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.Read Now >
We recently shared highlights from a study by IDC that spotlights how brands must become more demand-driven if they hope to prosper in today’s consumer goods market. Now more than ever, consumers drive the industry, making it critical to get closer to your end consumers and understand their preferences. At the same time, new digital-native market entrants are continually coming onto the scene, disrupting industries ranging from mattresses to eyeglasses. Amidst all this change, where is the market headed, and how can consumer brands make sure they don’t get left behind?Read Now >
Alloy recently commissioned IDC for a Market Spotlight on the future direction of consumer goods companies, which you can read here. In the paper, IDC analyst and program vice president Simon Ellis explores how the industry has become consumer-driven, necessitating a transformation in how brands approach their sales and supply chain strategies.Read Now >
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.
Consumer goods companies rely on forecasts to support inventory planning and distribution across their sales channels. Building accurate demand forecasts requires more than just an understanding of the latest machine learning techniques; it also requires the right data and an understanding of the potential costs of incorrect estimates.Read Now >