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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As Zara vows to sell online in every single country by 2020, its new Milan flagship shows how it is putting digital at the heart of its stores.
As John Lewis rebranded to reflect the importance of its staff, boss Paula Nickolds said: “Where others are investing in drones, we’re investing in people.” This week, the Retail Week team debates JLP’s strategy.
Next opened a new store on Oxford Street this morning that is, in effect, a department store and gathering place for a raft of retailers, as well as its own offer.
There is an almost pointless anonymity about House of Fraser stores currently. That is the challenge Mike Ashley must address.
The fact that John Lewis will use 15 stores to pilot new ideas is symbolic of coming to terms with digital and the new terrestrial.
Primark stores boss Peter Franks is leaving the fashion retailer after a decade to join The Hoxton hotel group.
In South Korea, there are entire streets devoted to beauty retail. Does new kid on the block Boots stand out from the crowd? John Ryan reports from Seoul
Talk to almost any retailer at the moment and it will only be a couple of minutes before things digital form part of the discussion.
All but a few high-profile department stores seem to be in trouble, so has the market changed to the point where the sector is just an irrelevance?
Retailers are looking East, not West, for the future of retail. John Ryan goes to China to see the tech-enabled stores of ecommerce giants Alibaba and JD.com.