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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Capgemini report: Automation provides competitive advantage to retailers to bring customers back in store

Capgemini report: Automation provides competitive advantage to retailers to bring customers back in store

As automation technology continues to mature, it is becoming increasingly a point of competitive advantage, with consumers responding positively to the improved convenience that it can deliver. However, in order to capitalize on this trend, retailers will need to prioritize automation that creates positive consumer experiences rather than as a cost saving exercise, according to new research from the Capgemini Research Institute.

The Equifax Breach and the Danger of Poor Data Security

The Equifax Breach and the Danger of Poor Data Security

By Patrick Vernon, freelance writer.

Equifax bragged about holding thousands of times more data than the Library of Congress. However, the “entirely preventable” Equifax data breach demonstrated that the company did not know how to properly protect that data.

Connecting the enterprise - Digital Transformation Technology report

Connecting the enterprise - Digital Transformation Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current and possible future trends and areas of development within the world of Digital Transformation – including those concerning Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Robotics, Cloud and Edge Computing.

Radius Payment Solutions acquires Reliance IP Networks

Radius Payment Solutions acquires Reliance IP Networks

Radius Payment Solutions has announced the acquisition of Macclesfield based business telecoms provider, Reliance Networks, marking its seventh deal in seven weeks.Established in 2009, Reliance Networks are a service focused company specialising in the design, installation and support of leading-edge communications solutions.

South African ICT Company Connor Data Breach Exposes User Activity and Personal Identifiable Information Data.

South African ICT Company Connor Data Breach Exposes User Activity and Personal Identifiable Information Data.

Led by cybersecurity analysts Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, vpnMentor`s research team discovered a data breach in a database belonging to South Africa ICT company, Conor. The breached database contained daily logs of user activity by customers of ISPs using web filtering software built by Conor.

UK firms shrug off Brexit as salaries set to increase for the first time in two years

UK firms shrug off Brexit as salaries set to increase for the first time in two years

Professional salaries in the UK are expected to increase by at least 3% in 2020 – following two years of pay freezes. With over half of UK professionals believing that their pay is not an accurate reflection of the work they do – news of salary increases above 2020 inflation rates (1.94%) will be warmly welcomed.

The secret to engaging young adults (18-24s) online? Personalisation

The secret to engaging young adults (18-24s) online? Personalisation

18-24-year-olds (44%) are more likely to be influenced to buy a product or service online if they’re given a personalised offer, compared to those aged over 55 (24%), research has revealed. However, while it’s been established that the younger generation is influenced by a more bespoke approach, a shocking 57% of all those surveyed agree that the offers they receive online are ‘mostly irrelevant’.

Discover remains the most widely accepted card scheme worldwide

Discover remains the most widely accepted card scheme worldwide

The influence of China on global card acceptance is shown by the fact that Discover is accepted at more outlets than Visa and Mastercard as a result of agreements with UnionPay and other schemes

International digital growth executive joins Panintelligence as chair.

International digital growth executive joins Panintelligence as chair.

Data visualisation, reporting and analytics software developer Panintelligence has appointed Howard Bell, a seasoned commercial and technology growth specialist, as chair.

Padded mailers witnessing healthy sales, buoyed by rapid expansion of e-commerce: FMI

Padded mailers witnessing healthy sales, buoyed by rapid expansion of e-commerce: FMI

In the backdrop of increasing demand for compact and cost-efficient protective packaging solutions, the growth outlook of global padded mailers market will remain positive during the forecast period (2019 - 2029). A new study projects healthy 5% CAGR for padded mailer sales during the period of projection.

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