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Printer hardware sales down in Western Europe

Despite printer markets becoming “increasingly healthy over the recent years”, sales of printer hardware through distributors in West Europe were down by 4.2% year-on-year in Q1 2019, according to the latest distribution data from Context. “This is not a surprise: the first quarter is, historically, the weakest of the year …

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The growing bond between print and retail

Today, it is vital for the retail industry to adapt according to changes in shopping habits, and key trends of consumers. To meet these consumer demands, businesses are dependent on developments in technology and print to maintain high levels of operational efficiency. Upon speaking with industry leaders and partners at …

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Crossing the omni-channel: Why retailers need to think outside the box to ensure their survival

Throughout March, UK retail sales decreased by 1.1% compared to the same period in 2018. That’s according to the BRC – KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for the month, which also showed that over the three months to March, in-store sales of non-food items declined 1.5% on a total basis and …

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Amazon Go troubles highlight how much work still needs to be done to create a cashless future

Amazon opened up its new Go store in New York last week. And despite it being the 12th ‘cashless’ store opened by the tech giant, this particular physical shop has caused a stir amongst the locals. The cashless stores have come under criticism that they discriminate against “poorer customers and …

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55% of businesses still use unencrypted removable devices, reveals ESET and Kingston

Unencrypted USB devices are still widely used by businesses despite the fact that unsecured data could lead to GDPR fines. New research conducted by security company ESET and technology manufacturer Kingston shows that 55% of business don’t encrypt their removable devices, leaving themselves exposed to data leaks. The ESET and …

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World Password Day 2019: Advice and analysis from the experts

We’ve arrived at another World Password Day – a helpful prod for us all to make sure we’re keeping our personal and work accounts as secure as can be. But as more advanced technology comes into the security arena, the days of the humble password may be numbers, regardless of …

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61% of IT professionals have experienced a serious data breach, reveals McAfee

McAfee has released its Grand Theft Data II report, which revealed that despite improvements in combating cybercrime and threats, IT security professionals are still struggling to fully secure their organisation and protect against breaches. The report shows that 61% have experienced a data breach at their current employer. Adding to …

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Could Game of Thrones’ dark cinematography style boost TV sales?

We’ve been warned time and time again that the night is dark and full of terrors, but I don’t think we realised just how dark things were going to get… Episode 3 of season 8 of Game of Thrones aired this weekend, and it was quite the spectacle. Without writing …

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Tech firms’ optimism drops to 10-year-low, reveals KPMG

Optimism in the UK tech sector dropped to a 10-year low in Q1, despite business activity growth recovering to its fastest pace since Q2 of last year. According to the latest quarterly survey by KPMG, the sector – which includes technology software and services providers, and technology equipment manufacturers – …

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Shift towards high-res, large-format displays continues in Western Europe

Unit sales of large-format displays (LFDs) in West Europe (WE) continued to grow in Q1 2019 by almost 14% year-on-year, reveals a new report from Context. The sales boost has been driven by all sub-segments, including videowalls and high-brightness displays, according to the data. Sales of high-resolution LFDs more than …

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