Category: Technology

Digital Argos store in Tottenham Court Road, London (12 Sep 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Ian Jindal Q&A: “Customers see mobile as the remote control for the brands they trust”


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Those of us who like attending retail and digital-related conferences certainly never have any shortage of potential events to attend. My own excursions are limited a touch...

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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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Former Mecca club in Wallsend - soon to be a Wetherspoon pub (21 Jun 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Exploring bingo’s place on the high street – and the online challenges that parallel retail


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If you follow my blogs and tweets religiously, you’ll know that I spend a fair chunk of my time travelling up and down the country,...

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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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Poundland (former Woolworths), Argyle Street, Glasgow (20 Nov 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

As Poundland prepares to float, what are the secrets of “the new Woolies'” success?


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As Poundland gets ready to float on the London Stock Exchange this week, in a move expected to value the business at £750m – similar in...

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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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Spring Fair website (2 Feb 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Tips for indie retail success at Spring Fair today


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In what seems to be becoming a regular occurrence, I’m off to Spring Fair International at the NEC today (Monday 3 February) where – as...

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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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Reopened Game store in Grainger Street, Newcastle (24 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Resurgent Game reopens axed stores in Newcastle and Sunderland


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A year and a half after 21 North East stores closed following Game’s collapse into administration, two of those shops – in Grainger Street, Newcastle and...

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Celebrating Britain’s new indie retailers at Autumn Fair


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Regular readers will know that one of my favourite things about working in retail is discovering really interesting and successful independent shops – whether that’s...

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Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication


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I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark...

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Former Woolworths, Morden, London (1 March 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Opened on 8 July 1933, what’s become of the ex-Woolworths in Morden?


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Regular readers will know that I always enjoy an obscure Woolworths anniversary, and today represents the 80th anniversary of the now-defunct chain opening its 498th store,...

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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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Rescued HMV store in Newcastle (5 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

HMV needs to know its own strength


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Following Graham’s recent article about HMV’s buyout by restructuring specialists Hilco, it is worth taking a look at what lies ahead for this British institution....

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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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