Category Archives: Sector: Retail

Artificial intelligence – how it might impact on business success

A new discussion paper from mckinsey.com – “How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies”.  It includes a survey of 3,000 ‘AI aware companies’ across the world.  This suggests that early adopters of this technology have higher margins than … Continue reading

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The future of retailing? Wheelys 247 is beta testing in Shanghai.

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Fruit and veg not loose. But maybe there’s a screw loose?

Good article in The Grocer about Asda’s decision to trial selling only pre-packaged fruit and vegetables.  This has apparently caused “outrage” and “uproar”, even hitting the headlines.  Some customers in the store where it is being trialled have ripped open … Continue reading

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Remote sensing for business

The term remote sensing has two different meanings.  Three years ago I blogged about how some firms are using sensors to monitor the performance of their machinery and equipment remotely.   This is often adopted as part of their products-as-services … Continue reading

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Category management jargon – the relevance of finger space

As I explained recently, looking at the jargon used by any group of professionals provides great insight into how they manage their operations.  So I was interested to see this glossary of terms used in category management.  Many of these terms … Continue reading

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Logistics in 2017

Always take with a pinch of salt anyone who forecasts trends for the forthcoming year.  Nonetheless it is sometimes worth looking at such forecasts, because they can tell you what is happening right now…  Here’s one CEO’s view of how … Continue reading

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Dropshipping pros and cons

I’ve frequently blogged about online retailing, but I have not mentioned an operations phenomenon that often underpins this business model – ‘dropshipping‘.   This is the concept of not holding any retail inventory, but shipping goods to customers directly from … Continue reading

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“Retail apocalypse”

I’ve blogged about ubiquitisation – the process by which service firms grow and penetrate every geographic niche.  But I’ve not discussed “de-ubiquitisation” i.e. chains withdrawing from markets and closing stores.   But this is happening on a large scale, largely … Continue reading

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How selfies have boosted industry sales by £55 million – but which industry?

You’d think it was smart phone or social media companies that have gotten a boost from selfies wouldn’t you?  They probably have.  But this recent tweet from The Grocer caught my eye – ‘Cosmetic industry sales boosted by selfies’.  Of course, … Continue reading

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How food retailers need to change their business model in response to online distributors

Insightful infographic by Oliver Wyman here that explains how the established food real chains need to respond to new competition from online operators such as AmazonFresh.  Most of the defensive tactics are operational – reduce costs, innovate in-store, and effective pricing. … Continue reading

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