Author Topic: Is This The End Of Retail?  (Read 44301 times)

Jaded

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #375 on: 11 January, 2022, 11:07:20 am »
It's a really weird name, 'Four Star' suggests it's a bit average, it does sound like a curiously British retail experience. It's alright. Not bad.

I've mentioned it before, but once upon a time I idling aways some time in an event queue and the woman in front of me had a tattoo of five stars on the back of her neck, of which only one was filled, like she'd given herself a one-star review. I'm not sure if that was brutal self-honesty, an ironic statement, she'd upset the tattooist, or she'd run out of money for the additional ink required to give herself a better review.

It's all the rage - here's a fitba one...

https://www.joe.co.uk/sport/supporters-are-cringing-about-the-stars-on-forest-green-rovers-new-kit-192894
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #376 on: 11 January, 2022, 11:22:24 am »
My guess for five-star woman would be five family members, one of whom had died passed away gone to join the angels become a new star in the sky.
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MikeFromLFE

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #377 on: 11 January, 2022, 11:26:29 am »
My guess for five-star woman would be five family members, one of whom had died passed away gone to join the angels become a new star in the sky.
It wasn't my sister was it? (That's just how she rolls....)
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #378 on: 11 January, 2022, 11:27:57 am »
Back to retail, and I haven't heard of Amazon's Four Star stores (what are they? are these just the Amazon stores as referred to in the Graun above, or something else?) but I have seen the arrival of 'dark stores'. Look a bit like shops from the outside but function as warehouses, or as they're called nowadays 'fulfilment centres'. We have a Zapp-It not far away, tucked between a printer and an art gallery, where there used to be (until the early 90s) a motorcycle dealer (APS, if anyone's heard of them). They have fleets of e-bikes for delivery, as well as (petrol) scooters and I think small cars even. So in employment terms, there is still employment being created, but probably less of it, and much of it will be zero-hours and (at best, depends how fast you ride) minimum pay. Whether their shelves are automated I don't know – I expect they're still using humans.
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Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #379 on: 11 January, 2022, 12:30:29 pm »
It's a really weird name, 'Four Star' suggests it's a bit average

Or that the cheese might have lead in it.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #380 on: 11 January, 2022, 01:37:13 pm »
Or that Stedman, Lorraine, Denise, Doris have lost Delroy.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #381 on: 11 January, 2022, 07:15:39 pm »
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/wilko-close-16-stores-across-uk-another-nail-high-streets-coffin


Luckily the Liverpool one is staying open.  Useful for bits & pieces now the nearest decent DIY shed is a couple of miles away.
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Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #382 on: 11 January, 2022, 08:31:10 pm »
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/wilko-close-16-stores-across-uk-another-nail-high-streets-coffin


Luckily the Liverpool one is staying open.  Useful for bits & pieces now the nearest decent DIY shed is a couple of miles away.

Our local Wilko doesn't seem to have had any new stock since Brexit kicked in.  They were suspiciously lacking in Christmas tat this year.

Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #383 on: 11 January, 2022, 10:41:40 pm »
Wilko's stock control has been pretty poor in our local store for some time. Quality has been declining too, haven't bought any cycle stuff from them since they changed inner cables from stainless to galvanised steel.

They changed from assisted to self service tills a year or so ago, but didn't adapt the till layout and software to suit self service until very recently, very confusing to use.

cygnet

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #384 on: 12 January, 2022, 12:21:17 am »
Back to retail, and I haven't heard of Amazon's Four Star stores (what are they? are these just the Amazon stores as referred to in the Graun above, or something else?)

The Amazon one opposite the Tesco one on Holborn is a "Fresh". Tech central, where I work. ::-)
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Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #385 on: 12 January, 2022, 12:22:33 am »
haven't bought any cycle stuff from them since they changed inner cables from stainless to galvanised steel.

I'm still annoyed about that, as I bought several before I noticed they'd changed them.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #386 on: 12 January, 2022, 10:02:04 am »
This has brought to my attention that I've only been in our local Wilkos (we have two) about twice in 2021.

haven't bought any cycle stuff from them since they changed inner cables from stainless to galvanised steel.

I'm still annoyed about that, as I bought several before I noticed they'd changed them.
Donate them to some sort of cycle charity?
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Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #387 on: 12 January, 2022, 01:39:27 pm »
I've been slowly working my way through them with a combination of temporary bodges when I was planning to replace the whole cable in the spring, sacrifices to SCIENCE, and "yeah, I can fix that for you", which probably counts as cycle charity.

Re: Is this the End of Retail?
« Reply #388 on: 24 January, 2022, 01:08:03 pm »
I go pass a Amazon Fresh store on my commute, I think I've only ever seen one customer in there.

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Mr Larrington

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #390 on: 10 February, 2022, 05:45:27 pm »
I've just been to the Westfield in Stratford and it was absolutely heaving.  And also made me realise just how long it’s been since I was last in those parts, because I didn’t recognise anything from my former commute from Leytonstone into central Londonton ???
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #391 on: 10 February, 2022, 05:56:23 pm »
Wilko's stock control has been pretty poor in our local store for some time. Quality has been declining too, haven't bought any cycle stuff from them since they changed inner cables from stainless to galvanised steel.

They changed from assisted to self service tills a year or so ago, but didn't adapt the till layout and software to suit self service until very recently, very confusing to use.
They're letting dogs in now which, given Wilko's demographic, probably includes bull terriers called "Fucker".
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #392 on: 10 February, 2022, 06:17:09 pm »
Wilko's stock control has been pretty poor in our local store for some time. Quality has been declining too, haven't bought any cycle stuff from them since they changed inner cables from stainless to galvanised steel.

They changed from assisted to self service tills a year or so ago, but didn't adapt the till layout and software to suit self service until very recently, very confusing to use.
They're letting dogs in now which, given Wilko's demographic, probably includes bull terriers called "Fucker".
That's Swindon. Wilko's on the Triangle in Bristol is full of whacky and/or geeky students.
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #393 on: 10 February, 2022, 08:34:03 pm »
After moving people out of town centres for half a century perhaps now is the time to put them back?
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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #394 on: 10 February, 2022, 09:08:02 pm »
I've always wanted to live in a city/town centre just around the corner from work. Right next to shops and other facilities but it's just much too expensive.

Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #395 on: 10 February, 2022, 09:40:05 pm »
They're letting dogs in now which, given Wilko's demographic, probably includes bull terriers called "Fucker".
That's Swindon. Wilko's on the Triangle in Bristol is full of whacky and/or geeky students.

Silly Oak's is similarly studenty, though more foreign-student-looking-for-kitchenware [Psst. Try Sainsbury's - Ed.] than whacky.

The more usefully stocked Northfield branch caters to more diverse demographics, some of whom probably do own bull terriers.

Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #396 on: 10 February, 2022, 09:52:08 pm »
Scotland is not well-served by Wilkos, and the paltry few (6, according to their website) tend to be in the sort of out-of-town centres that don't really cater to non-drivers and generally makes me despair about humanity. I miss the Wilko in Chester that was on a normal shopping street in the city centre (I think it's moved now, though - it must be 20 years since I last went in).

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #397 on: 10 February, 2022, 09:52:36 pm »
https://youtu.be/uznBuDEOq_0

If Wilko's was like this, it would be definitely worth visiting.
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Kim

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #398 on: 10 February, 2022, 10:00:40 pm »
Is Canadian Tire still going?  I've never been to Canadia, but I imagine it's like Wilko's with hockey tape.

*googles*

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/renfrew-hockey-for-cancer-hockey-tape-purple-24-mm-x-18-m-0830097p.html#srp  Noice.

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Re: Is This The End Of Retail?
« Reply #399 on: 10 February, 2022, 10:04:41 pm »
So where UK cyclists have "Fuck cancer" socks, Canadians have "Fuck cancer" bar tape.
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