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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Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Action on companies who fail to meet the standard of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) has seen 17 companies removed or suspended from the Code during the past quarter, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced.

No job, employer or regulator should take away workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

No job, employer or regulator should take away workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April and led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It raises public awareness of the importance of health and safety at work, as well as the prevention of occupational accidents.

Adyen study shows the value of omnichannel shoppers for retailers

Adyen study shows the value of omnichannel shoppers for retailers

New data released by Adyen, the payments platform of choice for many leading companies, highlights the value of unified commerce to retailers. Its report The Unified Commerce Indexanalyses data across its global payments platform, which processed €159 billion in transactions in 2018.

One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

34% of retail workers in the UK are waiting to be made redundant before switching careers, according to a survey released by professional training provider Learning People.

2 in 5 data-driven initiatives are failing in the retail industry, with 43 per cent of failures due to a skills shortage

2 in 5 data-driven initiatives are failing in the retail industry, with 43 per cent of failures due to a skills shortage

New research by Exasol, the analytic database provider, has found that almost half of data-driven initiatives are failing in retail organisations.

Figures show internet retailing continues to rise throughout March

Figures show internet retailing continues to rise throughout March

Today’s ONS retail sales figures revealed that online spending continues to rise. The percentage of online purchases has risen by 8.0 per cent in March 2019 in comparison to March 2018.

Demand forecasting for retailers: the benefits of AI

Demand forecasting for retailers: the benefits of AI

By Arnaud Gauthier, President & Chief Customer Officer, EMEA at Symphony RetailAI.

The ability to quickly and accurately anticipate demand is essential for those who want to remain competitive in the retail industry, where even the slightest variation in production volume, distribution networks, or just the weather can have an immense impact on turnover.

74% of UK retailers do not correctly attribute footfall to digital spend

74% of UK retailers do not correctly attribute footfall to digital spend

Most UK brands are unsure of the actual impact digital marketing spend is having on visits to their own bricks and mortar stores.

Record numbers of High Street stores close as Debenhams falters and ASOS’ profits plummet – There's only one solution, says ParcelHero

Record numbers of High Street stores close as Debenhams falters and ASOS’ profits plummet – There's only one solution, says ParcelHero

Retail has been hit by a perfect storm, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero. New figures from PwC reveal 5,853 shops closed last year, and embattled Debenhams has placed itself in receivership as it fights against the onslaught of e-commerce. But with ASOS’ profits tumbling nearly 90%, online retailers are also struggling.

Smart packaging counteracting the lost moment of truth

Smart packaging counteracting the lost moment of truth

In the new report "Smart Packaging 2019-2029", IDTechEx Research finds that electronic smart packaging will become a $1.8 Billion market in 2029.

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