Demand didn't follow forecast. Now what?

Aug 24, 2018  |  6 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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Interning at Alloy: Thoughts from an industry insider

Aug 8, 2018  |  4 min read

Hi! My name is Andrew and I’ve been interning for the last month at Alloy on the Client Solutions team. I’ll be heading off to Columbia for my MBA in a few short weeks and wanted to share my thoughts on the product and company, now that I’ve gotten to know both better.

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Not all demand is true demand

Jul 19, 2018  |  5 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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3 key themes from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Jun 14, 2018  |  4 min read

A few weeks ago, Alloy had the opportunity to attend and exhibit at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Fresh off the excitement of announcing our Series A funding, we were looking forward to the opportunity to hear the latest best practices and innovations happening in our industry.

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Building a smarter supply chain

May 14, 2018  |  3 min read

Today we’re announcing that we have raised a $12 million funding round led by Menlo Ventures. I’m also excited to share more about the problem we’re tackling at Alloy and the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves.

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