Posted on November 1, 2018 by staff

Retailers and manufacturers told to ‘get smart’


Retail and manufacturing are just two sectors that can be transformed through the use of smart technology.

That’s the view of Chris Hill, of tech giant Huawei, who will be speaking at an exclusive event in Manchester on November 13 aimed at showing businesses how they can be more profitable through smart tech.

Hill, who is the director of sales, Enterprise Business Group UK, Huawei, said the arrival of 5G technology is only one way to further enable connectivity and transform the way companies can use big data, machine learning and the Internet of Things.

However, he stressed we should not be waiting for 5G as Huawei is already providing innovative connectivity solutions to the marketplace that 5G will only complement.

The tech giant recently provided a wireless solution to supermarket chain Lidl to bring a new IoT wireless capability to each of their stores, and Hill said several other retailers are looking at smart tech solutions of their own.

“The new infrastructure solution will enable Lidl to see in real-time what kinds of products are being bought globally and enable them to make more informed marketing and commercial strategies through real-time customer behaviour as appose to waiting for numerous reports and discussions with individual stores,” he said.

Hill will be speaking more at our Grow your business through smart tech event in Manchester on 13th November, in association with Huawei and Manchester-based Utopia Technology.

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“A lot of businesses have heard about digital transformation but they don’t actually know where to start in creating a strategy around it,” he said.

“Having the correct connectivity infrastructure is where to start in creating a platform for all other things internet to create innovative value added solutions to their business.

“The fortunes of the retail and manufacturing sectors could be transformed through smart tech solutions and become more competitive and productive in the process. Digital transformation is a journey and it’s about taking that first step.”

He said retailers whose digital strategy doesn’t reflect changing customer habits in real time and with the ability for the customer to have the internet at its core will find it increasingly difficult to compete .

Hill will be sharing his expertise at the event alongside Chris Sulej from Utopia Technology; Urban Zoo managing director Chris Grannell; and Chris Smedley, CEO of Landways.

The full speaker line-up has yet to be confirmed.

The event is FREE to attend but spaces are limited so please visit this page to book your place. If you’d like to be considered as a speaker, email BusinessCloud editor [email protected].