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eSports and Competitive Gaming – Gotta Catch Em All!

Posted At: 22 July 2016 14:56 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Social Commentary

Following the news that Game has opened its first eSports and competitive gaming zone at its Manchester Trafford store and the eagerly awaited launch of Pokemon Go, FSP takes a look at the impact gaming is having on our lives and the wider retail industry. read more...


Is There Anything Tesco Can’t/ Won’t Do?

Posted At: 16 July 2013 15:21 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary

This month Tesco signed a deal to rent out the upstairs of its Stockton store to budget gym operator, Xercise4less, as part of its plans to downsize its larger stores. The Yorkshire-based budget gym chain agreed a partnership with Tesco which will see large-scale gyms created within Tesco stores around the country. With this latest venture, is there anything Tesco doesn’t or rather, won’t, do? read more...


Who's next?

Posted At: 27 July 2012 16:36 PM
Related Categories: Retailer At Risk, Retailers, Social Commentary

FSP’s multi–layered approach* to identify retailers at risk read more...


And Finally - QR Code on a Cow to Raise Awareness

Posted At: 19 July 2012 13:21 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Social Commentary

In an attempt to raise awareness, a dairy farmer in Somerby, Leicestershire has come up with a new form of farming technology - putting QR codes on to cows. Lady Shamrock, the Fresian in question, is unknowingly raising the profile of the whole British dairy industry with her new tattoo. read more...


And Finally - Retailers hope the Olympics will keep them alight!

Posted At: 24 May 2012 00:30 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Social Commentary

Only if you have been under a rock for the last 12 months could you have missed out on the hype surrounding an event with over 26 different sports, 10,500 participants and millions of spectators. read more...


What to do in Brent Cross

Posted At: 14 May 2012 15:19 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary, Town & Shopping Centre Management

Arsenal supporters are presumably an untapped market . . read more...


And Finally - Tommy & Kate

Posted At: 22 February 2012 13:00 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, General, Social Commentary

Tommy Hilfiger, the upmarket American brand, is attempting to secure increased sales through its British stockists with the lure of a trip to New York read more...


Retail Spotlight – Peacocks calls in the administrators

Posted At: 19 January 2012 15:34 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers, Social Commentary

Despite reporting a like-for-like sales increase of 17% over the Christmas period, Peacocks’ problems ran much deeper – after months of struggle, Peacocks calls in the administrators making it the biggest retailer to collapse. read more...


And Finally - Missing baskets, World’s most expensive pie and Loo of the Year Awards

Posted At: 15 December 2011 13:37 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Social Commentary

Retail quirkies of the month include: read more...


Simply having a coaxing Christmas time

Posted At: 01 December 2011 15:23 PM
Related Categories: Christmas, Retail, Retail Property, Social Commentary

How hard shopping centres are trying to increase their footfall... read more...


And Finally - Something for the corner of your Shopping Centre…

Posted At: 21 July 2011 11:59 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Social Commentary

AutoWed is a novelty wedding machine offering a quick hitch, a couple of rings and a personalised certificate for just £1... read more...


Birding - one more way to spend your money

Posted At: 05 July 2011 16:16 PM
Related Categories: General, Social Commentary

Possibly a bit of news you’ve missed…. Retailers are reporting bird supply prices rising as much as 100% over the last year. And according to the folk on the telly, over 50% of households feed garden birds. So that’s where we’re disposing of our income! read more...


FSP’s retailer of the month– Co-op: low profile or key retailer?

Posted At: 20 June 2011 10:38 AM
Related Categories: Co-operative Retail, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

Co-operative has now upped its game considerably, with well stocked aisles, fresh food and pleasant staff... read more...


And Finally - Cupcake rage - woman wrecks the shop

Posted At: 24 March 2011 12:00 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Social Commentary

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Waterstone’s Vs. Amazon

Posted At: 11 March 2011 00:33 AM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

Gone are the days when, if you wanted to read a book, you either bought it with the choice of hard or soft backed, or you went to the local library. With the internet came Amazon and many other internet book retailers, with their super-cheap new and second hand books and speedy delivery (most of the time). read more...


The Shrinking Cadbury Bar

Posted At: 10 February 2011 12:53 PM
Related Categories: General, Retailers, Social Commentary

The famous Dairy Milk bar has been reduced in size by 20g allegedly for “economic reasons". read more...


The Big Fish Fight

Posted At: 18 January 2011 12:22 PM
Related Categories: General, Media, Social Commentary

Over the past week Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and friends have launched ‘The Big Fish Fight’. read more...


Secret Shopper

Posted At: 13 January 2011 14:00 PM
Related Categories: E-tailing, General, Media, Social Commentary

A look at the UK'S customer service read more...


Struggling for Christmas present ideas?

Posted At: 09 November 2010 16:11 PM
Related Categories: General, Social Commentary

Stuck with a difficult secret Santa gift to get? Wondering what to get that distant relative or work colleague? How about a Marmite chocolate bar! read more...


Is Christmas too early?

Posted At: 09 November 2010 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

As we enter November Christmas has firmly be thrust upon us. As soon as the temperature dipped slightly, supermarkets had removed the holiday aisle to be replaced by advent calendars and giant tins of chocolates and mince pies have replaced the disposable BBQs. Starbucks have their seasonal red cups in store, the only thing missing is the first showing of Coca Colas ‘Holidays are coming’ advert. But is all this too early? read more...


What a pain!

Posted At: 16 September 2010 00:22 AM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

Will the Chinese park bench idea catch on in our shopping centres? read more...


Your change Sir

Posted At: 25 August 2010 15:11 PM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

Man from Atlanta takes the Complaint Culture to an all-time high read more...


Wired Wellies

Posted At: 17 June 2010 10:20 AM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

Nowhere is safe from technology. Festival goers may have to put up with crowds, communal loos and a distinct lack of basic sanitation, however, they will no longer be out of touch with their mates back home. read more...


Bossy Boots and Spoil Sports

Posted At: 07 May 2010 16:57 PM
Related Categories: Environmental, Retail Suppliers, Retailers, Social Commentary

So, Poundland and B&M have been selling Boots’ products on the sly then eh? read more...


Basket of Goods

Posted At: 16 March 2010 10:17 AM
Related Categories: Retail Statistics, Social Commentary

Pot noodles, slim fast and Ikea bookshelves were the order of the day, while electronic keyboards, tinned spaghetti and vinyl floor coverings were no longer en vogue... read more...


Basket of Goods

Posted At: 16 March 2010 10:17 AM
Related Categories: Retail Statistics, Social Commentary

Pot noodles, slim fast and Ikea bookshelves were the order of the day, while electronic keyboards, tinned spaghetti and vinyl floor coverings were no longer en vogue... read more...


Hot Topic

Posted At: 05 February 2010 16:44 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary

Food in a can. Yummy. read more...


Snow...bloggan!

Posted At: 08 January 2010 17:14 PM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

There's been snow. Lots of it. read more...


2009 Review

Posted At: 04 January 2010 16:44 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Future of Retailing, General, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

A look back at some of the top retail stories from 2009 read more...


Puuuurfect

Posted At: 07 December 2009 00:45 AM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

On Our Travels... read more...


Old News

Posted At: 30 November 2009 17:18 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary

A few weeks ago, B&Q celebrated the birthday of its eldest employee – Mr Sydney Prior, 95. He began working for the retailer at the tender age of 76, and works as a store greeter at their store in New Malden. read more...


Burning His Boxers

Posted At: 11 November 2009 16:14 PM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

Men would happily strut around wearing the same pants that they bought when they were 19 (or 36), should someone not come along and take on the massive responsibility of, you know, dressing them read more...


Waste Watchdog Encourages Renting Not Spending

Posted At: 05 November 2009 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Social Commentary

Houshold spending converted to renting...? read more...


What’s in a name?

Posted At: 02 September 2009 15:10 PM
Related Categories: Social Commentary

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