Amazon boss Jeff Bezos tops Retail Week’s Power List for the third consecutive year.

Bezos continues to ride high on the Power List, produced in association with Medallia, as Amazon’s hold on UK retail grows stronger – the online giant’s UK sales grew 25% to £8.8bn in 2017.

Amazon is increasingly becoming the first port of call for shoppers across all categories: electricals, books, entertainment, clothes, groceries. Amazon sells it all.

Retail Week Power List 2018

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The UK is taking an increasingly pivotal role in Amazon’s global dominance. It opened a development centre in Cambridge last year with 400 employees focused on researching products from Amazon’s AI assitant Alexa to its Prime Air drone deliveries.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis and Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe take second and third place on the Power List as the grocery duo build their empires through acquisitions. Lewis completed a £3.7bn deal to buy the UK’s biggest wholesaler Booker earlier this year, while Coupe – fresh from his acquisition of Argos in 2016 –  is vying to merge Sainsbury’s with Asda

If it goes ahead, the deal will reshape UK retail and create a grocery business bigger than Tesco.

Lack of women

No women are in the top 10 of this year’s Power List and only 15 women are in the top 100 – the same as last year – laying bare how deep the problem of gender diversity at the top of retail is.

Retail is not alone in struggling to close the gender gap at the very top of its businesses. The Sunday Times reported that the number of women running the 350 biggest public companies in Britain has not risen in the past decade. There are 13 female chief executives in the FTSE 350, the same as in 2008.

This makes initiatives such as Retail Week’s Be Inspired campaign, which encourages women to fulfil their career aspirations, even more important. For more information visit beinspired.retail-week.com.