Last week saw The Crown Estate invest in smartphone charging benches at two of its Lifestyle retail parks, Banbury Gateway Shopping Park and the MK1 Shopping Park in Milton Keynes.

Consumers will be able to charge their phones using smart benches, and it got Essential Retail thinking about the growth in mobile charging facilities in UK shopping destinations and why this has occurred. In the latest Retail Ramble podcast, Essential Retail's editor, Ben Sillitoe, and deputy editor, Caroline Baldwin, discuss some of the main players in this growing market, and speculate on the future direction of this trend.