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Back from the slopes now, fortunately in one piece, and it seems like there’s been a lot going on. Terry Green’s departure from Tesco was always inevitable, but he held on there for longer than I and many others expected. He’s rubbed plenty of people up the wrong way down the years, but I rather [...]
I’m on holiday for a week now, recovering from the awards! Back on the 15th.
Was the Oracle Retail Week Awards last night and I reckon it was the best yet. We had a great turnout of retailers and the odd sporting celeb too - had to do a double take when Andrew Strauss came up to the top table to say hi, and again when I saw a man [...]
We’ve just had Chris Dawson, founder of The Range and Devon’s self-styled answer to Del Boy, speaking at Retail Week Conference. It was like a comedy act, absolutely hysterical, if very close to the mark at times, but with some great retail nuggets in there too.
A few highlights:
- Talking about his standard reply to landlords [...]
Very good first day at Retail Week Conference yesterday, with Stuart Rose being the highlight. Stuart and our host Declan Curry have a great rapport, having done their double act on stage quite a few times before, and Stuart really opened up to give an insight into what he sees M&S looking like in the [...]
Sorry for the lack of posts this week, has been a crazy few days with the Retail Week Conference and Awards coming up next week. Has been a pretty quiet week for news but interesting to see that Game is trimming its store numbers and concessions. It’s a sensible approach to what are difficult conditions [...]
Exceptionally quiet weekend for retail news in the papers - in fact I don’t think I saw a single story in the business sections - and not much going on to start the week, except Mike Ashley up to his old tricks, trying to derail the Blacks restructuring plan, as the saga of who owns [...]
One of the problems of writing for a weekly magazine is that sometimes you can write something on a Wednesday which is then overtaken by events before the magazine comes out on a Friday. A case in point was George’s City column on Halfords, written on Wednesday to come out today, where with great prescience [...]
The opening of an Apple store never fails to amaze me. There is almost a cultish feel to the way the staff all stand by the door and applaud customers in, occasionally making weird howling noises like wild animals. All very odd but seems to work and its first store in the city was certainly [...]