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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Game over for old technologies

Game over for old technologies

This year we will see more 'post Christmas' electronic waste than ever before, predicts a waste recycling expert. Consumers are expected to make more big technology purchases than ever, in a bid to beat the forthcoming VAT hike, making many old gadgets redundant says electrical goods recycling service weeebuy.co.uk

Mobile commerce 'to come of age' in 2011

Mobile commerce 'to come of age' in 2011

2011 will see mobile commerce finally move into the mainstream in 2011 with mobile payments set to quadruple by 2014 reaching 400bn globally.

The great escape: retailers missing out as brands fail to engage with customers in store

The great escape: retailers missing out as brands fail to engage with customers in store

46% of Brits never give out contact details to retailers in store or give out fake details to avoid being contacted in future.

What will the VAT rise mean for retailers?, asks Avery Dennison

On 4 January 2011 VAT will rise from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent, following the Coalition Government's emergency Budget in June 2010.

The employer and security issues of online shopping

The employer and security issues of online shopping

As Christmas is nearly upon us again, the last minute rush to buy the remaining presents is intensifying.

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.

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