Brexit uncertainty is the new norm in business risk management

Shard London

Businesses that look to acquire in the UK face ongoing concerns around future regulation, tax and supply chains, but the weak pound has had allure

Targets should not encourage unethical sales

Alec Baldwin as obnoxious salesman Blake in the 1992 drama Glengarry Glen Ross

For decades sales targets have been seen as driving high performance, but managers must take care to avoid rule-breaking

Saving planet Earth is more than a fashion fad

Stella McCartney, whose name is now synonymous with eco fashion, was one of the rst big designers to promote sustainability and an environmentally friendly supply chain

The clothing industry has struggled with excessive and wasteful production, but sustainable manufacturing is at last topping the agenda

Stopping payment fraud without blocking real transactions

Card payment fraud

Businesses must tread a fine line to protect customer payments – stopping sophisticated fraudsters is crucial, but to avoid blocking real transactions requires a more co-ordinated effort

Why there’s a disconnect between consumers and automotive companies

Autonomous vehicle testing during a media event in Milton Keynes

Momentous change is taking place in transport as governments loosen regulation and encourage major private investment, but innovators risk leaving the public behind on the road to the future

New workplace monitoring has to get workers’ consent

Monitoring employees

For workplace managers, there’s a new kid on the block – live monitoring of employee behaviour – but while this is aiding better office design, privacy implications are extensive

The rise of checkout-free shops and chatbot estate agents

AI in retail

Finance and law are often cited as the sectors leading adoption of artificial intelligence, but several others, notably retail, oil and gas, and real estate, are benefiting from the technology

Connected machines will create better jobs

Rolls-Royce’s IoT systems notify the engineering company when maintenance and upgrades are due

Negative stories have surrounded the internet of things and job losses have been their focus, but a more accurate analysis reveals a shift in the skills needed towards services