Essential Retail Analysis

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.

Designing a future for the modern department store

Designing a future for the modern department store

What is to become of the department store space being evacuated around the UK?

Has vaping created the new Wild West of retail design?

Has vaping created the new Wild West of retail design?

Clare Dowdy investigates design trends in the fast growing vaping sector

Store designers look to the greener grass of legalised cannabis retailing in Canada

Store designers look to the greener grass of legalised cannabis retailing in Canada

Cannabis has been decriminalised in Canada. How will store design respond?

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