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Publication date: 1 November 2005

Steve Wood and Sylvia Norrish

Vocational assessment is an important resource for people with long term mental health problems when they are considering employment options. However there are often long…

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Vocational assessment is an important resource for people with long term mental health problems when they are considering employment options. However there are often long waiting lists to see a qualified occupational therapist providing this service. Steve Wood and Sylvia Norrish say every community mental health team should have one member who is trained in vocational assessment, and describe a pilot project in which a healthcare assistant was successfully trained to perform this role.

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A Life in the Day, vol. 9 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-6282

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Publication date: 6 February 2007

Steve Wood and Neil Wrigley

To examine the impact of the merger of the two largest US department store companies on the competitive state of the sector and specifically the anti‐trust implications of…

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Purpose

To examine the impact of the merger of the two largest US department store companies on the competitive state of the sector and specifically the anti‐trust implications of the consolidation.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on semi‐structured interviews with leading US department store executives as well as an ongoing close dialogue with US retail analysts.

Findings

The consolidation raises considerable anti‐trust issues with the creation of a $30bill sales company. However, consistent with previous recent rulings, the Federal Trade Commission has adopted a broad view of the department store market from the standpoint that the consolidation is essentially defensive – in short, the sector is failing because it is not a separate and distinct market. However, the divestiture of 75 stores will give competitors footholds in new markets thereby changing the geography of competition in many catchments. This is likely to be the largest consolidation that the competition authorities will effectively allow, representing the last opportunity for the sector to become a more robust competitor against alternative formats that have intervened in its key product lines.

Originality/value

Recent restructuring of the US department store industry has generated a relatively limited academic literature, despite considerable M&A activity, subsequent organisational reorganisation, and sales of $88 billion per year. Transformation of the competitive landscape of the industry raises important issues of market regulation and corporate strategy.

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 35 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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Article
Publication date: 6 June 2008

Andrew Alexander, David Cryer and Steve Wood

This paper seeks to evaluate the particular conditions informing locational decision making and related network planning in the charity retail sector. Its purpose is to…

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Purpose

This paper seeks to evaluate the particular conditions informing locational decision making and related network planning in the charity retail sector. Its purpose is to identify both differences and commonalities with related debates that have been focussed very largely on the grocery sector and the superstore format. Its wider purpose is to contribute to the growing literature on charity retailing which has not considered this aspect of retail management in detail.

Design/methodology/approach

Details the particularities of charity retailing locational decision making and network planning through a detailed case‐study consideration of a hospice charity's emerging retail store network.

Findings

Finds that existing conceptual and practical considerations pertaining to locational decision making in retailing require a nuanced re‐revaluation in relation to the locational and network planning of charity retailers. Identifies the importance of supply chain (stock donators) and workforce factors together with the customer demand in informing locational decision making.

Originality/value

Detailed academic consideration of location planning in the charity shop sector is absent in the literature. The paper addresses this.

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 36 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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Publication date: 1 December 2002

Steve Wood

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New Library World, vol. 103 no. 11/12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 August 2003

Steve Wood

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New Library World, vol. 104 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 September 2004

Steve Wood

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New Library World, vol. 105 no. 9/10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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New Library World, vol. 103 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 September 2005

Steve Wood

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New Library World, vol. 106 no. 9/10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Article
Publication date: 12 October 2010

Jonathan Reynolds and Steve Wood

The paper has three objectives: first, to reflect on the contribution of this journal to the study of retail location assessment and decision making; second, to use the…

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Purpose

The paper has three objectives: first, to reflect on the contribution of this journal to the study of retail location assessment and decision making; second, to use the results of a questionnaire survey of retailers to assess the employment of location assessment techniques a decade since a similar survey conducted by Hernández and Bennison; third, in the light of these results, to conclude what likely challenges the location planning profession will face over the next decade.

Design/methodology/approach

Employs an online questionnaire survey of retailers across a range of sizes and sub‐sectors.

Findings

Specialist location planning teams within retailers are found to be small with established forecasting processes firmly established for new or relocated stores – indicative of less activity focused on the management of the existing portfolio or the identification of outlets within the network for rationalisation. The vast majority of site assessment techniques increased in use over the decade, reflecting a greater reliance on data and analysis to inform decision making alongside the traditional use of experience and intuition. Complementing highly technical evaluation techniques, the site visit is widely recognised as informing modelling and subsequent decision making.

Research limitations/implications

The survey sample is smaller and contains a greater proportion of larger businesses than that undertaken by Hernández and Bennison.

Originality/value

The paper underlines the changes in location planning sophistication a decade on from a landmark survey, suggests the implications of the observed changes and identifies likely developments in the profession.

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 38 no. 11/12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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Article
Publication date: 14 June 2013

Hai Thi Hong Nguyen, Steve Wood and Neil Wrigley

The purpose of this paper is to trace the modernisation of the retail structure of Vietnam from a closed market to one that is increasingly open to retail transnational…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to trace the modernisation of the retail structure of Vietnam from a closed market to one that is increasingly open to retail transnational corporation (TNC) entry and associated Western retail formats.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors undertake this study of retail change through the analysis of a wide range of governmental and industry secondary data – much of which has not entered western academic debate given the challenges of access and translation. In doing so, this period of adaptation is related to well‐known studies concerning the diffusion of western forms of retailing discussed across the social sciences.

Findings

As a country encountering the third wave of supermarket proliferation within emerging markets, Vietnam's experience is found to broadly fit the models of retail foreign direct investment (FDI) entry and retail “modernisation” suggested by Natawidjaja et al. and Dries et al. The retail change process was affected by a slow, progressive creep of market liberalisation where, as late as 2009, a foreign partner could hold only up to 49 per cent of capital in a joint venture. While analysis of the evidence suggests some retailers flouted these laws or employed creative approaches to mitigating their effects, such regulations clearly underpinned a less intense initial influx of retail FDI than had been experienced elsewhere in Asia and maintained a high domestic ownership level in the retail market. Retail modernisation has intensified in recent years, with greater international entry, expansion and retail format proliferation diffusing from cities to more rural locations, though the top five grocery operators still account for less than 4 per cent of the grocery market.

Originality/value

Studies within retail management of retail internationalisation have tended to focus on fully liberalised countries that have attracted high rates of retail capital. In contrast, this paper focuses on understanding the emergence of one of the countries somewhat later to these trends.

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International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, vol. 41 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-0552

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