Beyond the Askuity acquisition to the future of retail analytics

Feb 11, 2019  |  3 min read

Askuity customers might be feeling a little adrift right now. Support for Askuity is ending unless you only want data from Home Depot, and that means you need to make some tough decisions about what your retail analytics solution will be going forward.

The insights provided by the best retail analytics companies go beyond simple reporting to deliver true predictive power, helping you proactively identify and address top challenges like out-of-stock and overstock situations. Trying to run your business without them would be like using a paper map instead of taking advantage of GPS technology with real-time traffic updates.

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What is the most popular demand planning software?

Jan 15, 2019  |  5 min read

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.

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Announcing intelligent demand forecasting

Jan 8, 2019  |  4 min read

We’re thrilled to be starting off the year at Alloy on an exciting note by announcing the release of our new intelligent demand forecasting capability. Powered by the granular sales and inventory data gathered into our platform, this feature allows brands to continuously forecast demand using the most up-to-date and consumer-driven information available. Our customers have found it helps them more quickly respond to consumer demand — minimizing lost sales due to out-of-stocks, preventing losses from overstocks, improving overall customer service levels, and growing sales.

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Shared supply chain control towers: Key features and considerations

Dec 20, 2018  |  3 min read

As we join the year end recap bonanza, we can’t miss one of our highlights of 2018: a joint Professional Development Event with the APICS Golden Gate chapter. We welcomed members and guests to our San Francisco office in November to discuss “Implementing a Shared Supply Chain Control Tower."

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5 keys to a successful demand management platform

Oct 24, 2018  |  4 min read

In today’s retail environment, the value for brand manufacturers of using downstream data to understand true demand is becoming increasingly clear. However, implementing an effective solution to take advantage of that data is not a simple “one size fits all” decision.

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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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