By Dr Amir Qamar and Dr Emma Gardner Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The last year has proven to be challenging for the retail industry, with numerous firms either facing difficulties, closing stores, or retreating from the market entirely. Although such sectoral difficulties are not new, they were exacerbated by a … Continue reading “The ripple effect from the UK retail crisis: this is just the beginning”
Large food companies and the obesity crisis
By Dr Jane Glover, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Recently, there have been calls to curb the influence of ‘big food’ companies to help tackle obesity, and for political leaders to step up to make the food industry more responsible. Given the nature of the industry, are these … Continue reading “Large food companies and the obesity crisis”
Is M&S stuck in the middle?
By Professor Isabelle Szmigin, Professor of Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Marks and Spencer has been in decline for many years. The problem is that it has never really bitten the bullet of change. As Marks and Spencer announce the closure of 22 of their outlets, and up to a hundred in total by 2022, … Continue reading “Is M&S stuck in the middle?”
Another mall, another high street closure – is there really anything to worry about?
By Professor Isabelle Szmigin, Professor of Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham While high street retailers will continue to battle their online competition, out-of-town malls, business rates and expensive car parking, they still have their fate in their own hands. We’re already seeing the high street take a big hit in 2018, with Toys R … Continue reading “Another mall, another high street closure – is there really anything to worry about?”