John Ryan is Stores Editor at Retail Week.
He has worked for the magazine for more than a decade and covers store design, visual merchandising and what makes things sell in-store - across every area of retail. In a previous life he spent 15 years as an international buyer for a major European retailer and was latterly based in Dusseldorf.
As well as writing about stores he talks about them and in the last year has delivered presentations in locations as diverse as London, Santiago, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York and, erm, Basingstoke.
And for those who are interested in such things, he is a twitter devotee - please follow!
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The opening of a new Galeries Lafayette department store on Paris’ Champs-Élysées is a lesson in what is possible in creating a point of difference.
The world’s biggest Primark opens in Birmingham this morning and it is chock-full of novelty. John Ryan reports.
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Five floors, beauty parlours for men and women, Harry Potter and Disney shop-in-shops, as well as a Disney café on the top floor, are just a few of the elements that distinguish Primark’s new Birmingham branch.
At various points in the past couple of weeks, it’s looked very much as if one of the last refuges for the middle-aged might go the way of all flesh.
There is much to be in awe of about Amazon, but can its forays into the world of physical retail be numbered among its successes?
Back in the dim and distant past, C&A sold fashion in the UK and was generally reckoned to be pretty good at turning a cut-price penny.
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A new-look H&M has opened in west London that may be aimed at a more mature shopper, or perhaps intends to alter the perceptions of its existing customers.
The new Sainsbury’s in Selly Oak has all the hallmarks of a department store, but does this mean it is one? John Ryan finds out.
Picture this: you’re a ‘legacy’ retailer and, perhaps contrary to your better instincts, you’re about to open a new store (the lease was signed a few years ago, so you have little choice) and you want to let shoppers know about it.
Some of the most digitally savvy outfits on the high street want to look anything but. It’s about making shoppers feel at home.
Brilliant service, product that does the job, but why is nothing much done about the M&S flagship as a whole?
Ikea’s new Planning Studio, mainly for kitchen browsers, is a thing of beauty, but are other shoppers being short-changed in the retailer’s rush to please the urban elite?
Arcadia’s catch-all brand Outfit has been given a facelift, but can this fascia be a brand in its own right?
Planet Organic, which has just been sold to investor Inverleith, specialises in selling “responsibly produced” provisions where the big food industry plays little part.
Digital leaders from Boden to Zalando are turning to bricks and mortar. John Ryan asks, why are they bothering?