A plethora of competitive enterprises in retail industry have utilized collaborative logistics and supply chain management. Leveraging ICT, every dedicated partner on the chain could do their utmost on developing their core products or services. Running an incorporated logistics and supply chain needs a constant flow of information, and firms on the chain are able to keep abreast of scores of latest information with using logistics and supply chain management softwares, online service or even social network. The report is dedicated to investigating the cutting-edge application of ICT in the logistics and supply chain management in retail environment, and the current and potential influence of cloud computing on ICT application in the logistics and supply chain management of retail industry. At first, the remarkable values of ICT at enterprise level on helping enterprises keeping their edges in this information and globalization age were analyzed. Then the various softwares that blanket the landscape of logistics and supply chain management were reviewed. At last, the current and upcoming influences of cloud computing on the logistics and supply chain management of retail industry were examined.
ICT has already been used extensively in the logistics and supply chain management of the retail industry in the form of softwares, online services and even social network, and at the same time, the ICT application has the potential to go far with the wave of cloud computing. At the firm level, ICT is used for vertical information transmission between upper levels and lower levels as well as for horizontal information transmission among various departments and positions. The vast market of logistics and supply chain management in the retail environment is considerably intriguing to software developers, and their dedication work makes softwares exerting an enormous influence on every small branch of logistics and supply chain management in the retail environment. With the cloud computing just around the corner, traditional logistics and supply chain management software vendors envisioned the promising future of cloud-computing based softwares, so they are shifting to focusing their attention on developing cloud-computing based logistics and supply chain management software and service. In comparison with traditional logistics and supply chain management, cloud logistics and supply chain management in retail environment is more competitive for their highly flexible, cost-effective, and fast resource provisioning properties. In the upcoming future, ICT would get deeper and more extensive use in supply chain management in the retail environment due to the prompt development of technologies including cloud computing.