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Retail After Covid, Part 1: Retail Is Recovering

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While it is too soon to declare victory over the Covid-19 pandemic, brick-and-mortar retail is seeing signs of renewed vigor. As journalist Anne D’Innocenzio ( @ADInnocenzio ) puts it, “Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping.”[1]

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Supply Chains, Part 2

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting every economic sector including supply chain operations. Tech writer Jack M. Germain observes, “AI has changed the supply chain process from reactive to proactive, which creates a larger change in how data-driven processes will operate in the future.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Supply Chains, Part 1

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Supply chains are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Blocked canals, ransomware shutdowns, clogged ports, computer chip and other commodity shortages are just a few of the challenges making supply chains bad news for everyone.

Supply Chains and the Circular Economy, Part 2

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Much is being discussed and written about the “new normal” as the world struggles to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Khaled Soufani and Christoph Loch, professors at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, believe the new normal will (or, at least, should) include a greater focus on sustainability.

Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

Supply Chain at the Heart of the Latest Ransomware Attack

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As Americans were preparing for a long holiday weekend, Russia-based REvil ransomware criminals (aka Sodinokibi), conducted an attack targeting the information technology company Kaseya. In an attempt to downplay the attack, Kaseya issued a press release stating, “Kaseya’s VSA?product?has

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Supply Chains and the Circular Economy, Part 1

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As the world struggles to emerge from the Covid crisis, worries about inflation are growing. As the staff at Investopedia explains, “Cost-push inflation occurs when prices increase due to increases in production costs, such as raw materials and wages. The demand for goods is unchanged while the supply of goods declines due to the higher costs of production. As a result, the added costs of production are passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices for the finished goods.”[1]

The Future of Grocery Shopping

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With consumers often forced to cook meals at home during the pandemic, grocers witnessed radically different shopping behaviors from their customers.

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Customer Experience and the Human Touch

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As the old adage goes, “There’s just no pleasing some people.” ” I’m reminded of the story of a grandmother who was walking along the beach with her grandson. A big wave unexpectedly swept the shoreline and dragged the child out to sea.

As Pandemic Winds Down, Supply Chains Prepare for the Holidays

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The 2021 holiday shopping season could be hugely successful if recent trends continue. For example, overall retail sales in April rose by 51.2% year-over-year. Michael Brown, a Partner in A.T.

Leverage SAP IBP to Drive Planning Transformation

Today, traditional SAP IBP deployments are not enough. You need to assure you are leveraging its maximum potential to truly transform planning. And to reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and advance digitalization to gain competitive advantage.

Getting Real About Supply Chain Transparency

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Earlier this week, in a rare and welcomed show of bipartisanship, both the House and Senate approved a measure to establish Juneteenth (19 June) as a federal holiday. The President subsequently signed the bill into law yesterday.

The 2021 Hurricane Season Will Impact Supply Chains

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The tragic, fiery, multi-vehicle crash on a storm-slicked highway in southern Alabama over the weekend reminds us how disruptive and destructive the hurricane season can be.

White House Unveils Supply Chain Report

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Faced with computer chip shortages and other supply chain issues, on 24 February, President Biden signed E.O. 14017, directing a whole-of-government review to assess vulnerabilities in, and strengthening the resilience of, critical supply chains.

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Logistics Woes Start People Thinking About Christmas in July

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Celebrating Christmas in July has been around for longer than most people realize. Journalist Katherine Owen reports, “Christmas in July has become such a cultural staple each year that you may not have even thought about who first dreamed up such a cheery, potentially cheesy, midsummer celebration. … Christmas in July started [88] years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.”[1]

Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.

Has Technology Made Supply Change Management Sexy?

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Some people think supply chain professionals labor in a boring profession. Kevin O’Marah ( @komarah ) writes, “‘Supply chain’ is a label with baggage. In some circles it is still seen as a low-tech, non-creative servant function hardly worthy of a Harvard MBA.”[1]

Win-Win Value Chain Scenarios Require Collaboration

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Today, many business professionals rightfully view their operations in terms of ecosystems or value chains. For the business to succeed, all stakeholders in the value chain must also do well. Historically, this is called a win-win scenario.

Upskilling is Essential to Fill Job Openings

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There are currently over 8 million unfilled job openings in the United States.

Supply Chain Risk and Resilience

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The world has always been a risky place. Survival has been a constant historical theme. Despite all our modern inventions, we haven’t been able to eliminate risk from our lives. That’s why business professionals pay close attention to risk management.

A 5-Point Strategy for Digital Procurement Transformation

Today, your entire supply chain must embrace change and accelerate digitalization. When it comes to procurement, focusing on digital transformation now can dramatically reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and give you a significant competitive advantage.

Retail After Covid, Part 2: How Retail Is Changing

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For many retailers, the pandemic has been a nightmare. The staff at Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) explains, “If 2020 was a Dickens novel about consumer goods, it might be called a tale of two categories: essential and non-essential. The former saw the better of times in which the belief in their products gave consumers hope. For the latter, it was, indeed, an ‘epoch of incredulity’ with what seemed like no end.”[1]

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AI and IoT on the Cutting Edge

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Most people are aware of the growing number of “things” connected to the Internet. Analysts from Statista report, “The total installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices worldwide is projected to amount to 30.9 billion units by 2025, a sharp jump from the 13.8

Is Time Running Out for Organizations to Transform into Digital Enterprises?

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Prior to the pandemic, a number of studies concluded organizations only had a short-period of time to begin their digital transformation journeys.

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The Digital Path to Purchase is Difficult to Model

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The marketing funnel was a reliable model for over a century.

Supply Chain Evolution: Digital Transformation Is the Way Forward

A new study by The Economist shows that 54% of enterprises want to rethink their supply chains. Make them more agile and resilient. How would supply chains evolve from here? And what should supply chain leaders be doing differently? Download the report today!

New Realities Demand Supply Chain Agility and Resilience

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Most experts agree the COVID-19 pandemic marked a paradigm shift in the business environment. A paradigm shift means some of what has happened in the past becomes irrelevant to future activities; nevertheless, we are all tempted to look to the past.

Customers Want to Be Treated Royally

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A line from the pop hit “Royals,” by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, reads, “We’ll never be royals, it don’t run in our blood.”

Mobile is the Link Between CPG Online and In-Store Sales

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“COVID-19 has catapulted us into the future,” declares Ali Amarsy, Senior Vice President of Global Product Strategy at Publicis Commerce.

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Progress Report on the Digital Supply Chain

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For years supply chain consultants have urged companies to digitize their supply chains. As supply chains have lengthened and become more complex, digitization has been viewed as a way to reduce paperwork and increase visibility. Progress, however, has been both uneven and slower than desired.

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The Business Costs of Supply Chain Disruption

Supply chains have weathered a lot recently: a pandemic, natural disasters, trade wars and more. The Economist and GEP surveyed 400 senior execs to find out their real business impacts. The results? Shocking, but not surprising. Read the report now.

Why Do Businesses Still Have Data Silos?

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“There is a lot of hype and conjecture around the impact of emerging technology,” writes Mark Adams, regional sales director for UK and Ireland at Cohesity, “but one thing is certain: data is — and will continue to be — the key to digital business.”[1]

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We Only Have One Planet: Supply Chains Can Help Save It

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Today marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, an event that reminds us we have only one planet on which we are all passengers.

Cognitive Technologies in the Retail Space

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Although every economic sector undergoes constant change, the retail sector has probably seen more changes in a shorter period of time than most other sectors.

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Memorial Day 2021

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A year ago, the country remained in the early stages of Covid-19 pandemic. On Memorial Day last year, I wrote, “This Memorial Day finds us fighting a new kind of war — this time, with a virus. … In the war against the novel coronavirus, not all front-line fighters are in the military.

GEP Outlook 2021 Report

It’s 2021, and many enterprises are still reeling from the unprecedented disruption of last year. Get a leg up with the GEP Outlook 2021 Report, featuring eight critical leadership themes that will help you navigate uncertainty and thrive in the new normal.