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ThisIsRetail #17

This week includes a definitive history and evolution of ‘Brand Twitter’, how Raymond Loewy’s distinctive “cleanlining” style sold products – and himself, and how a new 3D printer might just turn the world of product design upside-down.

ThisIsRetail #16

This week we’re looking at models for how to run a business as viewed through the prism of rock and/or roll, to the weird (but weirdly inevitable) world of computer-generated influencers, and, with the release of Toy Story 4, we indulge in some childhood nostalgia.

ThisIsRetail #15

This week we’re looking at the inexorable rise of drag (and we’re not talking motorsport) – from the fringes to high-fashion runways, an incredible case of cross-over technology, and then there’s the story behind those 🐝🐝🐝…

ThisIsRetail #14

This week we’re looking at the fight for domination in the escalating Sino-American trade tussle (and what it means to you and me), waving iTunes off into the digital sunset, and sending a culinary love bomb to the South of Italy.

Dispatch #00001101

Dispatch thirteen includes the recipe for Primark’s special sauce, a technological joust in the beauty industry, and check-in with robots’ improving grasp… and I, for one, welcome our new mechanical overlords.

Dispatch #00001100

The twelfth Dispatch includes a look at the rise and fall of Jamie Oliver’s food empire, the commercial and cultural re-birth the ‘grimmest town’ in Eastern France, and the increasing role of ‘social supermarkets’ in civil society.

Dispatch #00001011

In the eleventh edition of Dispatches we look at how Aldi continues to do what it does best – this time in the U.S., and dive into sustainable environmental practices in the luxury fashion sector.

Dispatch #00001010

In the tenth edition of Dispatches we’re talking textile butcher shops in Berlin, the manufacture of sustainable fashion on the Isle of Wight, the raisin industry (Big Grape?) in flux, and much more besides.

Dispatch #00001001

In the ninth edition of Dispatches we touch on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its power to transform the way we work, interact, and live our lives.

Dispatch #00001000

In the eighth edition of Dispatches (a quickie this week), we have some great pieces including Notre-Dame’s role as one of the poles by which the fashion world orients itself, and the state-of-the-art railway revolutionising landlocked Ethiopia’s access to the Red Sea.