It’s hard to imagine retail stores without technology. In this special edition, we discuss the futuristic technology that is promising to change how we shop instore. The choices retailers will have to make, the importance of getting it right, and why there are still many lessons to be learned along the way. Join our guest panellists Tim Manning, Swarm, Pete Trainer, US Ai, and Melanie Pittham, The BIO Agency, as they discuss what retailers must do to avoid the pitfalls of adopting technology for technology’s sake and ensure developments stay focused on meeting shopper needs.

We also pay a visit to New York, for a special report from the 2018 NRF Big Show. Taking place in the current tough retail climate, this year’s event nevertheless managed to have an air of optimism. In amongst the 30,000 visitors, we caught up with leading industry figures to report on the key themes and innovations set to dominate the retail agenda in the year ahead.

Recording & Production by Boutique Recording and Hangar Studios.

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Posted On
25th January 2018
Host
Ben Bland
Guests
Tim Manning (Swarm)
Melanie Pittham (The BIO Agency)
Peter Trainor (US Ai)

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