Future-Proof Your Retail Business: A Risk Management Guide for 2024

Explore opportunities for managing retail risks in 2024 with our guide to thriving in market uncertainty.

As we enter 2024, the retail industry faces a complex environment marked by changing consumer behavior and supply chain volatility. This landscape requires brands and retailers to be more adaptive and innovative than ever. 

This post will explore these key disruptions and offer practical strategies for navigating the evolving retail world. Discover how to turn these challenges into opportunities for growth and resilience in 2024.

Key Industry Disruptions in 2024

In 2024, retail faces three significant disruptions:

  • Reduced consumer spending: Economic challenges are tightening consumer budgets, prompting retailers to find creative ways to offer value and personalized experiences to attract cautious spenders.
  • Rising business costs: Increased operational expenses, including higher wages and rent, are pushing retailers to optimize their business models and supply chains to sustain profitability.
  • Supply chain risks: Vulnerabilities due to political unrest, climate events, and global health issues require retailers to strengthen supply chain resilience and agility to prevent disruptions.

Essential Risk Management Strategies


While navigating uncertainty in 2024, brands and retailers can strategically use tech and data to strengthen their operations and manage risk.

  • Wholesale platforms: Platforms like NuORDER go beyond traditional wholesale transactions, offering powerful insights and tools that support decision-making and forecasting. They enable retailers to spot trends, track sales performance, and precisely plan inventory with precision, turning data into actionable strategies.
  • Data analytics: The backbone of informed decision-making, data analytics, allows retailers to forecast demand, identify potential supply chain disruptions, and understand consumer behavior shifts. By analyzing data trends, retailers can preemptively address risks, ensuring they stay ahead in a rapidly changing market.
  • ERP system integration: Integrating wholesale platforms with ERP systems streamlines operations, offering a unified view of finance, sales, and inventory. This integration enhances operational efficiency and visibility, enabling more agile responses to market changes and better risk management.

Learn more: What to Know About ERP Integration & How It Works

  • Inventory management: Effective inventory management is crucial in mitigating risks associated with overstocking or stock shortages. Retailers can optimize inventory levels by using real-time data and analytics, ensuring they meet customer demand without tying up valuable resources in unsold stock.

Minimum: NuORDER in Action


Here’s how the Scandinavian clothing brand Minimum reduced risk and increased sales with new tech from NuORDER. 

  • Virtual showroom: Minimum used NuORDER's Virtual Showroom technology to create a digital, immersive buying experience. This was during times when traditional, in-person showrooms were not possible, offering a seamless, efficient way for buyers to explore and purchase products.
  • Increased reach: By adopting NuORDER's platform, Minimum could extend its reach beyond geographical limitations. The Virtual Showroom enabled the brand to connect with a global audience, opening up new markets and opportunities for expansion that were not previously accessible.
  • Enhanced buying experience: The Virtual Showroom's detailed, high-quality visuals and easy-to-use interface provided buyers with a clear understanding of Minimum's products, leading to more informed purchasing decisions. This helped in effectively communicating the brand's value proposition and product details, improving buyer engagement.
  • Efficient order process: NuORDER streamlined Minimum's order process, making it more efficient and less error-prone. This efficiency saved time and reduced the risk of overstocking or stockouts, optimizing inventory management.
  • Sales growth: The adoption of NuORDER's Virtual Showroom technology directly contributed to a significant increase in Minimum's sales. By providing an innovative and accessible platform for showcasing their products, Minimum was able to attract more buyers and close sales more effectively.

Read more: International Fashion Brand Minimum Maximizes Sales with Virtual Showroom

2024 looks like another year of challenges for retailers. Customers may reduce spending, supply chains may experience disruption, and business costs continue to climb. To minimize the impact of these risks, retailers and brands need to develop innovative strategies. 

To help you find hidden opportunities among these challenges, get a demo of NuORDER by Lightspeed. 

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