EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

EMCC dossier on the commerce sector – Additional sources of information

This document lists further sources of information on the commerce sector that may be of interest to the reader.

AT Kearney, Growth opportunities for global retailers – The AT Kearnery 2007 Global Retail Development Index, available at http://www.atkearney.com/shared_res/pdf/GRDI_2007.pdf 

  • AT Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) ranks 30 emerging countries on a 100- point scale—the higher the ranking, the more attractive the market is to enter. Retailers can use the GRDI to identify the most attractive markets, to gauge windows of opportunity and to understand consumer readiness.

Eurocommerce: http://www.eurocommerce.be

  • Eurocommerce is the representative body of retail, wholesale and international trade sectors in Europe The members of Eurocommerce include commerce federations in 29 countries, European and national associations representing specific commerce sectors and individual companies. The organisation’s website contains position papers and analysis covering such issues as corporate social responsibility, consumer protection, and the implications of the enlargement of the EU on the commerce sector.

Deloitte, 2007 Global powers of retailing – The search for sustainable growth, available at http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/cda/doc/content/us_cb_globalpowers_012207opt.pdf 

  • This report analyses the world’s leading 250 retail companies. It assesses their annual growth rates, the extent to which they have globalised, the percentage of sales from international markets, type of formats, growth rates by region and product type and retail sales. Ìt also supplies an outlook for the retail markets throughout the world, and outlines eight future challenges for the major players in the retail sector

Planetretail: www.planetretail.net

  • Planetretail is a recognised commercial provider of global retail and food-service sector information. It claims to monitor more than 5,000 ‘banner’ operations as well as market developments in 211 countries. While some of its services are accessible only through subscription, Planetrail does provide news services free of charge. These include a daily news service, which that aggregates news items about retail companies around the world. Press releases are available from http://www.planetretail.net/NewsMedia/PAYG/PressRelease.aspx

The Centre for Future Studies, Towns and Communities in 2020 – Foresight study, available at http://www.futurestudies.co.uk/pdfs/Towns%20and%20Communities%20in%202020.pdf 

  • Commissioned by Domino’s Pizza Group in Sept 2004, this report outlines a scenario for a sustainable community town in 2020 and describes a possible example of sustainable community living in that year. It indicates possible forms of future shopping (personalised products, home purchasing, and shopping as an increasingly automated process, and describes the factors that will shape the future including the economy, demographic ageing, the growth in single-person households, and new types of consumer.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Retail and consumer information services: http://www.pwc.com/Extweb/industry.nsf/docid/F8F07C9BBD28881A85256D9D00127C1C

  • Through this service, PWC looks at the challenges facing retail and consumer product companies: growth and profit constraints as a result of a deflationary operating environment, market saturation, slowing population growth, and more discerning but less loyal consumers, growing competitive pressures, an increase in the number of alternative sales channels, the blurring of roles between suppliers and retailers, and the shift in the balance of power between retailers and suppliers.

‘Retailing’s tech future’, BusinessWeek, August 31 2004, available at http://www.businessweek.com/technology/tc_special/tc_04retail.htm

  • This special report from BusinessWeek focuses on technological developments in the retail sector, detailing the most recent developments in the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID), e-commerce, anti-theft systems and smart pricing technologies.
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