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Peter James Ryan

Peter James Ryan is a strategic business consultant with over 25 years of marketing, business consulting and promotional experience. Ryan has been responsible for the development of some of Australiaʼs leading retail initiatives, retail brands, retail products, retail environments, retail promotions and retail services through both virtual and physical retail.

From the author

Department stores

Data can’t save our department stores

Can someone explain how retailers that sit on some of the world’s richest sources of big data, fail to compete with thos...
Customer

It’s all in the detail

Modern retailers need to display they care or the cash register won't ring.
Management

Mirror, mirror on the wall, so who is the cheapest of them all?

Retail is overdue for a clean out and we’re in the middle of it now – globally.

Global sourcing has stuffed fashion – globally

The current cycle of formulaic trend to factory source will not survive the next decade without massive casualties.
Management

All it takes is enhanced basics to win

To win in retail you don't engage in a race to the bottom.
Marketplace

What if Amazon is the trigger for the next tech wreck?

The “belief” in Amazon is about a future that may or may not eventuate.

When the smoke clears, it’s all about product and experience

The management view that everything can be cut down to ‘international benchmarks’ is formulaic nonsense.

Cost cutting is not growth

Many Australian retail business models are being compared to ‘the walking dead’.
Workforce

Our people aren’t stupid

In a world preoccupied with performance at all costs, the language of ‘staff loyalty’ does not fit.
Software & systems

Technology is making us stupid

We are ending up with a ‘tick the box’ process based industry and dumbing down retail models, experience and talent.

The SumoSalad syndrome

Resentment toward the ‘negotiation’ of retail lease renewals by tenants has been simmering for a long period of time.
Pureplay

Retail reality is about to bite

Boards, investors and financiers are forcing retail operators into decisions that cannot work long term.
Management

Why are retail analysts and media commentators so damn negative?

Modern news coverage – whether you see it as fake news or real news – is not serving us well.
Customer

It’s all a matter of judgement

Professional managers have a place, just not in the critical leadership positions that involve the key ingredient that c...
Inside Retail & Peter James Ryan

‘Buycott’ – new term, old idea but more scary than ever

Contemporary technology makes generating a Buycott a frighteningly easy and very difficult to undo phenomenon.
Management

Ancient dogma vs the beauty of experimentation & observation

Old retail is dying, new retail is emerging and a renaissance is coming.
Fashion & accessories

Surprised by the demise of David Lawrence & Marcs? Really?

Aussie fashion retailers are out of alignment with consumer stimulation, disconnected with the aspirational magnetism re...
Marketing

Does the Easter Bunny really want to come out to play in January?

Time to re-examine your retail calendar and how you're managing it.

Blurred lines

It's time for retailers to live where consumers live - in the blurred lines, writes Peter James Ryan.