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It was in January 2021 that I interviewed Sara Weller for my Boards of the Future manifesto. I have known Sara, who is former MD at Argos and is now on her fourth FTSE 100 Board role, for about 20 years, so when we spoke, I was completely taken aback to...

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The resale revolution: we’re seeing the rise of second-hand first hand

Concepts, marketing & creative direction

I was recently in the market for a new mobile phone. As I was considering my options, I couldn’t help but notice the advertisements pasted around London touting the environmental and financial perks of buying a refurbished phone. It got me thinking...

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People, leadership & talent

“The key to solving disability inequality is business”: in…

It was in January 2021 that I interviewed Sara Weller for my Boards of the Future manifesto. I have known Sara, who is former MD at Argos and is now on her fourth FTSE 100 Board role, for about 20 years, so when we spoke, I was completely taken aback to...

Trends, strategy & emerging markets

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Tequila sunrise: a new era for Mexico’s signature spirit

This Thursday is Cinco de Mayo – an annual celebration of Mexican culture, heritage and cuisine across the globe. It’s also a chance world-over to have a drink, and for me to dedicate a Weekend Edition to my tipple of choice: tequila. Over the last...

Concepts, marketing & creative direction

vintage clothing on a rail

The resale revolution: we’re seeing the rise of second-hand…

I was recently in the market for a new mobile phone. As I was considering my options, I couldn’t help but notice the advertisements pasted around London touting the environmental and financial perks of buying a refurbished phone. It got me thinking...

Tech & innovation

Accelerating innovation in the healthcare sector

There is nothing quite like the bubble of conversation and connection between people meeting and re-meeting over a shared meal.  We have missed it hugely over the last two years: Zoom has enabled the transactions of our lives to continue, but the warmth...

Diversity & inclusion

“The key to solving disability inequality is business”: in…

It was in January 2021 that I interviewed Sara Weller for my Boards of the Future manifesto. I have known Sara, who is former MD at Argos and is now on her fourth FTSE 100 Board role, for about 20 years, so when we spoke, I was completely taken aback to...

ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

Portrait of Alison Hutchinson CBE, CEO of Pennies

In for a penny… In conversation with Pennies CEO,…

Elliott Goldstein catches up with Alison Hutchinson CBE, Chief Executive of...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

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Role Models for Inclusion in Retail

Role Models for Inclusion in Retail, produced in partnership with Diversity in Retail, celebrates those in the retail sector who are driving progress and advocating for change. You can read the full report here....

 

Are Boards changing? An in-depth analysis of appointments, changes and exits to FTSE 350 Boards in 2021

The MBS Group is delighted to present its second edition of the Boards of the Future series, Are Boards changing? An in-depth analysis of appointments, changes and exits to FTSE 350 Boards in 2021  Following on from the 2021 edition, the new report...

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Retail

24 May 2022 - 16:21

Walmart plans to expand drone delivery to six more states Walmart is expanding its own investment as it plans to extend its partnership with DroneUp to include 34 sites across six states. The planned rollout is set to be completed by the end of the year. Read more on TechCrunch

24 May 2022 - 16:19

Mountain Warehouse launches its own online marketplace Mountain Warehouse has launched its own online marketplace acting as a one-stop-shop for all outdoor clothing and equipment as it looks to give customers access to a wider choice of brands. Read more on Retail Gazette

Consumer Goods & Services

24 May 2022 - 16:28

The Famous Grouse continues push into premium spirits The NPD, which was the result of over two years’ development, contains Speyside malts and was matured in Spanish sherry casks. Read more on The Grocer

24 May 2022 - 16:27

Nestlé to acquire Brazillian based natural food producer Nestlé Health Science has reached an agreement to acquire Brazilian nutrition and health lifestyle brand, Puravida. The acquisition will expand Nestlé's portfolio in Brazil. The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Read more on Food Bev Media

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

24 May 2022 - 16:43

Ralph Lauren Q4 revenue ahead of expectations US fashion brand Ralph Lauren has beat revenue expectations in the fourth quarter of the year as it swung to a profit in the period ended April 2 with an 18% revenue increase. Read more on Fashion United

23 May 2022 - 18:10

Vestiaire Collective opens new Paris headquarters Luxury resale platform Vestiaire Collective has opened a new headquarters in Paris, designed with a rigorous low environmental impact approach and that puts employee wellbeing at the forefront. Read more on Fashion United

Digital

24 May 2022 - 16:41

Rapid grocer Nippy’s new dark stores to double as walk-in shops Nippy which launched in July last year has two sites, in Kingston and Milton Keynes, with a third due to open next month in Wimbledon. Read more on The Grocer

24 May 2022 - 16:39

eBay opens first-ever physical sneaker store Ebay is opening its first-ever sneaker store in Los Angeles named Wear ‘Em Out Store, offering popular sneakers for up to 70% off their market price and for even cheaper if customers wear their shoes out of the door. Read more on Retail Gazette

Private Equity

23 May 2022 - 18:12

TPG and CD&R in talks for pet care giant Covetrus Investment fund managers TPG and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice are involved in a private offering to acquire American private pet care company and provider of animal health products Covetrus, which has a $5bn turnover, for $21 a share. Read more on PE News

23 May 2022 - 8:11

Pret in talks to launch in India Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-owned brand, is in talks with Reliance Retail to launch in India as part of its plan to expand into five new markets by the end of 2022. Read more on Propel

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

24 May 2022 - 16:47

TRG reports positive trading at Wagamama and Pubs The Restaurant Group has reported strong consumer demand for its brands as it continues to outperform the market. In the six weeks to 15 May 2022, Wagamama was up 11% in like-for-like sales versus 2019. Read more on MCA Insight

24 May 2022 - 16:44

SA Brain sells 95 pubs to Song Capital The proceeds will go towards paying down Brains’ remaining bank debt and significantly deleveraging the business. Read more on MCA Insight

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