Category Archives: Headline article

Pork Bellies and Perfecting the Imperfect

Posted by Michael

Image Source, ITV Well, that’s a surprise. Our quiet new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has turned out to have been a little of a red under the bed.  Her big ‘One Nation’ pitch to become the leader of a new Conservative … (read more)

The What, the Where and the Why of Retailing 

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Nassim Taleb; the philosopher and author of the best-selling book, the Black Swan, posed an interesting question recently that got my brain ticking about how we humans are adapting to technologies; and vice-versa. He asked, via Twitter, whether anybody knew of … (read more)

New York, New York

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I was visiting NY this week to catch up with the team but particularly because we have moved to a new office in mid-town. I have to say I am absolutely thrilled with our new home. It is central to … (read more)

Captivating Times

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Tiffany’s, Rolex, Cartier, Van Clef & Arpels, Bulgari, Chopard, Piaget, Graff and, at the top of the money tree, Harry Winston; what do all these great jewellery brands say to you? Well, all these superb jewellers are terrifically good at … (read more)

GET THE ETHOS RIGHT AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW

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Ethos comes from the Greek word meaning character, it was used by the ancients to describe the beliefs that characterise the essential spirit of a community, a country, or indeed an ideology. So it’s fitting that two bright young entrepreneurs, … (read more)

E – COMMERCE: FRIEND OR FOE?

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Travelling in the USA recently, I came across a retail trade survey from the Department of Commerce which showed that in the second quarter of the year there was a 4.2% rise in e-commerce sales, and an increase in total … (read more)

Building Robust Brands Of Our ‘Time’

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One of the more fascinating brand stories of recent times is the rise and rise of Larsson and Jennings, the Anglo-Swedish watchmaker. I’ve been watching this new watchmaker, run by two young entrepreneurs, Joakim Larsson and Andrew Jennings, since they … (read more)

19TH CENTURY ALCHEMY IGNITES OUR BRANDING FIRE

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Finally, I can now tell all about the mysterious client that I was so excited about in last month’s newsletter but couldn’t mention: the client is ETHOS, the new yoga fitness hybrid studio that has been open in Cambridge and … (read more)

Multifaceted Retail Experiences Steal The Show

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Yotam Ottolenghi has much to answer for; and it’s all good. The panache with which the brilliant Israeli-born chef has transformed the soggy salad into a work of art is spreading fast to every walk of life. What Ottolenghi has … (read more)

FROM TWEETS TO FUEL POINTS, THE CURRENCY OF SHOPPING IS CHANGING

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Marc Jacobs is exchanging tweets for products in his Tweet Shop. Nike is offering vending products to its’ customer; but ones which were only attainable with its own NikeFuel points, while Bonobos is giving its customers the experience of selecting the … (read more)

Apple skips the queue with their newest innovation

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  You want to buy a new Apple Watch? Well, don’t do anything as silly as go into a shop to buy one or queue outside, heaven forbid. That’s so old school. No, what you do is go to one of … (read more)

STRATEGIC DECISIONS TO SHAPE THE FUTURE

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  Sheridan&Co talk retail strategy You may have read about a couple from Scunthorpe last week, who despite a 283-billion-to-one chance, won £1m on the EuroMillions lottery… for the second time. While overcoming such astronomic odds is not a luxury … (read more)