John Ryan is managing director of Newstores
He has contributed to Retail Week 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 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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One of the retail phenomena of the past year has been the rise and rise of the supermarket shop-in-shop.
‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’. Whatever your view on the outcome of the strategy that saw most of the population confined to barracks, the result for physical retailers has been calamitous.
One-way systems, hygiene stations, duct tape on the floor. All of this adds up to just one thing – retailers doing what they can to make their stores safer places for those choosing to frequent them.
Doing volunteer work in a village shop is normally a pretty relaxed affair, consisting of amiable exchanges with those dropping by and making sure you’ve marked up the papers for those who’ve ordered them if you happen to be an ‘opener’.
The world’s biggest retail trade fair, Euroshop, in Dusseldorf, took place last month, but what were the big store design trends businesses should be acting on?
After the opening of John Lewis’ revamped department store in Southampton, where services and experience are centre stage, Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald and stores editor John Ryan discuss whether it lives up to its ‘playground’ billing and how effectively the new approach has been executed.
M&S’ new market hall store concept looks good, but is it economically viable on a large scale? John Ryan explores whether this is the future of grocery retail.
What looked like a renaissance for the east end of Oxford Street appears to have stalled, but what are the prospects for a revival?
Samsung has unveiled an eye-catching ‘showcase’ at London’s King’s Cross. Stores editor John Ryan takes a tour.
As Microsoft opens its first flagship store in Europe on Regent Street, the team look at what it means for bricks-and-mortar retail in the capital and beyond.
Taking offers to where the people are could be the new way of ensuring that your proposition is not overlooked. John Ryan reports
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.
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?