Top design stories of 2019

With the future of the store and the high street looking more doubtful with every CVA announcement, we pick out the most interesting design stories of the year, which demonstrate that the future of retail is in the middle of a huge shift.

Changing shopping habits lead to store format rethink for Tesco

Shoppers are using Tesco Metro as a convenience store not an urban supermarket according to the retailer, is looking to change its store format, leading to possible job cuts.  

Waitrose ditches packaging for environmental trial

Waitrose is trialling a new merchandising system, which encourages shoppers bring their own containers to reduce reliance on packaging.

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.

Video interview: 'Less digital' for next Diageo flagship says Greg Klingaman

Diageo’s Greg Klingaman explains why the group’s Edinburgh showcase for Johnnie Walker will be less digital and more human.

Green the norm for UK shoppers finds research

A Shoppercentric study concludes older shoppers are displaying more environmentally friendly behaviour than younger shoppers.

Exploding age: Are retailers ignoring half their customers?

David Martin director & co-founder of M Worldwide says a demographic time bomb is about to explode.

Video interview: Justin King on the future of stores

Former Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King talks about the future of stores, how to level the playing field with online competitors, the ideal store format, and the appeal of a retail career.

Design showcase: Freitag puts customers to work in 'micro-factory' store

Shoppers are encouraged to make their own bags in the Freitag-Sweat-Yourself store in Grüngasse in Zurich.