Consumer Spending

Competition, With Protection For The Most Vulnerable, Most Be Allowed To Deliver For Consumers

Lawrence Slade | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Lawrence Slade

We often hear about the "broken" energy market, yet competition is increasing and it is delivering benefits for consumers.

How Location Intelligence Can Reveal How Long Resolutions Last

Theo Theodorou | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Theodorou

Brands usually think that in January and February we're hitting the gym, avoiding the pub and eating more healthily. However, although we all want to keep up these good behaviours at the start of the year, is that really happening?

The Emotion Led World

Nick Gold | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Gold

If we, as consumers, are being led by our emotions and what works best for us as individuals, then it follows that companies need to start playing to their strengths, and working out how best they can gain our emotional connection.

How To Fail At Living A Minimalist Lifestyle

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

I spend quite a bit of time in online minimalist communities and reading blogs on the topic. As a result, I have seen many people adopt and then give up on this lifestyle. Over time, I have identified a few main reasons why this tends to happen.

The Je Ne Sais Quoi Of The Christmas Jumper

Xavier White | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Style
Xavier White

Acknowledging the design of the Christmas jumper creates a shared experience of festive consumerism, allowing the jumper to supersede the material and enter the intangible and quasi-sanctified realm of celebration. This new hyperreality is a joyous state that plain knitwear is simply incapable of rendering.

As Christmas Day Toy Joy Fades To Boxing Day Boredom, Is A Huge Pile Of Presents Ever Enough?

Roderick Stuart | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Roderick Stuart

So while many of us understandably feel the pressure to provide at Christmas, it's worth taking the time out to stop and think about what really matters. Show-stopping gifts are great, but there's more to life than the latest big ticket items which, according to our survey at least, bring just a short-lived sense of joy.

A Consumerist's Christmas

Sam Williams | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

It's that time of year again. The mountain at the back of the house is powdered with snow, and silence fills the village. My grandparents are in the k...

The Evolution Of The Revolution: How Mobile Is Changing Consumer Habits

Marta Krupinska | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Tech
Marta Krupinska

Have a think about the last time you looked at your phone? How many times have you used it in the last hour, or day? Nottingham Trent University found we look at our phones about 85 times a day. What did you last use your phone for? To make a call? Probably not.

The Informal Economy: Critical To The Hopes Of A Continent

Claire Arnott | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Claire Arnott

Sub-Saharan Africa - a region encompassing dozens of countries, over 850 million people and thousands of languages. However, to most of us it's a cont...

The Economy Is Contracting - What Next?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

It's now looking pretty likely that the shock to the system that came from the Brexit vote is causing an economic contraction. The questions are whether it is a short-lived wide-eyed moment that will dissipate over the next few months, or whether it becomes entrenched.

Screw O2, Be More Cat

Ben Moore | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Ben Moore

Have you seen those O2 adverts about how you should be more dog? If you want something like a stick or a ball or maybe the latest 4G Samsung, you shou...

The Rise of Savvy Consumers This Christmas

James Caan CBE | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK
James Caan CBE

Everybody loves a good bargain and although brand loyalty will always be a winning factor, as will the consumer need to feel as if they got themselves a great deal.

Could You Review a Movie From Just the Opening Credits?

Russell Hamblin Boone | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Russell Hamblin Boone

However, the thematic review should have been much clearer about when non-compliance was identified and whether the firms responsible are still trading. Until we tackle the institutional misrepresentation of the industry it will be difficult for consumers to break free of out of date financial services and embrace new technology and new attitudes to financial management.

The Magic Men Making Us Broke

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Companies design for planned obsolescence - so that products breakdown forcing us to buy more and more often. But it was us that created psychological obsolescence. We want the newest, shiniest whatever the second it is available regardless of whether the slightly older, slightly less shiny thing is still working perfectly or is in no way demonstrably inferior.

How Etailers Can at Long Last Capture the Passing Online Customer

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. David Patterson

Only about 25 per cent of online consumers impulse buy - a lot less than when they are in store. It's clear that online stores are currently missing a significant revenue opportunity. Rather than trying to define future purchases based on previous consumer behaviour, ambient ecommerce focuses on the 'here and now'.

Consumer Outlook: Generally Sunny with Localised Showers

Matthew Oakley | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

GDP growth has outperformed consensus expectations since last summer and forecasts have been revised up significantly for the year ahead. But it is also clear that we still have some way to go to ensure that all consumers can look forward to sustained increases in their living standards.

Thomas Tamblyn

Will Amazon Crack The UK With The Fire Phone?

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Tech

The Amazon Fire Phone is here -- and sure enough, it boasts a revolutionary '3D' display which can adjust the perspective within apps and games as you...

UK's Online Spending: The Latest Big News for the E-commerce World...

Mark Braund | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

These observations of UK e-commerce are in fact all the more interesting given that one of the hot topics going into 2014 was the news that more than one third of online sales are now reported to be made via mobile device.

Inconspicuous Branded Consumption Is the New Business Buzzword in Retail

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Previously, economists have coined the term the 'lipstick effect' to describe consumers' desire to increase their purchase of goods, like lipstick and chocolate, when faced with an economic or social crisis.

Growth Up and Unemployment Down, But Living Standards Concerns Are Here to Stay

Matthew Oakley | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The recovery seems to have well and truly set in. Today's ONS release of UK growth data suggests that the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013. With brighter prospects for the economy and wages, many commentators are hailing the end of the "cost of living crisis"...

Spending Up, Consumption Down: The Impact of Price Rises and Recession

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.

Am I Bothered? Why Customers Will Drive the High Street Revival

simon baldwin | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

All the talk over the last few years around the death of the High Street continues to bother me. It assumes one thing: that online is killing traditional retail and will be the final nail in the coffin. But as I have continued to ask, is that really the case?

The Five Which? Charts That Frame the Autumn Statement

Matthew Oakley | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

When the Chancellor stands up to give his Autumn Statement on Thursday, he will be reassured that the economy and consumer views are more positive than this time last year. But Which? consumer insight shows that the battle isn't yet won.

From Bling to Low-Key Luxe: How China Is Influencing the Luxury Market

Martin Nieri | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Martin Nieri

Spend, spend, spend: London's retailers were rubbing their hands together in anticipation at the start of October, and not because of any early pre-Christmas splurge from UK shoppers. The glimmer in their eyes was down to an influx of thousands of Chinese tourists, who see London as one of the bona fide luxury centres of the world...

'Untarnished Transparency' Is the Only Way Back for Energy Companies

Tom Clive | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Clive

Energy companies should be more transparent and structured in the way they justify price increases. The disparity between what Ofgem and the energy companies have said has left the latter in an awkward position. The four energy firms that have announced price hikes so far, have said that the rises are due to increasing wholesale prices, and the cost of transporting energy to homes.