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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IDTechEx: How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

IDTechEx: How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the automotive industry has been hit hard by shutdowns of factories and sales around the world. The pandemic has slowed down global car sales and is shifting consumer behaviours in travel. Over the long term, COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mobility landscape.

Horticultural industry looks to the future in the latest Covid-19 global impact survey

Horticultural industry looks to the future in the latest Covid-19 global impact survey

A new survey of grower associations, by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and FloraCulture International (FCI), reveals nearly three-quarters (71%) believe that most growers will soon recover after this crisis.

UK retailers turn to digital to survive pandemic

UK retailers turn to digital to survive pandemic

As a result of Covid-19, two-thirds (60%) [Q13:AY17] of UK retail companies are overhauling their business strategies, with almost half (42%) [Q12A:AY5] looking to invest in digital.

Instant messaging users to reach 4.3 billion in 2020, as new payment Services emerge

Instant messaging users to reach 4.3 billion in 2020, as new payment Services emerge

A new study from Juniper Research found that the number of instant messaging users will reach 4.3 billion in 2020, rising from 3.9 billion in 2019. This is a growth of 9% year-on-year, largely driven by an increased need for remote communication during the COVID-19 crisis.

British Safety Council launches COVID-19 Assurance Assessment Service

British Safety Council launches COVID-19 Assurance Assessment Service

The British Safety Council has launched a new COVID-10 Assurance Assessment Service to support organisations returning to work.

UK small businesses accelerate transition to cashless during pandemic

UK small businesses accelerate transition to cashless during pandemic

UK SMEs are moving to accept card and contactless payments at an increasingly rapid rate as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to findings by NatWest.

New report: Impacts to global e-commerce and fraud trends amid Coronavirus

New report: Impacts to global e-commerce and fraud trends amid Coronavirus

Forter, the e-commerce fraud prevention solutions provider, has launched the May edition of its monthly COVID-19 Report, that reveals the impact of the current climate on consumer behaviour and fraud and abuse trends.

April’s retail sales figures will result in a cull of independent stores, warns ParcelHero

April’s retail sales figures will result in a cull of independent stores, warns ParcelHero

Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales estimates for April will result in the extinction of many much-loved stores, fears the UK home delivery specialist ParcelHero.

Why can’t CEOs find technical leaders?

Why can’t CEOs find technical leaders?

In 2019, Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report found that only 41 percent of C-level respondents believed that employees within their own organisations were ready to meet their leadership requirements.

We are stronger when we work together: eCommerce platform Kooomo sits down for Q&A with fashion brand Blauer USA

We are stronger when we work together: eCommerce platform Kooomo sits down for Q&A with fashion brand Blauer USA

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about extreme, uncontrollable changes to our world. Stores are closed, many remain at home and strict social distancing measures are here for the long haul. Unsurprisingly, organisations across all sectors have taken a significant hit and the retail industry is no exception.

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