Eating big data for breakfast: A “Supply Chain Now” interview

Apr 13, 2020  |  5 min read

Since its start in 2017, Supply Chain Now Radio has become the leading channel for supply chain news and thought leadership. Alloy Regional Sales Director Tom Jones recently sat down with hosts Greg White and Scott W. Luton for an episode of its flagship “Supply Chain Now” podcast.

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Deciphering Sephora sales and inventory reports

Dec 3, 2019  |  5 min read

Timely and granular retailer data are must-haves for supplier brands to increase sales and maintain customer service levels while controlling costs. Point-of-sale and inventory details aren’t just helpful, they’re the key ingredient to growing market share and staying ahead of competitors.

Most retailers offer some point-of-sale reports, but the metrics and level of granularity can range quite a bit, sometimes failing to paint a complete picture. That’s why we’re sharing how some of the biggest retailers provide data, and how you can try to make up for the gaps. So far we’ve offered breakdowns of Amazon Retail Analytics and The Home Depot. Today we’re looking into Sephora, the popular cosmetics and beauty chain, which presents some real hurdles when it comes to forming a complete understanding of your performance.

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Making sense of The Home Depot data options for suppliers

Sep 22, 2019  |  7 min read

UPDATE 10/16/19: DataConnection remains available to certain suppliers, and as described below, includes metrics such as ship indicator, vendor compliance, fulfillment channel, and sales channel. We suggest speaking to your Home Depot merchant to clarify your options, and using the information here to understand what's available with each one.


UPDATE 10/2/19: We've just learned from one of our customers that DataConnection and EDI are no longer options for receiving data. We will continue investigating and share further updates as we receive them.


In 2019, most brands knows that data can be a competitive differentiator when it comes to building retailer relationships and efficiently serving consumers. From providing insights on buying trends to helping you manage your supply chain, point-of-sale data and analytics can make the difference between growing shelf space or losing it, or a successful product launch and a mediocre one.  

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Amazon Retail Analytics Basic vs. Premium: What’s the value?

Sep 8, 2019  |  5 min read

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of using data from your retailers, including point-of-sale, inventory, and forecasts, to grow market share and optimize inventory levels. The first step in that journey, is of course, getting that data from retailers. While most do share it, each does so in a slightly different way or even multiple ways, often at different levels of granularity and in their own “language.”

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The whys and hows of the new Walmart OTIF penalties

May 30, 2019  |  4 min read

At the recent Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, one of the standout sessions was “The Penalty Conundrum — Suppliers and Retailers Can Both Benefit From Renewed Focus on OTIF.” It featured Monique Picou, Senior VP of Flow and Supply Chain at Walmart, who shared the motivation behind the retailer’s recent increase in On Time In Full targets for suppliers.

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How brands use data to build retailer relationships

Apr 4, 2019  |  2 min read

Brand success continues to rely heavily on retailer relationships. In order to get your products in front of more consumers, it is key to convince your retail partners to provide the online and in-store shelf space, and then work with them to keep those shelves stocked with the right products, at the right time.

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