Category: Retailer Q&A

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Retailer Q&A with Rosie Willett Designs: “Ecommerce is fantastic for reaching people all over the world”


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Talking to retailers – as I spend much of my time doing – it’s interesting how many businesses have embraced Facebook and its Pages functionality, but...

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Retailer Q&A with Bang Tidy Clothing: “We have so many opportunities right now”


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I’ve written before about independent online businesses – like fashion accessories store Tesoros – that have managed to carve a great niche for themselves in...

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A business built on “staff knowledge and passion”: Q&A with Leisure Lakes Bikes


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One of the most interesting things to emerge from my regular Retailer Q&A features is a sense of how different, longstanding independents are navigating the increasingly multichannel...

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Selling “treasures” online in the fast-growing fashion accessories space: Q&A with Tesoros


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With my CannySites.com business traditionally focusing upon stores in the home, garden and holidays space, it’s fair to say that fashion probably hasn’t been my...

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Site of future Charles Clinkard store in Shrewsbury (21 Dec 2013). Photograph by Sam Stockley 4

Charles Clinkard Q&A: “Maintaining good relationships with suppliers is key”


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Think of a great northern city, and the chances are that you’ll bring to mind one of the great northern retailers that’s based there. Bradford...

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Promoting the fair trade cause: Retailer Q&A with The Home Decor Company


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Though navigating the economic downturn continues to challenge many stores, one of the fascinating subtexts has been the growth of new independent retailers, sometimes borne out...

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The Longest Stay listing at the Home Interiors Directory (12 Nov 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

“We present a new way of shopping”: Retailer Q&A with The Longest Stay


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As you’d expect, running the Home Interiors Directory (part of my CannySites.com business) means that I get to work with a lot of etailers who are...

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Clicks, bricks and stunning images: Retailer Q&A with The Original Sofa Co.


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If you read the blog accompanying my 2012 Autumn Fair seminar on creating great web content, you’ll know that one of the things I always...

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Waltons homepage (24 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

“We want to be the Amazon of the garden”: Retailer Q&A with Waltons


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Waltons, the specialist garden buildings etailer, is a company that my CannySites.com business has worked with for nearly five years now, its ranges of sheds, summerhouses...

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“The power of digital is the biggest opportunity”: Retailer Q&A with Hartlepool-based Bedtrader


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Though my consumer directory business, CannySites.com, showcases home, garden and holiday retailers from across the UK, I’m always particularly pleased when I get to work with successful...

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“The high street needs to adapt and evolve”: Retailer Q&A with Havens department store


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The traditional, independent department store has been a fixture of the British high street for generations – yet look around, and you could be forgiven for...

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“Women are looking for stylish, flattering classic styles online”: Retailer Q&A with Lucza


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Yesterday’s blog about Jack Wills opening a Newcastle store alongside TK Maxx and Armani Exchange demonstrated that many established fashion names are continuing to find opportunities on...

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“Creating new ideas and selling them is what I enjoy”: Retailer Q&A with Premurosa


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One of the joys of doing a lot of networking in the North East – both via social media and in person, through networks such as Durham...

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“What began as a marketing exercise is now all consuming”: Retailer Q&A with Shower Enclosures UK


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If one theme has emerged clearly from my Retailer Q&A series to date, it’s that modern retail businesses can’t really afford to ignore the Internet: whether...

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“The biggest opportunities lie in mobile commerce”: Retailer Q&A with Nabru


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With Walmsley’s currently teetering on the high street, and chains like Habitat, Land of Leather and MFI having collapsed in the last few years, the...

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Bringing a “fashion skill set” to bathrooms: Retailer Q&A with QS Supplies


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Back in July, I discussed the fragmented and increasingly competitive bathrooms market, raising the question of “what independent bathroom retailers – whether offline, online, or...

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Go Outdoors signage, Newcastle (25 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

“Stores are still an absolute”: Retailer Q&A with Outdoor World Direct


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If you ever needed proof that the present-day high street is about winners and losers rather than the general decline that the media would have...

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“There’s a nice niche market there”: Retailer Q&A with Geordies Everywhere


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Think of online retail, and the chances are that the big-name players, such as Amazon and Asos – or perhaps a multichannel powerhouse like John...

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