As two 30-something year old women, we have something to say to all retailers out there. Where should we be shopping? We’re stuck, we certainly aren’t in our early 20’s anymore so all of the shops we previously frequented now frankly make us feel old, surely I never wore a skirt that short or showed […]
I came across this classic illustration of the solution design and delivery process and it made me smile. I remember seeing a variation of this cartoon, probably thirty years ago, and it is slightly depressing that the message still holds true today. Design and delivery done in isolation or with ignorance, or worse with both, […]
For this years charity event a crack team of 15 semi professional Retail247 runners (in their dreams) ‘competed’ in the London 10K. Much fun was had by all and only two people called in sick the next day ! Money was raised for Bloodwise and Age UK. Thanks to all who donated, very much appreciated.
This year saw our first Kings’ Cross roof terrace. The storms held off and a good night was had by all. It wasn’t a bad skyline either.
The fifth in our series of blogs on what keeps retail CIOs awake at night focuses on the big question of ’out of the box’ or customisation. The classic question for an IT Director a generation ago was whether to buy or build. Traditional IT departments were structured typically with large development teams who were […]
The fourth in our series of blogs on what keeps retail CIOs awake at night focuses on the demands put upon IT teams by omni-channel retailing. There is no doubt that there has been very significant change over the last few years in the retail marketplace. Digital transformation is affecting all industries and sectors but […]
The third in our series of blogs on what keeps retail CIOs awake at night focuses on the challenge of extending your organisation’s bandwidth and capability through effective partnering. Whether it is in the plan, build or run part of the team it is likely that most modern IT department’s will rely on some external […]
The second in our series of blogs on what keeps retail CIOs awake at night focuses on the nightmare(?) of Black Friday. A relatively new phenomenon in the UK there is no doubt that it is real and that it puts considerable pressure on the CIO, their team and the retail software technology solutions which […]
To quote Henry Ford, “If I’d have asked people what they wanted they would have said a faster horse”. I like the sentiment of this quote however there is a danger that it can be perceived as arrogant and that’s a shame. Innovation and problem solving cannot be constrained by thinking in silos. Experience and […]
We thought we’d give a view on a number of challenges facing CIOs in Retail organisations at present. There is no doubt that the role of the CIO is a tough one, but at the same time a very exciting and fulfilling role in a healthy organisation. It’s at the heart of the business or […]