Essential Retail Analysis

Analysis: Hard-pressed M&S playing omnichannel catch up

Analysis: Hard-pressed M&S playing omnichannel catch up

Can Marks & Spencer stage an omnichannel comeback, or is its plan to make the business faster, digital, lower cost and more agile, a case of too little too late?

Analysis: Beleaguered Mothercare turns to CVA

Analysis: Beleaguered Mothercare turns to CVA

Mothercare has become the latest example of a retailer that failed to adapt to a rapidly changing omnichannel landscape

Sainsbury’s-Asda merger: A new retail tech powerhouse?

Sainsbury’s-Asda merger: A new retail tech powerhouse?

Essential Retail looks at the technology implications of the Sainsbury’s/Asda mega merger.

Analysis: Mobile and US key as NBrown group transformation continues

Analysis: Mobile and US key as NBrown group transformation continues

N Brown group delivered a solid albeit unspectacular set of numbers

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.