With some lessons learned and what appears to be a more positive start to January, here is a list of prediction for retail in 2013. Obviously it goes without saying that all things digital will be a major focus for the coming year. Social media, digital marketing, mobility and push customer specific promotions are probably already on our list of strategic considerations. These in many respects are at the core of the predictions. So that said;

Here are 10 predictions that will change the face of retail for 2013;

Australia’s largest paint specialist group of stores, Inspirations Paint, has selected Pronto Software to provide enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) services to 100 of its retail stores nationwide.

The competitive tender saw Pronto Software beat out Microsoft Dynamics to deploy its flagship solution Pronto Xi Dimensions, across the Company’s franchise stores and national office.

Inspirations Paint chose to deploy Pronto Xi modules to integrate Financials, Distribution, Inventory, CRM and Point of Sale operations across the business.

It seems like ages ago we were speaking of online shopping as ‘latest and greatest’, ‘the new face of retail’ and ‘a revolution in shopping’. So now we’re at the end of 2012, what is the market saying to us?

Big Data seems to be one of the latest buzzword to appear in the ITC dialog. I still wonder if most of us understand its meaning or impact.

It appears that various groups believe they have a handle on it the Big Data phenomenon. The interesting thing is that if you comb the internet you’ll see the term being sponsored by companies such as NetApp, EMC and IBM as vendors that manage big or large amounts of data. I wonder if this means that these companies are positioning themselves to capitalise on this slice of the pie or are they still trying to ascertain what it really means in a commercial sense before it’s more widely adopted by the market.

Pronto recently announced that we were working with Nike Australia retail partner, Retail Prodigy Group.

Retail Prodigy Group holds the master franchise agreement with Nike in Australia and has established three Nike flagships brand stores in this country since July 2011. The company also has ambitions to grow its Australian footprint further – pun intended – to meet growing demand for the great products Nike sells.

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