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.
Industry consultant and author of The Multichannel RetailHandbook, Chris Jones, examines the benefits of shipping offers to drive retail conversion.
Having a vision and expecting people to follow you, because you know best, won't get you very far as a retail leader, argues Paul Martin, managing director of Boxwood Insights at KPMG Boxwood.
Maintaining data integrity is the key challenge for many retailers, argues Ian Walters, market development manager - CPG retail at supply chain standards organisation GS1 UK.
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, examines how technology can help online retail businesses.
Many retailers do not understand the fundamental concept that data without insight is like toast without jam - dry and difficult to digest.
The market for digital commerce in China is clearly ripe for opportunity, says Pierre Combelles, mobile commerce business lead at mobile operators association GSMA.
Gaurav Sawhney, senior eCommerce retail analyst at Planet Retail, examines Turkey and South Korea to see how retailers are using mobile to improve the customer purchasing journey.
In light of Tesco's recent sale of its Blinkbox business, Kurt Salmon consultant David He assesses the successful and not-so-successful examples of retailers dabbling in the digital space.
Lisa Byfield-Green, senior retail analyst for IGD, assesses the rapid growth of online grocery in China. Research shows that digital marketplaces are generating the vast majority of sales.
David Baker from the UK Cards Association tackles the issues facing the payments and retail industries as they seek to find the right balance between secure systems and seamless shopping.
UK merchants are set to lose out unless the Payment Systems Regulator imposes stronger caps, argues Brendan Doyle, CEO of CMS Payments Intelligence.
Ian Woosey, a former retailer turned senior director at professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal, warns retail of the dangers of setting unrealistic sales targets based on eCommerce growth.