The Monday Interview: Talking shop on the future of retail

Former senator Lorraine Higgins took up her post as chief executive of business lobby group Retail Excellence last week. She talks to Pádraig Hoare about the challenges ahead. Retail Excellence chief executive Lorraine Higgins and chairman JP Kennedy, also the managing director of TileStyle, submitting the organisation’s 2019 pre-budgetsubmission to Government. Picture: Robbie Reynolds Retail is in the DNA of the new chief executive of business lobby group Retail Excellence, Lorraine Higgins — her ancestors have been running shops and local business for around 120 years and counting. The former Labour Party senator took up the mantle of representing Retail Excellence’s 1,700 retailers across the country last week, having been deputy under former boss David Fitzsimons. A former law lecturer and barrister, it is no surprise Ms Higgins has returned to what she has known since her very first memories — women in leadership, knowing what it is like to be at the coalface Read more