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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AI in business: 2019 trends and predictions

AI in business: 2019 trends and predictions

AI is already being implemented in businesses around the world, and while worries persist over whether robots will be taking over the workplace, some are predicting that it will actually improve and even create jobs in the future.

How will Brexit affect eCommerce?

How will Brexit affect eCommerce?

Brexit brings a wave of uncertainty and change to the UK business landscape, and since the day the UK voted to leave the EU, it’s been a whirlwind.

Online retail sales emerge from December gloom

Online retail sales emerge from December gloom

Hitwise Digital Retail Insight report figures suggest that online retail visits in January grew by 1.8 per cent following the slow Christmas period. December online retail visits hit a 10 year low, declining by 0.6 per cent.

19% uplift in international currency provision amongst UK’s top 250 retailers

19% uplift in international currency provision amongst UK’s top 250 retailers

Analysis of the UK’s top 250 retailers has found a 19% year-on-year increase in the number of brands offering the option to pay in international currency. The figure forms part of an annual performance index carried out by ecommerce and digital agency, Visualsoft.

How will Brexit affect eCommerce?

How will Brexit affect eCommerce?

Brexit brings a wave of uncertainty and change to the UK business landscape, and since the day the UK voted to leave the EU, it’s been a whirlwind.

Retailers focus on savings to avoid becoming another high street casualty

Retailers focus on savings to avoid becoming another high street casualty

Dave Locke, Field CTO at World Wide Technology, explores how retailers can reassess their 2019 strategies and reduce outgoings in an increasingly challenging environment.

As high street retailers digest the trading losses from the worst Christmas in a decade, 2019 shows no signs of conditions improving with rising business rates, increasing competition and further store closures expected.

Five key trends shaping the supply chain in 2019

Five key trends shaping the supply chain in 2019

2018 was a turbulent year for most industries - logistics and supply chain was no exception. With Brexit, stockpiling, supply chain problems for big brands, and big name retailers closing stores left, right and centre, the next year is undoubtedly going to be as eventful, if not more so.

Fashion shoppers 44% more likely to make a purchase from Woodhouse Clothing thanks to new AI-powered personalisation

Fashion shoppers 44% more likely to make a purchase from Woodhouse Clothing thanks to new AI-powered personalisation

The introduction of AI-based personalisation means shoppers who visit men’s online fashion retailer, Woodhouse Clothing, are now 44% more likely to make a purchase. The new technology, which works across both mobile and desktop, is also helping to increase the retailer’s average order value, which is up 7%.

Banks leave customers open to more outages through code vulnerabilities

Banks leave customers open to more outages through code vulnerabilities

Veracode’s latest State of Software Security report (SoSS) revealed financial services is one of the slowest industries when it comes to addressing common vulnerabilities found in software.

Data shows that online retail searches increase year-on-year on Blue Monday

Data shows that online retail searches increase year-on-year on Blue Monday

New data reveals that Brits are increasingly turning to a bit of online retail therapy to escape the Monday Blues.

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