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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From concept to cash register faster and more profitably

More and more retailers are attempting to improve profits and customer loyalty with the launch of own-label products. But success is never guaranteed. Gurdip Singh and Chuck Kramer from i2 Technologies explain why retailers must optimise their supply chain cycles to succeed.

Premierline Direct launches benefits package for SMEs

Premierline Direct, the business insurance specialist, has enhanced the support it provides to its UK business customers with the launch of the Premierline Direct Benefits Programme.

Selling online - Hedging against the high street gloom

Marks & Spencer's latest trading update cast more gloom on the financial markets confirming a significant slow down in like for like store sales, however, hidden away in their figures will be a gleaming gem of information...

Sustainability seen as driver of innovation rather than cost, says research by KPMG and CIES

Sustainability seen as driver of innovation rather than cost, says research by KPMG and CIES

The wide-ranging research also pinpoints the impact the economic downturn is likely to have on companies

Success in the current economic climate

Success in the current economic climate

Top retailers at ARC Retail Conference agree that people and processes are paramount to success in the current economic climate

Ten Best Practices for Selecting Retail POS Software

Ten Best Practices for Selecting Retail POS Software

If youre like most retailers, you dont consider yourself a software expert. You may know a lot about this falls merchandise or last decades wines, but when it comes to selecting your next point of sale (POS) system, youd rather wait until tomorrow

Taking the temperature of your business

Taking the temperature of your business

In this challenging climate, Ian Tomlinson of EPoS and e-commerce solution provider Cybertill argues that retailers should pay more attention to setting and using meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs).

Very poor countries are on the wrong side of a growing logistical divide

Very poor countries are on the wrong side of a growing logistical divide

The gap between developed and developing countries has been a global concern for decades, but skyrocketing oil prices and the general growth of world markets threaten to widen the gap

Outsourcing and the retail sector

Outsourcing and the retail sector

Dan Smith of Retail Assist discusses the benefits of IT outsourcing in the retail sector.

Rapid Improvements in Real Time Locating Systems

Rapid Improvements in Real Time Locating Systems

One reason why the market for Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) is growing rapidly to pass the billion dollar mark well within ten years is technology. It is improving rapidly, with new variants for the many new sub sectors of the market that are emerging.