Having spent much of my career as an Officer in the Royal Air Force, I am fortunate enough to have been taught world class military leadership techniques and advanced team work theory. Developing these skills in a variety of situations, be it deployed in Afghanistan or during multinational operations and training exercises.
Posts Categorized: Insight Document
In a departure from our work leading procurement and commercial insight projects, our latest venture has seen us partner with the world renowned ‘Program on Negotiation’ (PON) at Harvard Law School – helping them bring their executive negotiation course to London. In this article, we will share key information on the structure and content of… Read more »
Technology and the internet are now woven into the fabric of everyday life, dramatically changing the way we shop and challenging the traditional retail model. In the past, the retailer has governed how and when their customers shop; presenting products inside their stores and setting the times that they were open for business. Now the… Read more »
Retail P&Ls are under pressure as never before. The increasing costs of servicing customer needs in store and online, the advent of the Living Wage and increasing import costs post the Brexit vote – all these factors mean that retailers need to scrutinise every aspect of their P&L to release savings. This article explores an… Read more »
Ivo compares the indirect costs of running a fashion retailer, the trends surrounding the top categories and opportunities to control spend levels.
Over recent years the amount of data collected and stored by businesses has grown exponentially. Whether it be sales data, loyalty card data, financial data or online booking data there is certainly no shortage of information out there. This raises the question of what to do with it all? Theoretically, the huge amount of data… Read more »
In this paper Ivo briefly examines the history of online auctions and what has changed in their 20 year old life. Have they delivered what they promised? Are they a faddish and now outdated bully-boy way to buy? Or is there still real value in utilising online auctions today?…
The circular economy principles of keeping resources in use for as long as possible and recovering and regenerating materials at the end of each lifecycle, are particularly relevant to grocery retailers who engage with perishable products throughout the supply chain. The UK government body responsible for waste initiatives, WRAP, estimates that 12 million tonnes of… Read more »
In 2014 the UK’s economy grew by 2.6%, the fastest pace since 2007, in part driven by increased retail and consumer spending. The dark days of the recession drove changes in behaviour, out of necessity, that are likely to stick around now the economy is growing.
“We know we could save money and be more efficient but we choose not to because we’re in fashion…” This view from the Finance Director of a leading UK fashion retailer may seem surprising but is not unique. Fashion businesses major on style, aesthetics and design to keep ahead and build brand strength and loyalty.