Buying software in an emerging category: the buying process

Jan 12, 2020  |  5 min read

We get it, your needs are unique. And while today you’re stuck using nightmarish spreadsheets or software with a buffet of plug-ins, you know there must be a better way to solve the problems holding back your business.

So what do you do? Take a chance on a new tool with a new vendor and unproven value? Tread water into generi-ware that you pour hours and dollars into customizing, or continue waiting while an in-house solution gets developed?

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Alloy selected by Valvoline to enable demand-driven supply chain

Nov 21, 2019  |  2 min read
Valvoline implements leading-edge solution to unlock new insights and opportunities 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., November 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alloy, the modern demand platform for consumer goods brands, today announced Valvoline, a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, is implementing Alloy’s enterprise supply chain solution.

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Guest opinion: The best retail solution for brands that I have seen, hands down

Oct 2, 2019  |  4 min read

Jennifer Freyer has been in the retail technology sector since 1993. For 10 years she worked in sales, account management and training for EDI and UPC catalogue solutions. The past 15 years, she has been focused on POS reporting and analysis solutions, directing sales, marketing and client consulting, while speaking and working with industry thought leaders to drive best practices and adoption. She was a member of GS1 US POS data sharing group and spoke at the GS1 Connect conference. She has also spoken and participated in multiple retail industry conferences and trade shows. 

UPDATE 11/25/19: We're excited to share that Jennifer is bringing her industry expertise to the Alloy team!  While her opinion is now admittedly a bit more biased, this article was written prior to any hiring discussions, and it's still a great read on why brands should invest in a modern solution to maximize the value of your POS data.


Consumer retail data. Point of sale data. Inventory data. Online versus brick-and-mortar data. Customer trend data. We know we need it, we want it, and we are now able to get access to more than we ever have before. 

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New report reveals gaps in data and tools for digital transformation

Apr 23, 2019  |  4 min read

Recent findings from North Carolina State University indicate that in most companies, Excel is still the go-to analytics tool and each employee spends 2.5 hours daily searching for relevant data. In addition, the majority of executives are taking a “wait and see” approach to adopting advanced technologies into their workflow.

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Alloy recognized in top 10 of CGT 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

Mar 13, 2019  |  2 min read

We are honored to join companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP in being named a best-in-class provider in Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Magazine’s 19th annual awards. Selected by the CGT community of consumer goods executives, Alloy was recognized as a top 10 vendor for both the Artificial Intelligence and Supply Chain Planning business functions.

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Choosing software your team will love

Feb 14, 2019  |  5 min read

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, today we’re focusing on the importance of evaluating usability when selecting a technology partner. In other words, how to best determine whether the intended users of a new tool will fall in love with it.

While this romantic vision may seem out of place in a business environment, listening to the needs of end users can save you time and money that would have otherwise been wasted on trial and error.

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