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Posted by: on February 1, 2012

Walden (new #Argos CEO) intere…

Walden (new #Argos CEO) interesting background. 8y @BestBuy, 2y @Sears, 4y Peapod (pioneering ecom biz). Reputation: custs/turnaround/ecom.

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Posted by: on February 1, 2012

Busy week for trans-Atlantic r…

Busy week for trans-Atlantic retail hires. John Browett from Dixons to Apple; John Walden from US (Sears, Best Buy) to Argos.

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Posted by: on January 29, 2012

Reflections on the EC Communication on E-Commerce

Visiting researcher, Marta Blázquez Cano writes: On January 11th the European Comission adopted the Communication on E-Commerce and other Online Services previously announced in the Commission’s Digital Agenda. The objective is to set out the Commision’s vision for the potential represented by on line services, to identify the obstacles of the development of internet economy […]

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Posted by: on December 14, 2011

Mary Christmas

As the Portas Review is published in the week before one of the toughest trading Christmases for some time, Jonathan Reynolds reflects on its contribution to a longstanding debate on the future of Britain’s High Streets. “Mary’s the first to say that there have been plenty of other reports on saving the High Street. Indeed, […]

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Posted by: on December 2, 2011

Oxford’s view on India’s FDI c…

Oxford’s view on India’s FDI changes: “A tiger by the retail” – The Times of India http://t.co/zXDeQsRF

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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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