Retail has always been a highly dynamic industry, intensely competitive and fighting for a share of the wider consumer spending pot. This is an industry used to dealing with a constant diet of change. However, the change we are seeing today is far more profound than anything the past has thrown up. We are now seeing by far the most challenging period in retail history. A reshaping of the industry’s structure and economics is unfolding, and most of the real change is yet to happen.

Richardtalksretail is focused on analysing this change, anticipating the implications, and mapping how the key players across the various sectors are dealing with it. The regular Blogs in this public section of the site are a taster of the much more detailed analysis and forecasts in the premium section, reserved for subscribers.

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The future of retail

The future of retail is now. Survival and prosperity will be governed by whether, and how well, retail engages with these critical issues. Business models need rebuilding. Cost cutting alone is buying time. Retailers will have to invest to be fit for purpose, so costs will need to increase. Those without the vision and courage to meet these challenges head on are living on borrowed time.

I got together with Kalpesh Tanna, specialist retail and hospitality lawyer, to map out the critical issues. We will be arranging a small closed forum for a detailed discussion of these themes in due course.

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