05 Jan NRF 2017

The first big event of the Retail Technology calendar is the rapidly approaching NRF BIG Show running from January 15th to the 17th 2017, in New York City.     This is the retail industry’s premier annual event and this year it will bring together a staggering 33,000 attendees, 510+ exhibitors and 300+ speakers. Island Pacific will have a strong presence at Booth 2053, where our retail experts will be more than willing to show off their expertise in all things retail, as well as,...

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30 Nov Is mobile POS the future to brick-and-mortar retail?

As the evolution of in-store retail continues to cater to fast paced shoppers who are not looking to waste the day standing in line for ten minutes on a transaction that will take one minute to complete. The Omni-Channel approach to sales seeks to provide the customer with a seamless shopping experience whether the customer is shopping online from a desktop or mobile device, by telephone or in a bricks and mortar store. Therefore the development and importance of mobile POS is likely to become...

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08 Nov Black Friday still reigns supreme

It is finally November and that means one thing, the free for all shopping of Black Friday, the date of this chaotic event is Friday 25th November 2016. Now, for our American readers this date has long been a tradition following Thanksgiving to cash in on some outstandingly generous bargains. However, Black Friday is a new retail phenomenon for the Brits and it has rapidly become an important date in the retail calendar. So what is the attraction? As Black Friday rapidly approaches I have decided...

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24 Oct The frights of Halloween retail haven’t kept the shoppers away

Yikes is it almost Halloween already?  For many decades the U.S have been embracing the demons and ghouls of holiday retail and it seems the U.K has awoken and is about to join the Americans in the thrills of Halloween.  Now, the U.S has long been the bastion of the night of thrills and spills, the 31st of October in the U.K has been the least popular of the holidays for shoppers. It seems as the daylight begins fading earlier and as the leaves change...

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06 Oct Drapers Roundtable Breakfast – Future Planning

The Drapers roundtable breakfast partnered by Island Pacific on 6th October 2016 is more than just coffee and croissants in an upmarket hotel, it is an opportunity for the merchandising & planning knights of the roundtable (breakfast) to open the debate on whether Microsoft Excel is the pinnacle of the data software available to the retailer? Or should retailers invest in developing a new programme to implement an effective data strategy, which can then flow into planning. So if, as Alfred A Montapert once said...

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06 Oct Introductory Blog

So it begins, the Island Pacific blog has finally arrived and we are tremendously excited to inform and create a network for discussion in the wonderful world of retail. The consistent evolution of retail has resulted in the need for retailers and retail software to keep up with the pace of the modern shopper. Why the Island Pacific blog? The purpose of a blog is to be an informational piece in an informal style because no one wants to be bored out of their mind reading an...

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