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2021 Supply Chain Challenges: The Top 5 Lessons Learned + Tips from 11 Industry Experts

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Amongst the issues faced by both businesses and consumers in 2021, supply chain shortages – and the resulting challenges – held strong in the headlines throughout the year.

7 Ways Businesses Can Manage Supply Chain Shortages in 2021

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As we head into the holiday season, supply delays, logistics constraints and inflation are looming over shoppers and retailers—and the manufacturers and distributors who keep them in supply.

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ToolsGroup Acquires Mi9 Retail’s Demand Management Business

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Mi9 Retail’s Demand Management business was formerly known as JustEnough Software. Combined company gives retailers a powerful new technology arsenal to efficiently improve product availability under constrained supply and outperform the competition.

NRF 2022: 4 Big Session Themes from Retail’s Big Show

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In a bold move which bore resemblance to the fighting spirit of the retail industry as a whole these past two years, the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2022 went ahead as planned in New York City despite rising COVID cases and reduced attendance.

Lessons in Supply Chain Digitization from PepsiCo and Conagra

Speaker: Matt Elenjickal, FourKites; Craig Weiss, ConAgra Brands; and Mari Roberts PepsiCo

Join us for our upcoming webinar to hear from 2 global brands on how they’re accelerating digital transformation and increasing efficiency & automation throughout their operations.

Executive Q&A: Business Innovation May Be Silver Lining of Supply Chain Crisis

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They say necessity is the mother of innovation, and businesses around the world are fighting back at the ongoing supply chain crisis with planning and operational improvements. Here we take a closer look at how businesses are adapting to the new reality of constant uncertainty.

Three Tips for Building an Agile CPG Supply Chain

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On the surface, it seems like the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry performed better than most during the COVID pandemic. Consumer goods e-commerce sales for example increased 91% year over year according to a NielsenIQ analysis.

Three Things Telecom Supply Chains of the Future Need to Do Now

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The telecommunications industry has become so highly commoditized that customers perceive only marginal differences in products and prices among the various market players. Want to have a winning telecom supply chain?

Global Supply Chain Disruptions: Covid-19’s Ripple Effect Continues + 5 Changes Needed for 2022

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Global Trade Authority Rob Garrison, CEO and Co-Founder of Mercado Labs, shares insights from over 30 years of supply chain experience working with a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

Planning to Win: Optimizing Inventory to Meet Business Objectives

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Who wouldn’t want their supply chain to be “optimized,” right? Optimization is peak efficiency, using the perfect balance of inventory and resources to service customer demand without incurring any unnecessary costs or waste.

3 Ways End-to-End Visibility Helps Minimize the Risks of Ocean Freight

Download this playbook to learn how end-to-end visibility helps to mitigate risk associated with the ocean freight market.

The Top 20 Discount Shopping Statistics for Retailers that Prove the Power of Promotions

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We have all, at one point or another, experienced feelings of satisfaction and excitement of getting a bargain, and coupon websites like RetailMeNot make it easier than ever to find the best promotions, in just a few clicks.

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Your Demand Forecast Is Wrong. Here’s How to Fix It.

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If you were still using a computer or a telephone from the 1960s today, you’d get some strange looks, to say the least.

How Supply Chain Optimization Enhances Your Strategic Business Plan

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Most successful companies complete annual strategic business plans in order to identify and execute upon growth opportunities. Likewise, many growth-oriented companies employ supply chain planning (SCP) software to facilitate their growth and improve efficiency and customer service.

Survey Reveals an Inflection Point in Supply Chain Digital Transformation

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The Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and ToolsGroup surveyed more than 200 supply chain professionals around the world on the state of supply chain digital transformation in planning. This blog post highlights some of the key findings.

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100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

For Distributors, Mitigating Supply Uncertainty Begins with a Better Forecast

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Distribution industry supply chains have always been squeezed between manufacturers and their customers; facing increased competitive threats, escalating SKU counts, and expanding ecommerce. Today distributors are navigating increasingly unpredictable supplier lead times and availability.

Get Started Using Machine Learning for New Product Forecasting

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New product introductions (NPI) are critical to any company’s success, but many of them never become household names. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 80 percent of new product launches in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry fail.

ToolsGroup Signs the Microsoft Partner Pledge and Renews its Commitment to Sustainable and Inclusive Technology

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Digital Skills, Diversity and Inclusion, Responsible and Ethical AI, Sustainability.

What is Open-to-Buy Planning + The Top Three Benefits for Retailers

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Embracing constant change and delivering outstanding customer experiences is critically important in the face of today’s increasingly informed consumer. And one thing’s for sure: Retail is not for the faint-hearted.

4 Silver Linings of the Chaotic Ocean Freight Market

Speaker: Peter Tirschwell, Chris Stauber, Sarah Barnes Humphrey, and Audrey Ross

Join this webinar exploring the silver linings that have emerged from the chaotic ocean freight market. The discussion will highlight solutions that prioritize digitization and build a more efficient international supply chain. Jan 25 at 10am CT.

What is Lean Retail (+ Why Retailers Must Embrace It)

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With the advent of globalization, the Internet, and more recently, the proliferation of mobile technology into every aspect of our lives, there has been a remarkable shift in the world of retail from a product-centric to customer-centric model.

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Success Strategies for Demand Forecasting in Supply Chain

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There’s been a lot of change in how we view supply chain demand forecasting: we moved from a focus on supply—what and how much to supply or replenish—to the demand-driven supply chain, which placed too much emphasis on the intermediate goal of an accurate demand forecast.

Holiday Shopping 2021: 6 Retailer Lessons from Black Friday and Cyber Monday (+ 4 Expert Insights)

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For the largest shopping week of the year, this year’s Black Friday provides insights retailers can’t ignore. Early numbers are in and – on first blush – the “biggest shopping day of the year” is undergoing a bit of a transformation.

Fashion Industry Challenges Require Elegant Demand Planning

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by Nicola Buttolo, CEO Carpe Diem Valuenet. When you’re perusing luxury handbags online, or testing which cocktail dress suits you the best, you probably don’t pause to consider all the supply chain complexities and analytics required to ensure the fashion items you’re craving are in-stock.

The Smart Data Revolution: How AB InBev Drives Efficiency with Visibility Data

Speaker: AB InBev and FourKites

Register for our upcoming webinar to learn how leveraging the right data to make quick, well-informed decisions is the key to success in supply chain & logistics. Join FourKites and AB InBev to learn what’s possible with a data-driven supply chain strategy & real-time transportation visibility.

Smarter, Low-Risk Commodity Buying

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By FinStock South Africa. The importance of having the right inventory at the right price to service customer demand is crucial. Nowhere is this truer than on commoditized products. With commodity buying, customers have a wide range of vendors to buy from and switch often to protect their margins.

The New Normal: Predictions for Retail in 2021

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In episode six of Be Ready for Anything, ToolsGroup’s Pre-Sales Manager for Europe, Birger Klinke, talks about what retailers should expect in 2021 and how they can leverage probabilistic forecasting and automation to adjust to a changing marketplace. Check out the video below.

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Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization vs Inventory Optimization

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The subway system is the lifeblood of New York City, pre-COVID carrying an average of 5.5 million people per day in 6,684 cars across 472 stations1. Each station is part of a larger system and operates on a set schedule under one management umbrella.

Why a Software Proof of Concept (POC) Is Better than an RFI

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A proof of concept (POC) is an increasingly common method to select the best supply chain software vendor for your company, yet many supply chain practitioners still lean on the traditional RFI (request for information) tool. Software selection is risky.

Modernizing Pharmaceutical Supply Chains

Speaker: Nimesh Patel, Gregory Demitrack, and Sarah Barnes Humphrey

Register for our upcoming webinar to better understand the state of the pharmaceutical supply chain. FourKites partnered with Accenture to survey supply chain executives working in pharmaceuticals, biotech, cell and gene therapy, medtech, and other related industries.

Clouds are Gathering for an Open Platform for Supply Chain

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If this challenging past year has taught us one thing, it is the value of connections–not only in our lives, but in supply chains. We saw this right at the start of the pandemic, when parts being manufactured in Wuhan province disrupted car manufacturers’ production lines around the world.

POOLCORP Selects ToolsGroup to Improve Supply Chain Resilience

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Joint Microsoft and ToolsGroup planning solution will support POOLCORP’s goals of improved service to customers and increased profitability amid demand and supply volatility.

Top 6 Predictions for Supply Chain Planning in 2021 and Beyond

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Just when things couldn’t possibly get any crazier, 2020 finally came to a close. Over the year, COVID-19 introduced even greater complexity into the already difficult work of supply chain planning–and changed supply chain from a practitioner-focused topic to everyday dinner table conversation.

Q&A With Women Making a Big Impact in Supply Chain

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I’ve worked in enterprise supply chain technology for more than 20 years, and, especially in the earlier years, collaborated in teams where I was the only female in the room.

Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.