Case study: Increasing efficiency and improving collaboration

Nov 1, 2018  |  2 min read

Many of the brands we work with have a vision for how they want to use sales and supply chain insights to react with agility to changes in consumer demand, but they don’t always have the necessary tools to do so. This is the position that one of our clients, a consumer electronics hardware company, found themselves in when they first decided to bring on Alloy. 

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5 keys to a successful demand management platform

Oct 24, 2018  |  4 min read

In today’s retail environment, the value for brand manufacturers of using downstream data to understand true demand is becoming increasingly clear. However, implementing an effective solution to take advantage of that data is not a simple “one size fits all” decision.

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An interview with Gwylim Ashley, Engineering

Oct 17, 2018  |  4 min read

Gwylim Ashley is a software engineer at Alloy, working out of our Vancouver office. Previously, he worked on Android at Facebook. He received his B.Sc. in Math, Computer Science, and Physics from the University of Cape Town.

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How to create modern demand forecasts

Oct 3, 2018  |  3 min read

In both weather and retail planning, inaccurate forecasts cause mild discomfort at best and catastrophic consequences at worst. It’s not fun to come home soaking wet after a day when sunshine was predicted, and it’s bad for business when excess inventory that didn’t sell has to be marked down. At Alloy, we can’t say that we’ve fully nailed meteorology, but we do have expertise in retail forecasting, and we spend a lot of time leveraging best practices to benefit our clients.

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An interview with Craig Gephart, Design

Sep 13, 2018  |  4 min read

Craig is our Head of Design at Alloy. Previously, he was the Head of Design and a co-founder at Liveli, a platform to help companies hire employees in the service industry. He received his BFA in graphic design from Ohio University. 

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Demand didn't follow forecast. Now what?

Aug 24, 2018  |  5 min read

There are many explanations companies routinely give when inventory management issues arise, whether it's too much unsold inventory or too many empty shelves

"The market is unpredictable."

"It's impossible to accurately forecast everything."

It's not that these explanations are inaccurate. In fact, they're pretty much universally true. What's puzzling is that, despite these realities, brand manufacturers still pour all their energy into rigorous planning and forecasting, and yet take a more frenzied approach to responding when performance deviates from forecast. In other words, they lose the discipline they need for a fast, coordinated response in the face of changing demand.

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