Thu, 06/03/2008 - 14:57
Waterstone's could be best placed to capitalise from a loss in market share by Borders, according to an influential retail analyst.
In a wide-ranging note on entertainment retail, Paul Smiddy at HSBC said this week that between space re-allocation and store closures, Borders would lose market share over the next year, with Waterstone...
Fri, 29/02/2008 - 07:45
Waterstone’s believes it will reduce returns by 30% once its new consolidation centre is on stream, transforming the environmental impact and cost structure of the UK publishing industry.
At The Bookseller's "Going Green" seminar last week, Waterstone's head of distribution Rob Entwistle laid bare the...
Thu, 14/02/2008 - 14:01
When Waterstone's first announced that they were going to trial a dress code in all branches within a few regions, much like the loyalty card, student discount schemes, and Waterstones.com, I wondered what took them so long.
The "dress code" (and it is "dress code"--Waterstone's managers were banned from using the...
Thu, 14/02/2008 - 11:06
It's easy to see why the judges of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2008 were hooked by Sally Nicholls' début novel. Ways to Live Forever (Scholastic/Marion Lloyd Books, £7.99) is a deceptively simple yet heart-wrenching story of a young boy dying of leukaemia, handled with grace and rare humour. In...
Thu, 14/02/2008 - 10:53
Ways To Live Forever (Scholastic) by Sally Nicholls won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.
Nicholls, who saw off competition from eight other authors, received the award on Wednesday (13th February). Her win marks Scholastic's second victory in a row: last year's winner was Darkside by Tom Becker,...
Fri, 01/02/2008 - 08:19
Waterstone's is rolling out a compulsory new dress code across all regions as it aims to complete its "Get Selling" staff training scheme by May.
Staff will have the choice of a black t-shirt, button-down shirt, fleece or sweatshirt, with the Waterstone's branding on the front and back. The new clothing is aimed to...
Thu, 31/01/2008 - 11:43
Waterstone's has selected the 12 authors for its New Voices campaign in March as part of its wider "Writer's Year" promotion. The bookseller said that it believed the authors were likely future winners of literary prizes, and has included a title from independent Old Street, as well as three Random House Group books, four...
Tue, 29/01/2008 - 08:00
The Daily Telegraph's "Stockbrokers' tips" column recommends HMV to buy, quoting a Deutsche Bank recommendation.
According to the bank, despite the gloom on the high street, the retailer bucked the trend of disappointing Christmas performances with a 12% like-for-like sales gain at HMV UK and a 3.3% increase...
Mon, 28/01/2008 - 07:58
Bookshops Waterstones and Borders have been ranked fifth and ninth respectively in a Which? survey of high street stores. Both, however, come behind 'independent shops' in users' ratings. Woolworths and W H Smith were among those retailers getting the lowest marks.
Waterstone's moved ahead of Marks & Spencer in its...
Fri, 25/01/2008 - 07:10
Waterstone's head of distribution Rob Entwistle assured publishers the retailer's new 150,000 sq ft consolidation centre will be fit for purpose by early summer. "The move to the consolidation centre is on track for an early summer trial launch, and it will gradually run up to cover the whole estate," he said.