RetailCraft 19 - “Make your gran proud” - Lockdown with The Hut Group’s Aaron Winsloe and AO.com CEO and Founder John Roberts
Still in lockdown limbo, we use the internet to speak with two guests from the beauty and electricals sectors.
First up is Aaron Winsloe, the Head of eCommerce USA for The Hut Group. We spoke with Aaron in his new office just before the group results were announced - an impressive 24% revenue growth to £1.1bn and a 22% increase in profits. With 66% of group turnover coming from the international operations, it was a timely moment to catch up with Aaron, and in particular the trading and learning experience over COVID.
Next up is John Roberts, founder and CEO of AO.com. John has some very pithy sayings, as well as a lovely 'origin story' for how 'Appliances Online' (as it was 20 years ago) was founded. This interview was recorded as a keynote for IRX Engage's inaugural digital event, and in discussion we hear about the 'pivot' to a direct-selling brand and the values that underpin the business' success. The sound quality is more "phone line" than "BBC Studio" but John is such a compelling speaker that we had to share the interview.
Run time: 26 minutes.
Aaron Winsloe: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-winsloe-a0a30680/
John Roberts: https://twitter.com/johnrobertsAO
Jamie Merrick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiemerrick/
Recorded remotely and at Spiritland Studios, UK.
Episode photo credit: Ian Jindal.