2019: the year of ‘not another one’.

2019: the year of ‘not another one’.

Retail space is display space. Not selling space. It’s three years since British Home Stores went into administration. Three years, and so many signals that UK retail is not in a happy place, yet successive retail failures quickly followed. The demise of Toys ‘R’ Us...
The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

To look for insight where you’ve always looked, or where you know your competitors look, isn’t going to provide you with business insulation. The eruption of new business start-ups and the resultant increase in business failures makes the chance of existing business...
Hallelujah for the lifecycle!

Hallelujah for the lifecycle!

Like a great song, a product can have a development trajectory. Here’s how a product can be nurtured over the 2020 – 2030 decade. 1984 When Leonard Cohen released Hallelujah, probably his most recognisable song, in 1984, he did so after a struggle. If...
‘Sustainable’ shouldn’t mean ‘a bit less crap’.

‘Sustainable’ shouldn’t mean ‘a bit less crap’.

Go to a packaging or any other trade show, and see the plethora of ‘sustainable’ claims displayed on stands. The initiative to reduce consumption of virgin raw materials is well-intentioned. Consumers, aided by a gathering momentum around circular product design, have...
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