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Cradlepoint survey finds retail industry has priorities misplaced

A new study from Cradlepoint has revealed that the retail industry is still facing challenges with network downtime. Despite struggling to provide reliable network connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT) are considered the priority IT focus over the next five years.

The study, carried out in May 2019 at RetailEXPO, found that while most retail professionals (72%) believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be their organization's biggest IT challenges over the next five years, the majority of those surveyed (75%) are still experiencing unplanned network downtime and outages impacting business during peak hours.

Despite 10% of retail professionals facing this challenge regularly, more than a quarter (26%) do not have a network redundancy plan in place to minimize business disruption when outages and downtime occurs.

"For retail organizations, unplanned network outages can impact both revenue and reputation significantly, so it is surprising to see many retail organizations have still not adopted the right technology solutions to mitigate this risk," said Jason Wells, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Cradlepoint, commenting on the results.

Many retail professionals are looking ahead to AI and IoT, which has the potential to revolutionize the industry, transform the customer experience and drive footfall back into brick and mortar stores. But for those retailers who have still not implemented reliable connectivity, it will be impossible to take advantage of these emerging technologies set to transform the retail industry in the coming years.

"Fast, reliable network connectivity in the form of wireless Internet is already widely available - both as an emergency failover and as a primary connectivity option. AI and IoT are exciting technologies, but retailers need to prioritize the foundations of these now - and that's reliable Internet connectivity," concluded Wells.

Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:19 AM by David Marshall
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