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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E-commerce shored up crumbling High Street in August, says ParcelHero

E-commerce shored up crumbling High Street in August, says ParcelHero

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) retail sales figures for August reveal more bad news for the High Street. Despite the end of almost all Covid restrictions, overall sales actually fell in August, down -0.9% in volume against July.

Drivers of success: Ecommerce SMEs take delivery in-house

Drivers of success: Ecommerce SMEs take delivery in-house

UK ecommerce businesses are taking delivery into their own hands, according to new research released by Vimcar.

More than half of UK businesses say Brexit created data access and management challenges

More than half of UK businesses say Brexit created data access and management challenges

More than half of UK businesses (54 percent) say Brexit has presented them with data access and management challenges, according to research from integration and API platform provider, MuleSoft.

UK sees dramatic slump in EU and international purchases

UK sees dramatic slump in EU and international purchases

A new survey has revealed UK online shoppers purchased far less items overseas over the past year due to EU customs and border concerns.

UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

The Government's newly announced ‘data reform’ programme aims to “boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public”.

6 Ways To Expand Your Growing Business In 2021

6 Ways To Expand Your Growing Business In 2021

By Dan Coleman, freelance writer.

When it comes to expanding your business, there are different ways in which you can do this effectively. You should make sure that you time your expansion right, as there will be dips and growth within the market and your industry at certain times. Here’s how you can do it.

Sunglasses, Bucket hats, Hawaiian shirts and hand sanitiser – Brits' top holiday online searches revealed

Sunglasses, Bucket hats, Hawaiian shirts and hand sanitiser – Brits' top holiday online searches revealed

New data reveals Brits’ top online searches as we planned our trips away this summer. Among the most searched for holiday clothing/accessories items were – sunglasses (352,830) bucket hats (352,806), sliders (284,179) and swimsuits (242,142). Moreover, the Hawaiian shirt continued to defy the odds and remains a fashion staple, with 59,122 searches between July and August.

Online retail sales growth subdued in August

Online retail sales growth subdued in August

After encouraging signs in July of a possible bounce back to positive growth, online retail sales failed to make up much ground in August – slowing their fall only slightly to -9.3% Year-on-Year (YoY).

Cybersecurity Is not a one-stop shop

Cybersecurity Is not a one-stop shop

Since the start of the pandemic, the way business is conducted has changed permanently, with many workforces continuing to work remotely as restrictions have eased. As companies relax and rules have eased, life is expected to return to a form of ‘new normal.’ But, the issues around cybersecurity are here to stay, and the gas pedal must not be eased – especially with the increased risks associated with continued remote working.

Cross-border demand for luxury purchases driving post-Covid recovery as global D2C demand increases by 50% in 2021

Cross-border demand for luxury purchases driving post-Covid recovery as global D2C demand increases by 50% in 2021

Luxury goods were the fastest growing cross-border ecommerce category in the first half of 2021, increasing by 50% compared to the end of 2020.  With global demand for luxury being driven by shoppers from China, UAE, South Korea and India, increasingly consumers are now happy to forego the ‘white-glove’ in-store experience for online convenience, the latest data from eShopWorld (ESW) reveals.

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