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.
In this special festive episode, we explore the story of this year’s Macy’s Christmas window campaign. Guest host Karl McKeever travels to New York for an exclusive interview with the retailer’s national director of window presentation, Roya Sullivan, to learn more about the challenge of managing windows for one of the world’s most iconic department stores.
In this special episode, we explore the story of footwear brand Allbirds. Guest host Karl McKeever travels to San Francisco for an exclusive interview with the brand’s head of global retail operations, Travis Boyce, to learn more about this increasingly popular shoe brand with sustainability at its heart.
In this special episode, recorded at Tech. Festival 2019, we meet Josh Bottomley, global head of digital, data and development at HSBC. He sits down with guest host Jason Bradbury to explore the tech challenges for retail banking in the digital world.