Who’d have thought that the best thing you could do with an outlet was to spend puny amounts of money on it. Yes, it could genuinely be detrimental to spend loads of money on a unit in these days when overt branding and homogenised offers are increasingly turning-off consumers. Homogenised: Maybe okay for milk but…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: The People’s Supermarket The Place: Lamb’s Conduit Street, London The Story: A supermarket which is a co-operative, membership-directed, ethically run, anti- food waste haven founded by  Kate Bull, an ex-M&S executive and Arthur Potts Dawson, Mick Jagger’s nephew. Beloved of David Cameron and his big society.…

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The brewing industry is a great example of how the vertically integrated model of doing business is making something of a return. The Bull in Highgate: returning to an old business model Where once there were lots of brew-pubs around the UK, there have been none for some time. But in recent years there has…

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Since the last turkey sandwich was eaten we’ve been awash with Christmas trading statements. But while like-for-like sales figures are great entertainment for media types, these numbers are masking the true picture so don’t be fooled. Far too many turkeys this Christmas  This is due to a number of factors. One being the two days…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and K3 Retail Tom Allason, founder of Shutl 1. What is the greatest opportunity for your business? Becoming the delivery standard. I would like to see Shutl influencing consumer buying behavior globally with shoppers gravitating towards retailers that offer ‘shutl’ and away from those that don’t. 2. What is the…

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Amazon entered the UK grocery market last year with a rather strange offer that failed to impress anybody other than those people who recognised that this was just an opening gambit. More in the Amazon grocery bag than you think It utilised its Marketplace platform to accept orders from customers and then have the individual product vendors deliver…

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Here’s the latest instalment of a new series where leading retail executives recall memorable occasions spent celebrating a new job, cutting a big deal, winning a large order, or just enjoying life in a specific pub, bar or restaurant. Richard Pennycook, group finance director at Morrisons recalls a trip on the Orient Express and a meal…

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Fashion chain Aurora operates the Oasis, Warehouse and Coast brands and just might be the most multi-channel thinking retail business in the UK. Aurora: a bright light in multi-channel  Many businesses suffer from internal battles being fought between their various channels as they argue over the internet cannibalising store sales, which ultimately kills off innovation and progress.…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: Amazon The Place: HQ Seattle, USA and practically every connected house on the planet The Story: Who hasn’t heard of Amazon? Launched in 1995 it is the largest online retailer on earth with annual revenues bigger than the GDP of most of the countries in the world.…

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