News archive: 2014

Essential Retail: How the 4 As are changing retail - Apple

The fourth and final article in a series examining the retail iconoclasts – four A-grade companies, whose names just happen to also begin with an A, who are redefining retail performance.

December 2014
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Essential Retail: How the four As are changing retail - ASOS

The third in a series of four articles examining the retail iconoclasts – four A-grade companies, whose names just happen to also begin with an A, who are redefining retail performance.

November 2014
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Retail Week: Discounters to pile more pressure on the Big Four this Christmas

The discounters have had quite a year - and this Christmas they are set to pile more pressure than ever on the Big Four grocers.

November 2014
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Comms Business: How to avoid being the giant that M2M left behind

We all look forward to the day when, thanks to M2M, our fridges order our milk and our smart meters regulate our heating. But as M2M (“machine to machine”, which connects isolated machines and devices to the internet to create an ‘Internet of Things’) becomes reality, who will be the winners and losers? Stuart Bradley discusses.

November 2014
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Retail Times: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em

Last week saw the exciting re-introduction of the Netto retail brand into the UK after a four-year hiatus. Tony Browne examines the impact

November 2014
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Essential Retail: Prepare for the next cultural revolution

Boxwood Insights Managing Director Paul Martin talks to Essential Retail about Alibaba’s record-breaking flotation.

October 2014
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Utility Week: Can Ofgem adapt to the fast-moving modern world?

Can Ofgem adapt to a world of rapid change, or is a new regulator one of the changes that’s needed? Toby Ashong spoke to Utility Week.

September 2014
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Rail Professional: Franchising - back on track?

​Head of Infrastructure Toby Ashong discusses the right model for rail franchising and looks at the three reasons it’s so hard to get right.

September 2014
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Essential Retail: How the four As are changing retail - Amazon

The second in a series of four articles examining the retail iconoclasts - four A-grade companies, whose names just happen to also begin with an A, who are redefining retail performance.

September 2014
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Retail Gazette: How to compete with Amazon

Amazon – a retail ecosystem of 120 million products and counting set to overtake Walmart as the largest retailer in the world by 2025 by revenue. Competing against this behemoth on choice is unrealistic. The conundrum for many competitors is how to balance choice against the constant aim of lowering the cost per transaction.

September 2014
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Retail Week: Why has Aldi launched a smartphone and is it a good idea?

One month ago Aldi Nord in Germany launched two smartphone models – the difference to the UK launch is that these were branded models rather than own-brand. Our Head of Insights, Paul Martin, spoke to Retail Week about what this means for the discounter.

“This is all about showing strategic intent and the quality of your channel to market”

August 2014
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Retail Times: Can an outsider be a successful leader?

Paul Martin, managing director at Boxwood Insights, considers strategies for retailer leadership following the death of Karl Albrecht of Aldi and Philip Clarke’s departure from Tesco

“Over the last week, two very significant stories have hit the retail news headlines. The first was the passing of Karl Albrecht who, together with his brother Theo, founded Aldi in Germany over 50 years ago. Read more

July 2014
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Retail Week: Are the big grocers victims of anti-corporate sentiment among shoppers?

The big grocers are all looking to reconnect with customers as sales decline. Retail Week takes a look at whether anti-corporate sentiment is affecting the supermarkets with commentary from Boxwood Insights Director Paul Martin

July 2014
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Essential Retail: How the four As are changing retail - Aldi

German dominance on the football field is nothing new, but the strength of the German retailers, especially when playing away, is something to behold.

Aldi is the first of our 4 As. We’ll be looking at why it has become such a force to be reckoned with and how it is changing the face of retail.

July 2014
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Computing: Delays in IT programmes - what to do when things go wrong

IT programmes go wrong for a variety of reasons, but at the heart of every failed programme is poor communication between people. People make mistakes, relationships deteriorate and delays happen. Delay in itself becomes a compounding factor as situations and requirements then change. Dealing with those issues in a timely and cost-effective manner will help prevent delays becoming endemic.

June 2014
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Essential Retail: How the four As are changing retail

This is an introduction to a series of four articles examining retail iconoclasts - four leading companies, whose names just happen to all begin with A, who are redefining today’s retail performance.

May 2014
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ERT Online: The big box electrical store is ‘dead’

Speaking at the European TCG (Technical Consumer Goods) Retail Summit in Berlin, Germany, Paul Martin, Managing Director of Boxwood Insights, said: “The big box is dead – retail outlets have to change and offer retail theatre. We believe 30 to 50 per cent of big-box stores across Europe will disappear in the next 10 to 15 years.”

May 2014
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The Times: MCA Awards 2014

​Boxwood’s work was featured in The Times’ MCA Awards supplement for 2014. The piece explores Boxwood’s successful work with Balfour Beatty and the ‘huge team effort to cut costs but not standards’.

May 2014

Boxwood apprentice challenge raises over £16,500 for Shooting Star Chase

21 May 2014

Boxwood raised £16,500 for the Shooting Star Chase charity by hosting a number of fundraising events. These culminated in an apprentice style challenge, where four staff teams from Boxwood took over separate branches of the chain last week, competing between themselves to raise as much money as possible. Click the PDF to read more.

May 2014

Boxwood wins Project of the Year at the MCA Awards 2014

25 April 2014

We are delighted to announce that at this year’s Management Consultancy Association (MCA) Awards, held on 24 April, Boxwood won overall Project of the Year for our work with Balfour Beatty. We were also Highly Commended for our work with Guardian News and Media and nominated for our work with Travelex. The win represents the culmination of an exceptional year for the team.

  • Project of the Year - Balfour Beatty
  • Performance Improvement in the Private Sector - Balfour Beatty
  • Change Management in the Private Sector - Guardian News & Media (highly commended)

New Civil Engineer: AMP6 ‘A Change is gonna come’

26 February 2014

Paul Cooper’s blog article of February 2014 was published by New Civil Engineer. AMP6 is coming and it would appear that very few companies are ready. Until now, the focus for even the most progressive water companies has rightly been on business planning, evaluating suppliers and awarding contracts. Now it is time to plan for the wholesale changes that will be required to their own businesses once AMP6 arrives, before it is too late…

February 2014
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Retail Week: What is the best way for retailers to develop and adopt new technology?

Director Jon Dakin’s blog post was published in Retail Week. Despite vast investment, retail IT projects routinely fail to deliver. Retailers spend a lot of time and effort on increasingly sophisticated technology, so how should they be developing and adopting it? Jon Dakin, director at Boxwood, says a solid business case is necessary: “There should be no such thing as a technology project - it’s a business transformation project.

February 2014
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Boxwood is shortlisted for three MCA awards in three separate categories

Boxwood has been shortlisted in three separate award categories for this year’s Management Consultancy Association(MCA) Awards, which will be announced in London on 24th April. The three categories - Change Management in the Private Sector for our work with Guardian News & Media; Performance Improvement in the Private Sector for our work with Balfour Beattyand Strategy for our work with Travelex, reflect the breadth and variety of consultancy carried out by Boxwood in the preceding 18 months.

January 2014

Boxwood Insights team reveal the big retail innovations set to make an impact in 2014

Boxwood has revealed the companies changing the future of retail in New York. As part of the NRF, Boxwood Insights Managing Director, Paul Martin, led 20 retailers on a walking tour of the most exciting retail developments on the New York shopping scene. Read the full press release or download the NRF store presentation.

January 2014
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