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Following the retail stampede to install digital elements in stores, are retailers waking up to the reality that there is more to life than touch screens and tablets? Are we about to see a ‘back-to-basics’ move where the stores of tomorrow look like the shops of yesterday? Nostalgia and heritage look as strong as ever.
John Ryan is a journalist covering retail design and marketing for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers.
As Stores Editor of Retail Week and European editor of VMSD, he has written about the sector for more than 12 years and as well as occasional appearances on the TV and radio, he is a frequent speaker on conference platforms around the world. He is also online editor of retail design magazine www.alumind.com
In a previous life he was a retail buyer, a role he fulfilled for 13 years, working in London and Dusseldorf.