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  • Growing your DTC strategy - a starter pack

    24 Aug 2020 Rebecca Morrison
    During this huge shift to online in recent months, Direct To Consumer sales were higher than ever before. Which is no surprise - with stores closed, online retail was the only choice open to many cons ...
  • "I do say that the pandemic has really been an accelerator....It's been an accelerator for things that were happening, but maybe at a slower pace or should have been happening. It's no new news that w ...
  • " I think the biggest thing that we've heard and seen for multi-channel retailers is that footfall is massively down in shops, which is not a great surprise. But conversion rate of that footfall has g ...
  • "I would say the biggest learning .... what's helped our business continue to trade and to succeed, would be communication. And I would say ruthless prioritisation... we did immediate scenario plannin ...
  • Staring at the same four walls day in, day out has made us give serious thought to our behaviors and attitudes. Self-reflection can be an important tool, and many champion athletes and world leaders c ...
  • ‘What should we build and what should we buy’ has been a big question in retail for quite some time, and has come into focus even more in recent months in light of ecommerce becoming a business critic ...
  • The global pandemic has changed how we live and work, maybe forever. Working from home can be hugely rewarding, but everyone is juggling lots of different challenges, and it’s important to be kind to ...
  • In this interview, we chat with Barney Wragg, CEO, Karakuri about the present and future role of robotics in retail and hospitality and the intersection of this with hyper-personalization.  3rd Party ...
  • Could health tech pre-empt future pandemics?

    06 Jul 2020 Rebecca Morrison
    We’ve all been bombarded with words like ‘unprecedented’ and the ‘new normal’ for months now, so I’ll skip that part (because unless you’ve been living under a rock you are already very aware of the h ...
  • The global pandemic has forced retailers to move at lightning speed to adapt to the new consumer landscape. We’ve been amazed at the sheer pace in which the sector has pivoted, and we wanted to highli ...
  • Are these the hottest people influencing retail right now?

    13 Mar 2020 The Retail Week Live Team
    First, we scoured the planet for the most inspiring people who are doing fantastic things in technology and retail and will bring you oodles of valuable insights. Then we built our agenda (with the he ...
  • We all know the phrase ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.’ Well this strategy is useless either way if you don’t know ‘em! This is why we have gathered some of the hottest, trailblazing brands that are ...
  • Ethics and purpose have become key priorities for consumers. We know that they want to stand up and create an impact, and they expect the brands that they buy from to do so too. It doesn’t matter what ...
  • When KFC ran out of chicken it made one of the biggest blunders in food retail history. But Colonel Sanders then played a master stroke and used the perfect ingredient to win customers back. Humour. K ...
  • We spoke with Tony Ren, Founder and CEO of Yimian Data. Some surprise learnings came from this chat, on what's new, what's proving successful and what the future holds for commerce in China. Ensure yo ...
  • Retail week live SVP Chris Brook-Carter and Content Manager Rebecca Morrisson sat with Andy Harding, Managing Director, Openpay UK. In a nutshell, we chat about what's on at Retail Week Live, and why ...
  • What can brands and retailers learn from the likes of Hinge, Tinder, Happn, Grindr and Bumble? Quite a lot, actually. Yes, their ‘products’ (in this case people seeking connections) are bit different ...
  • Retail is arguably going through its biggest ever transition. The fundamental driver for change in the past 25 years is the Internet. The birth of ecommerce in 1994 began the democratisation of retail ...
  • Live Lowdown: With Andy Harding, MD of OpenPay. OpenPay is the Headline Partner for Retail Week Live. Join us as we discuss the shifts in the payments world.
  • We sat down with Isabela Chick, Managing Director - Retail and Beauty, Founders Factory to discuss the benefits of working with start-ups.
  • Power to the ethical shopper

    23 Dec 2019 Glynn Davis
    Charity shops have traditionally been the absolute last choice of younger people when out shopping for clothes but things have changed dramatically in recent years as this grouping are fuelling a rena ...
  • Thought leadership piece by Markus Stripf, Co-CEO & Co-founder, Spoon Guru From I, Robot to The Matrix and Ex Machina, we’ve all seen countless adaptations of Hollywood’s future-gazing vision of artif ...
  • How Winning Brands Grow

    19 Dec 2019 Andrew Busby
    Thought leadership piece from Andrew Busby
  • What implications could DNA testing have on the wider retail industry? The answer is retention.
  • Thought leadership piece from Grant Duncan, Consultant at Spencer Stuart.
  • We sat down with Penny Parnell, Creative Director from notonthehighst to discuss all the exciting and insightful information that you will get out of Retail Week Live 2020.
  • What is the definition of retail?

    21 May 2019 Poppie Mickleburgh
    When you look up the definition of retail it states: ‘The sale of goods to the public for use or consumption rather than resale'. At Tech., we've talked a lot about the ‘future of retail' and the ‘new ...
  • There's no denying the immense uncertainty facing our industry. Recently, I heard Walmart International boss Judith McKenna say that the, “Fundamental shape and dynamics of the market,” have changed o ...
  • Live from Money 2020 in Amsterdam, Chris Brook-Carter, SVP, RWRC chats to Will Shuckburgh about the retail landscape today. Are legacy retailers dead?

     

  • 1) There's a consensus that machine learning & AI are often over-promised and under-delivered. And you want to share times when it has indeed worked and truly solved business problems - but also when ...
  • Flagship events like Tech. are great platforms, but to make the most of these events companies need to integrate their PR, content and business development activities.

  • Thought leadership from Ed Connolly, Strategy Director and Director of JLP Ventures, John Lewis Partnership.
  • Guest thought piece by Andy Worsley, CTO at graze labs. How a business manages and uses its data is becoming increasingly important, not least for retail and CPG companies that are increasingly collec ...
  • Don't be a victim of disruption

    18 Jun 2019 Ian McGarrigle
    To be called a “legacy retailer” in today's retail world now seems to be code for a format or business that is trading on borrowed time. Whilst there used to be justifiable pride in the fact that a re ...
  • Amazon's annual Prime Day promotional extravaganza, which took place this week, will no doubt result in plenty of superlative-laden headlines – it usually does.
  • As women are responsible for 80% of purchases, how do you build online environments where women love to stay and spend? Read this opinion piece by Sophia Matveeva, Founder and CEO of Enty.
  • Retail is always a game of balance – am I looking after my customers today? And am I looking after my customers of tomorrow?
  • We sat with Oliver Banks from The Retail Transformation Show to discuss all things Tech. 
  • Technology. The ultimate oxymoron. It destructs but also builds. It smashes down barriers, but it also enables the construction of ecosystems.
  • Brits might often faux mock German friends for the national stereotype of efficiency and order, but when it comes to digital transformation it turns out UK and German retail leaders are more similar t ...
  • Join us for this episode of Tech Cast, as we chat to Advisory Board members Julian Burnett and James Sturrock about some of the exciting myth-busting sessions they are excited to see on the programme

  • We sat down for a chat with John Lewis partnership's Strategy Director, Ed Connolly.
  • Advisory board member James Sturrock, CEO, EVE has spoken to us about "5 rules of leadership I wish someone had told me before I got started…"
  • We sat down with AO.com CEO and Founder, John Roberts to discuss the importance of tech talent, from new recruits to educating those in higher positions.
  • We gave Karen a call to discuss all things Tech. and the future of digital & retail.
  • We sat with CEO of Bloom & Wild to discuss workplace culture, the key to successful partnerships in fulfilling mutual goals, and why Tech. in October is such a landmark event.
  • Tech. Cast: Customer Ecosystems

    13 May 2019 Rebecca Morrison
    Tech Cast: a series dedicated to discussing all things around digital commerce in the lead up to the Tech-festival in October. Interview with Chris Brook-Carter, SVP, World Retail Congress and Retail ...
  • Doing business as digital. Watch our latest Tech. Cast with Swave Szymczyk, Global Director Digital & Retail Marketing, Adidas as we discuss the focus on digital moving forward.
  • We sat down with John Lewis Partnership's Strategy Director, Ed Connolly.
  • Retail Week Event Director Poppie Mickleburgh speaks to Jen Creevy, Content Director from Retail Week about key learnings and hot topics discussed at World Retail Congress in Amsterdam.
  • We sat down with Facebook's Beth Horn - Industry Head, Retail & Restaurants.
  • Watch the Tech. Cast with Paul Clarke, CTO, Ocado as we discuss retail and digital transformation, retail partnerships, tech talent and the importance of establishing culture.

  • Tech. Tribes

    14 Aug 2019 Rebecca Morrison
    As Yuval Noah Harari recently wrote "Sapiens rule the world, because we are the only animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers. We can create mass cooperation networks, in which… strangers w ...
  • Jon Buss, Managing Director UK & Northern Europe at Yext gave us his thoughts on the importance of developing talent.
  • The key trends in digital collaboration today

    30 Sep 2019 Sophia Matveeva
    Guest thought piece by Sophia Matveeva. Digital collaboration both within a company and with external partners offers great opportunities for brands and retailers. With the right tools and partners, y ...

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