The Retail Think Tank serves to give a balanced, considered, and unbiased view on what the true state of affairs for the retail sector is.

The Retail Think Tank has been conceived and created to provide the authoritative, credible and most trusted window on what is really happening in retail and to develop thought leadership on the key areas influencing the future of retailing in the UK. The intended audience for the outputs of the RTT is primarily retailers as well as anyone with an interest in all aspects of retail and retailing.

Has retail health improved?

Dr Tim Denison, head of retail intelligence, Ipsos Retail Performance, said: “Online retailing has had a seismic impact on the way that retailers approach both Black Friday promotions and the Christmas trading period. To make the most of these increases in online sales, there has to be further investment in productivity and multichannel offerings in 2018, as retailers aim to reduce costs and improve margins, so as much profit as possible is squeezed out of any increases in demand.”

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Retail health dips over Quarter 4 for first time in five years

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank has stated that retail health in the UK dropped in Quarter 4 2017 – the first time this has occurred over the golden quarter since 2012. The overall health of UK retail dropped one point in Quarter 4 2017. Increased demand during the Black Friday promotional period and in the…

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Our Members - Providing authoritative, credible and trusted opinions on what is really happening in retail.

The members of the Retail Think Tank cover a broad spectrum of specialities, with each individual offering a unique perspective on the retail market.

The board meet each quarter to discuss, analyse and dissect the current state of retail and look ahead to the next three months and beyond.