‘The Changing Face of Retail’ is the name of a new film project by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and ITN, which will investigate the future of British shopping.
Launching at the BRC’s ‘Retail 2020’ conference on May 16 in London, the film will be fronted by TV presenter and newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and will take a current affairs-style format, with interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.
This conference will link to the BRC’s ‘Retail 2020’ Report, which was released in three parts throughout 2016. The show will build on the Report’s findings, which predict fewer but better jobs in the retail industry over the next decade. It will explore what changes in the way people shop will mean for businesses, staff and consumers, and analyse the impact of Brexit on the retail industry in the coming years.
Currently in pre-production, ITN Productions are inviting those working in the retail industry to share their story and be part of the film by contacting David Ives, programme director at ITN Productions on 020 7430 4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commenting on the film, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE said: “Retail is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. But the rate of change within the retail industry is set to quicken as the digital revolution advances, more property leases come up for renewal, labour costs go up and technology costs go down. As the voice of the British retail industry, we’re pleased to be partnering with ITN Productions to detail what the future of retail will look like.”
Simon Shelley, head of industry news at ITN Productions, said: “ITN Productions is delighted to be partnering with the BRC to chart the transformational change that the retail industry is undergoing: exploring the shift in the way people shop, examining the effect this has on the vast number of people who work in the sector, and understanding the support that UK retailers require to flourish. We’re excited to embark on this project and engage with key organisations and people dedicated to shaping the future of retail.”
TV presenter and newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky will front the film project