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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New report from One Identity spotlights significant gaps in third-party user access management oractices globally

New report from One Identity spotlights significant gaps in third-party user access management oractices globally

One Identity has released new global research revealing that many organisations across the globe fall short of effectively managing access for third-party users, exposing them to significant vulnerabilities, breaches and other security risks.

nCipher Security survey and tips regarding Black Friday/Cyber Monday security

nCipher Security survey and tips regarding Black Friday/Cyber Monday security

Peter Carlisle, vice president of nCipher Security, looks at how consumers can keep themselves safe during this year's Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.

How to hire, develop, and inspire Gen Z: A study from The Workforce Institute at Kronos

How to hire, develop, and inspire Gen Z: A study from The Workforce Institute at Kronos

The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated has announced the final segment of a global study examining the attitudes of Generation Z1– teenagers and early 20-somethings – in the workplace to reveal how employers worldwide can most effectively attract, develop, motivate, and retain talent within the next next-generation workforce.

Establishing end-to-end control of product labelling & customer-facing materials: 5 focal points for improvement for the year ahead

Establishing end-to-end control of product labelling & customer-facing materials: 5 focal points for improvement for the year ahead

By Graham Francis, Channel Marketing Manager at global enterprise labelling solutions company Kallik.

In heavily regulated industries - including medical device manufacture, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and cosmetics - demand is intensifying for accurate, compliant and contextually-relevant product labelling.

2020 predictions for enterprise mobility

2020 predictions for enterprise mobility

Android Continues to Expand in the Enterprise while iOS falters. Android has steadily evolved into a platform of choice for many enterprises, with a wide array of choices in rugged and consumer-grade devices available from a variety of manufacturers.

Returns to increase because of social media shopping

Returns to increase because of social media shopping

Growing social media commerce will cause one-in-five online shoppers to return more items, according to new research from international logistics company Advanced Supply Chain Group.

Research of 2,000 online shoppers shows 34% will make more impulse buys as social media sites make it easier to buy products direct through in-platform selling tools.

Are robots finally getting a good reputation? Advanced report reveals workers’ growing appetite for disruptive technology

Are robots finally getting a good reputation? Advanced report reveals workers’ growing appetite for disruptive technology

A new report from Advanced, one of the UK’s largest software and services providers, has revealed workers’ increasing hunger for innovation to improve the way they work. Findings from its Annual Trends Survey for 2019-20show that disruptive tools are fast earning their spot as must-have tools in the day-to-day workplace.

Tis nearly the season to be jolly

Tis nearly the season to be jolly

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

As the kids return to school after half-term and with Halloween and Bonfire Night behind us, we are now well and truly on the countdown to Christmas and retailers are in the midst of gearing up for Peak Season.

Black Friday: more than a bargain

Black Friday: more than a bargain

By David Griffiths, Senior Product Marketing & Strategy Manager, Adjuno.

It’s that time of year again. Retailers should now be in full swing with their Black Friday and Cyber Monday preparations as they look to build on the success of last year’s shopping phenomenon. In fact, Black Friday brought in $6.2 billion in online sales last year, a growth of 23.6%, with over 165 million people shopping over the weekend.

Retail’s weakness is cyber crime’s opportunity

Retail’s weakness is cyber crime’s opportunity

Black Friday kicks off the festive shopping season 29 November this year, with millions of shoppers expected to take advantage of low prices. In 2018 alone, online Black Friday sales totaled $6.22bn; up 23% on the previous year’s figures. 2019 presents an excellent opportunity for retailers to not only increase revenues again, but elevate brand voice and extract valuable customer data leading to potential repeat sales later on.

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