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5 Things We Learned from Black Friday

Another Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) have come and gone. The holiday that once marked the beginning of holiday shopping and big crowds and lines in-store is changing the way we think about shopping and gifting at the holidays.

It’s possibly even changing the way we plan out big ticket item purchases for ourselves. (I won’t tell if you don’t.)

Retail is trending up in sales in the mid 4% range and expected to stay in the high 4% range throughout the season of giving. Promotional activity across the retail industry is still in full swing. While the seasonal savings and shopping are just starting with Green Monday a couple weeks away, and many of us still wading in Thanksgiving leftovers and online wish lists, we wanted to take an inventory of some powerful take-aways for next year.

And there are around 60 billion

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25 Apr 2019
How a Decentralized Supply Chain Can Add Value

One of the explicit goals of Industry 4.0 in the long run is to empower autonomous machine decision making within production processes. This is a lofty goal—requiring highly visible and highly legible data streams combined with AI or machine learning integration—but it does have the pote

Brian Hoey

23 Apr 2019
5 Steps for Improving Supply Chain Integration

Supply chain management can often be a stressful task, sure, but so can planning a successful potluck. You often don’t know in advance who’s going to bring what dish to your event, which means that any meal-planning you do on your end is essentially guesswork. Though it’s not likel

Brian Hoey

17 Apr 2019
Agile vs. Lean Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

If you work in supply chain management or manufacturing, you probably hear the words “agile” and “lean” thrown around a lot. Both of them seem to be good things, and they both appear to be ways of cutting costs and improving operations, but beyond that one sometimes feels lik

Brian Hoey

12 Apr 2019
5 Ways S&OE Can Impact Modern Manufacturing

Most businesses in the manufacturing sphere have some form of sales and operations planning (S&OP) workflow that covers the monthly or quarterly timetable that’s often left unplanned in longer term business goals. In the Industry 4.0 era, a newer, even more granular level of planning has e

Brian Hoey

10 Apr 2019
New JDA Survey Finds More than Half of Manufacturers and Retailers Plan to Invest in Customer-Driven Data Science in the Next Five Years

The 2019 JDA Voice of the Category Manager Survey reveals category management professionals ride the wave of customer demand by investing in data-driven technologies   In today’s customer-centric retail environment, the success of a company’s assortment strategy hinges on its


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