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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An interview with Iva Milo, Engineering

Aug 15, 2018  |  3 min read

Iva is a software engineer at Alloy. Previously, she was an engineer at Pinterest, working on the Android app. She holds a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Economics from Harvard University.

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Not all demand is true demand

Jul 19, 2018  |  4 min read

For consumer goods companies with omnichannel sales, downstream demand is a key signal to consider when thinking about inventory allocation, new product launches, demand planning, and other decisions. However, not all downstream demand is created equal.

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