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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Venda predicts new records in volumes of transactions in run up to Christmas

Venda predicts new records in volumes of transactions in run up to Christmas

In light of the BRC figures just released, confirming that general non-food non-store sales were up 17.6% in November, Venda predicts this increase in online sales to continue through-out December in the run up to Christmas.

Retailers can increase gross profit margins by 20 per cent through better sourcing and product development

Retailers can increase gross profit margins by 20 per cent through better sourcing and product development

Retailers can increase their gross profit margin by up to 20 per cent through changes in sourcing, product development, and the way they work with suppliers, according to Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA).

Government must be ambitious for UK manufacturing CBI

Government must be ambitious for UK manufacturing  CBI

The UK manufacturing sector should be at the forefront of the country's economic development, the CBI said this week.

3 Quick Tips for the Christmas Website hangover - 2011 Planning

3 Quick Tips for the Christmas Website hangover - 2011 Planning

The online Christmas plans are pretty much put to bed now, and many websites are entering their CodeFreeze time to leave the site alone, not change anything, and pray that key routes like the CheckOut pages will handle the traffic peaks OK through to 2011!

Online retailers and travel companies need to be better at managing pricing to make this a profitable Christmas

Online retailers and travel companies need to be better at managing pricing to make this a profitable Christmas

Lixto Software has some specific views on how pricing intelligence needs to be used more effectively by businesses to help them make the most of the Christmas shopping season.

Seven ways to protect your cash

Seven ways to protect your cash

Steve Fitton, Sales Director for SCAN COIN, suggests how closed loop cash handling can cut your losses and make customers happy.

Castlepoint sponsors free personalised Christmas cards for shoppers

Castlepoint sponsors free personalised Christmas cards for shoppers

A professional photographer from Bournemouth has been sponsored by Castlepoint Shopping Park to offer families a free personalised Christmas Card.

Helping retailers understand the multi-channel challenge

Helping retailers understand the multi-channel challenge

George Ioannou, Head of Creative & Strategy at Maginus, offers advice on what retailers must consider when developing a multi-channel offering.

Protecting your assets

Protecting your assets

In retail, cash is still king. Jeff Carr, Managing Director at SCAN COIN, argues that businesses must consider modern technology to help deal with the many pressures and problems of loss prevention in retail.

RedPrairie strengthens EMEA retail team with new appointments

RedPrairie strengthens EMEA retail team with new appointments

RedPrairie Corporation has appointed John Bailey as Retail Industry Director and Mark Gauder as Sales Manager, UK Retail and Hospitality.

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