What is the future of retail?
Specific predictions go obsolete fast, but some common themes are emerging – convenience, fragmentation, intelligence, personalisation and experience.
Is forgetting your bags really such an inconvenience?
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Meet the 'Yeah-buts' - those who know plastic is bad for the environment, but can't get behind the bag ban because it affects their own convenience. This mindset can stall the best-laid green plans.
As seen on a high street near you.
The challenges facing town centres and high streets are intensifying.
Famous dome in Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
Glance at House of Fraser, John Lewis et al and you might think it's time to give up the ghost.
Positive messaging wins the day.
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Plastic bags will soon be gone from major supermarkets and many other shops too. Campaigns to reduce plastic even more should focus on positive advice, rather than shaming shoppers for their plastic use.
Despite closures, there’s still room for real life shopping.
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Bricks and mortar stores can play a crucial component in the future of retail.
As much as stores would love to be able to get shoppers to go along every aisle, only 2% do.
Marketers once liked to think they could virtually steer people through shops and malls. But it appears shoppers' movements, possibly driven by primal instincts, aren't so easily directed.
Will there be fewer of these on Australian doorsteps?
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.
Retailers have refocussed their attention on location – but not their location, your location.
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.
A short history of Easter egg economics.
Physical stores and online technology can work hand in hand.
A bad interest rate can make your new car a lot more costly.
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Most of us bargain hunt when shopping for a new blouse or pair of blue jeans, yet for some reason we don't with interest rates, potentially costing us thousands of dollars.
Compulsive spending or shopping is considered an impulse control disorder.
Compulsive spending is on the rise, here's what you need to know.
The Choose Love pop-up store in London set up to help refugees.
Materialism has an ugly face but it is here to stay. Rather than focusing efforts to diminish it we should utilise materialism to benefit wider society.
Healthy eating should include thinking about the environmental cost of your food.
If your New Year's resolutions include improving your diet, it's worth thinking about eating healthier for the planet.
Think of what your clothes are doing to the planet.
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Water pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste: fast fashion comes at a huge cost to the environment.
If you find help messages from factory and delivery workers in your presents this season, how should you respond?
Six questions to ask yourself before you buy that last minute Christmas present.
The holiday season doesn’t always have to be stressful.
Despite the delight of not having to work for several days or even weeks, holidays come with pressures.
You probably don’t remember the Kathie Lee sweatshop scandal of the mid-1990s. What about the more recent debacles?
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People who see themselves as conscientious consumers often buy items made by companies that violate their values because it's hard to keep that information in mind.