Retail industry leaders have come together to form a new Retail Sector Council that aims to drive growth and guide it through the changes it is facing.
It will be co-chaired by British Retail Consortium (BRC) chairman Richard Pennycook as well as Conservative MP and member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Andrew Griffiths.
The newly-formed council will work to address issues like productivity, skills shortages and adapting to changing consumer behavior.
Other members include Amazon UK manager Doug Gurr, John Lewis chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield and Asos chief executive Nick Beighton.
“The first Retail Sector Council comes at a moment of unprecedented change for our sector,” Pennycook said.
“Retail is one of the largest private-sector employers in the country, and the council will provide strategic oversight of the challenges we are facing by seeking positive change and increased productivity.
“We will be working together with industry and government to deliver our vision for the future of retail.”
Griffiths added: “Our new collaborative Retail Sector Council will bring government and industry together to look at how best to ensure the industry adapts to meet the changing demands of consumers.”