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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: Chinese market presents huge opportunity for digital commerce

    Comment: Chinese market presents huge opportunity for digital commerce

    The market for digital commerce in China is clearly ripe for opportunity, says Pierre Combelles, mobile commerce business lead at mobile operators association GSMA.

    Comment: Chinese market presents huge opportunity for digital commerce
  • Comment: How mCommerce is shaping disparate markets

    Comment: How mCommerce is shaping disparate markets

    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.

    Comment: How mCommerce is shaping disparate markets
  • Comment: Making a success of digital acquisitions

    Comment: Making a success of digital acquisitions

    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.

    Comment: Making a success of digital acquisitions
  • Comment: China dominates global online grocery markets

    Comment: China dominates global online grocery markets

    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.

    Comment: China dominates global online grocery markets
  • Comment: Can payment security and seamless shopping go hand in hand?

    Comment: Can payment security and seamless shopping go hand in hand?

    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.

    Comment: Can payment security and seamless shopping go hand in hand?
  • Comment: Interchange fee regulation - the toothless wonder

    Comment: Interchange fee regulation - the toothless wonder

    UK merchants are set to lose out unless the Payment Systems Regulator imposes stronger caps, argues Brendan Doyle, CEO of CMS Payments Intelligence.

    Comment: Interchange fee regulation - the toothless wonder
  • Comment: Uncontrolled sales growth destroys online profitability

    Comment: Uncontrolled sales growth destroys online profitability

    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.

    Comment: Uncontrolled sales growth destroys online profitability
  • Comment: How retailers are coping with the challenge of food waste

    Comment: How retailers are coping with the challenge of food waste

    Ian Walters, head of retail at supply chain standards organisation GS1 UK, assesses the challenge of reducing food waste and looks at how retailers can use new technology to aid this process.

    Comment: How retailers are coping with the challenge of food waste
  • Comment: Creating a relevant customer proposition in retail

    Comment: Creating a relevant customer proposition in retail

    The ability to evolve your core customer value proposition, and to stay relevant and attractive to your current and future shoppers is key for consumer-facing firms, says Boxwood's Paul Martin.

    Comment: Creating a relevant customer proposition in retail
  • Comment: Are retailers fishing in the wrong pond?

    Comment: Are retailers fishing in the wrong pond?

    Instead of comparing the pros and cons of beacon technology and Wi-Fi tracking, retailers really need to be assessing want it is they want to get out of them. Ipsos Retail Performance's Tim Denison has his say.

    Comment: Are retailers fishing in the wrong pond?
  • Comment: The rise of the test-and-learn approach in retail

    Comment: The rise of the test-and-learn approach in retail

    Test-and-learn must become the norm if retailers want to innovate successfully, argues Kurt Salmon senior manager Stephen Taylor.

    Comment: The rise of the test-and-learn approach in retail
  • Comment: Show me that you know me

    Comment: Show me that you know me

    The Apple Watch could help lead grocery shopping to a whole new level of personalisation, says Lisa Byfield-Green, senior analyst - online & digital at IGD.

    Comment: Show me that you know me

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