I recently had a chance to speak with Philip Britt who was writing an article for Enterprise Apps Today about the 9 Tech Trends Transforming Retail. There is one area in particular that we discussed I thought I would spend some more time on here today – the Cloud.
The retail industry is facing a host of challenges today; new regulations (such as EU 1169 in Europe), changing shopping behaviors (Mobile and Online shopping), an increased demand for access to product information (thank you Smartphones), and shifting buying power (Millennials beginning to outspend Baby Boomers). Any one of these challenges over a five-year period would put stress on the infrastructure that most retailers rely on. All 5 at once are causing them to transform the way they operate their business, and the infrastructure they use to do it.
In today’s fast pace business environment, technology challenges are increasing due to the ability to connect large numbers of trading partners around the world with accurate, authentic, timely data. With ever changing customer requirements companies have been forced over the last decade to become more dynamic and support the shift in supply chain architecture from manual to IT cloud based solutions.
Reliance on the one-to-any connection requirements is difficult for both the data source and data recipient. If they can’t connect virtually with all trading partners, then product information and reporting can be unusable and lost, impacting sales, brand integrity and compliance.
1WorldSync had the great pleasure of attending the Annual AHRMM Conference August 3-6, 2014. There was a lot of valuable information shared, but above all, it was clear that the Healthcare Industry is well on its way to realizing the benefits of GS1 Standards and eventually, the GDSN.