December 31, 2019

I am slowly becoming more and more of a data and analytics geek as time goes on. Mainly because I enjoy it, but also because content is inherently current and therefore we need to constantly reevaluate what we're doing and why.

In the spirit of Christmas, and my new-fo...

November 28, 2019

Very pleased to see this whitepaper published after a lot of work from everyone.

Completed in the summer - pre-lovely LexisNexis days - and published this December as a 2020 trends piece in collaboration with next-gen acquiring fintech player, AEVI.

My role on the projec...

October 31, 2019

A significant number of UK retailers are not actively preparing for the future.

According to recent research by PushON, 35% of UK have admitted to not having a business transformation strategy in place to handle the rise of digital technology and changing consumer habit...

September 29, 2019

 

This year, it seems that hardly a month goes by without news of another wave of shops shutting, or of stores losing money.


Nearly 3,000 shops shut on UK High Streets in the first half of 2019. So, what's behind the crisis?

1. We (the consumer) are changing

With the rise...

September 15, 2019

It has been a while since I did some analysis on the performance of my site. The last time was when I penned the original and hilariously titled Christmas post: 'Harper Research's Christmas Wrap-up', at Christmastime in 2018, which you can read here:


https://www.harper...

August 26, 2019

 

In a promising twist in the UK High Street story, recent research by YouGov has voted three brick-and-mortar stores as the top three healthiest* brands in the UK.

In first position for the second year running, with a value score of +41.2 - everybody's favourite, John...

July 24, 2019

Visual search is key emerging trend in the retail technology sector, with 45% of UK retailers claiming to be using it in their brand strategies, including Asos, Boohoo, M&S, eBay and Argos.

This trend is generally believed to be more important where retailers are selli...

July 3, 2019

Rising customer expectations around a personalised customer experience, and an effective omnichannel delivery between digital, social and in-store, remain the main drivers for innovation in the retail industry. According to research conducted by Tech., a collaboration...

June 5, 2019

Nike and Nespresso are leading the pack, according to a Practicology research survey of 100 brands selling direct-to-consumer online.

The research shows how brands are becoming more adept at selling to end consumers, competing against both omnichannel retailers and mark...

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