Hash Ladha and Ish Patel of Aurora Fashions topped the table in the Retailinsider.com Multi-channel/e-commerce Movers & Shakers Top 100 for 2012, which was again sponsored by K3 Retail.
They are both recognised in the report for driving a raft of changes at the fashion retailer including 90-minute delivery, fulfilment from stores, and replacing fixed tills in-store with iPads.
They were closely followed by Robin Terrell and Andy Harding at House of Fraser, who have also been placed highly because of their commitment to undertaking numerous initiatives at House of Fraser. They are pushing it towards providing a seamless multi-channel experience for its customers.
This year the focus of the report moved from listing individuals at large companies to instead highlighting those people who are having an influence through their innovation – regardless of the size of the organisation employing them.
This led to the top 20 in this year’s report containing names from some smaller players who are regarded as having a growing level of influence as they develop new ways of working that may well be adopted by the larger operators in the near future.
Among them are Richard Weaver and Steve Lewis at Majestic Wines, David Worby at Mywardrobe.com, and Neal Slateford and Richard Longhurst at Lovehoney.
Highlighting the dynamism of multi-channel and e-commerce retailing is the fact that 30% of the names featured in this year’s report were not listed in the 2011 version. And those individuals from non-retailers have also made their mark this year as Consultants, Service Providers and Investors make up 20% of the people listed in the 2012 report.
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