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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Why retailers need to invest in Digital Asset Management

Why retailers need to invest in Digital Asset Management

By Russell Pierpoint, Managing Director at Evolved Media Solutions.

The number of digital assets a retailer has to manage today is breathtaking, often running into many millions of items.

Conversational commerce: why the future of retail convenience lies in messaging apps and chatbots

Conversational commerce: why the future of retail convenience lies in messaging apps and chatbots

Consumer engagement is about to take another seismic leap, as a new wave of conversation commerce technologies is about to reshape the way we shop, explains SQLI CEO, Kevin Ludford.

The retail sector has made enormous investment in bringing digital and physical channels closer together in recent years, in order to better serve the end consumer.

Experiential retail events drive huge student engagement

Experiential retail events drive huge student engagement

New analysis from UNiDAYS, the Student Affinity Network, demonstrates the continued benefits of investing in experiential marketing activity in retail shopping centres, breathing life back into the highstreet.

Retailers must utilise current growth amid 2017 uncertainty

Retailers must utilise current growth amid 2017 uncertainty

2016 has been the year of many U-turn events affecting the British economy, none more so than the Brexit vote. However, according to latest Bank of England report on business conditions, retail has seen an unforeseen growth in the final quarter of 2016 despite this political action.

NordVPN analyses online privacy situation and offers predictions for 2017

NordVPN analyses online privacy situation and offers predictions for 2017

It's clear that 2016 was probably the worst year ever in online privacy - considering increasingly restrictive surveillance laws of governments around the world, major online hacks - such as compromised accounts of over a million Yahoo users - and authoritarian regimes blocking Internet to restrict the freedom of speech.

Delayed threat detection and breach notifications intensify regulatory challenges of data protection

Delayed threat detection and breach notifications intensify regulatory challenges of data protection

As more data breaches occur everyday and more data privacy regulations come into force, such as EU General Data Protection Regulation, organisations are beginning to make data governance and data protection more of a priority.

U-Freight spots ecommerce logistics opportunities at Amazon Expo

U-Freight spots ecommerce logistics opportunities at Amazon Expo

The growth potential of global e-commerce is far from exhausted, says the head of Hong Kong-headquartered international logistics provider the U-Freight Group (UFL).

Mahindra Comviva, in collaboration with Mobile World Live, releases telecom survey report

Mahindra Comviva, in collaboration with Mobile World Live, releases telecom survey report

Mahindra Comviva, provider of mobility solutions, has released "The Business of Tomorrows" survey report.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2016

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2016

The December edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features an exclusive report on Supply Chain Management, where we spoke with a number of the leading vendors and analysts about current key trends and discussion points within this fascinating technology space.

Lack of sales planning bad for UK economy, says Sasudi's Leigh Ashton

Lack of sales planning bad for UK economy, says Sasudi's Leigh Ashton

Too many UK businesses are operating without a coherent sales plan and this is bad for the country's economy.