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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Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Analysis from Beaming, the business ISP, reveals that businesses in the UK were on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted cyber attacks each, on average, in the second quarter of 2019.

How can AI reveal the hidden side of demand?

How can AI reveal the hidden side of demand?

By Raphaël Bertholet, VP R&D, Retail Software Division, Symphony RetailAI.

Historically, demand forecasting using traditional, manual methods has proven laborious and complex.

The high street is not dead: over half of EMEA consumers prefer shopping in physical stores

The high street is not dead: over half of EMEA consumers prefer shopping in physical stores

A new report launched by Blis, the real-world intelligence solutions provider, has found that innovation in bricks and mortar stores will breathe new life into the fragile status of the high street.

June 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

June 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The June 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Demand Forecasting & Planning /S&OP

For this report, we spoke with experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent trends and ongoing areas of development within the world of Demand Forecasting & Planning/S&OP solutions, and what users can potentially look forward to in the not too distant future.

Hand to mouth: Stock flow and fast fashion

Hand to mouth: Stock flow and fast fashion

Fast fashion retailers need to be just that, fast. Consumer loyalty towards brands in this area is driven by customers being able to buy and return items when they want them, how they want them and where they want them. While this flexibility is great for the shopper, it can be a nightmare for the retailer. The cost of surplus goods in the wrong place can be detrimental to the margins, especially if it results in a scandal surrounding stock removal.

Paragon survey points towards growing reporting burden for the transport office

Paragon survey points towards growing reporting burden for the transport office

Transport planning teams are under pressure to share more information than ever before as businesses look to increase visibility of their distribution operations, improve customer communications and remove internal silos.

Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

By Derrick Harris, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Pivotal Software Inc.

Boarded up windows, closing-down sales and a huge growth in e-commerce retail has seen the UK’s high streets continue to suffer in recent years.

Is digitisation the key to preventing cross-border landed costs from disrupting international ecommerce?

Is digitisation the key to preventing cross-border landed costs from disrupting international ecommerce?

In a time of continued economic and political uncertainty - where threats against global trade either quickly materialise or fizzle out as part of hardline foreign policy negotiations - companies involved in international trade must now contend with an unprecedented amount of uncertainty and risk as the ‘new normal’.

Why Gen Z could be the answer to retail in the digital age

Why Gen Z could be the answer to retail in the digital age

By Matt Newton, The Access Group.

Change on the high street is being driven by physical retailers looking for their new USP in the age of digital and store staff are an integral part of this transformation.

CVAs are fatally wounding our High Streets, warns e-commerce delivery expert

CVAs are fatally wounding our High Streets, warns e-commerce delivery expert

As Monsoon seeks to join the ranks of stores slashing rents through a company voluntary agreement, ParcelHero says CVAs are simply speeding up the demise of High Street shopping and will impact on pension and investment schemes.

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