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UK food retailing and the challenge of the ‘new retail’

Alan Treadgold is a London-based global adviser to retail businesses. He recently provided this guest blog. In mid-August, ASDA, the UK’s third largest food retailer by sales, announced its worst ever sales results. Like-for-like sales in stores open for more than one year (a standard industry measure) fell by 7.5% for the three months to the […]

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From ‘conforming stores’ to digital first: the changing world of retail

Alan Treadgold is an independent consultant to retail and consumer products companies globally. He has a long background in advertising and management consulting. Alan recently provided this guest blog. I was in a taxi in Hong Kong several years ago, stuck in traffic in the pouring rain. I said to my Hong Kong-based colleague how […]

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Do only affluent consumers buy green-labelled products?

The current evidence on consumer buying behaviour and sustainability issues relies on attitudinal, self-reported or national sales data. This is often not close enough to real behaviour nor helpful at a company level.

With access to sales and demographic data, we are now seeing the detail at a geographical, product or consumer type level that can only help decision making. But this can only be done through exciting collaborations across sectors.

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Leeds Digital Festival 2016

The Leeds Digital Festival is a multi-venue, city-wide festival celebrating digital culture in all its forms, which will take place throughout the city from Monday 25th to Friday 29th April 2016.  The CDRC will be hosting, speaking and taking part in a number of events over the course of the week. Monday 25 April Sustainability […]

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Is the environment conspiring against us to make us fat?

Overweight and Obesity are a huge problem worldwide. The cost to the UK NHS is £5.1 billion annually with £11.5 billion annual cost to wider society. This does not account for the significantly reduced health related quality of life for overweight or obese individuals. Overweight and obesity are also closely associated with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, which place further burden on individuals and society. It is a serious situation and one which is not going away quickly.

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How will the ‘internet of things’ help us to control sustainability impacts better?

Prof William Young and Samsung’s Wouter van Tol discuss how as a fully-connected world develops, smart technology will help reduce energy use and promote more sustainable lifestyles.

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Big Data & Health – Get Involved

Michelle Morris, Director of the ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity, provides an overview of the health related events and opportunities coming up over the next few months.

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How can big data help deliver sustainability strategies?

CDRC’s Professor William Young discusses ten opportunities to use big data for sustainability professionals in his latest blog article for online sustainability community Innovation Forum.

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Using Big Data to Identify Outbreaks of Food Poisoning

CDRC PhD student Rachel Oldroyd talks about exploring the possibility of using social media and restaurant review site data to identify outbreaks of food poisoning.

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Where do people cycle to work? Popular cycle commuter routes visualised

Research funded by the Department for Transport illustrates where the most popular commuter routes for cycling are around the country. CDRC researcher Robin Lovelace is part of the team developing the Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT), an open source transport planning system developed by academics at the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge, Westminster and the London […]

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