IADS Exclusive: What department store leaders need to know about Retail Media: an introduction by Publicis Group

IADS Exclusive June 2023 Selvane Mohandas du Ménil

The IADS helps members address multifaceted issues from answering their most operational questions or coordinating information flow to helping them address future challenges by questioning their methodologies and providing a different perspective. 

This is the reason why the IADS invited Demet Ikiler, COO EMEA at Publicis Group, to discuss the white-hot Retail Media topic. Retail Media Networks (RMNs) are making the headlines for their ability to generate an additional flow of revenue with high margin yields, while making the most of department stores’ most prized assets: their own sales channels. However, since the press often emphasizes big players’ actions, such as Amazon and Walmart, the purpose of this conversation was to give all department store CEOs a good understanding of the situation and the stakes at hand while discussing what would be needed for a department store company to launch its own RMN.

Demet Ikiler was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Publicis Groupe EMEA in January 2023. She joined after over two decades at WPP, where she was a member of GroupM’s global leadership team as CEO of GroupM EMEA and WPP Country chair, responsible for scaling and delivering more innovative cross-culture solutions for clients. Demet has been recognized by Fortune and The Economist as one of the ten most powerful female CEOs and as an Empower 100 Executive Role Model in 2022. She is also a board member of the United Nations Global Compact, leading its diversity and inclusion chapter. Prior to WPP, Demet Ikiler worked at Zenith and Saatchi & Saatchi.

IADS provides its members with a weekly in-depth analysis on retail-oriented topics. This is an example of the themes the Association regularly addresses, and the topic of an article from the IADS members-only newsletter date 21 June 2023.

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