Tackling the Blind Spots in Omni-Channel Merchandising: Research from EKN and Sahir Anand – Part II

EKN, the research arm of Edgell Communications, conducts an annual survey of merchandising trends. Supply Chain Nation discussed this year’s study with Sahir Anand, vice president of research & principal analyst at EKN in anticipation of the August 19 webinar on this topic. In Part I of this series Anand covered key findings and merchandising…

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Tackling the Blind Spots in Omni-Channel Merchandising: Research from EKN and Sahir Anand

EKN, the research arm of Edgell Communications, conducts an annual survey of merchandising trends. Supply Chain Nation discussed this year’s study with Sahir Anand, vice president of research & principal analyst at EKN in anticipation of the August 19 webinar on this topic. Here is an excerpt. SCN: Your Omni-Channel Merchandising Strategies study reports that…

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

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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Rethinking Category Management from Strategy to Execution

In a world before social media, mobile apps and smart phones, retailers and manufacturers had very little visibility into shopper insights without investing in focus groups and surveys and manually gathering data. Decisions were based on intuition and whatever data they could uncover. Shift to today – manufacturers are faced with an opposite problem, where a mountain of data and consumer information is widely available from a number of sources.

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Unlock Channel Doors to Enhance Brand Experiences

Get a bunch of retailers together and the discussion quickly turns to getting and keeping customers. Loyalty isn’t what it used to be, price is more important and consumers are more product knowledgeable than ever before. Yep, that’s all true… and how much of that is different – really different – from “back in the day?” My feeling…

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A Personal Retail Theatre Encounter

When I left Toronto last month it was -9C (think lock de-icing cold), but when I got off the plane in Santiago it was 32C (think shorts and flip-flops). So what else would I do on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Chile, but go shopping? I love shopping. I love picking up new ideas, watching…

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