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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Five steps the grocery industry can take to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit

Five steps the grocery industry can take to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit

The UK grocery retail industry could lose up to £4.5bn revenue in the three months after Brexit if retailers are not prepared by 29 March, analysis from operational improvement specialist Newton has revealed.

The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

“Britain is a nation of shopkeepers,” is the famous phrase coined by economist Adam Smith to explain the desire of a commercial nation to secure ever-expanding markets for its wares.

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Logistics operations are increasingly turning to integrated technology solutions to overcome a host of transport planning pressures, while at the same time the driver and general skills shortage continues to weigh on the supply chain sector.

UK businesses attacked online 280,000 times each by cybercriminals in 2018

UK businesses attacked online 280,000 times each by cybercriminals in 2018

UK businesses were subjected to 281,094 internet-borne cyberattacks each last year, according to analysis from Beaming, the business ISP.

Softest rise in IT vacancies for over two years in January

Softest rise in IT vacancies for over two years in January

The latest Report on Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC, showed a further increase in demand for both permanent and temporary IT workers during January.

96,000 UK retailers failing to recognise value of effective pricing

96,000 UK retailers failing to recognise value of effective pricing

Around 96,000* UK retailers are putting their business at risk by failing to grasp the importance of an effective pricing strategy.

The figure was published in a report by pricing and automation specialist, Omnia Retail, which questioned retail businesses on the scope and efficacy of their pricing processes.

AI in business: 2019 trends and predictions

AI in business: 2019 trends and predictions

AI is already being implemented in businesses around the world, and while worries persist over whether robots will be taking over the workplace, some are predicting that it will actually improve and even create jobs in the future.

How will Brexit affect eCommerce?

How will Brexit affect eCommerce?

Brexit brings a wave of uncertainty and change to the UK business landscape, and since the day the UK voted to leave the EU, it’s been a whirlwind.

Online retail sales emerge from December gloom

Online retail sales emerge from December gloom

Hitwise Digital Retail Insight report figures suggest that online retail visits in January grew by 1.8 per cent following the slow Christmas period. December online retail visits hit a 10 year low, declining by 0.6 per cent.

19% uplift in international currency provision amongst UK’s top 250 retailers

19% uplift in international currency provision amongst UK’s top 250 retailers

Analysis of the UK’s top 250 retailers has found a 19% year-on-year increase in the number of brands offering the option to pay in international currency. The figure forms part of an annual performance index carried out by ecommerce and digital agency, Visualsoft.

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