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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‘Love Island effect’ boosts UK’s men’s grooming market

‘Love Island effect’ boosts UK’s men’s grooming market

The total value of the men’s prestige grooming market in the UK was valued at £500 million in the 12 months to the end of June 2019, according to The NPD Group, an increase of £2.2 million on the same period the year before.

Two’s a party – why collaboration can help you to avoid privacy pitfalls

Two’s a party – why collaboration can help you to avoid privacy pitfalls

By Tim Abraham, Director, Second-Party Data, International at LiveRamp.

More than a year after coming into effect, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has transformed the data landscape and its effects look set to extend into the future, as nations worldwide adopt similar laws.

16% of UK shops lie empty according to Freedom of Information

16% of UK shops lie empty according to Freedom of Information

According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), 15.9% of all shops and retail outlets in the UK now lie empty.

The figures obtained by Duff & Phelps,…

Glee report – What can garden centres learn from supermarkets?

Glee report – What can garden centres learn from supermarkets?

Supermarkets roll out a host of sophisticated techniques to encourage shoppers to part with their disposable income.

How to create a successful fashion marketplace

How to create a successful fashion marketplace

By Philip Hall, Managing Director Europe, CommerceHub.

Online marketplaces are booming in popularity and it’s hardly surprising: they provide an excellent selling channel for brands to attract new customers and allow retailers to expand their offering to appeal to more customers.

Nearly three quarters have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

Nearly three quarters have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

A new global shipping report by BigCommerce,a leading ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, reveals that almost three quarters (73%) of UK online shoppers have abandoned their cart because they did not like the shipping options available.

The five key steps to delivering a seamless digital retail experience

The five key steps to delivering a seamless digital retail experience

By René Aerdts Chief Technologist – Global Consumer Goods, DXC Technology.

As a result of technically advanced e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, consumer expectation with regards to customised buying experiences and always-on services have skyrocketed.

How retail can evolve through IOT & industry 4.0

How retail can evolve through IOT & industry 4.0

By Mike Jeffs, Chief Commercial Officer, Hark.

Organisations have a significant opportunity to leverage new technology to save on the bottom line. Whether its increasing efficiency, reducing waste or maximising yield. Technology facilitates that by simplifying the route to intelligent assets, or as I would describe to my relatives – giving machines and buildings a heartbeat.

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

A new global shipping report by BigCommerce, the ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, reveals that almost three quarters (73%) of UK online shoppers have abandoned their cart because they did not like the shipping options available.

Have we reached cloud breaking point? Advanced report reveals concerns from businesses in cloud investment

Have we reached cloud breaking point? Advanced report reveals concerns from businesses in cloud investment

The benefits of the cloud are not living up to the expectations of UK businesses according to a new report from Advanced.

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