Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

The Oracle Retail Week Awards - in review

Jeremy Vine speaks to guests

The Oracle Retail Week Awards 2012 were another great success, building on the legacy of previous award ceremonies. Over 1,600 of the UK's top retailers gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel and many of Europe's top retail leaders attended the prestigious Oracle Retail VIP Reception in the Grosvenor House Hotel's Red Bar. Over the years the Oracle Retail Week Awards have become a rallying point for the morale of the retail industry, and each nominated retailer served as a demonstration that the industry is fighting fit. It was an honour to speak to so many figureheads of UK - and global - retail.

the main hall at the Oracle Retail Week Awards

All of us at Oracle Retail would like to congratulate both the winners and the nominees for the awards. Retail is a cornerstone of the economy and it was inspiring to see so many outstanding demonstrations of innovation and dedication in the entries.

Winners 2012

 

The Market Force Customer Service Initiative of the Year

Winner:
Dixons Retail: Knowhow
Highly Commended:
Hughes Electrical: Digital Switchover

The Deloitte Employer of the Year

Winner:
Morrisons

 

 

Growing Retailer of the Year

Winner:
Hallett Retail - The Concessions People
Highly Commended:
Blue Inc  

The TCC Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year

Winner:
Sainsbury's: Feed your Family for £50  

The Brandbank Multichannel Retailer of the Year

Winner:
Debenhams
Highly Commended:
Halfords  

The Ashton Partnership Product Innovation of the Year

Winner:
Argos: Chad Valley
Highly Commended:
Halfords: Private label bikes  

The RR Donnelley Pure-play Online Retailer of the Year

Winner:
Wiggle  

The Hitachi Consulting Responsible Retailer of the Year

Winner:
B&Q: One Planet Home  

The CA Technologies Retail Technology Initiative of the Year

Winner:
Oasis: Argyll Street flagship launch with iPad PoS  

The Premier Tax Free Speciality Retailer of the Year

Winner:
Holland & Barrett  

Store Design of the Year

Winner:
Next Home and Garden, Shoreham, Sussex
Highly Commended:
Dixons Retail, Black concept store, Birmingham Bullring  

Store Manager of the Year

Winner:
Ian Allcock, Homebase, Aylesford
Highly Commended:
Darren Parfitt, Boots UK, Melton Mowbray Health Centre  

The Wates Retail Destination of the Year

Winner:
Westfield, Stratford

The AlixPartners Emerging Retail Leader of the Year

Winner:
Catriona Marshall, HobbyCraft, Chief Executive

The Wipro Retail International Retailer of the Year

Winner:
Apple

The Clarity Search Retail Leader of the Year

Winner:
Ian Cheshire, Chief Executive, Kingfisher  

The Oracle Retailer of the Year

Winner:
Burberry

 Sarah Taylor from Oracle with Burberry

 

Outstanding Contribution to Retail

Winner:
Lord Harris of Peckham

   

Oracle Retail and "Your Experience Platform"

Technology is the key to providing that differentiated retail experience. More specifically, it is what we at Oracle call ‘the experience platform’ - a set of integrated, cross-channel business technology solutions, selected and operated by a retail business and IT team, and deployed in accordance with that organisation’s individual strategy and processes.

This business systems architecture simultaneously:

  • Connects customer interactions across all channels and touchpoints, and every customer lifecycle phase to provide a differentiated customer experience that meets consumers’ needs and expectations.
  • Delivers actionable insight that enables smarter decisions in planning, forecasting, merchandising, supply chain management, marketing, etc;
  • Optimises operations to align every aspect of the retail business to gain efficiencies and economies, to align KPIs to eliminate strategic conflicts, and at the same time be working in support of customer priorities.

 

Working in unison, these three goals not only help retailers to successfully navigate the challenges of today but also to focus on delivering that personalised customer experience based on differentiated products, pricing, services and interactions that will help you to gain market share and grow sales.

 

Friday Mar 16, 2012

David Cameron addresses - The Oracle Retail Week Awards 2012

The Oracle Retail Week Awards 2012 were last night. In case you missed the action the introduction video for the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2012 is below, featuring interviews with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Acting Editor of Retail Week George MacDonald, the judges for the awards and key figureheads in British retail.

Check back on the blog in the next couple of days for more videos, interviews and insights from the awards.

Oracle Retail and "Your Experience Platform"

Technology is the key to providing that differentiated retail experience. More specifically, it is what we at Oracle call ‘the experience platform’ - a set of integrated, cross-channel business technology solutions, selected and operated by a retail business and IT team, and deployed in accordance with that organisation’s individual strategy and processes.

This business systems architecture simultaneously:

  • Connects customer interactions across all channels and touchpoints, and every customer lifecycle phase to provide a differentiated customer experience that meets consumers’ needs and expectations.
  • Delivers actionable insight that enables smarter decisions in planning, forecasting, merchandising, supply chain management, marketing, etc;
  • Optimises operations to align every aspect of the retail business to gain efficiencies and economies, to align KPIs to eliminate strategic conflicts, and at the same time be working in support of customer priorities.

 

Working in unison, these three goals not only help retailers to successfully navigate the challenges of today but also to focus on delivering that personalised customer experience based on differentiated products, pricing, services and interactions that will help you to gain market share and grow sales.

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

The Oracle Retail Week Awards

The Oracle Retail Week Awards are this Thursday and it promises to be a particularly exciting night for the nominees. There were some very difficult decisions to be made at judging and many of the categories were fiercely competitive. These important awards recognise the achievements of those individuals and organisations that make British retail great. Oracle is committed to supporting the development of excellence, innovation, creativity and agility within retail businesses and we look forward to offering our congratulations to the winners.


Interesting Statistics

According to the organisers, there were 87 entrants to the Oracle Retail Week Awards this year, and of these entries, 52 unique companies were nominated. More retailers were shortlisted this year than in previous years mainly due to an ever-increasing calibre of entries. The award nominees have always served as a benchmark for success in the retail sector and the past few years have seen an increased focus on the awards as retailers strive to find new ways to compete in a challenging market.

This Thursday there will be over 1,650 people at the Oracle Retail Week Awards to applaud the winners, including the absolute cream of the European retail community. The winners become the proponents for the evolution of the industry over the next year. It's important for retailers to be able to take data and turn it into actionable insight to optimise their operations as a business. The Oracle Retail Week Awards provide a wealth of data for retailers to use in order to measure the performance of their own business, and that's why the awards continue to be valuable not just for the winners, but for the whole retail community.

The Oracle Red Bar VIP Reception

The Oracle Retail team will be at the awards this year and it's our great pleasure to host the VIP Reception in the Red Bar prior to the awards. Here's a video from last year of Retail Week editor Tim Danaher welcoming the guests to the reception:

The room was filled with luminaries from the retail industry, including Ken Morrison, Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Stuart Rose and Philip Clarke. Sir Terry Leahy and Sir Stuart Rose later both received the Retail Week Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to the industry. Their acceptance speeches were both fascinating insights into their experience and invaluable for retailers hoping to follow in their footsteps. Here's Sir Stuart Rose's speech:


And here's Sir Terry Leahy's speech:


The awards this week will be as exciting as ever and we're looking forward to congratulating the winners. We will be live-tweeting from the event using the hashtag #ORWA - follow us on Twitter at @OracleRetail to keep track of the award winners and to see pictures from the night as it happens.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Oracle Retail and "Your Experience Platform"

Technology is the key to providing that differentiated retail experience. More specifically, it is what we at Oracle call ‘the experience platform’ - a set of integrated, cross-channel business technology solutions, selected and operated by a retail business and IT team, and deployed in accordance with that organisation’s individual strategy and processes.

This business systems architecture simultaneously:

  • Connects customer interactions across all channels and touchpoints, and every customer lifecycle phase to provide a differentiated customer experience that meets consumers’ needs and expectations.
  • Delivers actionable insight that enables smarter decisions in planning, forecasting, merchandising, supply chain management, marketing, etc;
  • Optimises operations to align every aspect of the retail business to gain efficiencies and economies, to align KPIs to eliminate strategic conflicts, and at the same time be working in support of customer priorities.

 

Working in unison, these three goals not only help retailers to successfully navigate the challenges of today but also to focus on delivering that personalised customer experience based on differentiated products, pricing, services and interactions that will help you to gain market share and grow sales.

Friday Feb 10, 2012

Develop Your Experience Platform through Actionable Insight

In this video, Marisa Rahman from Oracle Retail talks about the idea of Actionable Insight as part of Your Experience Platform and uses Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics as an example of how Oracle Retail is enabling retailers to make more accurate business decisions by gathering and analysing data from both inside and outside the business.

This video was filmed at the Oracle stand at NRF Retail's Big Show 2012. To find out more about Oracle Retail's products, visit http://www.oracle.com/retail

Thursday Feb 09, 2012

Develop Your Experience Platform through Connected Interactions

In this video, Jeff Grossman from Oracle Retail talks about Connected Interactions as a part of Your Experience Platform. He demonstrates the cross-channel experience that Oracle Retail applications provide, making it easy for retailers to provide a world class shopping experience on any platform, and also transition transactions between platforms, allowing customers to shop online and buy instore, or vice versa.

This video was filmed at the Oracle stand at NRF Retail's Big Show 2012. To find out more about Oracle Retail's products, visit http://www.oracle.com/retail

Thursday Jan 26, 2012

NRF Retail's Big Show 2012 - Wrap Up Video

In this video, Vincent Barnes from Oracle Retail reports from the Oracle Retail stand at NRF Retail's Big Show on the last day to talk about how the show went for Oracle, and how Oracle's stand has helped retailers to develop a comprehensive retail experience using Customer Interactions; Actionable Insights and Optimized Operations.

Stay tuned for videos from on the stand and a review of NRF and the trends in retail that have emerged in this year's show.

Monday Jan 09, 2012

Guide to Oracle Retail Platforms

In this video, Antony Wildey explains the different Oracle Retail hardware platforms designed to run Oracle Retail's industry-leading software: Exadata, Exalogic and Exalytics.

To find out more about Oracle's hardware offerings in the retail space, go to http://www.oracle.com/globalretail

Friday Jan 06, 2012

Video guide to Oracle's Engineered Systems

In this video, Antony Wildey from Oracle Retail explains Oracle's Engineered Systems - combining hardware and software seamlessly to reduce implementation time and eliminate the complication of trying to match compatibility and suitability to a retailer's needs.

For more information about why Oracle is number one in the retail sector, visit http://www.oracle.com/globalretail

Thursday Jan 05, 2012

What is 'Big Data'?

In this video, Antony Wildey from Oracle Retail explains what Big Data is, and why effective management of data is vital to retailers in gaining actionable insight into how to improve their business. It includes how Oracle can help businesses to use data from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and use sentiment analysis seamlessly to provide insight on product demand.

Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

What's in Store at NRF Big Show 2012

In this video, Vincent Barnes from the Oracle Retail team tells us what visitors to the Oracle stand at this year's NRF Big Show 2012 will be able to experience. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday Dec 22, 2011

Interview with Media Markt’s Armin Hoffmann on Launching a Retail Business in China

Media Markt China’s Director of IT/IM Applications, Armin Hoffmann recently shared his experiences of launching a business in the dynamic and complex retail market in China.

In a collaboration between parent company Media-Satur! n Group and Foxconn, Media Markt entered China earlier late last year by opening its second largest global store with over 9,500 sqm of space devoted to 45,000 consumer electronics products. To support its China business model, Media Markt chose the Oracle Retail Merchandising suite to manage merchandising, supply chain, stores and distribution center processes, becoming the first customer in the region to implement Oracle Retail Release 13.1. Take a look at what Armin has to say:

 

 

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

Willy Rotstein at the Oracle Retail Industry Forum

In the video below, Willy Rotstein from Oracle Retail talks about the success of the Oracle Retail Industry Forum that took place in Berlin in October.  Willy talks about the main discussion topics at the forum and summarises the thoughts of the retailers that attended the forum.  The forum was an excellent way for retailers to come together and discuss the challenges of the industry and share experiences in developing solutions to those challenges.

 

Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

The Oracle Retail Industry Forum – Retail technology at its best

Sarah Taylor Speaks to the delegates at the Oracle Retail Industry Forum

 

Last week, we held the first Oracle Retail Industry Forum in Berlin, bringing together some of the most exciting and dynamic European retailers to share insights on the industry, how technology supports their businesses and strategies to drive growth.

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Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

World Retail Congress in Review

Last month’s World Retail Congress in Berlin was an exciting event for Oracle Retail.  As I’ve shared on this blog previously,  Mike Webster SVP and GM of Oracle Retail  presented the results of our Digital Natives research project to a packed auditorium at the ‘Retail Consumer in the Year 2025’ session on Tuesday morning. 

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Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

An interview with Li Zhi Gang, General Manager, Sinopharm Pharmacy

The following video is an interview with Li Zhi Gang, General Manager at Sinopharm Pharmacy in China. 

In the video, he talks about how the business has implemented Oracle and Oracle Retail Applications to support the growth of the Chinese pharmaceutical retailer. 

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