Essential Retail Analysis

Analysis: Two sides to the story, says struggling Debenhams

Analysis: Two sides to the story, says struggling Debenhams

Debenhams is facing up to some tough decisions as the UK retail environment undergoes profound change.

Next steps for clothing retailer

Next steps for clothing retailer

Next has taken the step of introducing concessions into some of its stores to mitigate the declining like-for-like sales.

Analysis: Online and wholesale fuel Morrisons comeback

Analysis: Online and wholesale fuel Morrisons comeback

Essential Retail examines how after bolstering its supply chain Morrisons has finally turned around its business.

Target reports solid sales as it continues digital investment

Target reports solid sales as it continues digital investment

It has struggled through recent times, hit by Amazon on one side and discounters on the other, but Target appears to have turned the corner, pulling an excellent set of numbers out of the bag

Analysis: Travis Perkins backs tech innovation amid challenging environment

Analysis: Travis Perkins backs tech innovation amid challenging environment

Wickes owner, Travis Perkins, is facing tough times, but is committed to omnichannel investment as it attempts to remain relevant to its increasingly tech-savvy customers

UK grocery's online fashion battle becomes a four-way affair

UK grocery's online fashion battle becomes a four-way affair

Morrisons has recruited Kooomo to run online operations for its Nutmeg clothing brand, joining the other major UK supermarkets’ in selling fashion lines digitally.

Analysis: Walmart accelerates omnichannel innovation

Analysis: Walmart accelerates omnichannel innovation

Walmart continues to embrace emerging retail technologies as it ramps up its omnichannel strategy in the face of discounters and a rampant Amazon.

Five key takeaways from John Lewis’ JLab

Five key takeaways from John Lewis’ JLab

Essential Retail gets the lowdown on the latest JLab retail technology accelerator, asking John Vary, futurologist at the John Lewis Partnership to give us five learnings from this year’s programme.

Amazon’s record breaking fourth quarter

Amazon’s record breaking fourth quarter

From doubling down on data to checkout-less convenience stores and verbal commerce, Essential Retail breaks down Amazon’s latest financial figures

Shell trials IBM’s instant checkout

Shell trials IBM’s instant checkout

Shell is trialling a RFID instant checkout solution from IBM which hopes to rival Amazon Go.

NRF 2018: The tech is getting better all the time for retailers

NRF 2018: The tech is getting better all the time for retailers

There was a growing feeling at NRF 2018 that the technology now available to retailers is able to fix some real-life pain points today, as opposed to solving issues at some unspecified time in the future.

NRF 2018: Future technologies impacting retail

NRF 2018: Future technologies impacting retail

Essential Retail gazes into the crystal ball that is the NRF 2018 show in NYC, to share the latest technologies which are likely to impact retail in the near future.