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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Glee report – What can garden centres learn from supermarkets?

Glee report – What can garden centres learn from supermarkets?

Supermarkets roll out a host of sophisticated techniques to encourage shoppers to part with their disposable income.

How to create a successful fashion marketplace

How to create a successful fashion marketplace

By Philip Hall, Managing Director Europe, CommerceHub.

Online marketplaces are booming in popularity and it’s hardly surprising: they provide an excellent selling channel for brands to attract new customers and allow retailers to expand their offering to appeal to more customers.

Nearly three quarters have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

Nearly three quarters have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

A new global shipping report by BigCommerce,a leading ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, reveals that almost three quarters (73%) of UK online shoppers have abandoned their cart because they did not like the shipping options available.

The five key steps to delivering a seamless digital retail experience

The five key steps to delivering a seamless digital retail experience

By René Aerdts Chief Technologist – Global Consumer Goods, DXC Technology.

As a result of technically advanced e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, consumer expectation with regards to customised buying experiences and always-on services have skyrocketed.

How retail can evolve through IOT & industry 4.0

How retail can evolve through IOT & industry 4.0

By Mike Jeffs, Chief Commercial Officer, Hark.

Organisations have a significant opportunity to leverage new technology to save on the bottom line. Whether its increasing efficiency, reducing waste or maximising yield. Technology facilitates that by simplifying the route to intelligent assets, or as I would describe to my relatives – giving machines and buildings a heartbeat.

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

A new global shipping report by BigCommerce, the ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, reveals that almost three quarters (73%) of UK online shoppers have abandoned their cart because they did not like the shipping options available.

Have we reached cloud breaking point? Advanced report reveals concerns from businesses in cloud investment

Have we reached cloud breaking point? Advanced report reveals concerns from businesses in cloud investment

The benefits of the cloud are not living up to the expectations of UK businesses according to a new report from Advanced.

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Analysis from Beaming, the business ISP, reveals that businesses in the UK were on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted cyber attacks each, on average, in the second quarter of 2019.

How can AI reveal the hidden side of demand?

How can AI reveal the hidden side of demand?

By Raphaël Bertholet, VP R&D, Retail Software Division, Symphony RetailAI.

Historically, demand forecasting using traditional, manual methods has proven laborious and complex.

The high street is not dead: over half of EMEA consumers prefer shopping in physical stores

The high street is not dead: over half of EMEA consumers prefer shopping in physical stores

A new report launched by Blis, the real-world intelligence solutions provider, has found that innovation in bricks and mortar stores will breathe new life into the fragile status of the high street.

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