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Essential Retail's expert panel of commentators includes David Baker, The UK Cards Association; Mark McMurtrie, independent payments expert at Payments Consultancy; James Hammersley, founder of Good Growth; Tim Denison, Ipos Retail Peformance; directors from Alvarez & Marsal; Brendan Doyle, CMS Payments Intelligence; Paul Martin, KPMG Boxwood Insights; Toby Paxton, Deloitte; the Kurt Salmon retail team; consultants from Javelin Group; members of GSMA; and representatives from GS1 UK.


  • Comment: How to make social sales a retail success

    Comment: How to make social sales a retail success

    Dan Smythe, managing director, Accenture Strategy, takes a look at how retailers can use social media to improve conversion.

    Comment: How to make social sales a retail success
  • Comment: Hermes inquiry shows how unions are finding new forms of leverage

    Comment: Hermes inquiry shows how unions are finding new forms of leverage

    Professor of industrial relations at University of Bradford, Gregor Gall, takes a look at the workers’ rights at delivery company Hermes, as well as retailers which have recently come under the spotlight for workplace violations.

    Comment: Hermes inquiry shows how unions are finding new forms of leverage
  • Comment: How will we shop in the future?

    Comment: How will we shop in the future?

    Ahead of Tech UK's Supercharging the Digital Economy event, the organisation's head of cloud, big data & analytics, Sue Daley, assesses how Hollywood-style technology is becoming a retail reality.

    Comment: How will we shop in the future?
  • Comment: Trading into Belgium and the Netherlands

    Comment: Trading into Belgium and the Netherlands

    Graeme Howe, MD of IMRG and MD of eCommerce Worldwide, takes a look at the eCommerce market in Belgium and the Netherlands.

    Comment: Trading into Belgium and the Netherlands
  • Comment: Why retailers can benefit from RFID in the supply chain

    Comment: Why retailers can benefit from RFID in the supply chain

    In his third article on future technology trends in the retail supply chain, Tim Waters, a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, analyses why RFID in retail is gaining momentum.

    Comment: Why retailers can benefit from RFID in the supply chain
  • Comment: #Marmitegate - what the tumbling pound means for our favourite products

    Comment: #Marmitegate - what the tumbling pound means for our favourite products

    Ioannis Glinavos, senior lecturer in law at the University of Westminster, takes a look at the impact on consumer goods following the decline in the value of the pound since the referendum.

    Comment: #Marmitegate - what the tumbling pound means for our favourite products
  • Comment: Thoughts from Salesforce's Dreamforce 2016 event

    Comment: Thoughts from Salesforce's Dreamforce 2016 event

    RSR Research's managing partner, Nikki Baird, reflects on Dreamforce 2016 and she is positive about Salesforce's acquisition of Demandware. But what about the cartoon characters?

    Comment: Thoughts from Salesforce's Dreamforce 2016 event
  • Comment: Four emerging online grocery models in Asia

    Comment: Four emerging online grocery models in Asia

    Shirley Zhu, programme director on IGD's Asian research team, assesses four of the major opportunities for online grocery retailing in Asia.

    Comment: Four emerging online grocery models in Asia
  • Comment: Here’s how drones will change cities

    Comment: Here’s how drones will change cities

    Antonios Tsourdos, professor of autonomous systems and control engineering at Cranfield University, describes how drones will change the future of inner city logistics.

    Comment: Here’s how drones will change cities
  • Comment: Vogue’s attack on style bloggers

    Comment: Vogue’s attack on style bloggers

    Natalie McCreesh, senior lecturer in fashion marketing and communication at Sheffield Hallam University, explains how Vogue’s attack on style bloggers shows how much the newcomers have the fashion mags rattled.

    Comment: Vogue’s attack on style bloggers
  • Comment: Consumers are both critics and creators

    Comment: Consumers are both critics and creators

    It's important to realise that delivering personalised products and services can provide benefits for businesses and consumers. Ben Perkins, head of consumer business research at Deloitte, has his say.

    Comment: Consumers are both critics and creators
  • Comment: How personalisation could be changing your identity online

    Comment: How personalisation could be changing your identity online

    Tanya Kant, lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Sussex, looks into personalising customer experience online.

    Comment: How personalisation could be changing your identity online

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