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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Squeezing your suppliers will deepen the recession

Squeezing your suppliers will deepen the recession

A new report, published by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), says that businesses must collaborate with their suppliers to help everyone through the recession and speed up the economic recovery.

Why arent these businesses being rescued?

Why arent these businesses being rescued?

Leading professionals concerned that companies that could potentially survive & thrive are being put down unnecessarily. With quantitative easing now confirmed, what will the long term effects be?

UK Businesses Waste 300 Million Per Year Powering Idle Computers

UK Businesses Waste 300 Million Per Year Powering Idle Computers

If all the 17 million UK office workers turned off their computer at night the carbon saving is equivalent to removing 243,440 cars from UK roads

Improving performance despite an economic slowdown

Improving performance despite an economic slowdown

One important question, that can lead to substantial cost savings efficiency improvements "How do we communicate effectively and consistently with our customers in the store, the media and the website?"

Training is the key to Health & Safety good practice

Training is the key to Health & Safety good practice

Employers have been given a stark choice under strict new laws governing health and safety in the workplace - shape up or risk prison.

Retail task force launches

Retail task force launches

Four retail experts have joined together to create a task force called Retail Performance Improvement (RPI) to help retailers survive the current economic downturn

Electronic customs clearance: Keeping up to speed across Europe and beyond

Electronic customs clearance: Keeping up to speed across Europe and beyond

A move away from paper-based processes to electronic processing has always been an essential strategy to improve efficiencies in customs clearance. Wolfgang Schwab identifies some of the challenges that exist in implementing an electronic customs strategy and recommends a pragmatic way forward.

Green leases could spell trouble for tenants

Green leases could spell trouble for tenants

Commercial tenants must check they are not storing up trouble by agreeing to costly green clauses when signing a lease for a new premises.

Gift cards a big opportunity for UK retailers

Gift cards  a big opportunity for UK retailers

Retailers can invest in the technology with minimal capital investment and gain an insight into customer behaviour, at an affordable price.

Harvey Nichols relies on Proteus

Harvey Nichols relies on Proteus

Proteus QMS to manage telephony use and monitor the quality of VoIP delivery

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