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Pierson Broome

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IoT – the promise of a holistic Supply Chain

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-May-2017 16:07:52 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail Tech, Supply Chain

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More than 20 years ago I worked with algorithmic and heuristic-based supply chain management solutions. These were aimed at harmonising and optimising the disparate data signals that at that time emanated from siloed systems which, in the main, were either ‘challenging’ to integrate and in some instances, probably all-but impossible to do so. 

 

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The Rise of the Connected Retail Associate

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Apr-2017 14:43:59 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail

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At the beginning of every new calendar year there appears a slew of articles full of predictions about what the Retail domain will have to contend with in the coming twelve months, together with prophecies and expectations of technical trends and challenges. 

There will sometimes appear a left-field outlier of a suggestion amongst the lists, but in general they tend to concur with wider, more deeply understood technical trajectories of the most popular themes.

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Omnichannel – Bringing it All Together

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Mar-2017 11:57:17 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail

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In recent weeks I have been engaged on customer assignments where the holistic value of an all-encompassing approach to systems integration truly demonstrates the business benefits of omnichannel.  With multiple streams of purchase opportunity and associated sales fulfillment retailers need to take account of how, precisely, their omnichannel strategies not only execute operationally, but also to better understand what the data being generated by each stream can contribute to the ‘bigger picture’ of customer insight.

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The Importance of Retail End-to-End Test Automation

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Feb-2017 14:35:26 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail Tech

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I recently engaged in an interesting discussion with an internal Mastek colleague who was investigating the impact of online returns in an omnichannel retail environment. Retailers have to cope with delivering a seamless customer experience across the expanding channels of operation and grow their businesses whilst ensuring customer retention through continual satisfaction.

This means that the technical and, increasingly, digital solutions which support these operations perform together flawlessly to provide a holistic experience for shoppers for whom ‘brand loyalty’ is fast becoming a thing of the past.

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5 Overlooked Advantages of Retail Test Automation

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Jan-2017 17:12:09 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail

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With the festive season well behind us, we are now in a period where retailers are announcing financial results. They are advising the waiting world of how well (or otherwise…) they’ve performed in this vital part of the trading year. 

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Automated Testing: Critical to an Omnichannel Retail Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Nov-2016 10:32:10 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail Tech

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We’ve experienced yet another retail Black Friday’and with it, stories about inconsistencies across fulfilment channels. This includes stories about some retailers’ inability to deliver goods sold and price variations for SKUs purchased through different consumer media. 

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Retail Reinvention: from DevOps to DataOps

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Oct-2016 13:55:57 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail, DataOps

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The Retail sector has often been an innovator. Take the digitisation of product data through the use of barcodes. Prosaic little graphics which we all simply take for granted today, Retail barcode usage began in the mid 1970’s and revolutionised many aspects of how goods were manufactured, dispatched, tracked and sold. 

 

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Cognitive Computing - our May Retail Trend

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Jun-2016 12:06:29 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail

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Our retail trend for May is not a new or innovative idea. Rather, it is an evolution of the oldest and most common retail focus – thinking more like the customer. Except that today, multi-channel customer engagement requires different thinking. It necessitates strategies to gather customer insight based upon their random purchasing patterns. These consumers demand a seamless shopping experience, proving difficult to pigeon-hole into traditional demographic buying groups.

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What’s Trending in Retail Tech?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Apr-2016 15:11:06 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail, Vertical Vibe

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It’s interesting when the untraditional take on the very traditional retail sector keeps repeating itself with aplomb. Throughout 2016 we’ve been identifying and publishing key retail tech trends on our retail blog. We’ve observed several themes repeat themselves month on month. Nevertheless, the opportunity to gain competitive advantage through the use of trending technologies has catapulted this industry into the limelight.

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An Eggcellent Roundup of Top Retail Tech Trends in March

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Apr-2016 09:33:20 / by Pierson Broome posted in Retail, Retail Tech

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An early Easter RetailTechTrends-3.jpga shorter than usual period between the Christmas trading rush and the traditional start of spring here in the northern hemisphere.  And, once again we’ve been monitoring the latest trends in Retail technology and highlighting what has gained the most momentum over the past month.  So, here goes:

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