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Jon Bird

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The day that retail changed forever

Jon Bird witnesses a critical baton passing moment for retail.

Retail roars at the Cannes Lions

Jon Bird looks at retail’s presence at the recent Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The age of the shopper is now

The iconic television series, Mad Men, recently ended its seven-season run.

The Honest Co: a company for today?

Jon Bird takes a glimpse at a trail blazing celebrity with an honest to goodness retail business strategy.

The coming retail singularity

In 1993, a US scientist named Vernor Vinge wrote an essay entitled, “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Surviv...

In the trenches on Black Friday

Out the door at 6:36am on a rainy (what else) Seattle morning, I was already late for the Black Friday sales. Close on 2...

Taylor Swift: America’s merchant princess?

Mickey Drexler is the anointed “Merchant Prince” of American retail, the instinctively creative and commercial wizard be...

World’s best festive commercials

Forget the Grinch stealing Christmas. This year, it is a cute little penguin called Monty that not only steals the show,...

Subscribing to success

I was one of those early adopters (my wife would use the less technical term ‘idiot’) who paid £150 (that’s about US$240...

On the wild side: South African retail

There’s a word for South African (SA) retail: wild (which can be both positive and negative, as I’ll reveal later in thi...