Category Archives: Internet shopping

A (Retail) Sense of Place

Reflecting on the almost four and a half years of doing this blog, there appear to be two dominant themes. Not surprisingly for a Professor of Retail Studies, there has been a fair amount about retailing and the changing fortunes … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Change, Consumer Choice, Downtown, Government, High Streets, Internet shopping, Places, Public Realm, Reinvention, Retail Planning, Retail Policy, Small Towns, Stirling, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns, Understanding Scottish Places | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Conversation: What is Going on at Tesco?

The University of Stirling is a supporter of The Conversation, and I published a commentary there yesterday. I reblog it here. My commentary, perhaps unsurprisingly, was on the goings-on at Tesco, which has been something of a running theme on … Continue reading

Posted in Click and Collect, Competition, Consumer Change, Discounters, Finance, Food Retailing, Internet shopping, Retail Failure, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

If I had a hammer …

I am useless at DIY as anyone who knows me can testify. I can wield a hammer but other tools are beyond me, and whilst in my long ago youth I spent a golden summer as a brickie’s labourer, no … Continue reading

Posted in B&Q, Catalogues, Closure, DIY, International Retailing, Internet shopping, Online Retailing, Screwfix, Space | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Does Footfall Matter?

Late last week, the British Retail Consortium/Springboard latest footfall data was released (see story here) and seemed to present a triumph for Scotland. Scotland was one of a small handful of regions/countries with an increase of footfall. This was the … Continue reading

Posted in BRC, Consumer Change, High Streets, Internet shopping, Longitudinal Data, Online Retailing, Sales, Scottish Retail Sales, Towns | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Black Friday, Christmas, Cyber Monday, Internet shopping, John Lewis Partnership, Logistics, Online Retailing, Returns, Sales, Supply Chains | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Black Friday, Christmas, Consumer Change, Cyber Monday, Festivals, Internet, Internet shopping, Localisation, Online Retailing, Sales | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Christmas, Consumer Change, Convenience stores, Hypermarkets, Internet shopping, Online Retailing, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments