Takeaways from the Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit

Having just returned from the Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit in Denver, I am energized about the state of our industry.  The quality of the content, the number of attendees, and the depth of perspectives all contributed to the buzz about the conference and the future of supply chain planning. The content at the Summit…

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Personalization Across the Supply Chain

A couple of years ago, the concept of having everything personalized arose. It was not marketing tactic, but was a pending reality with consumers willing to be different. Moving from a mass market where one product-fits-all to a personalized offer was, and is still, an impressive challenge for retailers. Personalization is everywhere About 10 years…

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Resiliency; the Fine Art of Balancing E-commerce & Brick and Mortar Investments

This past week, Forever 21, a fast-fashion apparel retailer with over 700 stores and 30,000 employees worldwide announced filing for Chapter 11. While the news struck the retail world, they aren’t the first large format retailer to announce store closures to re-center themselves and focus on their core products. However, they are the first to…

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Retail Pricing: How Leading Retailers Are Leveraging AI to Fight Back

The first blog in this two-part series focused on the primary challenge facing retailers today: mega-retailers have forced prices down, based on their economies of scale and hyper-optimized supply chains. Smaller retailers have responded by creating short-term promotions that draw shoppers into the store, but erode already-thin margins. This strategy is not sustainable over the…

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Retail Pricing: Understanding How Power Shifted to the Consumer

Remember the good old days when retailers controlled pricing? With limited competition, they were able to offer standardized assortments across all their sales outlets, purchased in a manner that delivered the lowest possible unit cost. Pricing was based on a set of established rules, defined with two goals in mind: maximizing the sell-through of products…

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Using the Past to Predict the Future with Spinnaker’s George Fowler

In the final episode of JDA’s Executive Exchange video series, JDA Icon Reporter Sarah Barnes-Humphrey interviews Spinnaker’s George Fowler on the value of digital transformation. As George explains, “understanding the past to predict the future” is a key asset in leveraging JDA’s technologies to power Spinnaker’s business. With innovation key to the future of their…

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Solving the Supply Planning Crisis

If your home was on fire, would you want firefighters to attempt to douse the flames with an old manual bucket line? Of course not. You would want them to use the most modern, effective equipment available. So why are you asking your supply planners to fight the fires of supply disruption with the manual…

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3 Factors That Are Driving Supply Chain Investments in a Q&A with Brian Higgins of KPMG [Video]

With transparency and speed to market both top drivers for investments when applying supply chain strategies to business operations, how do companies truly optimize their efforts and investments? And what may hold them back? Incisiv’s Gaurav Pant interviews Brian Higgins of KPMG who shares his thoughts about the insights revealed from the recent Digital Supply…

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What is Driving and Delaying Supply Chain Investments? [Video]

The future of the supply chain has some big investment drivers, but what are they? And what have they historically been? More importantly, how do companies apply them to keep their supply chains both effective and reactive… without creating delay? From applying predictive analytics to using IoT to avoid disruption, hear from JDA’s Fred Baumann…

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