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Tuesday 03 April 2018

Augmenting the reality of fast fashion

It would be easy for retailers to underestimate the significance of the announcement this week that Zara is rolling-out augmented reality technology across its stores

Monday 02 April 2018

Here's looking at SKU, Kid

Here's a sneak preview of important SKU rules we'll be publishing next month based on collaborative research with our technology partner Ugam

Thursday 29 March 2018

MaaS moves up a gear

Since the advent of hailing apps it has definitely become easier to summon your ride

Wednesday 28 March 2018

The winning model in subscription cars

Fully autonomous cars are years away, and that timeline seems to be stretching further. But the less talked about wave of mobility - moving to all-in subscription ownership - is much closer

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Sleeping with the devil or an angel In disguise?

News today of French grocer Casino's partnership agreement to sell its products through Amazon further illustrates how traditional retailers are softening their stance to partnerships with the big platform players

Monday 26 March 2018

The (quiet) rise of the robots

It's not just the digital world of retail that is experiencing a revolution - store operators across the world are starting to think radically about ways to improve the efficiency of their operating model

Monday 26 March 2018

Uber & anti-trust: will we never learn?

Uber exited South East Asia today, "selling its operations in the region to Grab in exchange for a 27.5 per cent stake in its erstwhile local rival". This is a repeat of their strategy in China, creating local ride sharing monopolies

Friday 23 March 2018

Welcome to the Jungle: Amazon in Grocery

Jeff Bezos has talked about winning in grocery for more than a decade, and last year’s $14 billion take-over of Whole Foods was a clear statement that he won’t be backing away from that ambition any time soon

Thursday 22 March 2018

Is transformation possible in a world where algorithms are determining your shareholders?

I thought this FT article on the role of tech in retail was really fascinating. Less about the impact that tech is obviously having on how consumers shop and the role of retail space, but more about the impact of 'dumb money' on shareholder structure and valuation

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Harvey Nichols team up with Farfetch to boost web sales - will it work?

The Harvey Nichols and FarFetch team up is the latest example of retailers partnering up to share a capability set and fits the trend of luxury brands finally doing more than dipping their toes into the ecommerce ocean