July 2019

Leadership: Dealing With The Things No One Told You About

By | July 29th, 2019|Leadership|

Once you progress your career and become a leader, you learn very quickly that there are aspects of leadership you were not taught in school or any business program. There are many encounters that no one will tell you about. Some of these things you really have to experience all on your own. With that [...]

3.6m tonnes of food is wasted before reaching UK supermarkets

By | July 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A new survey by Wrap (the waste-reduction body) has revealed that more than 3 million tonnes of food are wasted before reaching supermarkets. The food, which is mostly fruit and veg, ends up being fed to animals or ploughed back into fields before even leaving the farm. The report suggests the 3.6 million tonnes lost [...]

How to build relatable leadership

By | July 24th, 2019|Leadership|

There's a fine divide between being a relatable leader, and undermining your authority by being “everyone’s friend”. Where effective leadership is concerned, there are many ways to find yourself – in modern parlance – giving TMI (too much information)! Telling your team the graphic details of your personal life may seem obvious no-nos. However, how [...]

Is it time to get more millennials in retail board rooms?

By | July 22nd, 2019|Leadership, Uncategorized|

Securing a place in retail executive teams and within the board of directors has naturally been connected to relevant experience and a track record for expertise within a key business area. However, with the unique challenges facing the UK retail sector, there is an argument for making the acquisition of “young blood” a higher priority [...]

Pondering the poach during your retail executive search

By | July 19th, 2019|All News and Events|

During the good times, management energy is rarely expended on worrying about any violations of executive-level employment agreements when hiring new executives. But during downswings, companies are hawk-eyed. For these companies, market share plays a very important role that the management has to be extra vigilant about. Poaching C-suite executives: the considerations In retail, recruiting [...]

Scottish retailers on track for decline – then rise

By | July 17th, 2019|All News and Events|

Latest industry figures suggest that Scottish retail sales fell overall by 2.3% in June 2018. Although food sales increased by 0.8%, non-food sales – in particular, fashion sales – had suffered a decrease throughout the year.  Ewan MacDonald Russell, Head of Policy for the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), commented that there was a “clear trend” [...]

Three simple questions to achieve effective task communication

By | July 16th, 2019|Leadership|

There is no doubt that effective communication is one of the key skills of leadership at all levels across a company or organisation. This is increasingly important the higher the level from which a message is being delivered. A prime example of this is in the delegation of a task or project. The skills of [...]

A guide for CEOs on dealing with omnichannel retail

By | July 12th, 2019|All News and Events|

The phenomenal rise of the consumer economy and the emergence of omnichannel retail have drastically changed how retailers operate. The transformation calls for a complete reinvention of the role of the store and fulfilment for stores to remain profitable. Therefore, retail CEOs must steer their companies into uncharted territory by reorganising and repositioning their companies’ [...]

Over HALF of all UK shopping to take place online by 2028

By | July 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Over the last decade or so we have become increasingly adept at utilising the internet for any number of tasks that would have traditionally taken place in person.  We can now book holidays, do university courses and even get our weekly shop via the internet, and it's safe to say that it has simplified and [...]