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Marks & Spencer joins essential digital skills coalition

Marks & Spencer joins essential digital skills coalition

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M&S, one of Britain’s leading retailers, has announced that it has joined FutureDotNow, a coalition of major organisations focused on accelerating the UK’s workplace essential digital skills (EDS) at scale. FutureDotNow is coordinating industry action to get working-age adults across the UK equipped with, at least, the EDS for life and work.

Digital Transformation is key to the UK’s economy and individual workers. However, the UK is in the midst of a digital skill crisis: 17 million people are without the EDS for work and only 23% have had any digital skills training from their employer.​

Particularly important to retailers like M&S is digital retail analytics, which provides data on factors including inventory levels, supply chain movement, consumer demand and sales. Analytics are used for maintaining procurement levels and taking marketing decisions. However, these systems depend upon a wide range of people being able to use systems to input data from the front-line.

“Building the digital and data analytics capabilities of our colleagues is key to the M&S Digital Transformation,” said Suze Howse, Head of Enterprise Data at M&S. “We’ve already made some great progress with the launch of our BEAM learning academy and continued investment in data-education programmes. Fostering a digitally-enabled culture is crucial to the success of M&S and the wider retail industry, which is why we’re proud to join the FutureDotNow Coalition, to share insights that will help others and learn from some of the other fantastic organisations in the coalition.”

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