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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Announcing intelligent demand forecasting

Jan 8, 2019  |  4 min read

We’re thrilled to be starting off the year at Alloy on an exciting note by announcing the release of our new intelligent demand forecasting capability. Powered by the granular sales and inventory data gathered into our platform, this feature allows brands to continuously forecast demand using the most up-to-date and consumer-driven information available. Our customers have found it helps them more quickly respond to consumer demand — minimizing lost sales due to out-of-stocks, preventing losses from overstocks, improving overall customer service levels, and growing sales.

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What digital native, traditional brands can teach each other

Jan 2, 2019  |  6 min read
Digital native mattress company Casper made headlines this summer by announcing plans to open 200 stores across the U.S. It was the latest in a line of new brands like Warby Parker, Harry’s, and Everlane that began with online-only, direct-to-consumer models and then extended into traditional retail stores.
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