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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Starting at the source: achieving a sustainable supply chain

Starting at the source: achieving a sustainable supply chain

By Alan Gunner, Business Development Director, Adjuno.

With the impact of our consumer society increasingly influencing purchasing behaviour, it is clear that there has been a shift in the need for sustainable supply chains.

UK SMEs expect not to get what they want from Brexit process

UK SMEs expect not to get what they want from Brexit process

UK SME business owners have voiced their concern that what they want and what they are going to get from the Brexit process is going to be very different, according to the latest data from Close Brothers Asset Finance.

Retail brands failing to deliver on full circle sustainability

Retail brands failing to deliver on full circle sustainability

Sustainability-conscious brands place high importance on the raw materials used to create retail displays and packaging but neglect the end-of-life outcome, according to new research.

Beating the pack: How manufacturers can win in the IoT revolution

Beating the pack: How manufacturers can win in the IoT revolution

By Alex Guillen, Go-To-Market Manager, Insight UK.

It’s staggering to think that this year more consumer devices will be sold than there are people on earth – and, as time marches on, the democratisation of the Internet of Things (IoT) means in a few years virtually all of the devices sold will be internet connected.

Commissioned study reveals digital maturity in procurement is lagging behind perceived progress

Commissioned study reveals digital maturity in procurement is lagging behind perceived progress

Ivalua, provider of global spend management cloud solutions, has announced the findings of a worldwide survey of supply chain, procurement and finance business leaders, on the status of their digital transformations, the obstacles encountered and keys to success.

PayPoint ATMs help over 2,000 retailers remove banking charges

PayPoint ATMs help over 2,000 retailers remove banking charges

PayPoint has released new figures showing that it has helped over 2,000 of its ATM customers remove banking charges in the past year, all with the help of its unique Net Settlement facility.

What social networks deliver greatest benefit to fashion ecommerce?

What social networks deliver greatest benefit to fashion ecommerce?

Fashion retailers understand that social media plays an important role in driving awareness, traffic and orders. However, given the complex shopping journey of today’s fashion consumer, it’s difficult to clearly identify the relative merits of different social networks – particularly as the networks themselves are continuing to evolve and introduce new features.

Global 3D Printing Market Report from IDTechEx Research: Technology and Market Analysis

Global 3D Printing Market Report from IDTechEx Research: Technology and Market Analysis

IDTechEx Research has recently updated its series of reports on 3D printing, including the overview report 3D Printing 2019-2029: Technology and Market Analysis.

UK hit by more than 1,000 shoplifting incidents every day

UK hit by more than 1,000 shoplifting incidents every day

The UK retail industry suffered from an average of 1,035 reported incidents of shoplifting every day in 2018, according to the latest analysis of UK Police data by loss prevention solutions provider, Checkpoint Systems.

Instagram struggling to deal with counterfeit luxury goods

Instagram struggling to deal with counterfeit luxury goods

The research from Ghost Data shows incredible detail. The research team scanned around four million Instagram posts, identifying more than 56,000 accounts involved in counterfeiting activities – more than double the 20,000 accounts the same group found in 2016.

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