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2211, 2017

Black Friday will actually be ‘Red Friday’ for many retailers, says expert

By |November 22nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Chris Edger, retail expert and Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University’s Business School

Black Friday is nearly upon us.  So called because the Friday after the American Thanksgiving is estimated to be when – due to a huge promotional sales surge – retailers move ‘into the black’ after a year of being ‘in […]

2906, 2016

Clothing retailers shouldn’t be removing mirrors, but working with customers the old-fashioned way

By |June 29th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Clothing retailers shouldn’t be removing mirrors, but working with customers the old-fashioned way

News this week revealed that a number of Hammerson-owned shopping centres, including Birmingham’s Bullring, have started covering changing room mirrors in their stores in a trial aiming to increase customer’s self-confidence when shopping.

Alison Rapsey, Course Director of BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion at Birmingham City University, shares her views…

If you have ever worked in […]

302, 2016

What’s behind the potential merger of Sainsbury’s and Argos?

By |February 3rd, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on What’s behind the potential merger of Sainsbury’s and Argos?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

In many ways the £1.3 billion merger between Sainsbury’s and Argos seems strange. The traditional supermarket retailer which has its origins in 1860s London and a retailer that grew out of providing non-food items in return for collecting what were known as ‘Green Shield Stamps’. However, once you […]

2101, 2016

Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

By |January 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

On first view this might seem like a peculiar story that harks back to a different age. The idea that you pay higher prices for something simply because it is intended for use by women would, in the supposedly egalitarian age in which we live, seem absolute nonsense. […]

2412, 2015

The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By |December 24th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By Dr Steve McCabe

Some seven years on from the 2008 GFC (Global Financial Crisis) it seems that memories are fading as to what caused a crash that, as well as being compared to the infamous 1929 Wall Street Crash, wrought havoc in markets across the world. It’s worth remembering that the 1929 crash in America […]

1412, 2015

Prepare for 25 December like it’s a work day

By |December 14th, 2015|Here to Help!, In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Prepare for 25 December like it’s a work day

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

Christmas Day is one day when we are expected to let our hair down and enjoy the fact that for most people, it is a day off work. For children up to a certain age there is the joy of playing with toys that have magically appeared overnight and, […]

2311, 2015

Do we care what we buy on Black Friday or do we just want to beat other shoppers to a ‘bargain’?

By |November 23rd, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Do we care what we buy on Black Friday or do we just want to beat other shoppers to a ‘bargain’?

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

November 27th sees the return of yet another US phenomenon which has been adopted by the UK – ‘Black Friday’. The day after Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) when retailers slash their prices of their stock (online and in stores) to kick-start Christmas […]

2311, 2015

Black Friday – who will be this year’s winners and losers?

By |November 23rd, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Black Friday – who will be this year’s winners and losers?

Professor Chris Edger, retail expert, Birmingham City University

Black Friday – the annual event which saw sheer pandemonium brought to some of our retail stores last year, as frenzied shoppers fought to take advantage of retailers aggressive promotions.

It is estimated that online sales this Black Friday will top the £1 billion mark, with Cyber Monday sales […]

611, 2015

Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

By |November 6th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

(Image courtesy of John Lewis)
Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University.

So, this morning saw the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert and once again social media is alive with people’s emotional responses to it.

Comments such as “…emosh or what?” and “Thanks John Lewis for making me cry first thing […]

907, 2015

Councils should think carefully before rejecting all-day Sunday trading

By |July 9th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Councils should think carefully before rejecting all-day Sunday trading

Chris Edger, Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University’s Business School

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Summer Budget this week that councils will be given the power to decide whether all-day trading on Sundays goes ahead in their constituencies.

The announcement by the Chancellor that shops over 3000 square feet will be able to trade […]