Give Yourself a High Five: Five Tips for Finding Balance in a Hectic World!

In today’s hyper-connected, increasingly competitive business world, the phrase work-life balance can feel more aspirational than attainable. I think this is especially true for women professionals. In my quest for the perfect yin-yang work-life balance—enjoying family, friends, hobbies and activities, while growing my career, exceeding my professional goals and adding value to my company—I leverage…

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How Companies Can Leverage Big Data and Predictive Analytics to Optimize the Supply Chain

It takes a lot of data to make a good decision. And for decision making within the supply chain, big data can provide insights for companies and enable them to make better decisions. Big data is defined as extremely large datasets, structured and unstructured, that reveal patterns, trends and correlations. It can provide valuable insights…

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The Growing Digital Connection Between Businesses and Consumers

I recently attended the CEWIT2017 Conference at the Center for Wireless and Information Technology’s facility at beautiful Stony Brook University in New York. This is one of the premier conferences in the development and application of emerging technologies, and it does an excellent job of bringing together academic research and industrial innovation in one forum.…

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Putting First Things First: YOU!

When my middle daughter, Morgan, was in first grade I was visiting her school for what I believe must have been a parent teacher conference. Her teacher, Mrs. Delsman, was explaining to me that Morgan was a huge help in the classroom. She said she especially enjoyed when she raised her hand to read to…

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Are You Ready to Move to Consumer-Centric Categories?

Category management has evolved to become a key strategic and collaborative process between manufacturers and retailers to deliver on the shopper “need states” that drive satisfaction. In today’s digitally driven world, consumer behavior is changing constantly, and as behavior evolves, so must the ways in which retailers and brands engage with these always-on consumers. In…

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The Changing Face of Black Friday: How 2017’s Biggest Shopping Weekend Points to Retail’s Future Evolution

Don’t be too quick to despair at headlines predicting Black Friday’s demise and proclaiming that the End Times for retail are at hand. Rumors of retail’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Industry analysts expect a Black Friday weekend that reflects consumers’ changing buying habits and the impacts of promotions and tactics that reflect those realities.…

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