Oracle Retail success in China

PurCotton has implemented Oracle retail applications to support its rapid growth. The company now has 114 stores across China and makes consumer products for mother and baby care, feminine care and medical care from non woven cotton fair. PurCotton needed to upgrade its solutions to meet its... more

Lenox Implements Oracle Commerce Cloud

Lenox is using Oracle Commerce Cloud to modernise its omnichannel shopping experience. Lenox is now able to personalise what customers see based on their preferences and shopping patterns. Ravi Kurumety notes that 'Our focus is providing customers during luxury products and trend-setting brands... more

Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7bn

On the 16th June 2017, Amazon have announced that they will purchase Whole Foods for £13.7bn. Whole Foods has more than 460 stores in US, Canada and the UK. Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos noted 'Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for... more

Jimmy Choo brought by Michael Kors

Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo has been brought this week by Michael Kors Holdings for £896m. Described by the fashion director of the Daily Telegraph as 'the shoe of choice for the Oscars'. Michael Kors said the acquisition was expected to deliver a number of benefits including 'the... more

Boohoo Shares Soar

Boohoo have recently completed a fundraising mission to secure £50m. This money will go towards a new £150m warehouse in Burnley to form part of the company's expansion plan. Boohoo purchased brand PrettyLittleThing last December and are attributing some of their strong growth to this... more

How Retailers Can Fight Amazon

Amazon have recently reported their eighth straight quarter of growth. In an inspiring article by Doug Stephens, he notes the amazing success of Amazon and their continued growth in a number of new markets, from their Amazon Prime and Video to their Dash Replenishment Services and Alexa Voice... more

Lenox Implements Oracle Commerce Cloud

Lenox is using Oracle Commerce Cloud to modernise its omnichannel shopping experience. Lenox can now personalise what customers see based on preferences and shopping patterns and have made it easier for customers to shop online or on mobile. Ravi Kurumety, CIO, Lenox Corporation notes that 'Our... more

Oracle’s New Technology

Oracle are launching two new Solution Engineering Centers to advance their technological developments in areas such as artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality. The new units will work to build Oracle custom cloud apps and work on a new age of technology. Full article... more

Retail Week Awards 2017

This week featured the Retail week Awards 2017 and there were a variety of winners from the hugely talented retail sector. The AlixPartners Outstanding Contribution to Retail – John Timpson The Salesforce Retailer of the Year – JD Sports The Clarity Retail Leader of the Year – Alex... more

Morrisons 2017 Technology Plans

Hired in April 2016, Anna Barsby is Morrisons new Chief Technology Director. Barsby previously worked at Halfords where she was responsible for steering a digital transformation  that included the company's move to the cloud. At Morrisons she has been focusing on hiring a variety of talented... more

McColl’s Selects Oracle POS Solution

McColl's will replace its POS devices across its 1,375 stores and will move to Oracle's MICROS Family Workstation 6 tills and Oracle software. McColl's has expanding rapidly across the last few years since it's last system upgrade. They will replace its 2,700 till estate and purchase Oracle... more

The Retail Barcode

The idea of the retail barcode was developed by Joseph Woodland in 1948. He was presented with the challenge from a local retailer of how to speed up the checking out process in a local store by automating transactions. Thin and thick lines could be used to encode information to describe a... more

NRF Retail Predictions for 2017

Prior to the NRF's Big Show 2017, a number of speakers were asked to share their thoughts of what retail will focus on in 2017. The answers were grouped into a number of themes: Customers- the customer will be king in 2017. Technology- new technology will continue to transfer the retails... more

Oracle Retail V16 debuts cloud services

Oracle announced this week that V16 of Oracle Retail will allow retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across commerce and psychical store locations. Ray Carlin, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Retail noted that 'access to retail-specific cloud services is a... more

OLR & e2X Join Forces

OLR and e2X have announced that they have merged to form the largest independent Oracle Retail integrator in the world. Combined they will now have more than 100 successful go-live clients. Newly appointed CEO of the OLR group, James Spalding notes that 'We're (OLR Group) here to take the pain... more

The Changing Retail Space

It is no surprise that digital sales are growing whilst traditional physical store sales are declining. In a recent interview Scott Friend, Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures has explored the reasons behind this. Major retails such as Walmart have sought to expand their digital business... more

The Business & IT need to collaborate

A recent Oracle research report has concluded that businesses and IT departments need to collaborate in a more efficient manner if they are to succeed. The report noted that 62% of respondents said that lines of business and IT teams must collaborate better if they are to success in implementing... more

New Managing Director at John Lewis

Paula Nickolds is the new managing director of John Lewis. Since starting as a graduate train at the Oxford Street store in 1994, Nickolds has held a variety of roles at John Lewis. These have included head of product development and overall buying and brand director and only last year, commercial... more

UAE Remains Attractive to Retail Industry

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been ranked at seventh and eight position respectively in the A.T Kearney's Global Retail Development Index 2016. The market remains attractive and a relatively low risk market option for retailers. Strategic accounts director for Oracle Retail in the Middle East,... more

Digital Revolution

The digital revolution has changed many aspects of modern day life and the retail industry is no exception.The way we shop has changes and the ways in which retailers sell their products has altered as well. It is estimated that 100,000 employees in the retail industry have jobs today that... more

What Brexit? Retail continues to grow.

Shopping levels in August 2016 were up 6.2% on the same time as last year indicating that the vote to leave EU in June has not affect consumer confidence. The Office for National Statistics noted 'Regarding the EU referendum in late June, our data on retail sales since the vote show little... more

Oracle buys NetSuite

NetSuite Inc., provides e-commerce and business operations software to midsized manufacturers and distributors. It has now been acquired by Oracle for $9.3 billion. NetSuite was originally developed as a less expensive version of Oracle's high-end business software and serves smaller companies... more

John Lewis- Brexit Concerns

Andy Street, Managing Direction of John Lewis has warned that there may be implications for the department store following the post-Brexit sterling slump. One of his main concerns focused on the potential high cost of imports to retails if the pound continues to decrease. He was also concerned... more

New Executive Leadership at Logic

This week Logic Information Systems have announced the appointment of Edmond Jeannot as Vice President and General Manager of Logic's European operations. Worldwide President of Logic, Amber Naqvi commented 'I am delighted to welcome Edmond Jeannot to the Logic team, Edmond's leadership will be... more

New CEO at Debenhams

Debenhams have announced that their new CEO will be Sergio Bucher,  the vice-president of Amazon's European fashion business.  Bucher has a wealth of retail experience with previous roles having been held at Nike and Puma. Sir Ian Cheshire, Debenhams Chairman noted confidence in Bucher's... more

Omnichannel Driving Growth in UAE

A recent study has found that 80% of shoppers in Dubai indulge in a digital activity before or after making a purchase. David Fuller of RedBox Digital noted that 'in omnichannel retail, the customer's journey is persistent across all the systems, be it on the web, mobile or instore'. This can... more

Personalisation increases business

Retailers M&S, Missguided and JD Williams have reported that personalisation has increased their business sales. M&S have driven their personalisation on the web by personalising their homepage to returning customers, reminding them of what they have previously purchased. This created a... more

Oracle Retail & Micros

In recent years Oracle have ventured further into the retail technology market, purchasing Micros for $5.3 billion about a year and a half ago. A recent interview with Mike Webster, Oracle's senior VP and head of its retail and hospitality business revealed some interesting details regarding... more

Waitrose – Cashless Store

Waitrose are to be the UK's first major supermarket brand to operate a cashless store. The store will accept credit, debit and contactless card payments as well as mobile payment methods such as Apple Pay and will be located in Sky, the broadcaster's new head office building in Osterley. The... more

Retail Sales Forecast

Retail Sales figures in February did not fall as low as expected following the strong post Christmas sales in January. The Office for National Statistics reported that retail sales only dropped by 0.4% last month, as opposed to the predicted 0.7%. Retailers are in fact optimistic about potential... more

The Retail Power of Amazon

In 2015, online retailer Amazon, reported profits of $596m and their sales grew by 20% to an incredible $107bn. The company is looking to expand in a number of ways in 2016, a stark comparison to many retailers who are consider workforce reductions due to the introduction of a national living wage,... more

Unified Commerce 2016

Retailers top priority for 2016 is to better integrate the world of online shopping and in store shopping. It has been suggested that retailers need to implement new basic foundation systems which would enable more advanced technologies to be implemented alongside them. Retailers will be... more