JDA + dunnhumby = One-stop Consumer Insights and Execution

In this new age of consumer-centricity, meeting the needs of the always-on shopper requires a new approach. Localization through automated assortment and planogram generation has become a way for companies to differentiate themselves from the competition. Data-driven insights are now becoming the norm and a way to meet consumers’ lifestyle needs. This is an important…

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Meeting the Need for Personalized Shopping Experiences with Category Management

We’ve read about it, and we’ve listened to presentations about it. Localization of assortments is more than just a buzzword or trend; it is a key driver that will help you increase sales, margin and loyalty. The assortment, in today’s “me commerce” environment, has become a way to differentiate your business from the competition and…

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CatMan 2.0…Now What?

As we start the new year, change is inevitable. We have a new President of the United States, new challenges in the world, and customers who continue to engage with us through greater use of technology. With the pace of technology innovation rapidly increasing, the process for localizing assortments, the need for consumer-centricity, and the…

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Introducing CatMan 2.0!

Category Management 1.0 is a 20-year-old process developed to treat each category of products as its own business unit.  It is a widely adopted industry business standard for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies and retailers that continues to evolve and change. However, the customer has changed.  It is about need state…NOW!  Digital engagement, online…

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The Need for Speed in Category Management

Choice is the new reality in retail. Thanks to the evolving combination of shopping channels, including online, in-store, mobile and social, shoppers now have a wide array of product choices literally at their fingertips. This increased access to information and options has empowered shoppers. After all, who doesn’t want an exciting array of choices in…

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Playing the Beer Game with JDA

The following guest blog was provided by Ann Grackin, CEO, ChainLink Research. The Beer Game provides supply chain planners with the opportunity to see how Flowcasting can improve supply chain performance and increase their competitiveness in consumer markets. Playing the Game I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Beer Game hosted by DePaul…

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Go Local: Onboarding Planogram Automation Quickly and Effectively

Retailers and suppliers share a mandate from their respective stakeholders – grow the business. But creating organic growth in grocery and consumer goods is increasingly challenging: First, competition is tough, and it’s becoming more difficult to differentiate stores and brands to consumers Second, customers are increasingly demanding and elusive as their shopping expectations and options…

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Retail Industry Leaders Discuss the Value of Assortment Planning – Part I

During a Super-Session at JDA’s FOCUS 2014 in Las Vegas, five leading retail executives discussed how assortment planning is critical to addressing the challenges posed by today’s empowered consumers. This panel, which I was privileged to moderate, included: Linda Canada, SVP of merchandise planning, allocation & operations, DSW Michael McAbee, strategy officer and VP of…

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