Category Archives: Brands

Analysing and Understanding Shopping Centres

One of the good things about being a Professor of Retail Studies is that you get to meet interesting people with interesting ideas.  Over the last year or so I have been involved on some executive education with Bayfield Training … Continue reading

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An Unholy Trinity: Brexit, Marmite and Toblerone

Last week was all about a divided nation. Were you cheering or crying when Marmite was removed from Tesco’s shelves? The delicious irony that Dave Lewis, CEO of Tesco, used to work for Unilever, the makers of Marmite and various … Continue reading

Posted in Availability, Brands, Brexit, Buying, Discounters, Food Retailing, Internet shopping, Marmite, Pricing, Product Sizes, Relationships, Stock, Supply Chains, Tesco, Toblerone, Unilever | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Retail Branding: it’s not (just) private label

Over a long period, retail branding research, led by Steve Burt, has been one of the main areas of research for my colleagues and myself at the University of Stirling.  I have written a couple of things on branding in … Continue reading

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Women Charged More on the High Street

Last week there was a media flurry about the The Times report that women are routinely charged more for similar or essentially the same items by some retailers. This “BIC for her” phenomenon seems to be more prevalent than thought. … Continue reading

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Brand Extension – where next?

Just a normal week then; Tesco abandoning China, Greggs complaining about the British weather – too hot again, and John Lewis sales down 43% (oh, ok that was their Westfield Stratford store only) . But just when I thought it … Continue reading

Posted in Brand Extension, Brands, Format, Formula, Hypermarket, Promotion, Retailers, Retailing, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Great, the Good and the Minister

There are a lot of retail industry conferences out there, and if I combined the industry ones and the academic ones (assuming cost was no barrier) then I am sure I could readily conference the year away. Boring, repetitive but … Continue reading

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Sainsbury’s Sans Serif and Style

Growing up all those decades ago in South Wales, Sainsbury’s was not exactly the local shop.  When I went to university and encountered Sainsbury I was unimpressed, finding it sterile compared to my previous experiences.  Maybe it was an old, … Continue reading

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