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Retail Day

Retail Day is a blog about retail by the Retail Week editorial team

Blog: Freeze business rates, George

Posted by Chris Brook-CarterWed, 20 Nov 2013

With the Autumn Statement looming, the hope must be that at last George Osborne will concede a business rates freeze.

Blog: A backstage pass at HMV 363 Oxford Street reveals Hilco’s intent

Posted by Alex LawsonThu, 26 Sep 2013

A rapid walk through HMV’s revived store at 363 Oxford Street provided an entertaining morning yesterday.

Blog: Can the Co-op log into online profitably?

Posted by Chris Brook-CarterFri, 23 Aug 2013

The Co-operative is to end years of deliberation by finally launching trials of online grocery retailing.

Blog: A whistlestop tour through the wonderful world of Boden

Posted by Gemma GoldfingleTue, 13 Aug 2013

If you stay on the central line just a few stops after Oxford Street and Westfield London, you arrive at another retail landmark – the home of middle class fashion favourite Boden.

Blog: How Tesco’s Harris + Hoole is bringing digital in store

Posted by Alex LawsonThu, 8 Aug 2013

Stepping into Harris + Hoole’s Cannon Street, London store, it’s immediately clear this is a coffee shop with a difference.

Blog: My day on the shopfloor at B&Q

Posted by Nicola HarrisonThu, 1 Aug 2013

If my admiration for store staff had ever wavered since my uni days spent behind the tills at the Body Shop, I have a new found respect for the job.

Blog: Gloves off at the grocers over ASA ruling

Posted by Chris Brook-CarterWed, 31 Jul 2013

Anybody who thinks there isn’t intense competition among the big grocers only needed to watch Sainsbury’s and Tesco go at it hammer and tongs this week.

Blog: Reasons to be cheerful

Posted by Chris Brook-CarterThu, 25 Jul 2013

Another summer, another reason to hang the bunting in celebration of all that’s British.

Blog: Ocado quietly enters new era as ink dries on Morrisons deal

Posted by Alex LawsonThu, 18 Jul 2013

If the initial news of Ocado and Morrisons tie-up sent an explosive ripple through the grocery industry, the ratification of the deal at an extraordinary general meeting today was a more sedate affair.

Blog: Bostock’s shock Asos exit

Posted by Chris Brook-CarterWed, 17 Jul 2013

The shock exit of Kate Bostock from Asos has generated a mean-minded response from some as observers clamour to say “I told you so”.

Blog: Retailers must grasp the opportunity of the retail inquiry with both hands

Posted by Tiffany HollandWed, 3 Jul 2013

The retail inquiry heated up this week as six big names including Alliance Boots and Sainsbury’s eloquently laid out the struggles in the retail sector as business rates yet again topped the bill.

Blog: Etailers should not be penalised for having cost-effective business models

Posted by Tiffany HollandTue, 18 Jun 2013

Sofa.com’s letter to the Treasury earlier this week warned an online retail tax would “hit at the heart of the UK’s world-leading online retail industry”.

Blog: Theo Paphitis proves the high street is not dead

Posted by Tiffany HollandTue, 11 Jun 2013

At a time where many retailers are closing shops, entrepreneur and former Dragon Theo Paphitis is embarking on a store opening programme.

Blog: The problem of business rates is here to stay

Posted by Tiffany HollandFri, 24 May 2013

This week proved that the crucial issue of business rates is not going to go away for the retail sector nor for the Government as the extortionate costs retailers are facing once again grabbed column inches.

Blog: Verdict on Mary Queen of the High Street, episode one

Posted by Tiffany HollandWed, 8 May 2013

I think I expected too much from Mary Queen of the High Street, which aired for the first time last night (Tuesday).

Blog: Retailers may need more customer-collaboration business models

Posted by Tiffany HollandWed, 27 Mar 2013

It’s no secret the internet has transformed the way retailers must run their businesses.

Blog: The Budget needs to fill in gaps on the high street

Posted by Tiffany HollandTue, 12 Mar 2013

There is a week to go until the Chancellor reveals the Budget on March 20 and time is running out for retailers lobbying Government to freeze business rates in April.

Blog: John Lewis Partnership results day gains added spice

Posted by Alex LawsonFri, 8 Mar 2013

The buzz of John Lewis Partnership’s results day is one of the most iconic days in the retail calendar and its usual vibrancy had added spice yesterday.

Blog: Pakistan is unlikely to be child's play for The Entertainer

Posted by Tiffany HollandThu, 21 Feb 2013

The news that toy retailer The Entertainer had chosen Pakistan to locate its first store overseas came as a surprise.

Blog: Valentine's Day is mushy but it might give the high street a boost

Posted by Gemma GoldfingleThu, 14 Feb 2013

I’m not usually one for sentimental mush but there’s something about men desperately clamouring to get their hands on a bunch of roses on February 14 that brings a smile to my face.