Retail Critical Issues

Critical issues are thought provoking articles relating to strategy, legislation, technology, best practice and some of the most challenging business topics in the world of retail information technology. The articles in this section have been contributed by leading vendors, industry leaders, research analysts, trade associations and consultancies.

 

This collection of articles cover a variety of topics relating to IT equipment, hardware & software being used in a wide variety of retail and retail supply chain environments across Europe. They look at market trends, improvements in technology and some thought provoking comment on all aspects of optimising and improving efficiencies in store and across retail supply chains.

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4,000 new Partners to join Waitrose as co-owners

4,000 new Partners to join Waitrose as co-owners

Co-Op/Somerfield acquisition and organic growth boosts portfolio by 22 branches

Tesco delivers in the downturn

Tesco delivers in the downturn

The Tesco Group has delivered a strong performance and record sales over the Christmas and New Year period.

Proposal to close 27 Marks & Spencer stores

As part of its Quarter 3 interim management statement, Marks & Spencer has announced the proposed closure of 27 stores, including 25 Simply Food stores and two main chain M&S stores, with the potential loss of up to 780 jobs.

In a shrinking market, IT must reduce its price tag to stay relevant

In a shrinking market, IT must reduce its price tag to stay relevant

Alan Morris says retailers need to look again at IT cost models. As turnover falls, new cost management principles are required to reduce IT spend and contribute to a leaner business.

Retail banking set for radical infrastructure makeover

Retail banking set for radical infrastructure makeover

Rip and replace is rapidly becoming the de facto standard in the retail banking sector as it struggles to use IT to gain competitive advantage, according to Elizabeth Gooch, CEO of eg solutions.

Mosaic Fashions

Mosaic Fashions

User support is always in fashion thanks to Retail Assists Help Desk.

Christmas time, mistletoe and downtime

Christmas time, mistletoe and downtime

For the larger retailers a successful Christmas may mean the difference between making a profit or a loss, while for smaller companies a bad Christmas could even mean going out of business come the New Year.

Majority of retailers dont have the business intelligence to survive a recession.

New research reveals that 91% of retailers believe reacting quickly to industry trends is critical during a downturn, and 87% think comprehensive and up-to-date business information is vital during economic uncertainty.

Cash advance: pay early and save

How intelligent matching helps you gain control of your payment cycle, saves money by capturing early settlement discounts and strengthens relationships with suppliers.

Shoppers more likely to spend like Scrooge this Christmas

Eighty per cent of Britain will spend less on Christmas than they did last year, according to the latest research by the Institute of Customer Service.