Tag Archives: failure

Embracing Failure in the Shadow of Success

This post’s title is the sub-title from a book I recently read.  It concerns Mick Channon Jnr and his relationship with his father, who he describes as “an arthritic workaholic grumpy old bastard” and only grudgingly as an ex England … Continue reading

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Playthings of the Monetary Rich and (In) Famous

The last couple of times this blog has fallen silent for a month, it has been because of a death in my family. Thankfully, this time that is not the case, though an alleged death threat does feature. Can you … Continue reading

Posted in administration, BHS, Closure, Comet, Governance, Liquidation, Pensions, Retail Failure, Select Committees, Store Closures | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

The Conversation: BHS

The University of Stirling is a supporter of The Conversation and I published a piece there today on the travails of BHS. I reblog it here. You will also see and read some other media coverage of mine in other … Continue reading

Posted in administration, BHS, Closure, Competition, Consumer Change, Department Stores, Finance, High Streets, Multichannel, Resilience, Store Closures, Town Centres, Variety Stores | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Have You Heard of Sanders Bros?

For me it all began when one of my MBA retailing students showed me an advertisement from the 1933 Times and challenged me, as a Professor of Retail Studies, to tell him who Sanders Bros were, given that they were … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Books, Closure, Food Retailing, Historic Shops, History, Retail Failure, Retail History, Sainsbury, Sanders Bros, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

What Future for the Co-operative Group?

“This is a radical report aimed at a stuffy, conservative organisation which has fallen badly behind the times. After such a report, no movement could possibly sit back and do nothing.” One might be forgiven for thinking that the quotation … Continue reading

Posted in Competition, Cooperative Group, Cooperatives, Governance, Retail Failure, Retailers | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rates relief

The rating system and retailing seem to be on something of a collision path at the moment, with no one really liking what is going on. The whole issue is generating a lot of noise, but little positive outcome and … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, Government, Places, Property, Rates, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Happy New Year – more for some than others

Now the Christmas reporting season has pretty much run its course, a number of general points seem to have surfaced. As with every other Christmas, there are always winners and losers and the curious mix of tactical success and structural … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Competition, Consumer Change, Discounts, Internet shopping, Multichannel, Retail Economy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment