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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Consumer goods and retail industry aligns on common objectives for new value chain collaboration

Consumer goods and retail industry aligns on common objectives for new value chain collaboration

During the past year, executives from across the retail and consumer goods industry have worked together, as part of the Future Value Chain initiative, to focus on how, through a set of collaborative initiatives, the industry can continue to bring benefits to consumers.

Retail sector sustains downward trend in business failures for October/November 2010

Retail sector sustains downward trend in business failures for October/November 2010

Business information firm, Equifax, has taken a snapshot of business failures in October/November to see how the private sector is faring in the continuing difficult trading conditions.

Over 90% of stores have missing tickets and POS

Over 90% of stores have missing tickets and POS

With so much attention on the challenges of multi channel retailing there is a risk of not spending enough time on the in-store basics that customers need to know every day.

Vancouver's retailers tell those in the UK: 'London 2012 is coming and now is the time to act'

Vancouver's retailers tell those in the UK: 'London 2012 is coming and now is the time to act'

With less than 20 months to go before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin, the time left for retailers to prepare for the onslaught of visitors not just to London, but to Britain as a whole, is rapidly running out.

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.

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