Entries by Retail Remedy

Amazon just passed Go

Amazon is a retail disrupter. Many retailers still hold a fear of what the world’s largest retailer will do to their established business models. On the other hand, many other retailers, rather than let fear paralyse them, use Amazon as a sharp stick to remind them to keep adapting, to never be satisfied, to move […]

Fashion Retail Urgently Needs Better Productivity

Fashion retail is in a tough place, and it’s becoming tougher. Sales are more difficult to achieve, margins are under pressure from rising costs, and the weather is being no more predictable with every season. Just like most retail business, the largest cost for fashion retail is the labour line so we are very surprised […]

Asda – Some Quality Decisions Needed

By Phil Dorrell The woes of Asda have been well documented by countless newspaper columns and down beat interviews. After 11 consecutive quarters of sales decline the time has come for a response that moves away from what it has always done; after all the definition of madness is doing what you’ve always done and […]

M&S playing catch up on online grocery delivery

It feels odd to say it in 2017, but one of the UK’s most well-known food retailers are only now announcing a move into online grocery delivery. M&S have announced their intention to trial online grocery deliveries within certain postcodes. Although the mechanics are still being decided, Ocado have been named as a possible partner […]

Planning ahead puts Tesco ahead of plan

It’s a far cry from the £4bn Tesco earned 5 years ago but it is still a very healthy improvement on last years profit in a grocery landscape that has changed almost beyond recognition. In order to compete in this climate David Lewis has adopted a multi-pronged strategy: product ranging, cost cutting and market penetration. […]

Poundland, Pep&Co and Toblerone

Following the Steinhoff owned PepKor acquisition of Poundland in August 2016, Retail Remedy were invited to a briefing at Poundland, Woolwich to discover what we can expect for the price sensitive shopper on the High Street. The Woolwich Poundland store was chosen as much for its future as its past: formerly a 99p store, across […]

Is the thinking at Sainsbury’s as joined up as it could be?

The latest Sainsbury’s “Food dancing” advertising campaign wasn’t to everyone’s taste. The POS in store seemed random and did not obviously connect with the aisle ends it highlighted. However, once the TV ads launched, the dots were joined. Sainsbury’s, rather than selling groceries, wants to sell an experience. An experience that brings people together and […]

Is your retail strategy on the back foot?

Welcome to a week when retailers look back in hindsight and wish they had started the process sooner. Clarks are reviewing their estate with a view to exiting sites that are no longer paying back. Asda are looking at another quarter of sales declines and are questioning decisions of times gone by, regretting being over-zealous […]

Asda leaving market share on table for Aldi

Research published this week by Shoppercentric reveals that customers rate quality and service over price as critical factors in determining where to shop. In the same week, Aldi reach new highs in market share overtaking Co-op into 5th position in the UK grocery market. Coincidence? Aldi and Lidl were in the right place at the […]

Tesco is Back

The Tesco we loved to hate has resurfaced with a surprising move to merge with Bookers Group wholesalers. Tesco‘s confidence, while constant internally, is being shouted from the roof tops again. It is confident in its strategy and prepared to make bold moves. Once that meant buying up space to dominate the UK grocery market. […]