Storytelling needs ‘true’ stories

By Mike Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, CPM International Group

Last year we lost a client – something I am not used to, something I take personally and something that bothers me. Since then I have spent time reflecting on what went wrong and how we need to be better next time. Continue Reading…

Successful retailing is different now

“Successful retailing is different now” says Nabih (Nabs) Awad, GM – Merchandising and Assisted Selling, in a recent Retail World magazine article. There is a widely held view in marketing circles that the more channels and touch points a consumer is exposed to, the greater the prospect of making a sale.

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Getting the right mix

CPM Australia Assisted SellingRetail World approached Lynne McKay, GM Retail Activation at Retail Safari to discuss the emerging key trends in the retail and sales industry for their Business Review – Sales & Distribution section.

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Highlights from the 2015 ACRS World Retail Congress

ACRS World Retail Congress Highlights 2015 CPM AustraliaThis week I attended the “Highlights from the ACRS World Retail Congress” where my time was well spent hearing about merging global trends and retail best practice.

This year’s theme centred on the idea of ‘Transforming retail today, tomorrow and beyond’ to survive in an age of disruption. Retail leaders – Dr. Sean Sands and Dr. Violet Lazarevic – thoughtfully took to the stage and shared their global perspective on these interruptions and trends affecting our industry. Their presentation included key findings from the Global Retail Index plus learnings from their attendance at the 2015 Congress in Rome.

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The Consumer Purchase Journey: Blending the Basics


In a situation of retail revolution rather than evolution, long-successful brands are battling to maintain relevance.  Speaking in Melbourne at the ACRS Retail Insights Seminar –sponsored by CPM Australia – Dr. Sean Sands, Research Director at the Australian Centre for Retail Studies (ACRS), said retail disruption was a key concern for global brands today given the rapid and accelerating pace of change in the sales environment.

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Retail activation in the modern marketplace seminar

Providing perspectives on the challenges brands face in breaking through the marketing clutter to engage with consumers, key thought leaders united to share their insights regarding retail activation in the modern marketplace. Sponsored by CPM, the seminar took place in Melbourne over breakfast as part of the ACRS Retail Insights Seminar.

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From Brand Ambassadors to “Engagement Specialists”

For many years, Brand Ambassadors have been a ubiquitous part of the shopping environment. Used as a standard in-store promotional tactic by grocery and non-grocery manufacturers alike, their traditional role has predominantly involved increasing brand awareness, as well as driving sales. However, in recent years we have been observing changes in the Australian market, which in turn has led to an increasing sophistication in the role of Brand Ambassadors. Continue Reading…

Retail Stores of the Future

WSJ Designer Rebecca Minkoff’s touch screen mirrorRetailers are discovering new ways to enrich their customer’s experience. Retailing is no longer about the product. It’s all about the emotional brand experience felt by the customer in-store – where engagement is at its strongest.

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