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Profits at M&S only seem to have gone backwards since Marc Bolland took over as chief executive, but could a big step forward now be not too far away?
Being relevant and personal online has never been more important.
Being relevant at a local level and understanding a market is the key to success for any retailer.
As Walmart was reporting its first same-store sales drop in seven quarters along with a barely increasing profit on May 16th, it also detailed its impressive IT and e-commerce growth.
There is an old joke that goes along the lines of: “What’s the difference between a non-executive director and a shopping trolley?”
What’s been the biggest breakthrough in multichannel retailing in the past five years?
The fact that multichannel supplements and articles are a regular feature across a variety of media testifies to the appetite, or simple need, for information to help retailers make multichannel decisions.
The high street has experienced dwindling sales while ecommerce has picked up the pace and posted record figures year on year - and 13.4% growth is projected in the UK for 2013.
Dixons’ sterling progress in the UK and Nordics continues to be undermined, alas, by poor trading in Southern Europe and its French business Pixmania.
For the past four weeks I’ve travelled around the world: Hong Kong, Australia and the Americas, South and North.