New ITN/BRC film announced on the future of shopping

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‘The Changing Face of Retail,’ a new film project by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and ITN Productions, will investigate the future of British shopping.

The programme will build on the BRC’s recent industry report, ‘Retail 2020’, which predicts 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.

Launching at the British Retail Consortium’s ‘Retail 2020’ event on the 16 May 2017, the film will be fronted by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and will be a long-form current affairs-style programme, drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage. 

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 david.ives@itn.co.uk. The news-style format will include interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, 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 British Retail Consortium 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 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.”