With the certainty of the pandemic continuing through the winter months, businesses are going to experience major operational challenges. These will be particularly acute around maintaining social distancing, tracking contacts and upholding changing regulations. Despite this, organisations can utilise digital technology such as IoT and analytics to help them optimise their operations while putting the safety of their employees and customers first.
This week has seen our Horse Chestnut Tree dropping large spikey shells on us, signalling that Autumn has arrived. Despite the best efforts of leaf mining moths, in our 20 years living here this has undoubtedly been the best for our very old Chestnut tree. (We named the house after it. The other early contender was The Hawthorns, but the wife twigged the link to my favourite football team, West Brom).
At the start of the year, the physical store was regaining its competitive edge in the battle against online retail, in many cases as a result of the adoption of new technologies that supported customer experience. The brick & mortar Retail environment would have been in the midst of a digital transformation of course, had the coronavirus pandemic not disrupted the world 2 months ago. With massive worldwide lockdowns that spared essentials stores such as supermarkets and groceries, any retail vertical was stopped in its tracks and the image of our own daily lives as in-store customers was shifted.
We are already seeing the impact of Covid-19 for schools as they start to return after a long period in lockdown. With only limited numbers returning, to ensure social distancing can be maintained in class, and many more at home distance learning, there is a need more than ever for technology to help support and enhance the learning experience, whether physically in class or virtual, the classroom must be connected. David Johnson, General Manager Maverick Europe explains;
René Stuiver, Tech Data’s Finance Solutions lead for Europe explains more about how the distributor can help partners bridge the finance gap and continue to develop their businesses through effective cash management options.
For many international companies like Tech Data, the process of preparing for work-from-home (WFH) started weeks ago. This meant providing colleagues with the right tech devices, testing our systems and VPN capacity, and communicating important messages and updates to our colleagues. Apart from supporting our own colleagues in getting set up to work remotely, we have also been guiding our partners in transitioning their work forces offsite. Here are some of our tips for getting started.