The first episode of The Retail Exchange, a new retail podcast series that throws a spotlight on key issues affecting instore performance, with insight and opinion from senior figures from within the industry, is now available to download.

Hosted by former-BBC journalist and broadcaster Declan Curry, episode one of The Retail Exchange is titled ‘Stores of the Future 2.0’ – featuring an experienced panel of leading retail professionals, including:

Karl McKeever, founder of retail transformation agency Visual Thinking
Paul West, strategy director at design agency, Dalziel and Pow
James Breaks, associate design director at design consultancy, the rpa:group
Nathan Watts, creative director of global integrated design agency, FITCH

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Listeners with hear the panel discuss the continued trend amongst leading retailers to launch ‘Store of the Future’ concepts, and if in reality these stores really do provide a glimpse into the future of retail. They also delve into the subject of concept stores being blighted by a ‘launch and leave’ syndrome, and whether greater focus be place on delivering retail transformation instore, every day.

Produced in association with Retail Focus magazine, The Retail Exchange is the first in a regular series of retail podcasts, with episode two available on 26 May 2017.

The Retail Exchange – ‘Stores of the Future 2.0’ is available to download from 8 May 2017 at Listeners to the podcast will also be able to join in the debate on Twitter, using the hashtag #RetailExchange.