The way high streets function has fundamentally changed, and we need to start prioritising their social value over their monetary value for the benefit of local communities.
The audio version of an in-depth article on how the future of shopping was shaped by its past.
Thousands of young people became pet owners during the pandemic - retailers should let them bring their furry friends to stores.
The pandemic changed the way we shop – with many ‘new’ initiatives actually reinventing old ways of doing things.
Most people do it online – here’s how to buy without wreaking havoc.
Since the 2010s boosting retail has been the government’s primary remedy for better high street health. Without centering the community these street serve, though, plans are likely to fail.
As hundreds of thousands of people are “pinged” by the NHS track and trace app, how can employers cope with staff shortages?
A sales and marketing formula based on a broad range of clothing for all ages at reasonable prices over many years is difficult to change.
Thanks to a bid from a private equity firm backed by former Tesco boss Terry Leahy, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain is in play.
Well known retailers are too often stifled by risk averse corporate culture.
Roadsides have long been reserved for parking cars, but the pandemic led to many experiments with other ways of using scarce and valuable public space. We can put it to better and more flexible uses.
This doesn’t have to be the end for empty retail space.
The easing of lockdown restrictions is good news for struggling high streets, but consumers are still wary.
Small-scale stores and flexibility could be key to future shopping habits.
Shoppers like to touch products – and this can also make them spend more.
Options include residential conversions, new independent shops, and demolition.
Thankfully, a growing number of private equity firms are trying to invest more responsibly.
As online retailers like Boohoo and ASOS mop up some of the biggest high street brands, shops are increasingly under threat.
The Irish retailer is one of the few high street fashion retailers without an online store.
Retail closures are concentrated in city centres.