35 episodes

Consumer Focus is a podcast about empowering positive change for consumers and brands. Consumer Focus is hosted by Martin Newman, a champion for putting the consumer at the heart of all aspects of customer facing business. An expert, keynote speaker and advisor on customer-centric transformation, Martin has spent 37 years working with brands such as Harrods, Ted Baker and Burberry to build up a detailed understanding of the retail and commercial market.

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Consumer Focus is a podcast about empowering positive change for consumers and brands. Consumer Focus is hosted by Martin Newman, a champion for putting the consumer at the heart of all aspects of customer facing business. An expert, keynote speaker and advisor on customer-centric transformation, Martin has spent 37 years working with brands such as Harrods, Ted Baker and Burberry to build up a detailed understanding of the retail and commercial market.

    The Conscious Consumer: How Have Buying Habits Changed

    The Conscious Consumer: How Have Buying Habits Changed

    Martin is joined by his regular team of panelists who continue to share their update on the impact of the economic and energy situation on their lives and purchasing decisions. In addition Martin is delighted to welcome on to the podcast as a special guest, Andy Ruben. Andy was Walmart’s first and founding Chief Sustainability Officer as well leading their global eCommerce strategy. More recently, Andy founded Trove helping brands deliver sustainable and profitable growth at scale. This is a fascinating conversation covering everything from EV cars, the growth of the second hand and buy back market, climate change and sustainability as well as a host of customer centric topics with the panel sharing their real life insights alongside Andy and Martin's strategic view of the global consumer marketplace. 

    • 53 min
    Online customer service: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Online customer service: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Martin is joined again by the consumer panelists Dave and Marie-Claire. In episode 4, Martin and his guests discuss their experiences with a variety of brands and retailers when it comes to online customer service. The rise of online shopping has brought with it the need for businesses to be super customer centric online when things go wrong and the panel share their insights. Dave and Marie-Claire also update listeners on cost of living decisions they are making regarding energy and also with an eye on the Christmas holidays and presents in less than three months. 

    • 36 min
    How Brands and Consumers are Experiencing Last Mile Delivery - Panel Discussion

    How Brands and Consumers are Experiencing Last Mile Delivery - Panel Discussion

    Martin is joined again by the consumer panelists Dave, Leila and Marie-Claire. In episode 3, they chat about the the ongoing cost of living crisis and the hopes for more positivity with a new British Government as well as discussing the brands who are the runners and riders in the last mile delivery service and how as consumers they are changing behaviours to not only manage spend about the sustainability impact.  

    • 44 min
    The Future of the High Street - Panel Discussion

    The Future of the High Street - Panel Discussion

    Martin is joined again by the consumer panelists. In episode 2, they chat about the evolution of the high street in the UK including some of the recent changes, their hopes and desires for an invigorated high street and discussion around the brand mix that they expect to see from their local shops and retailers.

    • 43 min
    Changes in consumer behaviour and stories of customer experience - Panel Discussion

    Changes in consumer behaviour and stories of customer experience - Panel Discussion

    Martin launches a new season of the Consumer Focus podcast with a new format. Each episode Martin will be joined by a panel of people to share their insights and experiences of customer centricity, experience and more. In episode 1, Martin and the panel chat about the cost of living crisis and how it is impacting the buying decisions the panel are making as well as delving into some of their recent customer service stories with brands and how they navigated them. 

    • 45 min
    How will the metaverse change customer experience and building interactive retail experiences in the real world with Rizwan Rajpoot

    How will the metaverse change customer experience and building interactive retail experiences in the real world with Rizwan Rajpoot

    Martin is joined by Rizwan Rajpoot, Group Chief Digital Officer for L'azurde Jewelry, a leading brand in the MENA region. Riz was recently nominated as a global top 100 Chief Digital Officer and he shares his views on how the traditional retail and in person experience will evolve and why he sees the metaverse as being a central destination for retail and leisure in the future. He also discusses the change we have seen in the way we pay and the impact this has on customer service and the variations he has seen on customer centricity in the roles he has held in different locations around the world.

    • 38 min

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