IRI Brings ‘New Big Data’ Into One Platform

Author: Jarrod Davis

As a supplier or retailer, every decision comes down to the data you pull each week. While we hear a lot about innovation based on what we learn from data, few companies are trying to innovate the data itself. That’s where IRI enters the picture. We recently sat down with Michael Ellgass, Executive Vice President of Technology and Retail Media Platforms…

Why Won’t the Walmart Buyer Return My Email?

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: Our advisory team has worked for and with Walmart’s buyers. We can bridge the gap and make your relationship with Walmart smooth. Click here to schedule a free consultation.) A few years ago, I was working in an office that employed 25 people. I fired up my laptop one morning to find one of my co-workers had sent an…

Walmart Launches 2000th Online Grocery Pickup

Author: Jarrod Davis

(Editor’s note: To keep up with today’s shopper, your items need to be IOPD compliant. Click here to talk with our experts about saving money to get your items available for purchase In-store, Online, Pickup, and Delivery.) “It’s so much easier to get my groceries without having to get the kids out of the car!” That was one of many compliments…

Communicating During Retailers’ Holiday Communication Blackout

Author: Jarrod Davis

Suppliers and retailers are bracing for a strong holiday shopping season. Positive analysis from the National Retail Federation combined with an early Thanksgiving are paving the way for big fourth quarter profits. Increased customer traffic means more employees needed on the sales floor. To keep their stores focused, most retailers enforce a “communication blackout” between October and the end of December.…

Awareness is Key to Safety for Customers and Employees

Author: Jarrod Davis

As retailers begin fine-tuning strategies for Black Friday and holiday shopping (yes, it’s fast-approaching!), there’s more on the drawing board than product features and where the line begins. Keeping customers and employees safe is a priority for every business. Even apart from the busy shopping season, public safety is top of mind in more settings than ever before. Eric White and…

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…