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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Smart shopping malls thrill visitors, drive profit

Smart shopping malls thrill visitors, drive profit

Shaping visitor experiences to maximise money spent. Driving in-store sales through smartphone notifications. Justifying premium mall rents with hard traffic data and lowering operating costs. These are just a few benefits of making shopping malls smart.

The UK high street isn't dead

The UK high street isn't dead

Contrary to recent headlines, the recent ONS figures highlight the UK high street is far from dead. In fact, the figures show that January 2019 has broadly returned to a strong growth rate of 4.2% – the highest since December 2016.

Brexit - What next for British business?

Brexit - What next for British business?

By John Perry, managing director at SCALA, provider of management services for the supply chain and logistics sector.

With EU negotiators seemingly ruling out the possibility of a second referendum, Labour demanding customs union membership, and Theresa May still doggedly pursuing her universally unpopular agreement, we seem to be hurtling ever-faster towards a no-deal Brexit.

Slow fashion? Shoppers shun cheaper clothes in favour of longer-lasting items

Slow fashion? Shoppers shun cheaper clothes in favour of longer-lasting items

Concerns about sustainability and quality means that consumers are moving away from fast fashion and are more likely to invest in longer-lasting clothing, according to research by the Fashion Retail Academy.

Five steps the grocery industry can take to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit

Five steps the grocery industry can take to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit

The UK grocery retail industry could lose up to £4.5bn revenue in the three months after Brexit if retailers are not prepared by 29 March, analysis from operational improvement specialist Newton has revealed.

The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

“Britain is a nation of shopkeepers,” is the famous phrase coined by economist Adam Smith to explain the desire of a commercial nation to secure ever-expanding markets for its wares.

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Logistics operations are increasingly turning to integrated technology solutions to overcome a host of transport planning pressures, while at the same time the driver and general skills shortage continues to weigh on the supply chain sector.

UK businesses attacked online 280,000 times each by cybercriminals in 2018

UK businesses attacked online 280,000 times each by cybercriminals in 2018

UK businesses were subjected to 281,094 internet-borne cyberattacks each last year, according to analysis from Beaming, the business ISP.

Softest rise in IT vacancies for over two years in January

Softest rise in IT vacancies for over two years in January

The latest Report on Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC, showed a further increase in demand for both permanent and temporary IT workers during January.

96,000 UK retailers failing to recognise value of effective pricing

96,000 UK retailers failing to recognise value of effective pricing

Around 96,000* UK retailers are putting their business at risk by failing to grasp the importance of an effective pricing strategy.

The figure was published in a report by pricing and automation specialist, Omnia Retail, which questioned retail businesses on the scope and efficacy of their pricing processes.

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