Pure London’s Brexit Panel Discussion

pr_zone_logo_no_dateToday at Pure London, buyers and retailers gathered for the highly anticipated Brexit discussion panel.  The discussions focused on new innovations and developments for the industry in a post-Brexit world.Key highlights from the discussion included:

  • Customer confidence is a key factor for buyers and retailers during the uncertain economic climate.
  • Independent retailers can thrive by offering a bespoke customer experience, providing a high quality service to encourage new customers and keep existing customers engaged, especially in a world where people are increasingly time poor.
  • Retailers who have invested in mobile apps and online tools should continue to do so.
  • Retailers should prepare themselves for greater accessibility to the Chinese and Indian markets in particular, which should expand over the next 5 years as trade negotiations with these countries progress.

Everitt emphasised the focus on efficiency and encouraged the audience to take a long-term view of the change. He said; “The biggest concern for retailers at the moment is the exchange rate. It means growing top line sales will be harder with pressure on costs and operating profit margins with less of a focus on market share and sales, however, going forward, sterling could appreciate.”
Michael Clarke commented “We should expect straight forward thinking from Theresa May… Retailers should not panic, and focus on taking advantage of the lower value of the pound.”