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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Post-pandemic, consumers’ shopping habits will be changed forever

Post-pandemic, consumers’ shopping habits will be changed forever

By Daniel Allin, Chief Commercial Officer, Diamond Logistics.

The strange sight of shoppers resembling medical professionals as they go about town in face masks is just the latest in a series of changes to our way of life that will have significant and lasting effects.

How electronic security can enhance workplace safety during the pandemic

How electronic security can enhance workplace safety during the pandemic

If you are reviewing your safety measures to protect staff from COVID-19, no doubt you will already have put in place the more basic measures, such as extra cleaning, sanitation stations, 2m distance markings etc. However, you may not have considered using your security systems to assist in this. These systems are often multi-functional and may be leveraged to reinforce COVID-19 workplace policies and mitigate health, safety and security risks.

Lockdown spike in DIY activity: The logistics sector responds

Lockdown spike in DIY activity: The logistics sector responds

The UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that in April this year, 30% of retail sales in the UK were conducted online.

This figure compares with just 18% in the same month last year and 21% at the Black Friday/Christmas peak in 2019. By the end of April online sales across Europe, within the home and leisure sector, in which Dachser DIY-Logistics covers, were at a level more than double than experienced at the start of last year.

Decoding API: Simply explained and why they are vital for eCommerce

Decoding API: Simply explained and why they are vital for eCommerce

Functioning APIs in eCommerce are crucial, if you’re working in eCommerce, you’ll be familiar with the term, it’s likely that you may not have a full comprehension of its meaning if you’re not a developer. This is according to global eCommerce platform, Kooomo, which outlines the purpose and vitality of APIs.

Creating a robust data foundation for digital transformation

Creating a robust data foundation for digital transformation

How many digital transformation strategies will ever extend beyond the boardroom? What, in effect, do they really entail? Digital transformation is being merged with the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, even Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create an unmanageable, unfocused concept of ‘doing things better’ without addressing the fundamental, underpinning essence of that change – the data.

10 tips for retail owners on how to 'COVID-proof' your store

10 tips for retail owners on how to 'COVID-proof' your store

The Government has allowed for reopening of stores since June 15th but until a vaccine is officially released, there is no post-COVID life, only one with it. With things constantly changing, Ian Wright, founder of Merchant Machine has compiled this guide with advice on running a store safely.

Store sales boom as online growth falters

Store sales boom as online growth falters

There was plenty of good news for Britain’s beleaguered High Street retailers in July’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail figures, says the e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero.

How COVID-19 has impacted global supply chains

How COVID-19 has impacted global supply chains

By Nick Pike, Chief Revenue Officer, Vizibl

The impact of COVID-19 has been swift and devastating to those directly affected. Not just from a health perspective but also for businesses who had to promptly close their doors as the country went into lockdown, particularly those in hospitality and retail.

Taking control of the B2B supply chain

Taking control of the B2B supply chain

More and more links in the value chain — especially retailers and wholesalers — are being forced to reposition themselves under pressure from both existing, yet evolving competitors and fast paced challenger brands with innovative approaches to technology and disruptive business models. B2B supply chain approaches now play an important role in future success.

The importance of upgrading inventory management practices to deal with supply chain challenges in 2020 and beyond

The importance of upgrading inventory management practices to deal with supply chain challenges in 2020 and beyond

Ecommerce businesses have had a tough time of late; firstly, there was the threat of a hard Brexit, and more recently the overwhelming impact of the coronavirus has been felt by all.

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