John’s Blog

Every year, John travels all over the world to speak at conferences and to work with his clients to help them stay ahead of their competitors.  As economies and lifestyles change, new trends emerge and successful businesses adapt.  John blogs about the trends he sees.  You can keep in touch with global events, adapt your business to optimise the trends and stay abreast of your competition through subscribing to John’s Blog.  Scroll down to read his blog.

 

The Amazon effect

2017, I believe, will be looked on as the tipping year as far as the Amazon Effect is concerned. I came across businesses that were simply ignoring the power of online shopping and told me that it would not affect them. I have been told customers will not buy “x”...

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Customer experience and customer service

The Customer Experience Impact Report is now 7 years old, but still has some interesting research. 40% of consumers switch stores because of a store having a greater customer service reputation 55% of those that switch, say greater customer service, not product or price, are the primary reason they changed...

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Convergence versus Divergence

I am a great believer in the convergence and divergence theory and the food industry is really showing this in action. At one level with have 3D Food printers now moving into the restaurant scene. Food Ink are doing a world tour where guests can dine on food that has...

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What’s for lunch?

The “Waitrose Food and Drink Report” was released in early November. This indicated that 50% of consumers decided at lunchtime on what they would have for an evening meal and 1 in 10 made the decision just before the meal. Many consumers were claiming that this helped them reduce food...

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Eataly World

One of the challenges is keeping up with trends…a recent trends worth following are Fico Eataly World, Bologna, Italy. Many of you will know I am a great fan of this retailer, Eataly, they provide an excellent experience. Now they have created the Disney of Food theme parks in Bologna. This...

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Tasty One Top

Launched in November 2017, this could be a game changer. BuzzFeed and GE have developed a smart cooking appliance that retails for $149 US. The cooker is Bluetooth enabled and the consumer downloads the Tasty mobile app and gets video downloads of recipes that sync with the cooker and auto...

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Adaptogens…watch out for this craze

We have seen the increasing interest in herbs, edible weeds and herbal teas. I believe the next wave of interest will be around Adaptogens, plants that are believed to reduce stress. The key plants to look out for are: Rhodiola rosea. ..a perennial from the Arctic Widania somnifera… a member...

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Russian Roulette

The largest garden centre in Europe, possibly the world! Garden centres open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! These were key surprises for me looking at the industry around Moscow. I had been invited to Russia to present a key note address and workshop to the floriculture and...

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Selling to the super rich

If you have a large market of multi millionaires, your marketing strategies change and this is obvious around Moscow. The Orangery, part of the Crocus Group, has the largest selection of indoor plants in one location I have seen anywhere. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a...

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Kissing Day and Ladies Day

The florist industry around the world is being pressurized by supermarkets and online retailers selling flowers. I am speaking at the Interflora conference in October and am aware of the concerns of the industry. We need to create experiences where the consumer can buy into the idea of visiting a...

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Sell nostalgia

Farmers markets and farm shops around the world are concerned about the supermarkets taking their business from them. I do not believe this should be the case as there are many opportunities to create a difference in the market place. In the UK there is a decline in an awareness...

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Waste not

One of the big issues in Europe is food a waste and the amount of food being thrown away by supermarkets. France has introduced a no waste policy and fresh food that would be discarded is now donated to charities. In the UK Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall of River Cottage fame has...

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Love local…make it a strategy, not an idea

9 out of 10 Australians prefer to buy locally made products (Ref: Eloise Keating Smart Company 06/1/2016) According to all the surveys coming out, locally made, is increasing in popularity. Local is very much being used more in conversation, but what is “local”? According to the dictionary, local means “existing...

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Music…time to tone it down

As a consultant to retailers for over 40 years I have to admit one of my sins. I was pro adding music into the retail environment. As human beings we hate silence and if we do experience silence we start making some sort of noise…silence is deafening. As consumers we...

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Marketing 2016…On Your Bike

Marketing continues to get more complicated as new social media marketing tools continue to be developed and the consumer becomes more acquainted and confident with social media. The challenge for many business owners is to keep up with a more demanding consumer, the answer may be to go back to...

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Future Living

In December there was a fascinating article in The Daily Mail in the UK about the look of retirement homes in the future. This article discussed the ‘Home Farm” concept where the home a was part of a farm complex with vertical and horizontal food gardens as part of the...

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