Blog: E-commerce eating up high street

Joe Ayling | 6 April 2011

It's day two of the Retail London Conference and so far there has been no mention of Marks and Spencer's sloping general merchandise sales this morning.

Much of the pre-coffee break talk was instead about e-commerce, which together with the downturn and supermarket competition is killing the high street.

Indeed, Javelin Group boss Tony Stockil told delegates that 25% of the UK's physical store network is expected to disappear by 2020. "What are we going to do with all this empty space," he says. "I don't know."

We are fast approaching the post-coffee break session now, when speakers will include the man who transformed global giant Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy.

Stay online for further Retail London installments on just-style and through Twitter.


BLOG

New project to benefit garment workers in Ethiopia

The growing interest of international brands to source garments from Ethiopia provides an opportunity to develop the sector in a sustainable way, the founders of a new project in the country say. Laun...

BLOG

Mexico tariff move "unfathomable" and "concerning"

In a surprise move late last week, the US announced new tariffs on all imports from Mexico – starting next Monday (10 June). The tariffs are in response to the flow of migrants crossing from Mexico in...

BLOG

Major brands urge Trump to pull footwear from tariff list

A coalition of 173 US footwear brands, including Nike and Adidas, is urging US President Donald Trump to remove footwear from the proposed tariffs list on goods imported from China, saying it would be...

BLOG

Trump moves forward on tariff threats

The ongoing tariff war between the US and China took another turn last week in a move US apparel and footwear retailers and importers have been dreading, as the Trump administration moved forward on t...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?