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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Tile's CEO on navigating the pain points of modern supply and demand

Jul 11, 2019  |  5 min read

A couple weeks ago, Tile CEO and Alloy Board Member CJ Prober led an Alloy Executive Roundtable discussion on managing supply and demand in today’s retail landscape. We were honored to have him join us and share his perspective on modern obstacles and innovative solutions for manufacturers.

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A digital transformation discussion with supply chain execs

Feb 5, 2019  |  6 min read

Alloy recently had the pleasure of joining the Slalom Digital Innovation in Supply Chain Summit, January 23-24 in Seattle. The brainchild of Harshad Kanvinde at Slalom Consulting and Neil Ackerman at Johnson & Johnson, the roundtable was an intimate gathering of supply chain leaders that offered great opportunities to meet and learn about what’s top of mind for enterprises like Procter & Gamble, Mars, The Pokemon Company, and The Coca-Cola Company.

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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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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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