George MacDonald is executive editor of Retail Week.
He has worked on the title since 1998, originally starting as a reporter, and covered sectors ranging from food to department stores.
He is in day-to-day charge of Retail Week’s editorial content online and in print. He writes a weekly City column and blogs.
George has interviewed many of the biggest names in retail and is often asked to comment in the wider media on the latest industry developments.
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Any time, any place, anywhere. Retail has pretty much lived by the Martini mantra for decades now as an ever more sleek and adaptable supply chain has enabled consumers to benefit from an abundance of goods always on the shelf, whether digital or in-store.
Amazon intends to hire 55,000 people worldwide, including in the UK, as it targets further growth.
Starship Technologies, the autonomous robot delivery company, has appointed former Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips to its board.
The department store format has suffered badly over the last five years, with the vast majority of stores which have closed still standing empty. Retail Week looks at six innovative uses of former department store space both from the UK and internationally.
More than 80% of the UK’s department stores have been lost since the demise of BHS and many former branches still lie empty.
Climate change and sustainability have rocketed up the retail agenda and will be in the spotlight even more in the run-up to the COP26 conference later this year. Dixons Carphone group sustainability director Moira Thomas and sustainable business strategic adviser Mike Barry, former director of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, discuss the implications for shoppers and retailers.
John Lewis Partnership has entered the retail investment market for the first time as it seeks to generate more profits from outside traditional retail.
The Keynote: As Bezos blasts off, how can retailers bring Amazon down to Earth?
Marks & Spencer has extended its online food offer through a partnership with expats’ shopping site British Corner Shop.
M&S is to introduce six more fashion brands to its online platform as it builds its ecommerce operations.
The Covid pandemic may finally be starting to cool down, but attention this week has shifted to another crisis that’s threatening to boil over – climate change.
John Lewis Partnership has agreed the lease of a 1 million sq ft distribution centre from Tesco as it builds online operations.
Food delivery specialist Deliveroo has reported growth “materially ahead of expectations” in its first half, when performance proved resilient as Covid restrictions eased.
With the pandemic prompting an acceleration in-store and online innovation, Kingfisher chief executive Thierry Garnier talks us through the group’s new retail formats, its test-and-learn approach and how that has shaped a new way of thinking throughout the business.
John Lewis Partnership, owner of the eponymous department store business and grocer Waitrose, has become the latest retailer to increase drivers’ pay as the industry faces a shortage.
The ‘pingdemic’ that has hit retail and distribution staff availability, leading in some cases to empty shelves, looks as if it may be easing.
Marks & Spencer is to award HGV drivers a £2,000 sign-on bonus as it seeks to address a shortage of hauliers that has hit the retail industry.
Fashion retailer Joules has reported an increase in full-year profits, despite the closure of its store estate during Covid lockdowns.
Food-on-the-go specialist Greggs expects higher full-year profits than expected after rebuilding sales in the first half.
John Lewis has raided Accessorize to recruit a new trading director, strengthening the leadership team as the department store group pursues a turnaround.