Not going down the John

Not going down the John

John Lewis has long been the paragon of retail success in the UK. With one of the strongest and best-known brands in the sector, and a partner ownership model that frees the company from the short-term demands of shareholders or private equity, the management are as...
Heading downtown

Heading downtown

We hear frequently of the ‘death of the high street’ – what is really meant is the death of certain kinds of retail business models. Certainly town centres themselves are not dying. A BBC report this week highlighted how, thirty years ago, the media was bemoaning a...
Network effects

Network effects

The Internet of Things is the sort of technology trend that has been hyped for years – indeed since the dawn of the mobile internet, if not before – and then become a day-to-day reality almost without anyone taking notice. The BIFM’s new technology guidance on the...
Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

The ON statistics on retail openings and closing makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the sector, or even in consumer trends in the UK more generally. The figures for the year just passed are no exception. The general trends are no surprise, though some...