I never formally met Sir Ken Morrison, but he was always a bit of a hero of mine. Not only was he from the same city (Bradford), but he was a formidable force in food retailing, my chosen industry. It’s a source of regret that I never managed to meet and have a discussion with […]
With the trends for 2017 out from most of the more professional outfits, it’s time for me to bring my predictions and thoughts to the fore. Of course, there will be no mention of #millennials #tech and #wearables and it’ll be a steely focus on the reality facing people this year.
This post originally appeared in the subscription-only Grocery Insight newsletter, and has been republished here in full. Happy new year! I noted with interest that the analysts post Christmas were lauding a great sales performance from the ‘big four’, highlighting that the sales had returned and good times were here again. Of course, this wasn’t […]
Noteworthy that M&S are row(e)ing back from their international ambitions, closing stores (some of which will be anchors in the towns they occupy) and also pushing more into food. A fair ambition, given Steve Rowe’s success in food; he built the chain into a real powerhouse in food. Albeit with a tiny market share but […]
Throwback Thursday will be a weekly feature trawling the Grocery Insight image archive (now standing at over 60,000 images). First up, from 7th August 2011 – the first M Local store opens in Ilkley. It’s easy to look back at the expansion and subsequent failure of M Local and say it was doomed from the […]