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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‘Prioritise H&S’ ahead of online Xmas sales spike, Bureau Veritas tells retailers

‘Prioritise H&S’ ahead of online Xmas sales spike, Bureau Veritas tells retailers

With tighter coronavirus restrictions forcing increasing numbers of Christmas shoppers online this year, compliance authority Bureau Veritas is advising retailers and logistics firms to prepare for the extra health, safety and hygiene risks this rise in festive e-commerce sales will bring.

New Covid ‘red alert’ plans: Britain’s couriers prepare once more for the front door to become the front line

New Covid ‘red alert’ plans: Britain’s couriers prepare once more for the front door to become the front line

At the height of the coronavirus national lockdown in March, the Government prioritised delivery drivers as key workers. Under the Government’s new three-stage ‘traffic light’ coronavirus alert plans – which could be introduced as early as Thursday –  Britain’s delivery drivers are again bracing for the front door’s return to the front line in the battle against Covid.

Achieving an agile supply chain

Achieving an agile supply chain

Supply chain resilience has never been more important. Global markets are apt to change at a moment’s notice, often a result of dramatic shifts in consumer demand and availability of products – as can be seen most recently, in the restriction in component supply due to global lockdown. These sudden changes in demand can affect manufacturers in every sector.

Taking centre stage: The cloud and its role in the new ways of working

Taking centre stage: The cloud and its role in the new ways of working

By Jay Litkey, EVP of Cloud Management. 

In the wake of COVID-19, enabling remote work has required many IT teams to rapidly lean into cloud technologies to keep their businesses operating smoothly.

Wearable sensor industry worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, new IDTechEx study finds

Wearable sensor industry worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, new IDTechEx study finds

The wearable sensor industry will be worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, having tripled in size since 2014. This comes despite the significant economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a reduction in the total revenue this year.

Retailers set for Christmas scramble as second wave of COVID-19 drives consumers online only

Retailers set for Christmas scramble as second wave of COVID-19 drives consumers online only

Online sales will be critical to retailers’ survival over the festive period, as the second-wave of COVID-19 measures hit, according to new research from logistics platform 7bridges and YouGov.

New research shows how COVID-19 has changed UK consumers’ payment habits

New research shows how COVID-19 has changed UK consumers’ payment habits

Survey shows that consumers have embraced contactless payments in a big way during the global pandemic.

A new survey of UK consumers indicates that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the ways that people are paying for goods and services offline. 

COVID was a surprise – Christmas should not be

COVID was a surprise – Christmas should not be

Ian Hall, COO at Atheon Analytics, provider of the SKUtrak platform, shares 3 things to plan now, to maximise Christmas sales in grocery retail.

None of us foresaw COVID, and the impact it would have on panic buying. It feels like a lifetime ago that the shelves had no toilet roll and pasta. But you don’t have to be a retail expert to foresee an uplift in turkeys, alcohol, and mince pies this December.

Supply chains face ‘winter of chaos’ from no deal Brexit and second Covid-19 spike

Supply chains face ‘winter of chaos’ from no deal Brexit and second Covid-19 spike

Warnings from government this week of queues of 7,000 trucks in Kent and 48-hour delays at Dover, have sent shivers down the spines of logistics and supply chain managers operating to ‘just in time’ principles.

Researchers use tweets to Analyse supply chain issues

Researchers use tweets to Analyse supply chain issues

"The global supply chain has been significantly impacted by COVID-19," according to Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing and packaging at AFFLINK, the sales and marketing organisation for distributors in the US.

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