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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: 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
  • Comment: Approaching multichannel retail in international franchise markets

    Comment: Approaching multichannel retail in international franchise markets

    Alice Cowley, associate director in the Strategy practice at Javelin Group, assesses the digital challenges facing retailers as they look to grow internationally through franchising.

    Comment: Approaching multichannel retail in international franchise markets
  • Comment: Change and opportunity defining today's payments sector

    Comment: Change and opportunity defining today's payments sector

    Never before has there been such change and opportunity in the payments sector, says industry expert Mark McMurtrie. RBTE visitors can assess up-to-date market insight and see the latest solutions.

    Comment: Change and opportunity defining today's payments sector
  • Comment: Will click & collect be as impactful as predicted?

    Comment: Will click & collect be as impactful as predicted?

    Investment in technology means that click & collect services will continue to grow, but only if they continue to meet the peak and trough demands of shoppers, argues Ipsos Retail Performance's Tim Denison.

    Comment: Will click & collect be as impactful as predicted?
  • Comment: Robotics and automation entering retail supply chain

    Comment: Robotics and automation entering retail supply chain

    More retailers will investigate the use of robotics and automation in 2015 as they reconsider supply chain agility, argue Deloitte's Toby Paxton and Marlow Truman.

    Comment: Robotics and automation entering retail supply chain
  • Comment: Retailers must keep eyes open in the cloud

    Comment: Retailers must keep eyes open in the cloud

    As retailers continue to explore and extend their use of cloud technology they must be aware of an array of implementation challenges, says Javelin Group's director of technology consulting Martin Ryan.

    Comment: Retailers must keep eyes open in the cloud
  • Comment: Delivering on the promise of mobile commerce in 2015

    Comment: Delivering on the promise of mobile commerce in 2015

    What does the ideal mobile-adapted retail service look like? Paul Crutchley, strategic engagement director at the GSMA, and Claire Maslen, head of financial services at GSMA, have their say.

    Comment: Delivering on the promise of mobile commerce in 2015
  • Opportunities and risks for digital currencies in retail

    Opportunities and risks for digital currencies in retail

    As UK politicians explore the value of mass digital currency usage, The UK Cards Association's David Baker assesses the potential advantages and concerns related to using Bitcoin et al in business.

    Opportunities and risks for digital currencies in retail
  • Comment: Breaking through the fear factor in retail

    Comment: Breaking through the fear factor in retail

    Kurt Salmon business analyst Tom Ducker calls on traditional retailers to change their risk aversion mentality through the use of technology.

    Comment: Breaking through the fear factor in retail

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