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The ERA Global Newsletter

The ERA Global News Spring Edition 2020 is now available

This edition is understandably shaped by current events which are on everyone's mind. It contains insightful interviews with leading figures in our industry including the legendary Bob Circosta, the 'Six Billion Dollar Man' who shares his thoughts about the role of Home Shopping in these current times. Also the new CEO of Studio Moderna, Jan Heere talks about how Studio Moderna is adapting to our changing world and finding ways to move forward. Of course Covid-19 is the key topic and this edition features great comment articles about this and how it is affecting our industry and ourselves. You will also find the latest news about our organisation and information about our people and upcoming digital events: the Digital Business Speed Dating Event on 9th June and the Digital EMMA Awards Gala on 10th June.

Have you heard that ERA Global is growing? Learn about this in the report from our Annual Membership Meeting and get to know our new PR, Marketing and Events Director, Ionela Croitorescu. Also Simon Hinton from Responsive TV has a new role for ERA's UK Chapter.

Do read the interview with Bob Circosta, the 'Six Billion Dollar Man', in which Bob shares his thoughts about the role Home Shopping has to play in times like these with Budd Margolis. Bob, for those who may not know, is a legend in our industry and as its first presenter helped establish HSN the first live TV shopping channel in 1982, now part of the Qurate Group.

In our article section, Jon Gregory, Shop Japan, shares his thoughts in his article Covid-19 will Change the World, and Home Shopping Expert Richard Burrell sees us surviving the storm but gives us some do's and don'ts in his article Could This be the Perfect Storm...or does the storm have a Silver Lining? Budd has also contributed a collation of Global Industry News in Times of Pandemic giving examples of how homeshopping companies around the world are responding to the crisis.

If you are interested in learning more about the multiple benefits of using Data Intelligence for both customers and companies, this Insight Article is for you: The Importance of Real-Time Insights for Transforming Multi-Channel Retail by Darko Dujic, Ceneje - its well worth a read. Darko was a speaker at our 2019 MCMS Congress in Budapest taking part in two panels about the Disrupted Industry and Tech Opportunities and kindly agreed to share more details on his special subject.

See also the industry news items, including news from PDMI, our co-operation partner in the U.S. that registration is now open for their Virtual Summit in June, featuring educational webinars.

If you have any comments or would like to submit news or articles, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Best wishes, stay well and take care
The ERA Global News Team