John Buxton (left).
I’m a retail specialist with over 20 years experience both as a retailer and manufacturer. I’m passionate about developing and landing innovative solutions in stores and with suppliers to advance the traditional retail format into one that is fit for an ever changing landscape.
As a result I’m now the founder of three separate start-ups serving different sectors, partnering with specialists in each field such as James Timpson, and more recently Dominic Burch.
Having lead format development teams, and landed concept stores across convenience petrol forecourts, small stores and Asda’s pilot large stores, I now advise retailers and suppliers alike on what it takes to be successful. My consultancy and strategic direction is underpinned with frontline experience leading space, range and layout teams, managing logistics and operating factories. I always bring a 360 degree view to any challenge.
My approach is known for being creative and innovative but very much grounded in the realities and constraints of operating costs and return on investment. Since leaving Asda in 2013 I have worked with various retailers, manufacturers and landlords on identifying opportunities, developing concepts, and implementing solutions. This has involved a combination of manufacturing bespoke, innovative modular structures and working closely with brands and landlords on strategies for entry and growth through a manufacturing company and a strategy company.