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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: 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
  • Comment: The time for RFID in apparel retail is now

    Comment: The time for RFID in apparel retail is now

    Andy Robson, supply chain solutions manager at standards organisation GS1 UK, on why RFID can now offer clothing retailers a real return on investment.

    Comment: The time for RFID in apparel retail is now
  • Comment: Why partnerships between retailers can work

    Comment: Why partnerships between retailers can work

    If executed well, retailer partnerships can turn stores into hubs for multiple consumer services and experiences, and generate new forms of competitive advantage, argues Kurt Salmon manager Emma Gomez.

    Comment: Why partnerships between retailers can work
  • Comment: Mobile couponing gaining traction

    Comment: Mobile couponing gaining traction

    Mobile coupons allow consumers a greater opportunity to redeem special offers and promotions with every purchase – in an easy and convenient way – says GS1 UK's head of digital David Smith.

    Comment: Mobile couponing gaining traction
  • Comment: Why retailers must keep the generation gap in mind

    Comment: Why retailers must keep the generation gap in mind

    Retailers must continue to refresh their knowledge about their key demographics but be mindful to the influences and needs of different generations, argues Ipsos Retail Performance's Dr Tim Denison.

    Comment: Why retailers must keep the generation gap in mind
  • Comment: Digital commerce takes main role at Mobile World Congress

    Comment: Digital commerce takes main role at Mobile World Congress

    Paul Crutchley, value added services director at the GSMA, gives his view on Samsung LoopPay, Google's Android Pay and the other digital commerce developments at this year's Mobile World Congress.

    Comment: Digital commerce takes main role at Mobile World Congress

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