UK Grocery Industry, Retail and Replenisment

The Case of the Missing Aubergine

Earlier this summer, an aubergine shortage at a supermarket in Cheltenham, UK, captured the imagination of the Twittersphere after a ‘devastated’ local resident expressed his dismay at being greeted with an empty bay when he went to find the vegetable. A flurry of memes and tweets mourning the loss of Cheltenham’s aubergines ensued, calling for…

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SaaS and Retail Innovation: A Software Development Perspective on Managing Change

It’s a fact that many retailers have struggled to embrace innovations in technology, especially the move to cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for day-to-day operations. Even so, retailers know that moving to the cloud gives them greater agility and faster speed to market. According to a new survey from JDA and KPMG, over the past five years…

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Busy Being Busy

Two lunches and a chance meeting in the Home Depot parking lot recently have me thinking about how I spend my time. And how I answer when someone asks, “How are you?”  Surprisingly, they’re both related. First, the lunches. Anyone who has worked with me for any length of time knows that most days I…

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How Cloud Investments are Fueling Manufacturers’ Digital Supply Chain Transformations

Digital innovation across every node of the supply chain is occurring – and fast. Smart factories, smart warehouses and smart transportation are becoming a reality as manufacturers invest in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and more. Within manufacturing, we’re seeing machines, systems and devices become more…

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Managing My Stress

If you’re anything like me, you have a long to-do list (or many to-do lists). Of course, I have all the things I need to get done at work and then there are the things I need to get done with the family, the house, and the pets. Just thinking about all the things on…

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Shoppers Have Answers to Retailers’ Problems: Findings from the 2018 Global Consumer Survey

We know that retailers worldwide are struggling to meet shoppers’ demands for both personalization and convenience, even as customers in some markets are becoming skeptical about sharing data in the wake of privacy concerns. This year, the annual JDA Consumer Survey went global. Produced in partnership with Centiro, and conducted by strategic insight agency Opinium,…

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