie at […]

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Posted by: on September 23, 2012

A manifesto for High Street bookselling

Speaking at the 2012 Booksellers’ Association conference I spelled out some of the challenges facing the independent bookseller on Britain’s High Streets, and provided a perspective on how these challenges might be met, in the form of a manifesto for High Street bookselling. You can run the Prezi presentation for yourself, from here. “It’s well […]

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Posted by: on February 19, 2012

Facebook for retailing: back t…

Facebook for retailing: back to the drawing board? http://t.co/pgq2qPC7

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Posted by: on February 19, 2012

Mapping bigotry: Tim Dowling o…

Mapping bigotry: Tim Dowling on work of Yanko Tsvetkov – freelance graphics designer. http://t.co/WLhkzCsR & http://t.co/fTCeVyTs

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Posted by: on February 1, 2012

Phil Wrigley on Portas: right …

Phil Wrigley on Portas: right diagnosis, wrong prescription.

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Posted by: on February 1, 2012

Phil Wrigley: ‘in our hearts w…

Phil Wrigley: ‘in our hearts we love local shops. In our minds and wallets, we betray them’ #acs #Oxford

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