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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Proceed to checkout? Not on your mobile, say researchers

Proceed to checkout? Not on your mobile, say researchers

Shoppers hoping to bag a bargain in the post-Christmas sales are much less likely to go through with their purchases if they are using phones and tablets to buy goods online.

Slow website load times cause 47% of shoppers to abandon online baskets

Slow website load times cause 47% of shoppers to abandon online baskets

Speed of service remains a key consideration in driving omnichannel conversions, as connected consumers expect immediacy across their shopping encounters, a new report by agile software development specialist, Black Pepper Software, reveals.

Big Data Analytics – realising the potential

Big Data Analytics – realising the potential

Big Data is an increasingly coined term used to reference the vast, varied and often complex sources of information now available to businesses. Through the sophisticated algorithms built into modern Big Data Analytics tools, valuable business insight can be derived through harvesting better structured, relevant data from manifold unstructured sources.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within the Big Data Analytics arena.

Scandit survey suggests retailers missing in-store sales opportunities

Scandit survey suggests retailers missing in-store sales opportunities

Findings from a recent Scandit consumer survey of more than 1,500 respondents in the US, UK and Germany suggest brick-and-mortar retailers are missing valuable opportunities to digitally engage with customers and losing sales in the process.

Not so much a bang but a little sparkle from November sales

Not so much a bang but a little sparkle from November sales

Bonfire night and Black Friday sales seemed to hold up the November Retail Sales, but food price inflation continues to hit consumers' pockets, says one retail expert.

Big Freeze prompts flurry of festive gift buying online

Big Freeze prompts flurry of festive gift buying online

Widespread snow and sub-zero temperatures across the UK prompted an early flurry of online festive gift buying, with searches around 'Christmas gifts' up 12% week-on-week*, according to data from Summit, specialists in online retailing.

How to keep your warehouse in sync with sales promotions

How to keep your warehouse in sync with sales promotions

By Eric Carter, solutions architect, Indigo Software.

Everyone loves a bargain and there are always plenty to be had at this time of year in the run up to Christmas.

Join the cloud crowd: Three key reasons why retailers should adopt cloud computing

Join the cloud crowd: Three key reasons why retailers should adopt cloud computing

By Niklas Hedin, CEO of Centiro.

One of the things that makes the world of omnichannel retail so exciting is that it doesn't tend to stand still for long. In recent months, for example, we have seen Amazon announcing a full online supermarket service with same-day deliveries in parts of London and Sainsbury's doubling the number of Click & Collect sites it provides.

Don't let the Naughty Elf run off with your company data

Don't let the Naughty Elf run off with your company data

Ultima, provider of on-premise and cloud IT infrastructure and managed service solutions, is warning companies to stop the 'Naughty Elf' pinching company data left lying around on obsolete technology over Christmas.

AI to help retailers meet customer expectations and maintain profit margins

AI to help retailers meet customer expectations and maintain profit margins

Recent research from Blue Yonder has revealed that 79% of global shoppers say they are disappointed when their desired discounted item has sold out, while over half feel let down when the colour they want is not available in the sale.

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