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    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 23rd May 11, 10:06 AM
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    'Am I really "the most powerful man in retail" as The Grocer magazine says?' blog
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    • 23rd May 11, 10:06 AM
    'Am I really "the most powerful man in retail" as The Grocer magazine says?' blog 23rd May 11 at 10:06 AM
    This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.





    Please click 'post reply' to discuss below.
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    • michaels
    • By michaels 23rd May 11, 11:17 AM
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    • 23rd May 11, 11:17 AM
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    • 23rd May 11, 11:17 AM
    Martin

    It must be a nice compliment but I fear it is just a sign of the retailers getting smarter - rather than trying to rubbish you and MSE.com they now shower you with praise and similarly tell us all what saavy consumers we are.

    However a recent piece (may have been on the BBC) looked at recent price increases in the UK and Europe to try and see why we were suffering higher inflation than other countries and even after adjusting for exchange rate movements the conclusion was that the British retail environment had actually become less competitive in the last couple of years with retailer margins increasing.

    So from me it is 2 cheers only - yes it is nice that companies are paying lip service to consumers rather than just treating them with contempt but the bottom line on margins tells the real story.
    Last edited by michaels; 23-05-2011 at 8:28 PM.
    Cool heads and compromise
    • Pmarmalade
    • By Pmarmalade 23rd May 11, 2:10 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 2:10 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 2:10 PM
    Not trying to be pedantic

    But is hotdealsuk.com their typo or yours?
  • skintinthecity
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    • 23rd May 11, 2:53 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 2:53 PM
    Just shows the power of t'internet, Martin. Not so long ago campaigners like yourself were dismissed or treated with contempt by large multi-nationals - now they're playing second fiddle! I'm far happier to see you there than the Tesco boss - all is not lost!
    • tara747
    • By tara747 23rd May 11, 3:44 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 3:44 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 3:44 PM
    Power to the people!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 2sides2everystory
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    • 23rd May 11, 5:58 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 5:58 PM
    I liked "Consumer Revenge" best. There was no 'two ways' about what it meant.
  • geordie_lass
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:02 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:02 PM
    When I first got a tip off about this on Friday, I was sceptical, thinking it frankly rather bizarre. Yet, having read the nomination this lessoned somewhat. The ranking is far less about me and much more about the specific power of the users of MoneySavingExpert.com and the general power of consumers across the UK.
    I don't want to be pedantic (ok, maybe I do ), shouldn't that read "lessened"?
    • A little stressed!!
    • By A little stressed!! 23rd May 11, 7:16 PM
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    A little stressed!!
    • #8
    • 23rd May 11, 7:16 PM
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    • 23rd May 11, 7:16 PM
    I'm confused, whose the stand-up comedian, Martin??!
    I'm getting older, and lifes getting harder!
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 24th May 11, 9:11 AM
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    • 24th May 11, 9:11 AM
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    • 24th May 11, 9:11 AM
    Showing my age now, but have been waiting for this since the Consumers Association was born.
    Both main political parties have a stranglehold on their particular sector, time for the Consumer to use his strength.
    Maybe unfair, but pick a bad product or a bad company or bad labour practice and boycott.
    It happens now on a small scale just make it bigger.
    Last edited by Ken68; 24-05-2011 at 9:13 AM.
    • danthemoneysavingman
    • By danthemoneysavingman 25th May 11, 5:22 PM
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    I'd swear I read somewhere that the phrase "the customer is always right" was only said by one manager for one particular store - sorry cant remember details! - but somehow this has become generalised to be applied to every company...
    only mention it as Martin used the phrase and I don't believe its ever been the case!
  • rickbonar
    The Grocer magazine ... sounds like something from "have I got news for you".

    Sorry I seem to have mislaid my copy, and you shop at Morrisons? is that an advert in itself, and you get no VIP treatment either?

    I wouldn't let the statement go to my head, there is far more to retail than Tesco! especially international. It's nice to be acknowledged and when fame & celebrity beckons & everyone's raising their Champagne glasses and toasting you it's good to remember that this can change and you become old hat and someone else takes the mantel.

    From Mr average here I'd step back and see it for what it is. The person has made a hyperbole statement and you are on a high.
    There many advice workers in CABs etc giving out good info too, the MSE is a great site but not the alpha-omega.
    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 29th May 11, 8:16 PM
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    MSE Martin
    The Grocer magazine ... sounds like something from "have I got news for you".

    Sorry I seem to have mislaid my copy, and you shop at Morrisons? is that an advert in itself, and you get no VIP treatment either?

    I wouldn't let the statement go to my head, there is far more to retail than Tesco! especially international. It's nice to be acknowledged and when fame & celebrity beckons & everyone's raising their Champagne glasses and toasting you it's good to remember that this can change and you become old hat and someone else takes the mantel.

    From Mr average here I'd step back and see it for what it is. The person has made a hyperbole statement and you are on a high.
    There many advice workers in CABs etc giving out good info too, the MSE is a great site but not the alpha-omega.
    Originally posted by rickbonar

    Not sure you can call my morrisons comment about horrendous queues an ad. Why do I go there (and not for main shop)- its next door to MSE towers, so like most people geographical contiguity is the biggest reason.

    As for The Grocer - actually it is the main trade press for supermarkets and well respected. Don't worry this won't go to my head, as noted in the blog I thought it a bonkers pick at first - this is a symbolic pick as they needed an individual to represent consumers in the power 100 rather than a person one for me (ps and if you think 'yeah right' having seen the pick of me in the NOTW in a crown and on a throne over this - that's all photoshop - nowt to do with me!)
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    'Am I really "the most powerful man in retail" as The Grocer magazine says?' blog
    Surely the most powerful man in retail is Mary Portas ?
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