Essential Retail Analysis

Covid-19: Retailers face new competition from pivoted restaurants and bars

Covid-19: Retailers face new competition from pivoted restaurants and bars

Essential Retail takes a look at how a number of restaurants and bars and reaping the retail rewards after pivoting their businesses during lockdown.

Covid-19: Next predicts up to £1bn loss of sales

Covid-19: Next predicts up to £1bn loss of sales

Next stress tests its business amid pandemic, while reporting a 3.3% sales increase to £4.36bn for its 2019 annual results.

Is Amazon's plan to licence Walk Out tech to retailers a game-changer?

Is Amazon's plan to licence Walk Out tech to retailers a game-changer?

Analysts are unconvinced the giant’s latest foray into disruptive tech is what the sector really needs

Analysis: John Lewis in crisis

Analysis: John Lewis in crisis

Essential Retail speaks to retail experts after high-street stalwart John Lewis reports significant drop in profits and a cut to staff bonuses.

Packaging design in the spotlight as Tesco ditches multipack wraps

Packaging design in the spotlight as Tesco ditches multipack wraps

Less is more for Tesco packaging in environmental push.

Developer plans reinforce a mixed-use future

Developer plans reinforce a mixed-use future

Intu’s plan for homes on the doorstep of Lakeside shopping centre shows retail property companies are awakening to a new mixed-use development reality reports Ben Sillitoe

Boots showcases fresh format in new Covent Garden flagship

Boots showcases fresh format in new Covent Garden flagship

Boots reveals change of in-store design direction and lays down marker for transformation with new Covent Garden flagship

Will an eSports revolution power up retail destinations?

Will an eSports revolution power up retail destinations?

The growing popularity of eSports could mean opportunity for retailers say those involved in the sector

What is the future for cashless stores?

What is the future for cashless stores?

With cashless stores seen as leaving some customers behind will pressure force them to keep taking cash asks Gemma Balmford

Is Lush barmy for quitting social media?

Is Lush barmy for quitting social media?

Lush is “tired of fighting with algorithms” on social media and has decided to quit all Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Debenhams administration crisis: Industry reaction

Debenhams administration crisis: Industry reaction

The retailer is taken over by lenders as Mike Ashley’s shares are wiped out, but the industry is left unsurprised believing Debenhams has not transformed its business quickly enough.

Could Apple Card deal a royal flush to British fintech?

Could Apple Card deal a royal flush to British fintech?

UK consumer appetite for banking apps and retailers’ existing contactless infrastructure, mean the product could gain traction when it is inevitably launches in Blighty

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