MARK TAYLORRetail Consultant · Ecommerce Expert · Retail Blockchain Advisor - helping retail companies to realise their retail, digital, eCommerce & blockchain potential.
I am an experienced retailer, having held senior leadership roles with some of the biggest retailers in the UK, including Marks & Spencer, River Island and Littlewoods Shop Direct.
My retail career started with the iconic stalwart, Marks & Spencer as a management trainee, working on numerous sales floors learning the foundations of my retail knowledge from some of the very best retailers in the UK.
Franchise & Wholesale
In addition to UK stores, Marks & Spencer gave me the opportunity to work in the franchise division with the company’s Portuguese partner and also the Spanish partner on a joint venture. This franchise experience was further extended to the Middle East when at River Island.
In addition to UK & International retail and franchise operations, I also worked with several wholesale operators, alongside responsibilities for retail support teams including marketing, finance, buying & merchandising, IT, web development, logistics and supply chain.
I have extensive International experience, having worked throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, including residential stays in Spain, Portugal & Chile. I have also helped retail companies sell into International markets from a UK base and worked with Chinese suppliers to develop own brand product ranges.
My product portfolio is eclectic and ranges from fashion, clothing, homeware & foods to sportswear, telecoms, musical instruments and recording equipment.
My retail experience covers company structures ranging from large to small and corporate to private, including private-equity, owner-managed and SME. Business structures range from national & international, to regional, niche and start-ups.
Digital & eCommerce
My interest in eCommerce started in 2001 whilst at River Island and has continued ever since. The fast-pace and technical challenges of this aspect of Retail is what appeals to my commercial geek nature. I have a thorough knowledge of each component part of eCommerce, from operations, platforms, web developments and technical SEO, to digital marketing, UX, CX, search engine & conversion rate optimisation.
My passion for eCommerce led me to explore Retail Blockchain, DLTs and Smart Contracts in the context of how this smart technology can help solve real-world problems for retail businesses. Using blockchain technology in retail offers multiple benefits, including reduced costs, increased transparency, faster transactions and improved security.
I am also a Retail Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain), contributing to evidence sessions and relevant Advisory Board meetings using my extensive Retail & eCommerce knowledge and experience.
Retail Blockchain Advisor
I have become a leading authority on Retail Blockchain and help retail companies to explore this exciting technology. What started as a mild curiosity is now a passion, with the principles of decentralised peer-to-peer digital transactions driving me to develop retail blockchain applications for the benefit of a better retail environment. As a Retail Consultant & Retail Blockchain Advisor, I am helping retail companies to explore blockchain technology within retail and eCommerce.
Proactive & Passionate
I am a proactive and passionate retail operator, with a keen sense of continual learning and development, and enjoy working collaboratively with existing retail teams.
If you need support on a retail project or simply have a question, don’t be shy, get in touch.