Essential Retail Analysis

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.

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.

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.

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