About the author

James Stewart

James is a Partner of Ferrier Hodgson and is the firm’s National Retail Practice Leader. He has practised in the field of corporate restructuring and strategic consulting for over 30 years. James is also a Partner of Azurium, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrier Hodgson.


Smartphones need payments

After the arrival of Apple Pay, James Stewart weighs in on mobile payment technology.

Gotham Greens – Fresh from your rooftop

James Stewart on sourcing the best fresh produce and delivering it via the fastest distribution channels.

Analytics: the best drug pharmacies can get

James Stewart on how to excel and win in changing retail conditions.

The department compartment

James Stewart examines the ways Australian department stores must evolve.

Inventory management – it’s all about speed

The final instalment of James Stewart’s series on retail benchmarking done right.

Measuring the margin of success

James Stewart looks at gross margin benchmarking for retailers.

Measuring store productivity

Part two of James Stewart’s series on retail benchmarking.

Retail benchmarking – How do you measure the measure?

James Stewart discusses the role of benchmarking in assessing best practice for businesses.

Death by ego

Sometimes the success of a business is the reason for its failure, says James Stewart.

Poor execution can lead to permanent execution

James Stewart on the advantages of seamless and consistent execution.

Reinvent to stay relevant

Establishing brand relevance and maintaining it through reinvention is more important now than ever, says James Stewart.


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