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Local is in fashion: tailoring the consumer experience

Local is in fashion: tailoring the consumer experience

Author: Alka Gandhi Date: 11 Jul 2019 Type: Leadership Insights

Consumers are increasingly looking for more personal, community-orientated shopping experiences, with a recent IRI survey highlighting that over 50 per cent of UK customers prefer to shop local. While 10 years ago this meant visiting the 7-11 corner shop, a high street butcher or your local fashion store, the revolution of retail and technology has given ‘local’ a whole new meaning and depth. Today’s more demanding and savvy breed of shopper expects retailers to go the extra mile on consumer experience, tailoring offers to meet local needs.

Categories: Retail Recruitment

Zaid Gulraiz, a Senior Research in Berwick Partners’ Manufacturing and Engineering practice, explains how carmakers globally are currently facing an array of challenges, from slackening demand in China to stricter controls on emissions. Regulatory challenges, economic uncertainty and tariffs on trade are driving a dramatic shift towards strategic alliances and joint ventures between OEMs. Despite a drop in M&A activity from 2018 which saw a record 20 megadeals, experts believe the competition for emerging technologies will continue to drive acquisitions in the automotive space in 2019. Successful executives will need to learn to co-exist in an increasingly complex ecosystem, whilst working closely with key competitors.

Categories: Manufacturing & Engineering Recruitment

Consumers have more options than ever and unashamedly expect ‘added-value’ as standard. Kathryn Gill, a Consultant in Berwick Partners' Retail and Leasire Practice explains how the ‘last mile’ of the customer journey does not escape this expectation; it has an undeniably increasing influence on a consumer’s entire purchase decision. Trailblazers such as Amazon have heightened expectations and customers are demanding more and discounting those retailers who cannot directly meet their needs.

Categories: Retail Recruitment

Protecting people assets: beginning of the end for presenteeism?

Protecting people assets: beginning of the end for presenteeism?

Author: Richard Love Date: 28 Jun 2019 Type: Leadership Insights

Nowhere is the divergence in attitude across the 3 or 4 generations we see in today’s workforce more acutely evident than in the area of ‘presenteeism’. Most employers are aware of the age-old problem of ‘absenteeism’ and have the measures in place to manage and support employees who are absent. Richard Love, Managing Director of Berwick Partners explains how most employers, they are unaware of the impacts of a growing trend; ‘Presenteeism’.

Why aren’t there more female leaders in bio-medicine organisations? In the final chapter of this two-part interview, Anne van Herwijnen, a Partner in our Life Sciences Practice, continues the conversation on promoting diversity within the bio-medical sector with Ada Kruisbeek, founder and CSO at DCprime and Karin Klijn, Professor and Chair of Neurology at the Radboud University Medical Center

Categories: Life Sciences Recruitment

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