Supply Chain: New Insight and Foresight from Menasha

Author: Jarrod Davis

Here’s the understatement of our time: Yesterday’s supply chain was not set up for today’s shopper. As a supplier, you may already realize that shoppers’ demands and technology’s evolution change so fast that your supply chain struggles to even keep up. It’s a challenge that Kerry Bailey, Director of Retail at Menasha, and his team help suppliers with each week. As…

Movista Simplifies Complex Workforce Management to a Simple App

Author: Jarrod Davis

In recent years, we’ve seen the demands of retail outpace the technology to support them. Aside from obvious changes in supply chain and packaging, the people aspect has also changed drastically. Today’s managers are responsible for setting direction, measuring accountability, and tracking progress of tasks for employees and third parties across the country they rarely see. It’s an issue facing all…

Advanced Criminals Bring Advanced Technology to Loss Prevention

Author: Jarrod Davis

The ugly side of retail is the reality of theft. From warehouse to website and shelf to doorstep, every step in the chain has a potential for loss on your P&L. “When it comes to criminals, they’ll find the product. The opportunities really are where ever you put the item.” That’s what Eric White of Tyco Retail Solutions/Johnson Controls said in a…

Is There a Better Way to Manage Decentralized Teams?

Author: Jarrod Davis

Are you responsible for managing a team of employees? With all the challenges of managing people, one of the biggest is tracking their progress when they: work in opposite areas of your building work remotely, whether local or out of state are third parties brought in to complete tasks across the country Walmart Suppliers understand this burden as they work to…

Where Should Brands Focus in the War with Private Label?

Author: Jarrod Davis

“Fewer and fewer online searches contain brand names, because most shoppers no longer believe brand names equate to quality.” That’s how Jessica Hendrix, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X, began a very interesting segment on a recent episode of Focus on Suppliers. In the game of big brand versus private label, many analysts and marketing firms point to the predictable solution: if…

Zephyr Foods Brings Kosher Beef to Mass Market

Author: Jarrod Davis

Shoppers are becoming more selective in their purchases each week. Now with more options than ever before, today’s customer can find brands they trust that align to their personal values and lifestyle. The demand is now on suppliers to develop products to meet the customers’ unique expectations. That’s the strategic entry point for the team at Zephyr Foods as they burst…

Is Retail Link® Being Shut Off for Sam’s Club June 1?

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: Need help today before the June 1 transition? Simply click here to have our team contact you or call 479-715-6700. We’ll provide a quick and easy reporting/archiving solution!) The rumors have been circulating online and in the coffee shops for weeks. Most suppliers supporting Sam’s Club understand some big change is coming June 1, but still have questions on how…

What Is Digital First Marketing? Community Coffee Tries Innovative Launch

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: Have questions about launching your products in Walmart, Sam’s Club, or online? Click here and learn how we can make the process smooth for you!) Innovation is happening every day in retail. However, the focus for some companies is not just on new product offerings or supply chain. Companies like Community Coffee are taking an innovative approach to launching…

Are Niche Brands Killing the Big Names?

Author: Jarrod Davis

“We’ve all heard niche brands are eroding premium brand share. But maybe the best way to beat them is to join them.” That’s Jessica Hendrix, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X, explaining a marketing solution being implemented by large brands. The problem they’re trying to solve is simply connecting to the changing shopper. More shoppers browsing the aisles and surfing web pages…

OTIF Updates and Capacity Issues Impact Walmart Suppliers

Author: Jarrod Davis

Walmart suppliers have been hit with multiple issues in supply chain over recent months: On Time In Full (OTIF) updates Capacity issues in the market Changes in government regulations Cost increases due to unanticipated demand Colby Beland, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CaseStack, has been helping suppliers navigate these waters since OTIF was first announced. He sat down with…