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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Data shows that online retail searches increase year-on-year on Blue Monday

Data shows that online retail searches increase year-on-year on Blue Monday

New data reveals that Brits are increasingly turning to a bit of online retail therapy to escape the Monday Blues.

Future of Retail: Industry must invest for the long-term, break down silos and deliver new experiences for customers and employees

Future of Retail: Industry must invest for the long-term, break down silos and deliver new experiences for customers and employees

Every year, the battle to survive as a brick-and-mortar retailer gets tougher. As consumer expectations heighten and ecommerce sales continue to rise, businesses too slow to adapt to a digital world have a tough road ahead, according to a new study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

Lighting has an impact on Brits mood and productivity in the workplace

Lighting has an impact on Brits mood and productivity in the workplace

As the January blues well and truly set in, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing at home and in the workplace.

RAS - How to avoid the 'Death of the high street'

RAS - How to avoid the 'Death of the high street'

With 59 years’ experience in improving operational efficiency and profitability of retail businesses, Retail and Assets Solutions (RAS) is urging the industry to avoid being one of the victims of the ‘death of the high street’ by taking proactive steps towards a future of omnichannel retailing.

82% of UK employees will buy more often from their workplace canteen with order ahead technology, finds Omnico

82% of UK employees will buy more often from their workplace canteen with order ahead technology, finds Omnico

82% of UK employees will buy meals more often from their workplace canteen or restaurant if they can order ahead and pick up their meal from a dedicated service point, research by Omnico and The Caterer magazine has found.

3 reasons why disaster recovery is a must-have for 2019

3 reasons why disaster recovery is a must-have for 2019

Natural disasters and data breaches have been hitting the headlines this year. While it might not happen to you on such a large scale, any sort of outage can cause IT administrators and CIOs to lie awake at night wondering if they are well protected.

Increasing IT efficiency through effective print management

Increasing IT efficiency through effective print management

Any software or innovative practice that makes an IT department more efficient should be welcomed in an organisation. However, print management is one area where this impact on efficiency often goes unnoticed, according to Y Soft Corporation, the enterprise office solution provider.

The Supply Chain of the Future

The Supply Chain of the Future

Supply chains are modernising at a rapid rate as organisations look to capture the opportunity and potential offered by new technology and digitalisation.

Aligned to Industry 4.0, Supply Chain 4.0, combines new tools and solutions including; Internet of Things (IoT), advanced robotics and automation in the supply chain, cutting edge technology such as blockchain, advanced analytics and the management of ‘big data’.

Looking over the horizon: what does cybersecurity have in store for 2019?

Looking over the horizon: what does cybersecurity have in store for 2019?

By Tom Kellermann, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Carbon Black.

In every intelligence industry there’s often a central aim: predicting the future. We collect and analyse, dissect and interpret, looking for that essential nugget that will give us the edge over our adversaries by indicating what they’ll do next.

34% of UK consumers disappointed by availability of flexible finance

34% of UK consumers disappointed by availability of flexible finance

More than a third of consumers feel let down by the lack of flexible finance products offered by UK businesses, according to a research study.

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