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Retail Therapy by Mark Pilkington

Retail Therapy

Why The Retail Industry Is Broken - And What Can Be Done To Fix It

Mark Pilkington

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Bloomsbury Business
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 10 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781472965103

Almost weekly, the news is full of stories about disappearing retail chains. From House of Fraser and BHS to Toys'R'Us and Sears, recognised names are vanishing overnight - as such large organizations disappear, so the malls, shopping centres, high streets and main streets become emptier and less appealing to visit. The retail sector is hugely important in terms of job numbers: in the US, it employs around 30 million people (directly and indirectly); in the UK, around 10 million. As such, anything that jeopardises the retail sector will have a deep and lasting impact on millions of lives, as well as on public policy.

4 stars out of 5
18 Jan 2019

"Britain’s shops need not be doomed by the rise of online retail"

Mark Pilkington’s book, based on evidence from the UK and the US, will force you to confront the awkward truth that buying stuff online from your sofa or office desk threatens not only town centres, but also the jobs of the seven million people who work in shops and the industries that depend on them. Worldwide, about 192 million jobs — most of them held by women — may be in jeopardy. Retail Therapy bristles with alarming numbers. It can sometimes seem as if Pilkington, a retail consultant, made a bulk order to a data wholesaler (Scary Stats R Us?) to support his treatise on the downfall of BHS, Toys R Us and many others.

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