UK & PARTNERS Group is a Global Business Solution Provider and Consulting Company for Retail and FMCG.
We support and advise companies on their most critical strategic opportunities and operational challenges. We work collaboratively with our clients to develop customized solutions, in order to accelerate their operational and financial performance and generate sustainable value and competitive advantage.
UK & PARTNERS GROUP provides a global network of Experienced Interim-Managers, who are long-serving Retail and FMCG executives, combining their practical expertise with significant industry know-how. They all have worked for leading retail and consulting companies with a successful records of significant performance improvements during operational challenges and transformation processes.
UK & PARTNERS GROUP professionals are always striving for excellence and are fully committed to entrepreneurial thinking and action. We offer an exceptional combination of operational expertise, pragmatic hands-on solutions and action & result-oriented procedures. UK & Partners Group approaches every client's business as it would be our own.
" The Customer is the No.1 "
Uwe W. Klenk
UK & PARTNERS GROUP has a unique business approach, which combines comprehensive operational experience and know-how with pragmatic hands-on solutions. We work closely together with our clients to achieve customized solutions which are truly fact-based and immediately actionable.
Our business approach and commitment to our clients’ success can be formulated with 3 key words: EXPERTS – ACTION – RESULTS . This mindset is incorporated into the professional understanding that we are more than a consulting company – we are reliable business partners and we approach every client’s business as it would be our own.
All projects led by Uwe W. Klenk.
Uwe W. Klenk
CEO & Founder
Uwe W. Klenk is CEO and Founder of the UK & PARTNERS GROUP. With more than 30 years of expertise as Senior Executive in global retail and consumer goods industry, he has exceptional international experience from both operational and advisory roles. He held various board positions (CEO, COO, CMO, CRO) and supervisory board roles. Uwe W. Klenk served as CMO Walmart International (UK, Germany, Canada) and as Managing Partner Europe for Alvarez & Marsal.
Uwe W. Klenk has a successful record of performance improvements during operational challenges and transformation processes. As CEO of Foxtrot Ukraine he delivered a successful performance turnaround with $1.2 billion turnover, 250 stores and 10,000 FTEs.
With his comprehensive expertise he focuses on General Management, Profit Improvement, Growth Strategies and International Expansion. Additionally he has extensive experience in M&A advisory by managing Postmerger Integration and Reorganization Programs.
Foxtrot Ukraine (1.2 Bill. USD 250 stores Ukraine + Moldova) Company of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012 with CEO Uwe W.Klenk
Uwe W. Klenk BLS Business Leadership Walmart International – Manager of the Year 2005
Uwe W. Klenk Vice Chairman EBA European Business Association 2010-2011
December 26, 2015
Retail pundits predict 2016 and beyond
Uwe Klenk, CEO+Founder UK & Partners Group, ex Senior Executive Walmart International:
"Because food is fundamental to nutrition, health, growth and general well-being the industry will become (even) more tightly regulated and beset with ethical issues. These include the safety of genetically-modified food, the sale of cloned cows, baby milk from genetically-engineered cows, animal welfare, irradiation of food to increase shelf life, as well as sustainable farming and fishing.Food & drink companies therefore need to focus sharply on rapid changes in the public mood as well as in perception and values. They must also have an uncompromising commitment to quality and value. Brand reputation is earned in a lifetime, but lost in a day.
Digital retail will continue to grow in importance. This year 64 per cent of retail sales will be influenced by the digital space, and 78 per cent of digital shoppers research purchases online before making in-store purchases. Integrating on- and offline campaigns as well as using multi-touch attribution can help ease the transition for customers.
Mobile now makes up the majority of digital ad spending (52 per cent) with total spend predicted to reach $6.7bn. As two in three consumers now shop across multiple devices, it will become increasingly imperative to create a good user experience on all platforms.
Direct publisher deals are going to be programmatic. Spending on private marketplace (PMP) ad solutions rocketed by 381 per cent in 2015. Despite this growth, only 14 per cent of retail digital display ads are served through such a solution. PMP provides opportunities to market in a brand-safe, guaranteed, and viewable way throughout industry campaigns.
Video is rapidly becoming the most engaging marketing tool online. 29 per cent of the digital display spend in retail will be for video advertising, and ad execs believe that the ability to target video content is the "most valuable digital advertising feature" for their clients. When video is so ubiquitous and social strategies to segment audiences and personalize digital targeting are so powerful, it would surely be wise to invest digital ad spend in this space.
Closed-loop attribution is the next logical step. 15 to 20 per cent of retailers use multi-touch attribution vendors, and a further 20 to 25 per cent are in active discussions with such providers. Spending all one's digital media dollars on one platform, thus creating marketing convergence, could be the way forward for marketers as it provides greater control over the message and the atmosphere where the ads are served."