Retail Insider is pleased to launch a new publication the Retail Insider Digital Champions Report 2019(sponsored by Software AG) that highlights some of the retailers, and individuals within them, that have taken the decision to be proactive in this new digitally-led world of retail.

A batch of retailers have been selected who we believe are ‘champions’ of what we could call the ‘digital transformation’. They have been drawn from a variety of organisations – from established traditional retailers through to newer pure-plays. They comprise Hotel Chocolat, The Entertainer, Lovehoney, Schuh, Adeo, River Island, Graze and Matalan.

David Lloyd, MD of UK & Nordics, Alibaba Group

The report was launched at Hedonism Wines in London’s Mayfair where the guest speaker David Lloyd, MD of UK & Nordics at Alibaba Group, gave some interesting insights into the business and put the spotlight on its latest developments. He was followed by a tutored wine tasting – based on The Tour de France – that took in wines from the various regions of the country.

Guests received a copy of the report that highlights companies that have made the decision to not stand still. They have each devised strategies for creating platforms that enable them to not only compete in today’s transformational market but involves them putting in place an infrastructure that enables constant change.

They have all realised that to compete effectively in this digitally-powered environment requires flexible models that can easily adapt to changing circumstances. Each of these champions gives some great insights into their thinking around this area as they navigate through what are turbulent but exciting times.

We hope their thoughts provide much to think about in these tough times and highlight both the challenges and opportunities to others in the retail sector who are navigating their businesses through a rapidly changing environment.

Retail Insider would like to thank David Lloyd for giving up his time to help launch the report and also each of the distinguished individuals included in the report for contributing their valuable insights and for highlighting that retail has a bright future for progressive thinkers.

It is also a very big thank-you to Software AG for their sponsorship of the report and the launch event.

To download a copy of the report: Retail Insider Digital Champions Report 2019

Glynn Davis, editor, Retail Insider