Category Archives: Online Retailing

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

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Social Science Perspectives on the High Street

Early in 2014, Neil Wrigley from the University of Southampton, invited myself and my colleague, Anne Findlay, to contribute two short chapters to a forthcoming collection of pieces exploring social science perspectives on the Evolving High Street. In particular he … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Closure, Community, Competition, Consumer Change, Data, ESRC, Government, High Streets, Online Retailing, Regeneration, Resilience, Retail Planning, Town Centres, Towns, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 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

Turmoil at Tesco

Wow, Just Wow. It is almost beyond belief, and there may be more to come yet. I’ve written about the trials and tribulations of Tesco before (here and here for example), but have generally taken the view that a crisis … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Grimsey, Competition, Food Retailing, Hypermarkets, Market Shares, Online Retailing, Profits, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

Re-imagining the High Street with Technology

The Grimsey Review of 2013 very strongly made the case that the high street of the future (or indeed of the present) has to embrace the digital world into which many of us have increasingly moved. As technology and consumers … Continue reading

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