Retail IT White Papers

  • Sharpening Omnichannel Inventory Management To A Razor’s Edge

    Inventory is your company’s largest capital investment. It is why customers make purchases in your stores and online. It is the source of your company’s revenue and the bedrock of your brand. Naturally, it makes sense that fine tuning inventory management is a key to achieving financial success.

  • The AI-Driven Supply Chain: Seamlessly Meeting Complex Demand

    Retail supply chains have become overwhelmingly complex. In order to meet constantly shifting consumer demand and ensure product is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, savvy retailers are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help power their next-gen supply chains. 

  • Bot And ATO Attacks: How They’re Related And What You Can Do

    There are faceless armies of robots arrayed against you. They are legion, they are tireless and, if they overwhelm your defenses, they can be lethal—to your business. Bots are not the minions of an evil super-intelligence in a science fiction film bent on dominion over mankind. They are simply tools that can be used by anyone who picks them up. And, the people picking them up these days often are criminals employing them to take over or create online accounts.

  • Cash Transactions In The Mobile World

    For two decades, the PC has reigned supreme over all POS solutions, operating as point of sale terminals that sit on counters and control various peripherals. However, the need for PC-centric solutions is waning as a more flexible POS model emerges Leveraging cloud and mobile technologies, this model supports thin client and IP-enabled components such as cash drawers and printers.

  • Protect Yourself: 8 Security Best Practices For Retailers

    The retail industry is a favorite target of cyber attackers. Hackers know a successful attack on a retailer can give them access to the data of thousands or even millions of payment cardholders. Cyber criminals can sell that data for a tidy profit to other criminals on the dark web who use it for fraud, identity theft, and phishing attacks. Cyber crime is big business; it’s projected to cause damages of $6 trillion by 2021 on organizations of all types and sizes.

  • Retail Cash Loss: Addressing The Problem With Intelligent Technology

    Any business that accepts cash for transactions has come to expect that some percentage of it will vanish as a result of fraud, administrative errors and employee misdeeds. Inventory shrink, which includes cash loss, costs retailers an estimated $47 billion annually. It is so prevalent that retailers have a line item for it in their P&L statement.

  • Omnichannel And The Future Of Stores

    Customers have come to expect a unified shopping experience across all channels forcing stores to connect the dots between their in-store and online operations. While not all omnichannel features are one-size-fits-all, BOPIS is an option shoppers are coming to expect from retailers. According to a survey from Internet Retailer and BizRate, 53% of shoppers plan to increase their use of buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) this year and by not giving your customers the choice, retailers could be losing sales.

  • Mastering Synchronized Retailing With Advanced OMS

    From the moment the buy button is clicked through delivery to the shopper, everything that happens behind the scenes is orchestrated by the order management system (OMS). That’s why 45 percent of retailers report they plan to upgrade or implement a totally new OMS in the next two years. A new study conducted by RIS News uncovers the state of order management in today’s complex retail environments and other key findings.

  • Integrated Planning & Inventory Management Special Report

    For retailers, it is imperative to take a customer-centric viewpoint on the business. Current disparate systems, processes and organization must be transformed into one cohesive environment with the ability to offer customers a seamless shopping environment across all channels and the capability to deliver merchandise immediately – wherever it is needed. It is time to prepare for the future of retail – it is here – whether we are ready or not.

  • Integrated Planning: Getting It Right – A Boston Retail Partners Report

    We are in the midst of a retail transformation. Consumer behavior and mobile technology have dramatically changed the traditional retail model and it’s not over yet. As upstart online retailers mature, their desire to connect to their customers in a more personal manner is evolving. However, the old adage of right product, right place, and right time is truer now than ever before. As a result, retailers are gathering more data that is being leveraged by financial plans, demand plans, assortment plans, and store plans. The importance of a fully integrated planning solution to analyze and utilize this data is key to ensuring retailers remain competitive in this rapidly changing landscape. An integrated planning solution eliminates silos, leverages the same data, streamlines decisions, and builds consensus.

  • Retailers Identify Keys To Successful Retail Delivery

    New research reveals that 88% of retailers with new supply chain initiatives said it has helped them exceed customer expectations; and 84% claim these efforts allow them to give customers more control over their shopping experiences.

  • Taking Digital Commerce From Idea To Doorstep

    Succeeding in today’s ever-changing digital commerce world requires mastering a complex mix of people, process and technology innovations that must all work seamlessly together. Organizations face myriad of choices — from developing the right strategy to building a high-performing team and laying a solid foundation of the right technologies.

  • Exploring The True Value Of Order Management Systems

    To keep pace with growing consumer expectations, retailers must be equipped with modern order management systems that greatly expand their fulfillment capabilities. However, many still lag behind. To gain insight into these challenges and retailers’ top priorities for a future OMS investment, Radial partnered with Incisiv to conduct a quantitative survey of retail executives spanning key business functions across the retail supply chain.

  • Study Reveals ¼ Amazon Revenue Fueled By Retail Out-Of-Stocks

    In the old days, consumers went shopping because they had to. However, thanks to a plethora of new options, consumers today must now be inspired to want to shop. To improve the customer experience, retailers are looking toward many different options, such as buy online pick up in store (BOPIS), click and collect and ship-from store. While convenient, these fulfillment methods have only further exposed the problem of out-of-stocks.

  • Managing Chargebacks To Boost Profits

    Chargebacks are an unfortunate reality of a retail business and can be devastating to your bottom line. When you consider that over 84 percent of chargebacks are now due to fraud, developing a comprehensive strategy for managing them is critical for success.

  • The New Retail Mandate: 2018 Shopper Vision Study

    The landscape of retail is constantly transforming, and a shift from transactional to service-driven, personalized experiences is emerging. Our 10th annual shopper vision study surveyed thousands of consumers throughout North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East to discover that tech-savvy consumers are demanding a higher level of retail service, convenience and curation. We ask the questions that really matter to find out what shoppers really want, so you can get the insight you need to be their preferred retailer, both in-store and online. 

  • Making The Move To A Tablet Point Of Sale Solution - A Research Guide To Choosing The Right Mobile POS

    Over the past few years, improvements in mobile devices, Wi-Fi, and cloud computing have made mobile point of sale (POS) solutions effective and affordable for businesses of all sizes. Tablets have emerged as the most popular platform for mobile POS solutions, and you may have already heard the buzz about them. There’s a reason for all the hullaballoo. In addition to integrating payments and making retail transactions more effcient than using a traditional electronic cash register (ECR), tablet POS solutions can provide robust management data.

  • Adopting Omnichannel In Your Business - Enhancing Experience And Achieving Operational Excellence

    Consumers worldwide continue to adopt and use technology in their shopping experience. Faced with rising customer expectations and increasing competitive pressures, retailers now are prioritizing in-store innovation. Many retailers have adopted multichannel implementations, in which mobile, web, and in-store shopping are enabled but not delivered consistently to the customer.

  • Perfecting The Customer Journey - A Guide To Making Your Restaurant A Destination Worth Revisiting

    Competition is growing fierce for restaurants — and not all of it comes from other local dining establishments. With grocery stores and meal kit services offering additional convenient and affordable dining options for customers to choose from, and with many restaurants turning to faster and smarter automation methods to power their operations, now is the time for your restaurant to step up its game.

  • Line Busting As A Mobile Transaction And Service Industry - A Guide For Consumer Industries

    The potential of mobile technologies to transform the transaction experience has been discussed regularly over the past decade. The transformation first promised a decade ago always depended on significant advancements in both consumer and business transaction technologies. The consumerization of smartphones, which began in 2007, introduced what would become the key enabling technology on the consumer side. This marked the beginning of robust growth and continuous advancements in consumer mobile technologies.