Thinking of the retailers ...

I saw an article yesterday citing a member of the clergy (can’t remember who) who was championing the general public taking one day per week to switch off their mobile phones and take a break from technology. It was an interesting read and there is definitely some merit in getting back to basics.

The thought was extended today as we took a walk as a family on this beautiful sunny, cold, crisp day. I’m not a big ‘pointless’ walker but there is something to be said about breathing in the fresh air. It crossed my mind while out that hundreds of ex-colleagues were lining up in their stores for a busy day in retail and that generally Sunday used to be one of the busiest days of the week for me.

It’s completely absurd that our ‘day of rest’ has become a major shopping day, and essentially you cannot work in retail if you are unavailable on Sundays. We have created a monster and it completely detracts from the opportunity for families to spend time together and unwind after a stressful week.

I made the decision last year to say ‘no more’ and change this negative work-life balance. To me it is simply unacceptable not to be present together on this day. Now I choose lay-ins, walks, football and Sunday dinners!

Wouldn’t it be a thing if Brexit delivered a return to old fashioned family values. Bricks and mortar retail is a business in terminal decline anyway, so there is simply no requirement to operate on this day anymore.

The Scandinavians have it right operating a concept called ‘hygge’ - a feeling of family and closeness that is generally embraced together on a Sunday. Why can’t we have that?

So all the retailers, we are thinking of you and thank you for your hard work and efforts today.

Right - I’m off for a nap before the football starts …