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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COVID sparks massive shift towards sustainable Christmas shopping

COVID sparks massive shift towards sustainable Christmas shopping

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in interest in sustainability with almost a fifth (19%) of people in the UK planning to buy more sustainable Christmas gifts this year compared to last, according to research by the Fashion Retail Academy¹.

Report: UK shoppers fear e-commerce environmental impact

Report: UK shoppers fear e-commerce environmental impact

More than half (57%) of UK online shoppers worry that the rise in online shopping is a threat for the environment, a new report has found.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT. In this edition we feature a Special Technology Report looking in depth at the latest developments in the world of Printing & Labelling technology.

Also included is our 2020 Special Report round-up, featuring reports on Transportation Management and AIDC/Mobile Computing.

Brother UK report: channel set to play key role in supporting to food retailers to meet new food safety regulations

Brother UK report: channel set to play key role in supporting to food retailers to meet new food safety regulations

Channel resellers are set to play a key role in supporting food retailers in meeting the upcoming Natasha’s Law food safety guidelines, according to a new report by business technology solutions provider Brother UK.

eCommerce sites optimised for Black Friday increased revenue by 330%, says Kooomo

eCommerce sites optimised for Black Friday increased revenue by 330%, says Kooomo

With lockdown restrictions driving an increase in web traffic, retailers who optimised their eCommerce stores for Black Friday secured a 330% increase in average monthly revenue this year. 

Death of the high street – How technology can help its revival

Death of the high street – How technology can help its revival

By Tomas Jansons, Development Manager, Jansons.

For several years, there has been a very evident and well-publicised demise of local high streets as they struggle to compete with the ease and efficiency of online shopping.

Shoppers bag toys early this Christmas in the UK, driving November sales up 11% year-on-year

Shoppers bag toys early this Christmas in the UK, driving November sales up 11% year-on-year

In 2020 Brits of all ages turned to toys to help occupy the long weeks of lockdown. From entertainment to education, crafting to creating, to simply playing outside, the sector has proved its worth during the COVID-19 restrictions.

The data dilemma - how can retailers avoid losing customer data to commence giants like Amazon

The data dilemma - how can retailers avoid losing customer data to commence giants like Amazon

By Sam Counterman, Director of Marketing, Northern Europe & Global Digital Lead at Selligent.

As the landscape continues to shift, and Amazon profits continue to rise (with a 37% increase reported in its recent third quarter results) it’s never been more important for retailers to assess their Amazon strategy.

Online shopping has changed logistics forever

Online shopping has changed logistics forever

From conveying systems to packing robotics, the logistics and warehousing industry is one that has made use of automation for years to keep ahead of demand. Here, Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff UK, the industrial automation control technology supplier, looks at the evolution of warehouse automation technology and new technological innovations helping the logistics industry.

Digital recruitment skyrocketing as organisations increase their online presence

Digital recruitment skyrocketing as organisations increase their online presence

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to re-think their digital strategies, leading to a sheer increase in the demand for digital talent, this is according to ecommerce & digital talent acquisition agency Beringer Tame, which has seen a 100% increase in organisations looking to fill roles in comparison to this time last year.

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