While it’s the fanfare of new technology that grabs the headlines, it’s often store teams that remain the difference-makers – adding a human scale to the shop floor and real value to the retail experience.
This episode we’re discussing the power of people. As technology and automation becomes more prevalent in the world of retail, the idea of having store assistants might seem old-fashioned. But the human touch is still very much in demand. We ask our experts for their views of what the future holds for human interaction within the physical retail environment. As ever we’ll gauge how the industry is shifting its focus, the implications of delivering a human scale on the shop floor, and how retailers can better engage their most valuable of resources to bring innovation to a whole level instore. Joining business broadcaster Ben Bland are guests Lara Marrero, Strategy Director at Gensler, Mel Hales, director of Rush Collective and Karl McKeever, founder and managing director of Visual Thinking.
The Special | Retail unwrapped
In our latest episode, we look at the business of 25 December, analysing advertising campaigns and the likely impact on retail footfall during what will be a very different Christmas 2020. Plus we look ahead to the key trends for the year ahead.
The Special | Has it clicked?
In this new episode of ‘The Special’ we look at how e-commerce playbooks have evolved in recent months, and what it will take for retailers and brands to win online during what promises to be a very different Christmas 2020.
Hotel Chocolat | Angus Thirlwell
In our latest episode, we sit down with Angus Thirlwell, CEO and Co-founder of Hotel Chocolat. He talks to Martin Popplewell about the business response to the global pandemic, the realities of ‘Retail Darwinism’ and its growing online sales and global appeal.