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Inside the store: Essential Retail’s top picks from 2019

Essential Retail is dedicated to bringing you details on the most innovative stores in the world. Whether its intelligent use of technology or inspirational design, we want to showcase them. This year, we visited a number of interesting stores in the UK and beyond and below is a selection of articles which prove that while the high street might be changing, the store is far from dead.


A tour of Boots’ ‘store of the future’ with CEO Seb James

Essential Retail receives a guided tour of the new Boots flagship in Meadowhall, being shown all the new features by CEO, Seb James.


Inside Decathlon’s store in San Francisco

Decathlon’s CIO describes how moving to San Francisco has opened doors to test new innovative retail technologies.


Exploring Fujifilm’s House of Photography store

Fujifilm chooses London Covent Garden for its new store concept – House of Photography – featuring an abundance of digital signage and free-to-use photography studios.


San Francisco store tour curated by Essential Retail & Pinterest

#ERstoretourSF takes you on a journey to visit some of the leading D2C brands setting up shop in San Francisco.


Touring Microsoft’s new London flagship

Essential Retail receives a guided tour of Microsoft’s new London flagship on Oxford Circus. Editor, Caroline Baldwin, speaks to senior store manager John Carter on the podcast, to learn all about the store’s different features and the many technologies that supports its interactive format.


What's driving the UX at Samsung KX?

Samsung KX opened its doors to the public at the end of July, and the new central London experience and events venue is home to an array of unique 'retail' features.


A tour of the revamped O2 flagship

Essential Retail’s editor, Caroline Baldwin, takes a tour of O2’s recently revamped flagship store in North Greenwich with its retail director, Gareth Turpin. The two chat on the Retail Ramble podcast about digital signage, the changing high street shopper and the advent of 5G.


Inside VF’s digital design studio – home to Timberland, Vans and The North Face

The parent company of outdoor brands including Dickies, Kipling, Timberland and Vans opens the doors to its new digital design studio where it hopes to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.


#NRF2019: Essential Retail’s NYC Store Tour

Customisation is king in the most innovative stores visited by Essential Retail in NYC.


Keep your eyes peeled in early 2020 for a brand new feature series on pop-up shops, right here on Essential Retail.