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  • Real Business Value? : Or is your retail tech just digital lipstick on an analogue pig?

    Real Business Value? : Or is your retail tech just digital lipstick on an analogue pig?

    Last year Retail Week published, Three reasons why stores need to digitise. It’s well worth a read, but this did catch our attention: “Lift and learn solutions, self-service kiosks, POS projection...

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  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: how pop-up stores are helping retailers to test before they build

    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: how pop-up stores are helping retailers to test before they build

    Zara’s parent company Inditex is the world’s largest fashion retailer and its profitability is legendary. Operating through the Zara brand, as well as Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Zara Home...

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  • Riding the Waves: how Seasalt have turned its fashion website into a Cornish folk story

    Riding the Waves: how Seasalt have turned its fashion website into a Cornish folk story

    Selling the dream has always been an important part of retail. So, it’s no surprise that great quality web content has become a vital way for retailers to improve the customer experience, tell...

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  • Tech Natives: 5 ways retailers are gearing up for the new generation of customers

    Tech Natives: 5 ways retailers are gearing up for the new generation of customers

    Fashion retail is gearing up for a seismic generational shift in 2019. This is the year that members of Gen Z (born between 1995 and 2005) will outnumber Millennials as the most populous generation...

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  • King of the Mountains: how Mark Neale has scaled his outdoor retail business with tech

    King of the Mountains: how Mark Neale has scaled his outdoor retail business with tech

    It can be a real challenge to read about the retail sector these days, with so many high street names struggling to adapt to the new digital landscape. But when a retailer reports vigorous sales...

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  • Socially Savvy: coping with customer stampedes fuelled by the new breed of online influencers

    Socially Savvy: coping with customer stampedes fuelled by the new breed of online influencers

    The growing importance of social influencers on consumer purchase behaviour is changing the nature of traffic flow to retailer websites. The role didn’t even exist five years ago, but the value of...

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  • It's a date: new 'shopping festivals' filling the retail calendar with tech

    It's a date: new 'shopping festivals' filling the retail calendar with tech

    Shopping festivals such as Singles’ Day, Black Friday, and Amazon Prime Day are a relatively new phenomenon, but they are grabbing the headlines and driving impressive revenue gains for retailers...

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  • Tools of the Trade: achieving DevSecOps with open-source tools

    Tools of the Trade: achieving DevSecOps with open-source tools

    DevSecOps requires a cultural change which promotes the “secure by default” culture and is the only way to handle “security at scale”.

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  • The DevSecOps Mindset: a quick guide to "shifting left and shifting right"

    The DevSecOps Mindset: a quick guide to "shifting left and shifting right"

    The key word for DevSecOps is continuous, with checks at all stages: planning, coding, pre-production, and even decommissioning. It all makes for a very different culture of collaboration.

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  • DevOps Exposed: because we all need to move fast and stay secure

    DevOps Exposed: because we all need to move fast and stay secure

    DevOps approaches have become a fixture in most businesses. But integration with security operations is lagging behind.

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  • Ready, Steady, Grow: how technology is putting struggling retailers back in the race

    Ready, Steady, Grow: how technology is putting struggling retailers back in the race

    Expectations for the future were fading for Patisserie Valerie at the end of last year. But now under new management, plans are on the table again to bring the coffee and cake chain back to what it...

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  • High Velocity Retail: a new way of thinking around speed of delivery

    High Velocity Retail: a new way of thinking around speed of delivery

    Last week the World Retail Congress (WRC) opened its doors in Amsterdam to over 180 speakers and 1300 industry leaders from around the globe...

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  • From Store to Stage: how retailers are turning their physical spaces into showrooms and slowrooms

    From Store to Stage: how retailers are turning their physical spaces into showrooms and slowrooms

    According to PwC last month, a record net 2,481 stores disappeared from the UK’s top 500 high streets in 2018 – 40% more than in 2017 – prompting fears for the future of the high street. It’s a...

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  • New Kid on the Block: SD-WAN myths explored

    New Kid on the Block: SD-WAN myths explored

    If you are involved at all in the communications business, you cannot avoid the new hot topic on the block, SD-WAN.

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  • Cloud Culture: key conversation starters to define your migration

    Cloud Culture: key conversation starters to define your migration

    Whether implementing a Cloud strategy for the first time or moving more workloads into the Cloud, having the proper expectations is key.

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  • Claranet brings Competitive Edge to high-profile database migration project

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  • How to accelerate the application lifecycle with cloud and DevOps

    How to accelerate the application lifecycle with cloud and DevOps

    CloudDevOpsApplicationWe live in an application-first world. And the closer you can get to continuous integration (AKA continuous improvement) the better. Your IT department’s new job is to...

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  • Cloud for charities: easing the financial burden of IT

    Cloud for charities: easing the financial burden of IT

    CloudcharityfinanceComic Relief recently raised an outstanding £78 million as part of its ‘Red Nose Day’ telethon. Their website was inundated with visitors. Far more than during normal periods....

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  • How the cloud and DevOps will change the way you run your IT department

    How the cloud and DevOps will change the way you run your IT department

    CloudDevOpsIT departmentsoftwareApplicationSoftware is "eating the world". In the cloud even infrastructure can now be coded. Your application is now your key business differentiator. Just look...

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  • The cloud is changing the way you deliver applications

    The cloud is changing the way you deliver applications

    CloudApplicationsDevelopmentContainerisationAs of fairly recently, Amazon.com kicked off a new software deployment on average every 11.6 seconds. In one hour over 1000 new deployments were sent...

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