Former CEO, EDCON South Africa, Former CEO, MYER, Australia
In a world where retail training is average and most retail courses are aged, it's great to see the FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL, Black Belt In Retail series by Prakash.
The contents are modern, easily digested and are a new retail encyclopedia!
The series includes essential tools and techniques that every retailer must know and adopt if they are to be number one.
The 360-degree approach is an eye opener for the savvy market retailer who knows that it is not enough just to engage your customers but also your employees and your partners. It’s time to unlearn what doesn’t work, and through this series, adopt efficient and effective, profit-centered concepts with tactical options.
I foresee this series fast becoming the primary, mandatory curriculum for every retail-learning partner worldwide.
President Retail, Al Futtaim, Dubai
Former CEO, Galleries LaFayette
We, in retail, continue to face many challenges on our way to management excellence. After 20 years of retail, I am still fighting the same widespread counter-productive behaviours:
Too much focus on revenue and little understanding of the main sources of profit.
The belief that headquarter teams know customers better than store teams.
A lack of well-shared, widespread KPIs.
Too much focus on next week and no time spent on a vision of the next five years.
Heavy focus on controlling investments and low control on merchandise commitments.
The belief that the more stock you have the more you will sell.
A lack of attention paid to markdowns.
I was therefore very pleased to discover the FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL ‘Black Belt in Retail Series’.
An educational tool; to the point; it’s comprehensive, and easy to use.
It is obvious there is a lot of retail experience behind it.
I hope the series will be shared and used by my retail colleagues.
Founder, TRRAIN, - Trust For Retailers And Retail Associates Of India,
Former Non Executive Vice Chairman, Shoppers Stop, India
I wish I could become a student of retail, or I had access to the FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL - Black Belt in Retail series in 1991, we could have saved millions of dollars.
Prakash and his team have put together one of the best educational and skilling tools that I have ever come across.
One can go from start to finish and learn the whole gamut of retail or you can get into a particular chapter and get a solution or way forward.
I also like the stress of profitable growth, as they have stressed upon with worksheets and exercises.
Former CEO, Shoppers Stop, India
The ‘Black Belt in Retail series’ is not only an excellent tool for students of retail but for anyone who wants to start a retail business and make it successful. Even for veterans who wish to brush up their skills, the ‘Black Belt in Retail series’ is an excellent source.
The courses cover the entire spectrum of retailing and arms one with the right knowledge, skills, and strategies required to become confident and aware of the tools to be used and when.
Simply well explained with worksheets and exercises, the series makes one absolutely confident.
CXO, Myantra, India
Former COO, Shoppers Stop, India
These can only be described as a labour of love, a fastidiously researched and profusely illustrated account of retail.
I wish I had access to FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL - Black Belt In Retailwhen I started my retail career 16 years ago.
It could have saved me so much research and enhanced my productivity.
This curriculum will help us understand every aspect of retail at a much higher level than I had expected.
It's a definitive and deceptively simple curriculum that has boiled out all of the irrelevant minutia, pretences, and bites deep into the bone of what makes a retail player.
It is a collector’s item for aspiring and working retail associates alike. It is no exaggeration to say that Prakash and team have done a flawless job on this course.
Their enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism shine through every page.
The Black Belt In Retail is an excellent investment.
It will provide many hours of Insight and a new appreciation of every function of the retail industry.
Retail entrepreneurs, Prakash Menon and team have used their extensive experience to articulate key retail principles in an easy to understand format.
Through highlighting trends and processes, they have identified learning’s that will impact profitability and growth in the arena.
Being in the buying industry, this series has been both useful and insightful.
I would recommend this to aspiring retailers, buyers or anyone in business looking to be able to innovate and adapt to an evolving market.
Managing Director, Edinburgh St James
Former CEO, Marka Holdings, Dubai
Prakash Menon and team have addressed all of these issues and much more in their first class series, the FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL - ‘Black Belt in Retail’ membership, that can be accessed webinars and even via practical exercises with the author himself.
These are excellent tools for those starting out in any retail discipline as a career choice and also middle management developing their skill set and expertise.
I highly recommend the Black Belt in Retail series.
Our retail future remains exciting, challenging, even volatile.
Rest assured that execution and the need for an engaged and skilled workforce would become increasingly important.
Execution IS Strategy.
FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL - Black Belt in Retail can help your organisation develop your very own ‘Retail Ninjas!’
Global Leader, Board Services, Stanton Chase, Dubai
Vice Chairman, Business Excellence, Stanton Chase, Dubai
Prakash’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in the retail industry is reflected beautifully in each of these courses.
The FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL -Black Belt in Retail series is a comprehensive guide to mastering all aspects of the retail space; this series will prove to be the backbone of one’s learning and growth and provides a strong foundation of concepts and models which are applicable in real life.
Prakash and team have very efficiently created a one of a kind retail encyclopedia that any retail professional will find invaluable.
Regional Managing Director & VP, Oracle, Singapore
Powerful in messaging, simple to understand the FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL - ‘Black Belt in Retail’ series can truly be great market differentiation and a game changer if followed and executed well.
The academy can instantly change the life of an organisation in retail space.
Each course in the series is carefully composed and practically explained, its limited verbosity and no-nonsense style helps the learner get to the point quickly and also acts as a go-to reference guide for the busy retailer.
Managing Director, Mont Hill
Former Executive Director, EMMAR PROPERTIES, Dubai
We are in a transformative time for retail, where the disruptive innovation and revolutionary changes in technology, society and consumer behaviours will continue to impact the industry, and massive realignment is required to configure new age skills and new thought leadership.
To achieve continuing growth in the retail business, you need to clearly understand the principles, and to adapt to the trends and the underlying drivers that are emerging.
FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL - ‘Black Belt in Retail’ is a very compelling curriculum, simple yet comprehensive guide that gives you the tools you need to understand the Retail fundamentals and its applications in business and life.
Maher Al Tebakhi
Division Manager, Retail Delta Marketing Co LTD, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
I am proud to have this collection that you created for the retail industry.
Through my experience in retail with my passion for learning, I haven’t found better material than this.
If I’d had the chance to read your books and watch the online videos a few years ago, I could have done things differently, and for sure, better than what I have done.
I will try and benefit from the entire material as much as I can, and use it as retail guidelines.
I have already started applying some changes within my team from what I have learned so far, and fruitful results have begun to show.
Thanks a lot for the valuable, amazing, important information, and details you have made available in your books and videos.
Global Co founder, Fullerton Financial Holdings, Singapore
Founder, Managing Director On The Board, & CEO, Dubai
Today's customer will not wait.
A delayed response in retail is a lost opportunity.
Equally, a wrong solution offered causes customer remorse, and so off-putting.
In such an age of choice and evolution, the business of retailing requires the approach of both an artist and a technologist - combining the virtues of both and driving efficiency and efficacy of service, delivery, and experience.
It is this expertise and the 'yin and yang' of retailing that Prakash and team so intelligently and articulately share with readers in his FUTURE RETAIL LEADERS SCHOOL -'Black Belt in Retail series'.
It is a great source of learning for retail professionals, as it provides them with practical approaches and tested tactics to tap into the opportunity.
This retail series divulges learning on how to drive results, and in the process be enabled to connect more effectively with the customer, so that retailers can drive predictable, profitable and sustainable profits in their businesses.