Essential Retail

Essential Retail is brought to you by the team behind Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE). This forward-thinking website stands out from the crowd by carrying original news and analysis, including personality profiles from the leading retailers, vendors and industry bodies. 

Covering breaking UK and international retail news stories from a tech perspective, Essential Retail provides clarity as the digital revolution continues to transform the retail industry and wider business landscape. Whether it’s the latest developments from RBTE exhibitors, thought leadership pieces from respected commentators, or key industry topics – from payments to last mile delivery – Essential Retail has it covered.

The Essential Retail newsletter is sent out to subscribers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  

Introducing the editor

Ben Sillitoe is an experienced B2B editor, and has been breaking news and securing big name interviews in the retail sector for many years. A keen advocate of bringing business communities together and keeping them up to date with the latest market data, insight and relevant content, Ben has made Essential Retail the go-to platform for leading players in the fast-moving retail technology space.



Digital Features on Essential Retail

Caroline Baldwin is Group Digital Features Editor working across both Essential Retail and its sister title, Retail Design World.

Previously Deputy Editor of Essential Retail, Caroline will continue to specialise in writing long-form analytical features investigating how to solve challenges affecting retailers, as well as securing big-name interviews with retailers, vendors and designers.

A central part of her role is spearheading digital content for both publications, including developing video and social media strategies. She also co-hosts the Retail Ramble podcast.

Caroline brings with her a wealth of knowledge on both retail and technology, after working as senior reporter at Retail Week and business editor at Computer Weekly. She is particularly interested in the impact of IoT on retail, showrooming, as well as technologies which improve eCommerce fulfilment and customer experience.


Please note: Essential eCommerce has been part of Essential Retail for the last six months and therefore all eCommerce features should be directed to either Caroline Baldwin or Ben Sillitoe.

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