Prakash 'PK' is an extraordinary individual. He is someone who will fast become one of your trusted advisors should you meet with him. No doubt his professional career qualifies him as one of the leading authorities on Retail Supply Chains and personal leadership.
I highly recommend PK to anyone wanting to get ahead in life.
Vice President @ Hashtag Consulting
In a very long time, I have not come across a more powerful author and speaker , a more charismatic leader and, most importantly, a more refined individual and human being of the order of Prakash. He constitutes one of those rare breed of multi-talented individuals and perhaps belongs to the top 1% of the human talent on this planet, who have the capacity to consistently weave success.
Managing Director @ Tauro Capital
Prakash is one of the most exciting and interesting people i have ever met in business. He's obviously an incredibly accomplished professional but he's also a man of action, who uses his impeccable judgement and vision to back entrepreneurs and businesses with his capital and support at the outset.
He has my vote for the most influential and important contact i have made in the last 12 months of business.
Prakash is vastly experienced in business, who offers his clients a combination of strategic perspectives, mixed with tactical ideas, that are easy to understand and execute for results.
Prakash is approachable, knowledgeable, and an expert in business practice. I would recommend his services to any organisations dedicated to achieving improved results.
Leadership Coach, Australia
PK is a man of integrity and vision. He has a steely determination to help others succeed and is a genuine thought leader in the field of logistics and supply chain. I am honoured to count Prakash as a friend and mentor and recommend him unreservedly.
Author, Journalist, Australia
I have had the great privilege of working closely with Prakash (or PK as he is known to his friends and close business associates) for almost 2 years. During this time I have come to know him as the consummate professional and one of the most passionate, driven and genuine businesspeople I know.
Not only do the phenomenal results PK has achieved in his career speak volumes about his capabilities, but the testimonials he receives from others also give us an insight into a man who finds it an absolute honour and privilege to help others and leave a lasting legacy. In my experience, this is a rare quality in the 21st century and something that truly stands PK apart from others.
An inspiring speaker, author, mentor and trainer, PK combines strong proven business acumen with wit, wisdom, honesty and a refreshingly humble, down to earth manner.
Strategist Womens Transformation, Dubai
An eminent Thought Leader! An astute Strategist! A steadfast Motivator! A walking encyclopedia of evetything Retail! Prakash Menon is all these and more.
Quick-witted, grounded and ever-positive, there is no dull moment when PK is around. A thorough professional, he never allows personal issues affect his duty and commitments. He is a leader, whom you can entrust your vision with, rest assured he will help you unfurl your dreams!
Business Transformation Specialist, Dubai
PK is a minefield of multiple dimensions - experience, knowledge, insights, magnanimity and humility.
Any amount of hours spent listening to him will not be sufficient.
Sales And Leadership Speaker, USA
If you want to learn from one of the most driven, accomplished, inspirational people - you must meet PK! PK's journey from rags to riches will both inspire and motivate you to do more, be more and have a bigger impact on the planet.
His distinguished career in both India and Australia has included some of the most senior roles in retail and hospitality. His effect on the retail world will be felt for many years to come. Each time I partner with him in the global thought leadership community, I am in awe of his brilliance, his drive and his commitment to those around him. PK is a thought leader creating an impact on the planet
eLearning Designer, Australia
PK is a visionary person who lead you and your teams to lead themselves and others. There are few people I know who can transform and utilise a 30-year journey, results of personal success and professional experience, to then share their expertise and vision with others on platform of Global Thought Leaders.
Book the next session in your diary and commit to the change you want to make. I recommend Prakash as a business partner who will show you the systems that give you those changing results.
I have found Prakash to be one of the most inspiring people I met in a long time. His work, his thoughts and ideas, his persona, his enthusiasm for life, learning and mentoring, the success he has achieved in the corporate world and the energy he exudes are simply astonishing and marvellous, and yet he is so refreshingly down to earth, humble and charming!
Business Advisor @ AMTIL
PK has become a mentor to me and every occasion I have spent time with him, I have come out inspired, resolute and with answers that are full of wisdom. He has introduced me to Thought Leadership and the programmes that I have attended have transformed me and put me on a journey I covet. I hope to hang on to his coat-tail in future and come up to his belief in me.
Former Lead NRL Player And Agent
Prakash has an amazing ability to help individuals gain clarity in their personal strengths and how to commercialise them into reality.
After working with Prakash and his team I personally was able to reach targets and levels that I thought was impossible. I do not hesitate in recommending PK through his knowledge, experience and genuine compassion to see his students succeed.
I worked with Prakash and apart from the wealth of supply chain knowledge he has, I admired his interpersonal skills which gained him the utmost respect from all levels within the hierarchy of the business.
The reason for this was that he truly believes in the business philosophies he delivered, i.e., it was not just a sales pitch; his own drive and determination makes him a great mentor which is what you would expect from someone reaching out to the most influential people within a business.
Futurist, Author, Conference Speaker, Australia
Prakash is the consummate professional, who does everything possible to set and achieve the highest standards. I'm constantly inspired by the size and scale of his vision and goals, and continue to be impressed by his ability to follow through in making them happen.
Retired CEO/CFO, Australia
Prakash has limitless energy and passion and a very keen sense of business.
Whether you are seeking engaging keynotes or coaching and mentoring with private stretch, challenge and support, I recommend PK to you. He is one of those rare people who has deep integrity and capability and stands behind his conviction to you.
Mentor, Trainer, Facilitator, India
Prakash is a dynamic individual with burning desire and matching capability to be counted among The Best in his field of expertise- Supply Chain Management.
Believing in walking-a-inch but going-mile-deep, makes him an Absolute Authority in his Subject and also a Thought Leader. A very pleasant individual and a great Mentor. He possess an enviable Public Speaking ability and his workshops are immense experience. Already a Role Model for budding Infopreuners, he will soon be seen rubbing shoulders with the best in the Industry.
The Ghost Who Writes, Australia
Prakash "PK" Menon, is a universe of his own building. Highly articulate, exceedingly intelligent, a strategic thinker, PK has an innate understanding of human nature, and is a veritable font of knowledge. Not only wise, he has an excellent grasp of communication skills and use of language.
His people skills are second to none, and I can't imagine he is anything other than an excellent mentor. Anyone would be lucky to achieve a position under PK's wing, and he will only be of benefit to those around him, both in a knowledge aspect, a sharing one, but also just his imparting of trust and his 'to the point' honest approach. He has a great sense of humor and his positivity is infectious. Prakash Menon is the real deal. He will greatly benefit anyone who chooses to pursue a professional relationship with him, and I look forward to working with him in the future. I feel fortunate to be able to do so.
Senior Retail Executive, Australia
I am fortunate to have worked with PK for a number of years at MYER luxury retail stores, Pepsico & TAJ hotels.
PK is truly an inspirational and a charismatic leader at an organisation level and also at a personal level he is my coach & a mentor, and touched my life in a number of ways, I have always known him to be a thorough & a committed professional, who not only excelled in his strategic roles but also have the ability to take on new projects that were challenging & critical to the company's growth.
Brand Manager, Hardie Grant Egmont, Australia
I have known PK since re-settling back into Australia for almost 10 years.
Our meeting in Myer was a matter of destiny or chance, that I'm still trying to figure that one out. However, one thing I am certain about is, PK has been a much valued inspiration in my career and a truly gifted person. In my last meeting with PK. he said: "Ehsan, aim for that Khalifa, nothing is impossible" (which he meant was the Burj Al Khalifah in Dubai, the tallest building in the world). But always make sure that with each stage you climb, look back and reflect yourself of how you managed to negotiate your critical pathway.
This will make your journey to the summit a lot easier. Not only as a mentor, but also as a friend I have found him extremely approachable to share my aspirations and he has been equally honest and candid with his constructive suggestions. People like PK are rare. With a humble background when he first stated his new beginning in Sydney to being a successful orator, mentor and professional not only deserves my admiration but also have the honour of having him as my mentor.
Senior Retail Executive, Dubai
I was introduced to PK just when the world was gripped by the dreaded CoVID-19 pandemic and since then we have been interacting on almost daily basis. So much so that PK has been a guiding force and highly instrumental in my own professional and personal growth in the past 24 months.
PK's academic excellence and work related accomplishments are testimony to the fact why is so well-regarded globally. He is a powerhouse of practical knowledge be it on the matters of Retail Industry, Supply Chain Management, Thought Leadership or Career Acceleration & Transition. PK's decades of Experience, Subject Matter Expertise, Unique Oratory Skills and Point-Of-View, compel one to be mentored by him ir-respective of which industry, country, age-group or background one comes from.
PK mesmerizes you with his passion, persuasiveness, elegance, mastery and life perspective. He is the “Burj Khalifa” of the Thought Leader’s Community. I am blessed to have him as my guide, mentor, coach and also a friend.
Senior Planning Analyst, Australia
I had the opportunity to work with one of the best leaders - Prakash Menon. He has prolific leadership skills and an unmatched persona, which makes him unique.
He has an ocean of knowledge and experience of Retail Mentoring and leadership, which he shared with me on multiple occasions, which helped me in my career progression.
Prakash is a visionary leader and an inspiring mentor which I would highly highly recommend.
Senior Marketing Executive, USA
What started as a business relationship way back has turned into a great friendship now.
As a mentor, Prakash has been an extremely positive influence on my life.
Love his process-based approach to mentoring, which breaks down complex thoughts into nuggets for you to understand and take action on. He is considerate, thoughtful and full of wisdom. Strongly recommend him to anyone looking for career guidance and/or growth as a leader in retail.
Human Resource Executive, India
I am currently undergoing executive mentoring with Prakash (PK) as my coach.
His ability to explain concepts and help understand how one can use them practically is what I feel is unique and exemplary.
An outstanding coach, his passion for the process strengthens your conviction and motivates you to find and achieve your goals - a true transformational leader.
A friend and guide, his easy and pleasing personality makes you comfortable from the very beginning and helps develop a bond of trust.
IT / Education Executive, Australia
No doubt we learn from our life experiences.
However, we still need a mentor to guide us and set us on a path of self-discovery followed by achievement.
Prakash has been one such Mentor, full of enthusiasm, experience and wisdom.
I would recommend anyone looking for expert guidance in the field of retail or in their career to get in touch with Prakash.
Executive Director, India
PK is a great coach and a wonderful human being.
He very quickly helped me reignite my mojo back into my professional and personal life.
In a very short timeframe, my life has turned for the better and I feel so energized and driven ever since I had PK come into my life as my mentor. I feel so privileged to have PK as my mentor and will recommend him without any hesitation to anyone who aspires to excel in their career and life.
PK is the complete package any aspiring leader would ever need as a mentor or guide in their life.
Human Resource Executive, Canada
"PK changed my life!
He is very empathic and professional.
He has a versatile tool box that can help anyone gain clarity, make a great impact, uplift from any base, and move forward in any circumstances.
I learnt a tremendous amount of skills, techniques and great resources from PK for my career and personal development.
PK is reliable, friendly, professional, and really puts you at ease. I enjoyed working with him and look forward to continuing to put everything I learned into practice!
I definitely would recommend PK to anyone.”
Technology Director, USA
PK is a great mentor and an experienced coach.
He has a wealth of knowledge to help sharpen one's thought leadership skills.
He truly believes in helping professionals grow by identifying their blind spots and channeling a learning journey towards a structured path.
Executive Chairman , India
Prakash is a star supply chain expert as well as a truly passionate retail sales trainer!
He’s able to pursue such diverse skills due to his inherent people management and commercial abilities.
In addition, he’s a profound human being who always keeps his promises and commitments to his colleagues and friends.
Finally, a trustworthy friend on whom one can rely upon.
Technology CEO, Dubai
PK has been an inspiring coach and a stellar guide to me in my quest to grow, prepare and excel in life and my role.
I look forward to my interactions with him and his style is engaging and empathetic.
He is exceptionally knowledgeable and well read.
PK is a true thought leader with myriad original ideas, unique points of view and incisive insights and that effect rubs off on you.
I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone seeking to grow personally and professionally.
Sales Professional, Australia
I have known Pk for the last 6-8 months. He has been a mentor, a guide and a dear friend.
Before I met Pk, I had no direction & no purpose as such!!
The only thing I knew was I could do much better.
PK has changed me, my attitude, mindset, helped me improve my habits and, last but not the least, has shown me direction and given me a purpose.
In spite of his own adversities, Pk has inspired not only me, but a lot of' lost souls (like me).
Not only has he put me on a path to do the same, but he has provided me with direction and a purpose.
I can notice the change in myself in just 6-8 months. He’s very patient as a mentor and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Also, his business acumen is second to none.
I draw a lot of inspiration from Pk. Although I speak to him once a week, that is more than enough for me to be upbeat, in higher spirits until I speak to him the following week.
Also, Pk is very addictive 😜 and a big bro to me..
Content Writer, India
Having literally carved a career as a content specialist (with my earlier background) and being where I was at that stage in my life, I thought I had done a fairly decent job.
But I was always looking to get to the next level.
After I joined his mentoring program, I have gained so much insight into the possibilities that await me that it sometimes intimidates me.
But I am sure PK has it all figured out. And I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me. As he says, “Trust the system.”
Getting into PK’s mentoring program has been, by far, the most valuable investment I have made in myself.
I have learnt some great skills that I am sure will help me as I get ready to launch myself to the next level in my career.
And there is a new kind of confidence that comes along with me wherever I go.
I am grateful to PK for his mentorship and I am looking forward to learning much more from him.
And I highly recommend PK if you are looking to discover your true potential and unearth it to take yourself to a higher level, both personally and professionally.
Serial Entrepreneur, India
Prakash has been a coach , mentor and a great friend .
There is a lot to learn from his work and life experiences, and interactions with him have always been a pleasure, as his presence brings out the best in me.
He is an exemplary example of passion at work and the ferocity of implementation can unleash.
He is an educationalist , coach , mentor and a wonderful human being all rolled into one .
Senior Media Executive, India
PK is a rare combination of a wonderful human being and a superbly accomplished professional.
This is very rare to find and I think it stems from his unique characteristic of "Empathy".
He is extremely knowledgeable and his clarity on concepts is outstanding.
His work experience and the knowledge he has gleaned over the last few years and combining that to impart knowledge is what truly sets him apart from anyone that I have come across.
I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who is looking at a world-class mentor, coach or a keynote speaker.
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.