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I spent 22 years in the retail sector, mostly in management, sadly most of the directors that I dealt with had never stepped on a shop floor in anger. Unlike M&S you can’t use JL on a daily basis. in my opinion they would have fared far better if they has incorporated a Waitrose in their stores, of the like of an M&S food section.

 

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Regarding the "never knowingly undersold" slogan, last time I used a John Lewis store I found this to be true. I wanted a Roberts Vintage radio; John Lewis offered them at £107, which seemed rather dear. But a look on the internet showed that all other stockists, be they real or on-line only, charged the same or (more often) a higher price.

 

   As JL own the flourishing Waitrose supermarket chain, Dave's suggestion of incorporating one into the department store would seek to be a good one. No doubt it was considered, but why would it have been turned down?

 

We have just lost our nearest JL store, in Peterborough - it closed during the "second lockdown" and simply never reopened. But we continue to get our grocery deliveries from Waitrose. They don't have the "never knowingly undersold" slogan, and on some goods their prices are higher than those of Tesco. But they do not charge for delivery (our local Tesco charges £4.50) which helps redress the financial balance.

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We are moving house on Monday and we were looking for a good quality tv corner unit, my son saw one via Facebook being sold off as the owner had died, now the John Lewis link, the photo shows the unit, solid wood bought for £150 eighteen months ago, still has instructions on how to treat the wood and my son bought it for us for £15, now that’s a bargain and the quality is just 1st class.

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Every dog has it’s day, JL have had theirs, they’ve done very little to address the changes in the retail market and have contributed to their downfall, such is life.

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On 28/07/2021 at 16:57, Lysanderix said:

I used the footbridge on the odd times I needed their admin.

I understood they were “partners” by virtue of their sharing in profits.Recent management changes seem to have changed this concept…as indeed the very nature of shopping at John Lewis.

Yes my brother worked there many years ago - they were 'partners' in a quaint old fashioned way and did get a share of profits in good years. However whether this involved being able to vote Directors in or out I doubt. The latest woman in charge seems to be the one responsible for the recent decisions.

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