On behalf of the team behind RBTE, the UK and Europe’s largest retail solutions event, I would like to welcome you to Essential Retail – a new e-magazine with a circulation of more than 80,000 retail professionals across the globe.

This new market-leading resource will be scouring the UK, Europe and the rest of the world to keep you up to date with all things retail solutions related and introducing you to the personalities driving this fast-moving sector forward.

Whether it’s insightful comment pieces from the industry’s thought-leaders or exclusive interviews with senior retail leaders, we’ll have it covered.

It couldn’t be a more exciting time to be focusing on this innovative industry. Consumers – armed with the latest devices and technology – are driving widespread change, and the forward-thinking retailers are adapting their business models to meet these needs. Retailers are firmly positioned at the heart of the new digital economy that is creating jobs, generating consumer excitement and completely rebooting the traditional world of commerce.

Essential Retail’s readers should expect comprehensive retail industry content and analysis. If it’s new, different or innovative, we’ll be giving you our view.

Innovative is an adjective that neatly sums up Graham Benson, the CIO of international discount fashion e-tailer M&M Direct, who is the subject of the first of many big interviews you should expect to see on these pages. There was also some refreshingly new debate generated by the recent RBTE Steering Committee Meeting, which brought together some of the leading lights in retail and retail technology.

Stand by for plenty more in the weeks ahead. I look forward to keeping you informed.

Ben Sillitoe, Editor, Essential Retail