Category Archives: Internet

The Perfect Storm?

Are the storms getting worse now that someone has decided to give them names? Certainly by the time Frank had finished with my garden, I’d pretty much got the swimming pool I always thought that I had not wanted. And … Continue reading

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No (digital) place like home?

Over the last few years I have had several very interesting conversations with Simon Baldwin about the role of digital and social media in the development and maintenance of places, towns and BIDs. In response to my last post on … 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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Sting in the Tale of Internet Shopping

The week before last, STV news featured a (very brief) clip of me discussing the rise of internet shopping. This had been prompted by the news that it was 20 years since the first commercial internet shopping purchase. I am … Continue reading

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Scottish Retail Sales Monitor May 2014: Worst Ever?

Every month the Scottish Retail Consortium together with KPMG publish the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor. It is always an informative read, and generally attracts quite a lot of press and other attention, being one of the few up-to-date series on … Continue reading

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Northern Lights – getting dimmer?

If you have been keeping up with the additions I have been posting in the Journal Articles section of this blog, you will have seen that my colleague Paul Freathy has recently had a number of articles published about his … Continue reading

Posted in Availability, Consumer Change, Internet, Internet shopping, Outshopping, Rural, Scotland's Islands | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Retailing, High Streets, Town Centres and Stirling

I don’t often get to watch much daytime TV, especially at work, but that’s another thing the internet is transforming. The ability to stream TV direct to my desktop has opened up new panoramas (and I don’t mean Jeremy Kyle, … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Grimsey, Consumers, Government, High Streets, Internet, Mary Portas, Places, Stirling, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments