Making the Choice for Best-of-Breed Managed Cloud – Part 4

Part 1 of this blog series highlighted the comparison of best-of-breed (BoB) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, and when BoB is the best choice for supply chains. Part 2 of the series dove deeper into the specific needs of supply chain planning and execution and the tightly vs. loosely coupled interoperability debate. Part 3…

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How to Win in Retail: Be Something Amazon is Not

In a recent CNBC article, Retailers are finally starting to buck Amazon’s takeover, Jim Cramer highlighted some good points about Amazon and the retail industry. However, there was a point that I disagree with, which was how the only way retailers can beat Amazon is to become more like Amazon. After studying retail for over…

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The Grocery Supply Chain of the Future – Part 3 of 4

Preparing for the Marketplace of the Future Parts 1 and 2 of this blog post in this series, The Changing Face in Grocery (part 1) and The Digitalization of Grocery (part 2), discussed the shift in consumer behavior including where, how often, and indeed, how we shop is setting in motion an unprecedented time of…

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Where Is Your Company on the S&OP Maturity Curve?

Ask several companies about the focus of their sales and operations planning (S&OP) meetings, and you’ll likely receive very different responses, depending on a company’s S&OP maturity level. Some view it as a purely demand planning, sales planning or a consensus planning process, whereas others view it as a process of matching demand and supply.…

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