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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Overcoming the data deluge: Three steps for retailers to cut through the noise and drive success

Overcoming the data deluge: Three steps for retailers to cut through the noise and drive success

By Alexandra Frith at Retail Pro International.

Retailers of a certain age will be able to cast their minds back to the 1990s, when they didn’t need to look much further than the trusted combo of a ‘POS’ and supply chain management tool.

Retailers must take radical new approach to technology, claims Searchlight Consulting report

Retailers must take radical new approach to technology, claims Searchlight Consulting report

Retailers are not using technology as effectively as they could be and in some cases it is actually having a detrimental effect on their business, according to a new report from Searchlight Consulting.

Moving with the times - WMS/Voice Picking Special Technology report

Moving with the times - WMS/Voice Picking Special Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within the Warehouse Management System and Voice-directed picking space – including those concerning SaaS/Cloud and Big Data.

MetaPack anticipates shift in consumer behaviour during Peak 2017

MetaPack anticipates shift in consumer behaviour during Peak 2017

Increased volumes and a demand to continue offering varied, flexible delivery options is likely to put pressure on retailers, brands and carriers during Peak 2017, Metapack, the global leader in eCommerce delivery technology, predicts.

6-in-10 retailers fear high cost of Brexit

6-in-10 retailers fear high cost of Brexit

With Brexit negotiations set to continue until 2019, data driven scheduling company Rotageek reveals 58% of British retailers believe Brexit will negatively impact their access to labour.

Vista Retail secures £14m backing from LDC

Vista Retail secures £14m backing from LDC

Vista Retail Support (Vista), the independent IT services company, has secured a £14m investment from mid-market private equity firm LDC to accelerate its growth and fund new acquisitions.

Retailers must empower staff with tech in the same way they do customers

Retailers must empower staff with tech in the same way they do customers

By Alan Johnson, General Manager UK&I at Fruition Partners.

Often, tech is the only thing that really differentiates one business from another, so it's clear to see why retailers place such importance on empowering consumers any way they can.

AI will drive retail profits sky high, says Blue Yonder

AI will drive retail profits sky high, says Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder, provider of artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions for retail, says that artificial intelligence in retail will boost profits by streamlining procedures, automating labour and accelerating innovation.

40% rise in online fashion sales means Jaeger and American Apparel won’t be last fashion victims

40% rise in online fashion sales means Jaeger and American Apparel won’t be last fashion victims

New Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail figures reveal a 39.1% YOY increase in online textile, clothing and footwear sales, compared to September last year.

Total economic impact study reveals Epicor ERP customers can achieve 264% ROI

Total economic impact study reveals Epicor ERP customers can achieve 264% ROI

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the availability of a new Total Economic Impact (TEI) study that examines the potential return on investment (ROI) companies can achieve with the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite.

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