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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Online retail: showcasing digital assets for increased conversions

Online retail: showcasing digital assets for increased conversions

Shopping habits have changed completely over the past few decades and rapidly more so over the past few years. At the end of 2019, some retailers were still surviving with a basic, or even a zero, online presence. After nearly 12 months of Covid-19 even the most resilient of physical retailers are using digital assets such as images and videos to promote their wares, and investing increasingly in e-commerce development.

Retail employees fight back: Report shows rise In trade union memberships

Retail employees fight back: Report shows rise In trade union memberships

The retail industry has seen the highest rise in trade union memberships across the UK, according to new research into the decline of trade unions.

New MERICS China Forecast Survey: Stability and self-reliance in China, entrenched competition with the US and a mixed bag for EU-China relations

New MERICS China Forecast Survey: Stability and self-reliance in China, entrenched competition with the US and a mixed bag for EU-China relations

How will Chinese domestic politics evolve in the year of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 100th anniversary? Which issues are keeping Beijing up at night, and which new trends will define Sino-European relations going forward? To shed some light on these issues, MERICS conducted a survey of some 170 European China experts and roughly 1,000 members of the wider international public in December and early January.

Changing shopping habits due to lockdown love

Changing shopping habits due to lockdown love

Bargain-hunting Brits have been saving cash while spicing up their love lives – with discount codes for adult toys hitting record highs during lockdown.The number of randy shoppers logging on to discount site NetVoucherCodes.co.uk to save cash on adult products was up by almost two thirds in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to new data.

The 30 most shocking retail fails of 2020 – who will be next?

The 30 most shocking retail fails of 2020 – who will be next?

2021 has kicked off with non-essential stores closed once again and more big-name retailers struggling for survival. The home delivery expert ParcelHero reveals the 30 biggest names to fall into receivership in 2020 and warns that, unless stores get to grip with e-commerce, this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

Mark of efficiency - Printing & Labelling Special Technology Report

Mark of efficiency - Printing & Labelling Special Technology Report

Retail Technology Review Chief Editor, Ed Holden, spoke with leading analysts and vendors about the current state of play within the printing & labelling technology arena, what potential benefits are afforded to the user by ongoing technological development and what lies ahead.

Covering all bases for customers’ printing and labelling needs

Covering all bases for customers’ printing and labelling needs

Retail Technology Review spoke with Karen Peacock, head of print solutions, Dakota Integrated Solutions, about the company’s printing and labelling solutions offerings, together with its extensive customer support packages designed to help users remain fully operational, productive and profitable.

2021 will be about maximising the e-commerce experience

2021 will be about maximising the e-commerce experience

Warehouse management technology provider, SnapFulfil, is forecasting a new fulfilment year where companies still focused on retail locations and outlets will have to be nimble enough to grow e-commerce operations if they are to survive.

Considering A Business Migration: 5 Crucial Steps to Take

Considering A Business Migration: 5 Crucial Steps to Take

By James Daniels, freelance writer

Many businesses have made the jump to the cloud in recent years, and even more, are now doing this in 2021 as a result of the pandemic forcing workforces to work from home. This is intelligent as the cloud is now the best way to do business, particularly with so many people working remotely, which can bring a multitude of benefits.

How retailers can boost business in 2021 by building apps using low code tools

How retailers can boost business in 2021 by building apps using low code tools

By Malcolm Carroll, Director, BlueFinity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many sectors with retail especially having felt the repercussions of the lockdowns and Tier restrictions on their footfall and their profits.

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