Using point-of-sale and e-commerce data to understand true demand and share insights with retailers can help your brand stand out among the dozens of suppliers vying for a buyers' attention. However, implementing an effective solution to take advantage of all the sales, inventory, and forecast data that retailers make available—in a timely manner—is not a simple “one size fits all” decision.
A recent Wall Street Journal article on the emerging Coronavirus consumer quotes Unilever CEO Alan Jope saying, “There is no such thing yet as a new normal. Businesses and commentators who have professed too much wisdom and insight on what the world will look like on the other side of coronavirus have come to eat humble pie.”Read Now >
Since its start in 2017, Supply Chain Now Radio has become the leading channel for supply chain news and thought leadership. Alloy Regional Sales Director Tom Jones recently sat down with hosts Greg White and Scott W. Luton for an episode of its flagship “Supply Chain Now” podcast.Read Now >
In an MIT briefing on The Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Supply Chain last week, professor Yossi Sheffi recommended that one of the actions companies should start taking right now is “plan for the recovery.” I agree with the need to start thinking longer-term now, but is it really as simple as recovery? Someday, hopefully soon, the crisis will be “over” and the world will return to normal?Read Now >
Black Swan events are by their nature, impossible to predict, and thus horribly difficult and expensive to defend against. To credibly prepare against every possible scenario, you would need to take a very wide range of precautions. Unfortunately, these “rare occurrences” also seem to be happening with greater frequency, and their impacts much more far-reaching. When you consider how connected and vast our global supply chains are, relatively small, unpredicted events can have significantly exaggerated impacts on activities downstream.Read Now >
So you’ve come across a software vendor that seems to solve your exact challenge, congratulations! The only problem is it’s an innovator in an emerging category without clear buying criteria. Looking at current features and functionality will only get you so far, painting an incomplete complete picture of what it will really be like to partner with them and whether you’ll achieve the promised benefits.Read Now >