If you haven't been keeping up with the Kardashians/living under a rock, here's a business update from their head office: the youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, is setting the cosmetic industry alight.
The face of retail is changing from brick and mortar to online portals, from sweatshop produced to ethically sourced.
Strong support for public petition
Labour has backed calls to ban Boxing Day shopping in a bid to give retail workers a family break over the holiday season
The fundamental point about Sunday trading and the economy is that more hours do not equal more sales. All that happens when trading hours increase is that the sales get spread from smaller to larger stores, and across more hours.
The election result was a big shock: no one predicted the Conservatives would win an outright majority and no one forecast the SNP tsunami. It has shown us that the old rules no long apply. What once was does not have to be. Despite the perceived political differences, if towns and cities across the UK grasp that, the future doesn't have to be blue.
Why, though, must such a key moment in the retail calendar be confined to the sofa? It's one thing entertaining people at home with a wonderful two-minute film, quite another to entice them into shops to stock up on Christmas gifts and order the turkey.
No industry in Britain is immune to the challenges of growth and each sector has its own demons - from the collapse of trust in banks and energy providers, to patent limitations facing pharmaceutical companies and the accelerating shift from the shop on the high street to the shop in your pocket.
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.
Consumers consistently tell us that brands should provide clearer messaging from the supermarket shelf outwards, rather than relying on marketing to drive sales. I fully agree and believe many brands simply aren't doing enough to capture consumer imagination where it matters most - in store.