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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Calling time on the retail supply chain

Calling time on the retail supply chain

To be competitive in this Amazon dominated retail environment demands better range, lower supply chain costs and improved customer service – a model which cannot be achieved with today's complex and expensive supply chain.

Survey reveals a need for EDI integration among ERP users

Survey reveals a need for EDI integration among ERP users

Almost 88% of EDI users have an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, a MRP (Materials Resource Planning) system or other planning system, according to a survey of companies conducted recently by leading EDI company, Data Interchange.

East meets West: How the eCommerce giants are attacking the UK B2B market

East meets West: How the eCommerce giants are attacking the UK B2B market

Mark Thornton, Marketing Director at Maginus, examines the looming possibility of Alibaba entering the UK wholesale and B2B market from the East – as it simultaneously faces competition from the West with Amazon preparing to launch a dedicated business offering.

IoT heading for mass adoption by 2019 driven by better-than-expected business results

IoT heading for mass adoption by 2019 driven by better-than-expected business results

A new global study 'The Internet of Things: Today and Tomorrow' published by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, reveals that IoT will soon be widespread as 85% of businesses plan to implement IoT by 2019, driven by a need for innovation and business efficiency.

Retailers losing out to hidden 'soft costs' as staff plug the gap left by 'no frills' IT warranties

Retailers losing out to hidden 'soft costs' as staff plug the gap left by 'no frills' IT warranties

Retailers opting for basic warranties for their IT equipment are losing money through hidden 'soft costs' associated with standard 'Back Door Fix' services, leading to further delays, poor staff time utilisation and lost sales, warn experts at Barron McCann.

How can retailers overcome the omnichannel challenges from 2016?

How can retailers overcome the omnichannel challenges from 2016?

By Dean Frew, CTO & SVP RFID Solutions at SML Group.

Consumers' demands on retailers have intensified in the past decade. Previously, having an online store to accompany your physical shop was seen as a luxury, now it is essential and online shopping has taken the next step to meet customer demand.

Retailers lose £136m to cybercrime and cyber-enabled fraud

Retailers lose £136m to cybercrime and cyber-enabled fraud

Retailers lost £36m through cybercrime last year, according to the British Retail Consortium, with another £100m lost to cyber-enabled fraud.

Centrify confirms the enterprise security industry has failed to stop breaches

Centrify confirms the enterprise security industry has failed to stop breaches

Centrify, the company that secures hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, commissioned a new Forrester study that revealed the enterprise security industry is failing, with organisations being breached at an alarming rate.

Why CPG companies and retailers must address the gap in digital transformations

Why CPG companies and retailers must address the gap in digital transformations

Millennials as a consumer group are expected to spend $10 trillion over their lifetimes in the USA alone.

2016 the year of economic nationalism as supply chain risk reaches record high

2016 the year of economic nationalism as supply chain risk reaches record high

Global supply chain risk grew to a record high at the end of 2016 as the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet, rose to 82.64, from 79.14 at the end of 2015.