This page provides a listing of, and links to, some of the media commentary produced by members of the Institute for Retail Studies on various retail related topics.
Why Amazon is in its Prime – comment column by Leigh Sparks, Sunday Post, 6th August (pdf here).
Town centre investment – interview with Leigh Sparks on Cumbrian town centre investments, BBC radio Cumbria, 24th July
Challenge and hope with the changing face of retail areas – column by Leigh Sparks, Sunday Herald 23rd July, Supplement
Sector wars: can mid-market retailers survive without change? Retail Gazette, 7th July, Comments by Leigh Sparks on recession, fashion and luxury/value.
FSS puts retailers in regulation spotlight – continuing coverage of our FSS Report, Scottish Grocer, 3 July.
Retail market share figures – discussion by Leigh Sparks, BBC Radio Scotland, 27th June
Avocados to be marked by laser to reduce labelling – comments by Leigh Sparks, Scotsman, 20th June
Retail revolution needed to tackle obesity – coverage of our report for FSS on Retailing ans the Scottish Diet. STV News ; BBC News; The Herald; Food Navigator ; The Courier; Press and Journal; Hospitality and Catering News; Institute of Food Science and Technology; Central FM; Kingdom FM; Health Medicine Network; Holyrood Magazine; Food Manufacture; Medical XPress; Food & Drink Technology, Aberdeen Evening Express and widespread coverage in local media outlets. 16-20th June.
Scots products rampant whatever the wrapper says – comment by Leigh Sparks on demand for Scottish products in UK, Scotland on Sunday, 21st May (pdf here)
Let’s be clear: water should be free – comments by Leigh Sparks on charging for water in restaurants, Scotsman, 13th May
Morrisons and WH Smith are UK’s least loved stores – comments by Leigh Sparks on recent Which survey results, Scotsman, 13th May
The (unpopular) rise of self checkouts and how to fix them – BBC Future report, including comments by Leigh Sparks, 10th May. See http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170509-the-unpopular-rise-of-self-checkouts-and-how-to-fix-them?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter
Insight: Gourmet meals on bicycle wheels – comments on the home delivery of food by Leigh Sparks, Scotland on Sunday, 7th May (PDF – Scotland on Sunday – On your bike)
How do we save Sauchiehall Street? – comments by Leigh Sparks, Herald, 6th May. (PDF The Herald Magazine – How do we solve a problem like Sauchiehall Street)
Why we are back in love with Morrisons – comments by Leigh Sparks, The Sunday Post, 9th April
Retail shops closure and town centres – interview with Leigh Sparks on STV Scotland News, 7th April
Quarter of shops could close, retail bosses warn – comment by Leigh Sparks, The Times (Scotland), 7th April
Sir Shifty’s just playing games with us – comments by Leigh Sparks on the continuing fall out from collapse of BHS and pension issues, Sunday Mail, 5th March
You favourite supermarket explored – discussion by Leigh Sparks on BBC Scotland Good Morning Scotland, 16th February
Own-brands will compete for culinary ‘Oscars’ – comments by Leigh Sparks on retail own brands in food, The Times (Scotland), 30th January