Essential Retail Analysis

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

Mike Ashley: retail raider or high-street saviour?

Mike Ashley: retail raider or high-street saviour?

Following the tracksuit tycoon’s attempts at an aggressive takeover of troubled department store Debenhams, Essential Retail asks whether Ashley is helping to save our stores or simply plundering a dying sector.

Apple takes on challenger banks with credit card launch

Apple takes on challenger banks with credit card launch

Apple eyes the banking sector as it launches a new no-fee credit card built on top of Apple Pay.

Declining high street retail: opportunity or threat?

Declining high street retail: opportunity or threat?

Does the decline in high street retail represent an opportunity or a threat?

Ocado profits fall but company insists growth is just beginning

Ocado profits fall but company insists growth is just beginning

“2018 has been a transformative year”, says Ocado CEO as he attempts to dampen M&S rumours.

Analysis: The rise of subscription boxes

Analysis: The rise of subscription boxes

The subscription boxes are forecast to become a £1 billion market by 2020, according to a report from Royal Mail. Essential Retail takes a look at this booming area of eCommerce.