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IDC study: industry trends and why a demand-driven organization is critical

Jan 24, 2019  |  3 min read

Alloy recently commissioned IDC for a Market Spotlight on the future direction of consumer goods companies, which you can read here. In the paper, IDC analyst and program vice president Simon Ellis explores how the industry has become consumer-driven, necessitating a transformation in how brands approach their sales and supply chain strategies.

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What the Home Depot-Askuity acquisition means for customers

Jan 22, 2019  |  3 min read

Retail sales enablement software platform Askuity automatically collects point-of-sale data and provides actionable insights on that information. Using inventory numbers as well as data collected from POS transactions, “Askuity aims to be the single source of data-driven insights for every store, every product, and every consumer,” per its website – but that mission is changing.

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What is the most popular demand planning software?

Jan 15, 2019  |  5 min read

Given how important demand planning is for consumer goods makers, you’d think teams are using really advanced tools for it, right? Especially in consumer electronics, where many of the companies are based in Silicon Valley and are pushing the boundaries of technology in their own products.

Late last year, Kristin Markworth, one of Alloy’s strategic advisors, set out to help us research this hypothesis, and the result was surprising, if not unexpected. Kristin is a 20+ year veteran in consumer electronics, and was most recently the VP of Sales and Sales Operations at GoPro, where she had gone on her own journey implementing planning processes and tools. To answer this question, she met with demand planners at a half-dozen consumer electronics companies, from Fortune 100 brands to digital-native upstarts, and heard a consistent story at each.

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Managers Club interview with Evan Goldenberg, CTO at Alloy

Jan 14, 2019  |  5 min read
This series asks engineering managers to share their experiences with the intent of helping other engineering managers learn and improve.

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2019 conferences for consumer goods professionals

Jan 10, 2019  |  2 min read

The 2019 conference schedule is off to a busy start! We're posting this from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where we've had a couple packed days of meetings and checking out the latest innovations in technology. We're looking forward to wrapping up the week with more one-on-one time with clients and thought-provoking sessions.

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Shared supply chain control towers: Key features and considerations

Dec 20, 2018  |  3 min read

As we join the year end recap bonanza, we can’t miss one of our highlights of 2018: a joint Professional Development Event with the APICS Golden Gate chapter. We welcomed members and guests to our San Francisco office in November to discuss “Implementing a Shared Supply Chain Control Tower."

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