As the Internet of Things looks set to manifest itself as a real business disruptor over the next few years, Zebra Technologies' Mark Thomson says its impact on retail can be broken down into three key areas.
Accenture's proposed acquisition of Javelin Group, announced this week, has put the focus on digital transformation in the retail industry. Accenture's Martin Digby discusses retailer strategy in a digital world.
Merger and acquisition activity in retail is rife right now, but is there more to come? Planet Retail's Helen Slaven predicts some significant UK grocery market consolidation is on the horizon.
First it was self-service, then it was the discounter concept. Now, the third paradigm shift in retail can be described as the digital revolution, argues Wincor Nixdorf's Thomas Fell.
Shopping is entering the mobile-first era which means mobile commerce is poised for a major breakthrough in 2015, says PayPal's Rob Harper.
After Argos's announcement that it is to open digital stores within Sainsbury's supermarkets, Fujitsu's Rupal Karia argues there is more collaboration between retailers to come.
Agile retailers have an opportunity to gain an advantage on some of the traditionally dominant industry players by embracing new technology in an improving economy, argues Epson UK's David Spratt.
Retail winners will be the companies that successfully establish quick-fire home delivery, says JDA Software's EMEA VP for retail strategy, Lee Gill. He also has a warning for the grocery middle market.
Sarah Taylor, senior director for EMEA at Oracle Retail, tells Essential Retail why product availability is the key factor in harnessing retail customer loyalty. Shoppers are increasingly impatient, she argues.
The advent of technology has required retailers to change their culture. Instead of hard selling, it's crucial to develop a conversation with your customers, argues Wipro's Anil Rebello.
The concept of 'fail fast' in retail is about taking risks, acting promptly with new technologies, and quickly learning what innovations will drive your business forward, says SAP's Pat Bakey.
Helen Wilde, NCR's head of UK retail, talks to Essential Retail on how retailers can deal with an increasingly demanding consumer and why it's crucial they establish a single view of their customers.