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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: RBTE eCommerce Theatre Day One

    Comment: RBTE eCommerce Theatre Day One

    Consultant and chair of the eCommerce Theatre at RBTE 2016, Chris Jones, analyses the first day of the conference.

    Comment: RBTE eCommerce Theatre Day One
  • Comment: How retailers and their suppliers can set the standard

    Comment: How retailers and their suppliers can set the standard

    Ian Walters, market development manager for CPG Retail at supply chain standards organisation GS1 UK, says how retailers and suppliers work together will shape the success of their long-term growth.

    Comment: How retailers and their suppliers can set the standard
  • Comment: Social media and wearable tech

    Comment: Social media and wearable tech

    Sarah Pearce, fashion technology lawyer and Partner at Cooley LLP, takes a look at social media and wearable technologies, and the potential concerns for users and brands.

    Comment: Social media and wearable tech
  • Comment: Turning returns into a competitive advantage

    Comment: Turning returns into a competitive advantage

    Andrew Starkey, head of e-logistics at IMRG, provides practical advice for online retailers to start turning returns into a competitive advantage, rather than a nuisance

    Comment: Turning returns into a competitive advantage
  • Comment: The impact of mobile on retail in 2016

    Comment: The impact of mobile on retail in 2016

    Hooman Mazaheri, service provider outreach director at mobile operators association GSMA, addresses the mobile retail landscape for the year ahead. More on-the-go sales and mobile marketing is expected.

    Comment: The impact of mobile on retail in 2016
  • Comment: Cashless society could be disaster for merchants & consumers

    Comment: Cashless society could be disaster for merchants & consumers

    The much fabled 'cashless society' is a wolf in sheep's clothing that could lead to increased card costs for merchants while removing civil liberties for consumers.

    Comment: Cashless society could be disaster for merchants & consumers
  • NRF 2016 comment: Revolution not evolution

    NRF 2016 comment: Revolution not evolution

    James Pepper, technical services director at Vista Retail Support, describes some of the most exciting retail technology that came out of NRF 2016.

    NRF 2016 comment: Revolution not evolution
  • Comment: What we learnt from Christmas 2015

    Comment: What we learnt from Christmas 2015

    The results for Christmas 2015 are in - and while industry growth was flat, online shopping stands out as the clear winner.

    Comment: What we learnt from Christmas 2015
  • Comment: Cyber attacks on retailers

    Comment: Cyber attacks on retailers

    Bob Tarzey, analyst and director at Quocirca, examines how retailers are being targeted by cyber criminals.

    Comment: Cyber attacks on retailers
  • Comment: The true value of the Internet of Things for retail

    Comment: The true value of the Internet of Things for retail

    Bob Tarzey, analyst and director at Quocirca, examines how retailers are considering using the Internet of Things to their advantage.

    Comment: The true value of the Internet of Things for retail
  • Comment: New Year, New Platform? Writing the RFI

    Comment: New Year, New Platform? Writing the RFI

    Industry consultant and author of The Multichannel RetailHandbook, Chris Jones, takes an in-depth look into re-platforming eCommerce websites.

    Comment: New Year, New Platform? Writing the RFI
  • Comment: New Year, New Platform? Making the business case

    Comment: New Year, New Platform? Making the business case

    Industry consultant and author of The Multichannel RetailHandbook, Chris Jones, takes an in-depth look into re-platforming eCommerce websites.

    Comment: New Year, New Platform? Making the business case
Cashless is king: How retail is tapping into cashless spending

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Cashless is king: How retail is tapping into cashless spending
Cashless is king: How retail is tapping into cashless spending