Escaping the supply chain Catch-22: customer service vs. rising costs

Nov 5, 2019  |  4 min read

Retail supply chains catching up to Amazon

Competition to make and distribute consumer goods is at an all time high. Despite cries of a retail apocalypse, retailers like Walmart, Costco, and Target are all outperforming Amazon in the stock market this year. By competing with Amazon on convenience and leveraging the competitive advantage of their physical presence and human touch, these organizations are reinventing the importance of physical retail as we prepare to enter 2020.

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Guest opinion: There is no last mile in supply chain

Oct 17, 2019  |  8 min read

Greg White is a founder, CEO, board director and advisor in B2B technology with multiple successful exits. He is a principal and host with Supply Chain Now Radio and recently joined Trefoil Advisory as a Partner to further their vision of stronger companies by delivering practical solutions to the highest-stakes challenges.

Prior to Trefoil, Greg served as CEO at Curo, a field service management solution most notably used by Amazon to direct their fulfillment center deployment workforce. He is most known for founding Blue Ridge Solutions and serving as President & CEO for the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader of cloud-native supply chain applications. Greg has also held leadership roles with Servigistics, and E3 Corporation, where he pioneered their cloud supply chain offering.  He has led over 100 supply chain initiatives at companies like Amazon, Best Buy, the Limited, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Arc’teryx, Michaels, Dell and more.

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Guest opinion: The best retail solution for brands that I have seen, hands down

Oct 2, 2019  |  3 min read

Jennifer Freyer has been in the retail technology sector since 1993. For 10 years she worked in sales, account management and training for EDI and UPC catalogue solutions. The past 15 years, she has been focused on POS reporting and analysis solutions, directing sales, marketing and client consulting, while speaking and working with industry thought leaders to drive best practices and adoption. She was a member of GS1 US POS data sharing group and spoke at the GS1 Connect conference. She has also spoken and participated in multiple retail industry conferences and trade shows. 


Consumer retail data. Point of sale data. Inventory data. Online versus brick-and-mortar data. Customer trend data. We know we need it, we want it, and we are now able to get access to more than we ever have before. 

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Webinar recap: How toy companies can use analytics to drive retail sales

Sep 27, 2019  |  7 min read

Earlier this month, Alloy collaborated with The Toy Association to deliver a webinar on the necessity of granular POS and inventory analytics to grow your business. We joined The Toy Association earlier this year, and are eager to help our fellow members grow their businesses by sharing the insights we’ve learned working with innovative toy brands like Kano, a 2019 Toy of the Year finalist.

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Making sense of The Home Depot data options for suppliers

Sep 22, 2019  |  7 min read

UPDATE 10/16/19: DataConnection remains available to certain suppliers, and as described below, includes metrics such as ship indicator, vendor compliance, fulfillment channel, and sales channel. We suggest speaking to your Home Depot merchant to clarify your options, and using the information here to understand what's available with each one.


UPDATE 10/2/19: We've just learned from one of our customers that DataConnection and EDI are no longer options for receiving data. We will continue investigating and share further updates as we receive them.


In 2019, most brands knows that data can be a competitive differentiator when it comes to building retailer relationships and efficiently serving consumers. From providing insights on buying trends to helping you manage your supply chain, point-of-sale data and analytics can make the difference between growing shelf space or losing it, or a successful product launch and a mediocre one.  

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An interview with Michael Hutzli, Engineering

Sep 11, 2019  |  5 min read

Michael Hutzli is an engineering team lead in Alloy’s Vancouver office.

Before joining Alloy a bit over three years ago, he worked as a software engineer at Addepar in Mountain View and at AdNovum in Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a MSc in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.

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