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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Back to business: how can luxury retailers bounce back?

Back to business: how can luxury retailers bounce back?

According to recent figures, high street footfall remains subdued in England, with those shoppers who are making it out, more likely to now shop with a purpose. This means that all retailers, especially non-essential retailers like the luxury sector, need to make every effort to be as ‘easy to do business with’ as possible. Craig Summers, UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates, explores how this can be achieved.

Uncertain times call for certainty in your supply chain

Uncertain times call for certainty in your supply chain

In today’s uncertain environment, there are more factors than ever before that organisations need to consider when managing risk in their supply chains. Whether it’s mitigating the impact of COVID-19, the long-term effects of Brexit or the effects of global tariff changes, organisations need to have contingency plans in place.

Supply chain resilience demands flexible space strategies

Supply chain resilience demands flexible space strategies

In normal times, manufacturers and retailers would now be setting up the supply, warehousing and transport contracts to ensure the resilience of their supply and distribution chains against a series of ‘known unknowns’. A new Premier League season, Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter … even if their magnitude is uncertain, the timings, at least, are firmly in the diary.

Managing your business and Supply Chain COVID-19 responsibilities

Managing your business and Supply Chain COVID-19 responsibilities

When the easing of lockdown measures began in mid-May, many businesses began a journey to assess the Coronavirus risks that applied to their workplaces. To make sure their working environments were COVID Secure, they went on to develop additional physical and procedural measures.

Where Will Blockchain Be Most Significant?

Where Will Blockchain Be Most Significant?

It has become clear over the years that blockchain is a lot bigger than the cryptocurrencies for which it was initially designed. While cryptos have become progressively more relevant (arguably in 2020 in particular), blockchain technology appears to have nearly boundless potential to influence different parts of our world.......

Subscription services and automatic deliveries boost sales, says Kooomo

Subscription services and automatic deliveries boost sales, says Kooomo

Subscription services and automatic deliveries are not new to the eCommerce space, but are set to continue growing, meaning any retailer with relevant products not implementing this into their customer experience are falling behind the competition.

Short-term anxiety around shopping in store continues to ease, EY’s latest Future Consumer Index reveals

Short-term anxiety around shopping in store continues to ease, EY’s latest Future Consumer Index reveals

UK consumers have grown more comfortable with returning to the shops, according to the latest EY Future Consumer Index, which finds comfort levels with traditional shopping behaviours – such as going to a shopping mall and trying on clothes or going to the grocery store – have all more than doubled since May.

UK logistics sector deal activity falls by 50% in second quarter of 2020, despite notable transactions

UK logistics sector deal activity falls by 50% in second quarter of 2020, despite notable transactions

Further consolidation in the logistics market is expected, despite a significant fall in UK deal activity – the lowest level since Q1 2018.

Transaction volumes in the UK logistics industry have fallen by 50% in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest report from national accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP.

Coronavirus phrases inspire new retail start-up businesses

Coronavirus phrases inspire new retail start-up businesses

The UK lockdown has seen an increase in new companies forming to meet the demands resulting from coronavirus, with ‘COVID-19’, ‘lockdown’ and ‘pandemic’ featuring heavily in the names of new businesses created since March. And retail accounts for 10 per cent of the lockdown-inspired business start-up sector, as businesses and entrepreneurs look to meet increased retail demand during the pandemic.

Eat Out to Help Out scheme set to attract 22 million people with local retailers benefitting from increased footfall, according to GlobalData

Eat Out to Help Out scheme set to attract 22 million people with local retailers benefitting from increased footfall, according to GlobalData

A total of 22 million people, representing 40.6% of UK consumers, have used or plan to use the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to a survey by data and analytics company GlobalData.

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