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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Guide to how large retailers can comply with ESOS phase two

Guide to how large retailers can comply with ESOS phase two

Energy has published a free guide to how large retailers can prepare for compliance with phase two of the UK Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

81% of shoppers find sales disappointing

81% of shoppers find sales disappointing

Research by Blue Yonder, the provider of artificial intelligence solutions for retail, has revealed that while shoppers are incentivised by discounts to make a purchase and are willing to postpone purchases to get the best prices, over half (51%) of international shoppers are disappointed when they feel a product isn't discounted enough.

It’s do or die: retailers must meet customer expectations through collaboration

It’s do or die: retailers must meet customer expectations through collaboration

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO of NetDespatch.

In the age of instant gratification and personalised experiences, consumers are increasingly expecting more and more from retailers, particularly from the delivery stage in the buying cycle. This is what makes partnerships so critical in today's competitive commercial environment.

Importance of print security cannot be ignored in the age of IoT, says Y Soft

Importance of print security cannot be ignored in the age of IoT, says Y Soft

While the expansion of the Internet of Things is helping bring added efficiency and convenience to the way people work, such a rapid proliferation of internet- and cloud-enabled devices is also allowing the cyber threat landscape to grow with it.

Brits queue-up to complain about shopping

Brits queue-up to complain about shopping

New UK consumer research from Adyen reveals the love-hate relationship Brits have with both in-store and online shopping, but especially queues

New research shows cybersecurity battleground shifting to Linux and web servers

New research shows cybersecurity battleground shifting to Linux and web servers

WatchGuard's latest quarterly Internet Security Report reveals that despite an overall drop in malware detection, Linux malware made up more than 36 percent of the top threats identified in Q1 2017.

'Building the Store of the Future' – exclusive free report written by Store X Summit

'Building the Store of the Future' – exclusive free report written by Store X Summit

Traditional bricks and mortar retailers are under siege as consumers warmly embrace the Internet shopping experience. Learn more here.

Bridging the complexity gap

Bridging the complexity gap

By Stephen Hardy, Managing Director, FPX Ltd.
The business-to-business (B2B) sales ecosystem is an inherently complex space which presents challenges to manufacturers. Regardless of what you sell, how you sell it, and who you're selling to, there are numerous obstacles to ensuring the right product gets to the right customer at the right price via the customer's preferred channel.

Surge in applicants eases Britain's cyber security skills crisis, research by Indeed

Surge in applicants eases Britain's cyber security skills crisis, research by Indeed

A surge in interest from candidates has helped shrink Britain's cyber security skills gap, but the shortage of expertise means UK Plc remains at risk of cyber attack, according to new data released by the global job site Indeed.

The whole truth about Amazon and Whole Foods

The whole truth about Amazon and Whole Foods

The e-commerce delivery firm ParcelHero says there is a good reason why Amazon's making the £10.7bn step into brick and mortar retail by purchasing Whole Foods Market: it could lead to a chain of cashier-less fresh food stores.