retail

3103, 2015

Another ‘old friend’ disappears

By |March 31st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

By Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School 

Today’s announcement that the local bakery company Firkins has closed down with the loss of 100 jobs is, as always, a tragedy for the families affected by a sudden loss of income.

Firkins is a company that will be very familiar to those who live in the West Midlands […]

2511, 2014

Black Friday – A Giant Vampire Squid for Retailers?

By |November 25th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Birmingham City University retail expert, Professor Chris Edger, comments ahead of this week’s Black Friday.

In 2010 when Amazon transported its Black Friday promotional mechanism from the US (a huge promotional sales day the first Friday after Thanksgiving which kick-starts Xmas shopping) it reaped first mover advantage, its 300 cut-price deals securing 4 million orders; the […]

1609, 2014

The rise and fall of Phones 4u

By |September 16th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City Business School 

Fascinatingly the person who founded the company Phones 4u John Caudwell, who sold it for £1.5 billion in 2006, became involved by a mixture of accident and pragmatism. He was a car dealer and wanted a way to contact prospective buyers. So in the mid 1980s he discovered […]

810, 2013

The real cost of fashion

By |October 8th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Dawn Eyre, Lecturer in Fashion at Birmingham City University

As a fashion designer who has worked in the industry for fifteen years, it always saddens me to hear of the awful and tragic incidents that occur, such as the collapse of a building in Bangladesh and just recently in Mumbai, as a result of unsafe and […]

2404, 2013

Ten years of iTunes retail

By |April 24th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Andrew Dubber, Professor of Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University

The metaphors we adopt and discard are important when it comes to understanding how we make sense of the environment of the internet. Remember when we used to ‘surf the information superhighway’? Thankfully now we just sit at our computers and ‘use’ websites, or are, […]

504, 2013

Supermarket ‘retail destinations’: a further threat to the High Street?

By |April 5th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Chris Edger, the author of ‘Effective Multi-Unit Leadership – Local Leadership in Multi-Situations’ and ‘International Multi-Unit Leadership’, is Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University where he researches and teaches the ‘art and science’ of high performance service-based retail, hospitality and leisure.

At the beginning of April the broadsheet business press reported that Trevor […]

1503, 2013

Giraffe and Tesco – solving the ‘dead space’ issue in ‘big box’ supermarket retail?

By |March 15th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Chris Edger, the author of ‘Effective Multi-Unit Leadership – Local Leadership in Multi-Situations’ and ‘International Multi-Unit Leadership’, is Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University where he researches and teaches the ‘art and science’ of high performance service-based retail, hospitality and leisure.

From the 1990s onwards the received orthodoxy in UK supermarket retail was […]

503, 2013

Who can do what to save the High Street?

By |March 5th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Chris Edger, the author of ‘Effective Multi-Unit Leadership – Local Leadership in Multi-Situations’ and ‘International Multi-Unit Leadership’, is Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University where he researches and teaches the ‘art and science’ of high performance service-based retail, hospitality and leisure.

The narrative surrounding the debate about the ‘decline’ of the High Street […]

1102, 2013

Valentines – The Rise of Key Calendar Events

By |February 11th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Chris Edger, Birmingham City Business School

For High Street retailers Valentine’s Day represents the first key calendar trading event after Christmas. Retailers will be seeking to optimise item sales located around the occasion; supermarkets offering ‘linked promotions’ and discounts in food, drink, floral and stationary categories, ‘clustering’ product and merchandising at key impulse purchase sites […]

1701, 2013

Immediacy Threat to High Street Retail

By |January 17th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Chris Edger, Birmingham City Business School

The troubles of retailers HMV and Blockbuster presage the most serious threat to the High Street over the next few years – that of immediacy.

Both HMV and Blockbuster were hit by smart technology that allowed consumers to download films and records onto on-the-move and static home based devices […]