Making the Small Town Leap

Laura Centofonti is a senior customer executive at JDA who never imagined she would work in sales. From a start in public relations, she found connecting with customers and helping solve their pain points was what she was most interested in. Combined with an early career in restaurant customer service, she’s struck the right balance…

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Diversity is Important, Inclusion is Critical

As we close out Diversity & Inclusion month, today’s Wednesdays for Women blog is authored by JDA EVP and chief associate success officer Nathalie Carruthers. She gives her perspective on the importance of awareness when it comes to diversity and bias. The more I learn about diversity and inclusion, the more I realize how complex…

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Find Time for Yourself

October is breast cancer awareness month. Stephanie Vollbrechtshausen, associate business consultant at JDA, shares her thoughts on keeping your emotional wellbeing in check amid the fast-paced world we live in, for this week’s Wednesdays for Women blog. With an incidence of 46.3 cases per 100,000 people and mortality rate of 30% for every two million…

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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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5 Ways to Develop an Enterprise Mindset

This Wednesdays for Women blog is a guest blog from Claire Williams, talent development leader and executive coach at The People Side, a global leadership development and executive coaching practice based in Minneapolis, Minn. She shares her perspective on how to develop an enterprise mindset in today’s blog. Like so many kids who grew up…

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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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Endless Career Possibilities

Kerri Schrage, vice president, corporate finance at JDA talks to us today about how exploring different roles in your career can really help you pinpoint your path and being open to taking on new challenges is half the challenge itself.  She’s a champion for women supporting women and having a voice at the table and…

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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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