How Artificial Intelligence, Data and Technology can save the High Street

Article by Sandy Fleming

The University in collaboration with Canterbury and Ashford councils is inviting independent retailers to workshops offering expertise that could transform their businesses.

Dr James Bentham, Lecturer in Statistics, from the University’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS) will talk about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data analysis can work in practice for independent retailers at two early evening workshops taking place in the two districts.

Speaking at the events will be Denise Brown, of Molly Moon Ice Cream in Seattle, who will explain how she used data and AI to help transform her business.

Co-organiser Carole Barron, director of the University’s Kent Innovation and Enterpriseunit, said that all types of independent retailers were welcome to attend. ‘These workshops offer invaluable expertise and ideas for retailers to survive the constant threats to their businesses. Our high street shops, especially smaller independent shops, as well as cafes and restaurants have struggled in recent years to compete with the rise of online shopping. The recent demise of Debenhams and Patisserie Valerie shows that no retailer is immune from changing consumer buying habits.’

Places are limited and are by ticket only. Click on the links to book.

The Marlowe Theatre (Studio) Canterbury 30 April 2019 18.00-20.30


The Picture House, Elwick Rd, Ashford on 1 May 2019 18.00-20.30


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