The mere possibility of online competition is restraining prices offline.
Retailers have cleverly tapped into the psychological need many of us have to collect, in some cases, mundane everyday items.
Specific predictions go obsolete fast, but some common themes are emerging – convenience, fragmentation, intelligence, personalisation and experience.
The strong reaction to plastic bag bans is because consumers feel supermarkets violated an unspoken agreement.
The challenges facing town centres and high streets are intensifying.
Supermarkets and consumers might gain from more private label brands, but Australian suppliers are likely to lose out.
Several large retailers and supermarkets have announced they are going to downsize to smaller stores.
Bricks and mortar stores can play a crucial component in the future of retail.
New technologies do not discriminate between the promotion of a healthy or unhealthy diet. It’s how we apply them that matters.
Across the US and the UK, major brick and mortar retailers are battling the effects of e-commerce – and town centres could be the next casualties.
South Africa needs to harness its service sector into an innovative and export orientated way to push back poverty, unemployment and inequality.
Amazon has barred Australian shoppers from its US site, rather than contend with new GST rules on overseas purchases. But don't expect a stampede at your local branch of Harvey Norman as a result.
When people see their bodies in 3D, they feel worse about themselves and more negative in general. That might not put shoppers in a buying mood even for clothes that fit better.
Canadian provinces are choosing various approaches to cannabis sales as legalization approaches. Ontario's will combine aspects of computer stores, wine boutiques and post-prohibition liquor outlets.
Facing stiff competition, the obvious solution is for Sainsbury's and Asda to grow their customer base and revenues, while cutting their margins, through a merger.
Weather and online shopping aren't the main culprits behind the high street's decline.
South Africa's land reform process will fail if it continues to neglect small and emerging black farmers.
We're not going to stop wandering through shopping centres anytime soon, but mobile, micro-location and voice technologies are set to transform the retail experience.
Physical stores and online technology can work hand in hand.
Spinning off Coles is a great example of how good Wesfarmers is at entering and exiting markets.