Mon, 25/02/2013 - 08:48
Waterstones is set to launch a UK “industry first” professional qualification in bookselling, in partnership with the University of Derby.
The Waterstones Academy will run a pilot in April, with 80 pupils undertaking three modules of three months’ duration each: Engaging Your Customers; Selling to Customers; and...
Mon, 18/02/2013 - 10:20
James Daunt has restated his view that Amazon operates in an advantageous fiscal environment in the UK allowing it to aggressively grow its business at the expense of smaller high street stores.
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 14:35
Waterstones has unveiled a new structure as m.d. James Daunt told staff the chain must “fundamentally transform the way it operates” after posting a £37.3m loss in its latest financial results.
The new structure will be...
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 08:45
A number of independent bookshops are to close in the first quarter of 2013 ahead of the business rates rise in April, with the owners blaming increasing overheads, online competition and lack of customers.
In total The Bookseller has discovered that 11 independent bookshops will either close, move online or sell-up, with...
Wed, 06/02/2013 - 10:02
Waterstones’ major losses posted in its financial results have received widespread coverage in the national press, with most focussing on m.d. James Daunt’s turnaround plans and current positive sales trend.
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Tue, 05/02/2013 - 10:43
Waterstones has restructured its mid-management in order to improve the store’s operational efficiency, making seven people redundant.
In an email communication to staff, Waterstones managing director James Daunt said the previous structure using Divisional Managers (DMs) and Regional Managers (RMs) had been replaced with...
Fri, 01/02/2013 - 09:00
Waterstones m.d. James Daunt (above) has called on the government to address the issue of high business rates which disadvantage high street businesses compared to online operations. The government intends to up business rates by 2.6% in April, despite the squeeze on consumer spending.
"Rates is a huge...
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 08:30
A revival of high street bookselling is being heralded, with several retailers seeing good single-digit sales growth in their Christmas trading. Waterstones, Blackwell's, The Works and many independent bookshops are among those on the front foot.
Nielsen BookScan's General Retail Market panel, which includes Waterstones, W H...
Fri, 21/12/2012 - 07:30
Waterstones is giving new prominence to its book club in 2013 after customers responded well to the paperback promotion in its first year.
From January, selected titles will be placed front-of-store and all books in the promotion will have a standard "buy one get one half price" discount, along with the...
Fri, 14/12/2012 - 09:01
A bumper final Christmas sales weekend for 22nd/23rd December is being predicted, with booksellers and publishers in a buoyant mood after a physical book sales hike of more than 20% through Nielsen BookScan in the week to 8th December.
A strong hardback publishing line-up and savvy retailer offers combined to boost last week's...