I’m thinking a lot about retail. 3 pieces that have caught my eye in the last few days.

How to save Irish retail. Stephen Kinsella.€ subscription required. Worth it if interested in Irish business. One crucial factor not mentioned here is logistics costs. It costs us €6 to ship a box to a customer in Ireland, including Northern Ireland, but more than 3 times that to Britain. Amazon is a logistics company operating at enormous scale. If we want to help Irish retailers sell more in Europe, looking at innovative ways to reduce logistics costs would be a good place to begin.

The ecommerce surge. Benedict Evans.

Why the shift to online commerce is here to stay. Om Malik