Vanessa Hodgkinson
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Vanessa Hodgkinson

toys-r-us-store
Retail

The vision of endless isles with toys stacked to the sky and “everyday low prices” at Toys ’R’ Us was the experience that made it a childhood staple across America for more than four decades. But like many other large retailers, Toys R Us has struggled to find the right

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Retail

The future of retail today looks brighter than was once feared, even for brick-and-mortar retailers as long as they adopt an omnichannel strategy. Market researcher GfK reported an average 1.4% growth in retail sales for the EU-28, while a new IHL Research study shows a growth of 4.2% in the

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Retail

Openbravo is delighted to be returning to Paris Retail Week, now in its third edition and taking place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on the 19 – 21st of September 2017.  As the largest exhibition for physical and on-line retailers in Europe, this event provides a 360-degree perspective

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Retail

Going green isn’t just smart from a sustainability standpoint. It also makes sense from a business perspective, saving retailers money and making stores more attractive to today’s increasingly environmentally-conscious customers. How does a retailer go green? There are many areas to focus on, not just inside stores but throughout the supply

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Retail

Back-to-school season continues to be one of the most significant retail seasons of the year, and this year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that back-to-school (BTS) spending will more than 10% over 2016 to $83.6 billion. According to the NRF, nearly half of back-to-school shoppers will wait to do their shopping

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Retail

Openbravo was thrilled to attend the 28th edition of ColombiaModa, one of Colombia’s leading fashion forums with over 50,000 visitors.  This year’s event underscored the importance of using technology to diversify the channels and means of marketing, satisfy the needs of consumers, and improve the integration of supply chain systems.

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Retail

 The modern point-of-sale (POS) system has become  much more than a cash register, especially for large retail stores offering  a wide range of products. Today’s POS systems enable retailers to manage their business better and ensure customer satisfaction, while cutting costs. Below we focus on seven key features of the modern POS that

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Feria de Madrid, home to the Innovation and Fashion Forum
Retail

Spain is home to several leading international fashion brands including Zara, Mango, Desigual, and El Corte Inglés, all of which are investing in technologies that are redefining the retail sector today. Leveraging Spain’s  economic growth and the dynamism of the fashion sector, Spain’s top fashion retailers are embracing innovation to

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Buildings in downtown Bangalore
Retail

On July 1st, India ushered in the “GST era” with a special session of Parliament to launch the Goods and Sales Tax. While the business community has generally  been optimistic about the future under GST, there was some trepidation because, even at that late stage  it seemed to be a work

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Retail

By now, most retailers have accepted that e-commerce will be an important source of revenue in the future. Even food retailers, which previously believed online would contribute little to their growth, are starting to change their tune, and fast. For example, Mercadona, one of Spain’s largest grocers, invested €126 million

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