Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: All About Food The Place: On the shelves of all the leading food retailers and one restaurant in Dartington, Devon.   The Story: OK, so it’s not strictly a retailer, or a manufacturer, or a distributor. It’s more of a licensee. But it’s a cracking idea…

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I’m in the people business and so probably are you because retail is very much people oriented. It’s therefore amazing how many businesses in this industry (and that of the leisure sector) have a total disconnect between the people at the top of organisations and the rest of the employees. Disconnected: a common complaint in…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and Cookie Reports The upper echelon of the UK’s drinks retail websites are performing more strongly in May than last month, according to the monthly Top 25 UK websites for drinks retailers, produced exclusively by website testing specialist Sitemorse. All the top five this month scored more highly than the…

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The Person: Luke Johnson The Company:  Too many to mention but Pizza Express if you insist we name one of his ventures The Job Title: Serial retail entrepreneur So there’s  young Luke Johnson all set up to be a doctor, studying medicine at Oxford, a steady profession  if ever there was one and he gives…

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As recent as the 1990s walking around the area near Spitalfields Market and Shoreditch after work involved being propositioned by prostitutes and the pubs in the area invariably supplied a basic cocktail of lager, peanuts and strippers. Spitalfields as it was. As for shops. There weren’t any. Fast forward to today and its blindingly obvious…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and K3 Retail Jonathan Wall, Group e-commerce Director at Shop Direct Group 1. What is the greatest opportunity for your business?We definitely see mobile as our greatest opportunity and, more specifically, using it to gain market share from other retailers by being connected 24/7 with our customers – especially while…

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My grandparents lived in a village on the outskirts of Doncaster called Carcroft, which is where the 40-plus year-old DFS was founded and is still based. Made in Doncaster. I can recall a school trip to the factory where its founder Lord Kirkham (it was just Graham in those days) proudly explained how the sofas…

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Brought to you by Retailinsider.com and PCMS The Name: Boxpark The Place:Bethnal Green Road, London E1 The Story: Take the man behind the fashion brand Boxfresh and let him loose with 60 empty shipping containers. Offer brand owners short-term leases instead of the usual mammoth tie-ins and watch as they trip over themselves to use…

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Fast-forward five years from now and the question being asked about pure play retailers will be how exactly do they survive without taking advantage of trading across multiple channels including physical stores? Having no stores will be seen as a mistake. Shoppers will find it rather strange that they can only buy from them online…

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We all know that the retail sector is having a hard time – you cannot open a newspaper without reading about yet another merchant bringing the shutters down for the final time or at best reducing the size of its portfolio of stores. Little good news for retail in the newspapers.  But just think how…

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