Senior retail executive, Andrew Jennings, donates proceeds from book to The Prince’s Trust

October 12, 2018

Photo: At the book launch in Toronto, Sharon Broughton, CEO of Prince’s Trust Canada, and Andrew Jennings pose with two participants of the Get Into youth employment program. The two young people spoke at the reception about how the program impacted their lives, helped them get jobs and increased their confidence. 

Andrew Jennings, highly respected British senior retail executive and Chair of The Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Group, launches book ‘Almost Is Not Good Enough’ in Toronto. 

Andrew Jennings has more than 45 years of experience leading some of the world’s most respected high-end, speciality and department stores, include Harrods (General Manager), House of Fraser UK (Managing Director), Brown Thomas Ireland (Deputy Chairman), Holt Renfrew Canada (President), Saks Fifth Avenue USA (President), Woolworths South Africa (Group MD) and Karstadt Group Germany (CEO).

Andrew has led retail brands through the industry’s vast progressions, from the introduction of the first barcodes, to the rise of omnichannel shopping. With unparalleled knowledge of consumer trends across the world, in ‘Almost Is Not Good Enough’, Andrew shares his secrets on how retailers can thrive in the dynamic and ever-changing retail environment.

Themes explored in ‘Almost Is Not Good Enough’ range from the rules and common mistakes for applying technology innovations, to perfecting the supply chain and identifying what customers want. Examples of successful case studies are featured in every chapter, to bring the lessons to life.

Over 30 of the world’s top retail CEOs have also contributed their invaluable insights to the book. Terry Lungren, Executive Chairman at Macy’s Inc. USA, explores disruptive changes and how to weather them, whilst Anne Pitcher, Managing Director of Selfridges, champions creativity and a ‘human’ approach to business. Peter Williams, Chairman of, Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, and Ira Neimark, former Chairman and CEO of Bergdorf Goodman, all provide their top tips for staying relevant, and Jennifer Woo, Chairman and CEO of Lane Crawford Joyce Group, advises that the future of retail is about leading, not responding.  Founder and Chairman of the World Retail Congress, Ian McGarrigle, has also endorsed ‘Almost Is Not Good Enough’ with a personal introduction.

Author, Andrew Jennings, comments:

“3 years in the making, I am delighted to finally be releasing my book to a global audience. I hope the experiences, insights and stories I share will help shed light on what it takes to stay relevant, both in and beyond the retail industry. I’m very grateful to the world-renowned names who have contributed their own experiences and learnings to the book, helping to make it an inspiring read.”

‘Almost Is Not Good Enough’ is available to buy at Indigo. All profits from sales of the book are going to The Prince’s Trust.

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