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Making sense of data

Making sense of data | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Local Data Company are working in partnership with University College London and their Consumer Data Research Centre in the project to measure live footfall in 81 towns and cities. The locations have been chosen in order to offer a wide geographical spread, differing demographic profiles and a range of town centre profiles based on health and occupancy.

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Article regarding capturing high street data study funded by the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre and the Local Data Company

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10 High Street stores of 1976 that have disappeared 

10 High Street stores of 1976 that have disappeared  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The futures of Austin Reed and British Home Stores are under threat. But what other well-known High Street stores have disappeared over the last 40 years?

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Article cites Professor Neil Wrigley of the ESRC-funded project The Future of UK High Streets

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What can be done to save my local High Street?

What can be done to save my local High Street? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The government has been seeking the advice of a policy advisory group called the Future High Streets Forum.


Prof Neil Wrigley of Southampton University is the only academic on it. He says its members are optimistic that High Streets can adapt and not just die.

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Professor Neil Wrigley is funded by the ESRC,

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Essex Business School professor unwraps business of a dream Christmas

Essex Business School professor unwraps business of a dream Christmas | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The organisational efforts behind Christmas outstrip those of any other annual event worldwide, requiring “a vast amount of energy, time and resource”, a business expert says.
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Article features issues to be discussed at the ESRC Festival of Social Science event The Organisation and Business of Christmas.

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Shopping study of Loughborough reveals it is the preferred shopping destination

Shopping study of Loughborough reveals it is the preferred shopping destination | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A STUDY of Loughborough shoppers has revealed the town centre is still the preferred shopping destination despite increasing competition.

The study, led by Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, revealed that town centre visits accounted for almost a third of all retail visits.

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Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the study was co-funded and supported by a group of project partners, including Argos, the Association of Convenience Stores, Action for Market Towns, Boots UK, the British Retail Consortium and the Loughborough Business Improvement District (BID) Partnership.

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Internet of Things set to strengthen retail sales as smart sensors hit the High Street

Internet of Things set to strengthen retail sales as smart sensors hit the High Street | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

1,000 smart sensors will monitor footfall across the UK.

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This article references the  Economic and Social Research Council-funded SmartStreetSensor Project

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Can Marks & Spencer return to past glories?

Can Marks & Spencer return to past glories? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Five years into the job, Marc Bolland cannot afford to disappoint again. If the latest uptick proves another false start he’ll be out on his ear.

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Article cites analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Younger shoppers show stronger emotional involvement with self-checkout than older consumers, Sainsbury’s study reveals

Younger shoppers show stronger emotional involvement with self-checkout than older consumers, Sainsbury’s study reveals | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it


Younger shoppers have better bond with in-store technologies

Younger shoppers show a stronger emotional involvement with self-checkout technology than older consumers and it boosts satisfaction for them as a result, a new study in Sainsbury’s stores has revealed.

The project, led by Dr Nadia Olivero from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL, and funded by the European Commission, was designed to show the emotional impact of in-store technologies and their effect on consumer experience.

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Article mentions research being conducted by Dr Nadia Olivero as part of the ESRC's Retail Section Initiative.

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Professor honoured for research which has transformed the debate on high streets

Professor honoured for research which has transformed the debate on high streets | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The University of Southampton’s Professor Neil Wrigley has been presented with the Outstanding Impact in Business award by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for his research which has transformed thinking on food retail development and the future of UK high streets.
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The award is part of the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.

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