MARK TAYLOR

Retail Consultant · Ecommerce Expert · Retail Blockchain Advisor - helping retail companies to realise their retail, digital, eCommerce & blockchain potential.

Experienced Retailer

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.

Retail Foundations

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.

Retail Operations

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.

International Retail

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.

Product Range

My product portfolio is eclectic and ranges from fashion, clothing, homeware & foods to sportswear, telecoms, musical instruments and recording equipment.

Business Structures

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.

Retail Blockchain

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.

APPG Blockchain

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.

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