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A Review of FT Future of Retail conference by Financial Times Live, 2019

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FT Future of Retail Conference, 18 Sep, 2019 Royal Garden Hotel, West London, United Kingdom STIQs verdict (of 5 possible): Event link: Financial Times Live Where else can you share a table with the Group CEO at Tesco, chit chat with the CFO of Ocado, pose difficult questions re the competition to the Group CEO of Ahold Delhaize and share your love for Propercorn with its founder? Not many. However, the FT Future of Retail conference is one of these. While it may not be the cheapest conference to attend, it is almost guaranteed you will bump in to a...

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The real reason for the demise of high street retailers - customer service

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Retail is detail... and customer service.  Long gone are the days when you could instruct your store staff to decline any returns or refunds for whatever reason. However, in an online world the ability of customers who feel they have been wronged to broadcast their grievance has empowered customers to a level which legacy retailers do not appear well prepared for. Following the [again] lacklustre results from Arcadia Group we took it upon us to go through their finances to see if there is anything alluding to why the company is not doing well and gaining online traction where Asos...

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A review of Retail Without Borders by We Are Pentagon

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Definitely worth visiting!  Retail Without Borders 2018 #RWB18 is one of the better conferences for its networking opportunities. It is not one of the largest conferences, neither the best quality speakers (most often co-sponsors), but if you are looking to talking and networking with your peers this is definitely worth a visit. The fact the conference is held in the QE2 centre just opposite Houses of Parliament add is a bonus and very easy access. The event is organised by We Are Pentagon The main theatre at #RWB18, ex-Alibaba speker Al Gerrie, CEO at ZigZag Global    

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Seasonality gone out of the window? Tesco easter products on display Jan 2nd...

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Was going to check out what Tesco did with their Christmas shelves in the new year. We were slightly taken aback by the Easter paraphernalia on display already on January 2nd, 2018. Source: Author's image in Tesco Central Finchley

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Europe's busiest shopping street to become a 'people only' place; London's Oxford Street to transform from 2018

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Oxford Street is being transformed to a people-only place in 2018, starting with closing the stretch from Oxford Circus to Selfridges/Orchard Street (aka 'the posh bit of Oxford Street') to vehicles. Crossrail will open in Bond Street station and Tottenham Court Road station in December 2018 pushing up total visitor numbers to Oxford Street by a forecast 20%, or 120,000 visitors per day. With 200 million visitors already passing through Oxford Street every year, this will push visitor numbers closer to 240 million per year. Artists impression of a pedestrianised Oxford Street The 300+ retailers in the area will no...

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