Shedding Light On The Dark Store

For a long time the ‘Big Four’ supermarket chains have gorged themselves on property, snapping up available land sites and opening an unprecedented number of superstores around the country. That drive has seen a substantial decline in recent years, with chains such as Tesco very recently announcing the closures of 43 unprofitable stores and the abandonment of future projects. With the rising demand in online shopping and shoppers favouring discounters and smaller convenience stores, what should the big supermarkets objectives...

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3D printing – revolution, evolution or hype?

Is there anyone left out there who has not heard of 3D printing?  According to analysts, over the next four years the 3D printing industry will be worth over $10 billion and more than 2 million 3D printers are expected to be sold around the world by 2018.  We’re now expecting our cars to come with 3-D printed components, we’ll all have a 3D printer in our homes, there’s the recently launched Pi-Top 3D printed laptop kits and we’ll even...

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Click and Collect – It’s Behind You. 

While everything and everyone is telling us to look forward into 2015, we can’t help but look behind us panto style, and take stock of the mixed messages Christmas trading has given us.  According to figures and retail analysts, online retailing continues to improve at the expense of in store retailing which has seen a downturn.  On top of that, John Lewis, the behemoth of the high street, reports that most of their increase in sales has been in click...

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Supply Chains and Paper Chains at Christmas

According to Accenture’s 2014 Christmas Shopping Survey, almost a third of UK consumers plan to increase their spending on holiday shopping this year, with a significant increase in digital spend.  Amid signs of greater economic optimism more than a quarter are also planning to spend £250 or more on Christmas Shopping than they did in 2013. So happy shoppers will be pleased to see the Royal Mail reducing parcel delivery costs for the Christmas period and Amazon announcing the launch...

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From Superstores to Corner Shops

The way we shop is changing and it’s having an impact on supply chains.  It seems we've fallen out of love with a big weekly shop and now we’re mixing and matching where we shop, hunting for bargains and shopping online. Mark Price, the boss of Waitrose: “The big weekly shop is over. The notion that you are going to go and push a trolley around for the week is a thing of the past”. Instead, we're moving from superstores...

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