9th November 2016
Post Trump and Brexit: there’s more than one way to skin the international retailing cat
While American voters were confounding practically all observers on November 8, on the other side of the Atlantic Britain’s Marks & Spencer unveiled a strategy that may be designed for...
24th October 2016
Has Peak Internet hit Britain’s clothing stores?
Between June and September 2016, something hit UK clothing stores that I don’t think’s ever happened in the history of selling clothes, anywhere, ever before. The internet’s share fell, consistently....
20th April 2015
Can public servants predict selling hotspots businesspeople can’t?
One of the oddest rituals in our industry is the developing-world civil servant lecturing his country's businesspeople about where they should be selling. The unsolicited advice is almost always deluded,...
28th June 2013
Alok Industries puts its UK retail chain up for sale
It became publicly known in late June that India’s Alok Industries has started the process to sell UK retail chain Store Twenty One, which it had acquired five years ago....
12th February 2012
India’s non-argument over foreign retailers
I've previously argued that the argument over foreign supermarkets in India misses the point. But is there even an argument over foreign apparel retailers clothing companies? There's a real argument...
11th December 2011
Why is everyone so worked up about Indian retail investment?
Why is India getting so excited about foreigners investing in Indian retail? Just as weird: why are foreigners getting so excited about investing in Indian retail? India has slightly different...
8th January 2010
Now deluding a new group. This decade’s new Shangri-La myth.
Several garment-making countries – and apparently India in particular - are suffering from a very similar delusion to the one that gripped Western apparel retailers and brands a few years...