May 2020

Move of the Week: Bray’s Amazon exit is a warning sign

By | May 7th, 2020|Move of The Week|

What impact will Covid-19 have on talent acquisition and retention? It’s a question I found myself pondering this week on reading the news that a senior Amazon executive has quit over its treatment of warehouse workers. In a stinging rebuke of the tech giant’s ethical practices, vice-president Tim Bray described the sacking of warehouse staff [...]

UK retail executives suffer from collapse in consumer spending

By | May 4th, 2020|All News and Events|

Since the government-imposed lockdown in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, almost two-fifths of UK retailers have shut their businesses down completely. The lack of spending by consumers has not been so low since the 2008 financial crisis, which is causing significant cash flow problems for retail executives across the country. A CBI [...]

How important is self-awareness to leadership?

By | May 1st, 2020|All News and Events|

If you work in the retail industry in a leadership position, naturally you'll want to be the best leader you can be. Many executive employees become so focused on leading their teams and getting results that they forget to reflect on themselves and their own actions. Below we explore how executive coaching can improve your [...]

Move of the Week: Waitrose’s Bailey is the kind of leader you want in a crisis

By | May 1st, 2020|Move of The Week|

When James Bailey left Sainsbury’s in October it’s unlikely he would have imagined his next role to be leading a rival grocer’s response to the biggest public health crisis in a century. That’s the position Bailey now finds himself in, however, on joining John Lewis Partnership (JLP) as Waitrose’s new executive director this week. Thankfully, [...]

April 2020

Surge in online grocery demand could see an increase in customer fulfilment centres (CFCs)

By | April 30th, 2020|All News and Events|

The disruptive nature of the COVID -19 pandemic is – as expected – going to cause long-term economic ramifications on retailers around the world. While some retailers are suffering from a reduction of foot sales due to lockdown, others have risen to the challenge and have reinvented their models to survive the pandemic. As such, [...]

Stress management tips for business leaders

By | April 29th, 2020|All News and Events|

Leadership can put a huge amount of stress and strain upon the shoulders of business executives and CEOs alike, which can harm not only your personal life but the success of your business too. To help you deal with the responsibilities of being a leader, we've put together a list of tips for managing stress. [...]

Retail executives spared from paying rent

By | April 27th, 2020|All News and Events|

Retail executives across the UK breathed a sigh of relief this month as the government banned hostile retail landlords from using aggressive tactics for rent collection and releasing winding-up orders to threaten retailers into administration during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of UK retailers have been forced to close after the government imposed lockdown in [...]

3 ways executive coaching can boost your performance

By | April 24th, 2020|All News and Events|

Executive coaching is an excellent way to improve leadership skills, create clear objectives, and reach certain targets. The role of an executive coach is to help build self-awareness and encourage open communication within the workplace. Instead of simply providing advice, an executive coach will usually ask questions in order to empower the individual to make [...]

Opinion: The other frontline workers need emotional support too

By | April 24th, 2020|Move of The Week|

Last week I wrote about the importance of furloughed employees looking after their own health and wellbeing during these turbulent times. Judging by the overwhelming response to the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which saw 140,000 companies apply for support on the first day alone, many millions of people across a range of industry sectors [...]