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.
Ben Perkins, head of consumer research at Deloitte, takes a look at the Internet of Things, and asks why consumers aren't rushing to buy themselves a smart fridge.
Retailers must transform themselves from self-service to experiential and from cost containment masters to good world community neighbours. RSR managing partner Paula Rosenblum has her say.
Rachel O'Rourke, head of brand at Start Group, takes a look at what retailers can learn from the trailblazers in digital store design.
Jonathan Fitchen, senior lecturer at University of Aberdeen, analyses the legal impacts of cross border commercial disputes following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Bryony Long, senior associate at law firm Lewis Silkin, assesses how the EU is looking to make portable digital content accessible across the single market.
Andy Miah, chair in science communication & future media at University of Salford, examines the wider impact Amazon's drones may have on the UK's airspace.
In the first of a series of articles on future technology trends in the retail supply chain, Tim Waters, a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, talks driverless lorries and automated delivery.
Are SAP's impending IoT functionalities going to be something retailers are clamouring for – or something the tech giant will have to convince them holds value? RSR Research's Steve Rowen has his say.
Daniel Prince, associate director security for Lancaster at Lancaster University, takes a look at the rise in cyber attacks and why the industry needs to change the way it thinks about crime.
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Brian Kilcourse, managing partner at RSR Research, attended last week's SAP analyst meeting. He outlines the vendor's retail play, the development of HANA and the challenges facing the company.
Graeme Howe, MD of IMRG and MD of eCommerce Worldwide, takes a look at the opportunities for retailers thinking of trading into Ireland.