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.
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.
The discounters have had quite a year - and this Christmas they are set to pile more pressure than ever on the Big Four grocers.
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.
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
Boxwood Insights Managing Director Paul Martin talks to Essential Retail about Alibaba’s record-breaking flotation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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’.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.