Category Archives: Christmas

Black and Blue

Some further thoughts on Black Friday, as it has become a disruptive event: The spike in sales was unprecedented, as shown by John Lewis and the figure below (courtesy of @neilretail). This cascaded into problems with store service and then … Continue reading

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The Conversation: Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Silver Linings

The University of Stirling is a supporter of The Conversation, and I recently had a commentary published there. I reblog it here. ’Tis the season to spend, spend, spend … or so retailers would have us think By Leigh Sparks, … Continue reading

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It’s Tesco Again

I do not know whether to apologise or not for returning to the topic of Tesco – my last post on this generated some really interesting observations – given the acres of news and social media that has been devoted … Continue reading

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Christmas Past; Christmas Future?

With the Asda results due this week, the dust has sort of settled over Christmas trading. There are plenty of reports and coverage on the winners and loser based on sales and some evidence for some on the impacts on … Continue reading

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Online vs Offline: Like for Like?

So the received wisdom about Christmas is that it was an online one. Retailers with good online offers – or perhaps more accurately  – compelling multi-channel approaches, did really well, and those without, well, did without, Thus the march onwards … Continue reading

Posted in Catalogues, Christmas, Closure, Internet, Multichannel, Online Retailing, Sainsbury, Scottish Retail Sales, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

All I want for Christmas …

On the Linkedin Town Centre Agitators group Ross Martin has posed the question “So, If the findings of the Towns Review was your Xmas box, what would you like to see inside it?” Answers are beginning to flow in but … Continue reading

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Returning Home

September may or may not be the cruellest month, though at Stirling it does signify an influx of students back to the University with assignments and examinations ahead of them.  September for me, in recent years, has signified success and … Continue reading

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