VIDEO: John Lewis’ JLAB moves in
12th June 2014
JLAB, John Lewis’ retail technology accelerator, moved into Level39’s High Growth Space on 42nd Floor on Monday 9th June.
To welcome JLAB to their new Canary Wharf home, a group of technologists joined John Lewis’ top brass to toast the five finalists and the JLAB team.
Andy Street, MD of John Lewis, took the microphone to explain that John Lewis’ customer-base do not appreciate gimmicky tech, and that the institution’s first foray into the world of tech accelerators needed to unearth genuinely useful and beneficial technology solutions, “We are relying on the JLAB finalists to work out how tech can genuinely help the purchase procedure.”
Harriet Hounsell, John Lewis’ Personell Director, added her voice to proceedings. Harriet reminded each of the five finalists of John Lewis’ strong sense of social purpose, and asked them to weave in their own social purpose into the pitches that they will present to JL in September.