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Martin launches a new season of the Consumer Focus podcast with a new format. Each episode Martin will be joined by a panel of people to share their insights and experiences of customer centricity, experience and more. In episode 1, Martin and the panel chat about the cost of living crisis and how it is impacting the buying decisions the panel are making as well as delving into some of their recent customer service stories with brands and how they navigated them. 
Martin is joined by Rizwan Rajpoot, Group Chief Digital Officer for L'azurde Jewelry, a leading brand in the MENA region. Riz was recently nominated as a global top 100 Chief Digital Officer and he shares his views on how the traditional retail and in person experience will evolve and why he sees the metaverse as being a central destination for retail and leisure in the future. He also discusses the change we have seen in the way we pay and the impact this has on customer service and the variations he has seen on customer centricity in the roles he has held in different locations around the world.
Martin is joined by Oliver Banks, Managing Director of OB & Co advisory and a top 100 global retail influencer. 
Martin is joined by Sir john Timpson, CBE, chairman of The Timpson Group. Sir John talks about some of the history behind the company and how he cultivated an atmosphere of empowerment with his employees to be able to take ownership of their own stores to make more informed decisions with their customer journey. A fascinating insight into the world of a family owned business and how they have structured the organisation to put customer centricity at the heart their agenda. Sir John also discusses the strategy of hiring ex-offenders now totally 600 employees at Timpsons. 
In this bonus episode, Martin shares his own career journey and how it has informed his work over the past decades in serving brands, businesses and the consumer. He outlines why he is so passionate about customer service, placing the consumer at the heart of commercial decision making and the benefits to the bottom line when you take this approach. Martin also shares his blueprint for implementing this strategic approach with his '6 Key Drivers to Customer Centricity'. 
Martin is joined by Martyn Sibley, CEO of Purple Goat and Disability Horizons. Martin is uniquely qualified to lead the transformation in accessibility. He describes himself as a "regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy". This means he can’t walk, or lift anything heavier than a book giving Martyn the most valuable insights on how brands should handle accessibility for all people which he shares with Martin in this episode. He was also voted Britain's third most influential disabled person and is leading efforts through his organisations and business to campaign for enhanced inclusivity and diversity for consumers. 
Martin is joined by Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify whose mission is to help companies give their frontline employees the support and tools they need to do their best work every day with training and communications. Carol shares her insights on the importance that frontline workers have on customer service and centricity and why educating this constituency is critical to the bottom line as it effects the whole in-store experience across sales, service and safety. Carol also discusses her views on company culture and how to build this in a distributed organisation and the impact culture has on staff loyalty, retention and the whole business. 
Martin is joined by David Wright, CEO of Pattern, the premier platform for global ecommerce. Pattern is a leading player in ecommerce intelligence, marketplace management and omnichannel retail strategy and execution for brands around the world. David shares his insights managing a hyper growth business that is partner obsessed, data centric as well as trends in the direct to consumer space and the mega marketplaces. Listen to how  Pattern have a driven their own company culture to inform customer centricity to deliver best service at the best prices. 
Martin is joined by Andy Miles, a leading retail e-commerce expert whose career has included working for some of the biggest brands in the UK such as Tescos, Boots and more recently the Arcadia Group. Andy shares his insights on the technological trends that are empowering consumers with their e-commerce experience. With the customer being king, Andy identifies ways that retailers can build a true omnichannel journey and how to ensure that brands get the basics right when it comes to digital.
Martin is joined by Susanne Given, Plural Non-Executive Director to talk about how diversity, opportunity and inclusion at the board level lead to customer centricity and stronger retail businesses. Susanne also discusses how Gen Z are impacting board decision making, the concept of alternative boards and some views on the future of the retail experience for consumers. Susanne has had a distinguished career including tours of duty at Harrods, T K Maxx, John Lewis and Eurostar to name but a few. Today she shares her knowledge and experience as Non Executive Chairman at MADE.com and Non-Executive Director at Morrisons, Hush amongst others. 
Martin talks with Nick Molnar, CEO and Co-Founder of Afterpay (Clearpay in the UK) one of the world's leading payment solutions. Nick shares how Afterpay places customer centricity at the heart of their business by focusing on hiring the right talent, creating purpose behind the company mission, using data to drive decisions and building community to develop trust and reputation. Within 10 years, millennials and Gen Z will account for 50% of all retail spending and Nick shares how he is driving Afterpay to meet those changing consumer requirements. 
Martin is joined by Dan Morrell, the man who invented carbon offseting and who has and continues to change the world for the better by ensuring our environment is sustainable.
Today Martin Newman is joined by William Sachiti, founder and CEO of the Academy of Robotics who created Kar-go an autonomous delivery vehicle aimed at the last mile of local delivery.
Today, Martin is joined by Simon Mottram, founder of Rapha and a true cycling fan.
Today Martin is joined by Mike Barry, sustainability advisor and consultant.
Today Martin is joined by Maria Chenoweth, the CEO of TRAID which is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away and to get people choosing second-hand over new clothing.
Martin is joined by Adam Zainudden, a marine biologist who investigates how plastic packaging on consumer goods damages our wildlife. In this insightful conversation, Adam explains what shops can do to support the move towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable high street.
In this episode, Martin is joined by Wayne Andrews, independent advisor on exchange rate risk management. As a supporter of Brexit, he explains how leaving the EU may have a positive impact on British consumers and businesses.
Jasmine Kato and Rabia Mirza are women from minority backgrounds.They join Martin to discuss where brands are going wrong (and right) when it comes to representing and caring for a diverse range of consumers.
In this episode, Martin is joined by CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, Stephen Robertson, to discuss what charities can do to support staff and volunteers in developing great customer experiences.
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