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Market forces

Reports of the death of the shop have been greatly exaggerated. From a revitalised market town to rebooted city buildings, innovation and forward-thinking are breathing new life into bricks-and-mortar retail.

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On the market

In the past year the retail landscape has benefited from discerning rethinks, ambitious new concepts and smart shopping solutions. Here are our picks.

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Cross to bear

As director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Yves Daccord has learnt to take a calm approach to life-or-death decisions.

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Gearing up

Volvo’s CEO discusses shifting the brand’s focus to the premium market and reveals its plans for electric and self-driving cars – all while maintaining its reputation for safety, of course.

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Paper tiger

Notebook-and-pen has taken a knock from digital in recent years but that hasn’t stopped one classic stationery brand from launching Think of Things: its own high-street showcase for bright ideas.

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Breathe in, breathe out

Leaving a big city to enjoy a slower pace of life is often seen as displaying a lack of ambition. But with great transport links, business-friendly city halls and sky-high quality of life all round, these third-tier cities…

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Step into my office

As hotdesking becomes the norm for companies around the world, we’ve been granted a privileged peek at the far more permanent desks and office spaces of some select CEOs and founders around the world. Constancy, it seems…

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Going with the flow

Nolan Giles & Marie-Sophie Schwarzer report: The laidback charms of a fine river cruise offer an antidote to our fast-paced lives. Here are the essentials for the perfect freshwater getaway, on board The Escapist’s very own…

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Staying power

We meet three hospitality players who are shaping the future of the hotel industry. First up, we hunker down in Hong Kong with Peter Borer, COO of the renowned Peninsula Hotels group.

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Where next?

Kati Krause reporting from Munich: In just four years Flixbus has created Europe’s largest intercity bus network through smart strategy and strong leadership. Impressive – but the founders are thinking big. Why limit you…

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Moving through the gears

Ed Stocker reporting from Auburn Hills: Ralph Gilles, global head of design at Fiat Chrysler, has seen it all in his 25 years at the company. We find out about the journey so far – and ask what’s next for the industry.

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Next stop, the world

Tomos Lewis reporting from Toronto: Having worked on high-profile projects around the globe, leading railway developer Michael Schabas is applying his expertise to improving the transport needs of his hometown.

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Lap of luxury

James Chambers reporting from Bangkok: The president of Sansiri, one of Thailand’s largest residential developers, explains why foreigners are flocking to Bangkok to buy up his properties.

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