Gartner: Recognize and Embrace Change - 2015 Keynote Address

Gartner: Recognize and Embrace Change - 2015 Keynote Address

May 13, 2015

The digital business is here. It is now.

This was the opening statement of the 2015 Gartner Supply Chain Executive keynote address delivered by Peter Sondergaard, SVP of Research for Gartner. There are quite a few compelling stats behind this statement.

The Value of Speed

May 07, 2015
The Value of Speed

The other day I was wrapped in a conversation about speed and it reminded me of a very interesting blog post in the Harvard Business Review I read last year about General Electric applying concepts of Lean Startups to appliance design. The part that resonated with me is the emphasis on speed.
 

ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter

April 28, 2015
ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter

Allocation processes and their supporting technology are getting a fresh look by retailers of late.  

 So, why are Allocations so important? Spotting the big product trends is critical for the retailer’s brand. But just as important is ensuring merchandise gets to the right channels and store locations in the appropriate quantities to gain happy customers and higher revenues.
 

The Multidimensional Nature of S&OP

April 23, 2015
The Multidimensional Nature of S&OP

Predictable financials are as much, if not more, important today as they were 25 years ago. Today’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) process encompasses people, process and technology to create a business plan that will deliver the predictable financials executives seek.

Caribou Coffee’s Supply Chain Journey

February 02, 2015
Caribou Coffee’s Supply Chain Journey

Recently, I sat down with Karen Francois of Caribou Coffee to discuss their supply chain journey. This company’s supply chain transformation is impressive and enviable and I encourage you to watch the webcast, Caribou Coffee – More than Counting Beans, to learn more about how this manufacturer, distributor and retailer is progressing towards a robust sales and operations planning (S&OP) driven organization.

2014 Merchandise Planning and Allocation Survey Results Revealed

November 20, 2014
2014 Merchandise Planning and Allocation Survey Results Revealed

With a multitude of emerging tools and techniques available to support and expand business, it is an exciting—and challenging—time to be a retailer.  Consumers want a seamless omni-channel shopping experience which requires more functional capabilities than ever before.

Customer Segmentation Strategies Are Missing the Point

July 23, 2014
Customer Segmentation Strategies Are Missing the Point

Segmentation strategy is a hot topic, especially in the supply chain. For many companies the focus is to isolate a handful of key customers and then lump all of the rest together. It’s a bit like a naïve Pareto analysis. For example, many CPG companies will segment Target, Wal-Mart, Other. Durable goods companies might segment Home Depot, Lowes, Other.

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