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How Do Companies Name That Price? A.I. Can Help

How Do Companies Name That Price? A.I. Can Help

When it comes to determining the optimal price of a product, component or raw material, artificial intelligence can do more than come up with the answer. It can help you to understand the questions you ought to be asking.[more]


Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

In the age of analytics and Big Data, all customers are not created equal.[more]


Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

An unusual partnership between a major industry trade group and private retailer seeks to create a system for benchmarking supply-chain performance by e-commerce companies.[more]


Erasing the Line Between E-Commerce and Retail Store Fulfillment

Erasing the Line Between E-Commerce and Retail Store Fulfillment

Separate fulfillment streams for e-commerce and retail stores? Those days are over.[more]


Should CPG Brands Let Amazon Lure Them Away From Traditional Retailers?

Should CPG Brands Let Amazon Lure Them Away From Traditional Retailers?

Amazon.com Inc. just put another crack in the foundation that underlies traditional retail.[more]


For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

It only makes sense that The 3M Company, with a business model resting almost entirely upon technology, would eventually get around to applying it to the supply chain.[more]


Supply Chain May Be a Numbers Game, But It's Still Played by People

Supply Chain May Be a Numbers Game, But It's Still Played by People

Supply-chain management today is very much a game of numbers. But the risk of getting lost in the math is real.[more]


Lenovo's Key To Boosting Market Share: Become 'Amazon-Like'

Lenovo's Key to Boosting Market Share: Become 'Amazon-Like'

Lenovo Group Ltd. is the world's leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of personal computers. So why is it determined to overhaul the way it sells and markets product?[more]


Staying Alive in an Ever-Changing Retail Landscape

Staying Alive in an Ever-Changing Retail Landscape

The traditional holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a microcosm of the big changes that are roiling retailers every day.[more]


How Amazon's Prime Day Creates New Challenges for Traditional Retailers

How Amazon's Prime Day Creates New Challenges for Traditional Retailers

First there was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. And now, Amazon.com's Prime Day. Why do retailers invite peak-demand headaches?[more]


Inventories Shrink in Latest Logistics Report: Is That Good or Bad?

Inventories Shrink in Latest Logistics Report: Is That Good or Bad?

The annual State of Logistics Report has a new author this year - and with it, a marked shift in some key trends.[more]


The Brick Wall That Frustrates Omnichannel Fulfillment

The Brick Wall That Frustrates Omnichannel Fulfillment

Keeping online buyers happy is easy. All you have to do is flood the channel with so much inventory that you're never out of stock. And probably go out of business in the process.[more]


Why Supply Chain Has Taken So Long to Migrate to the Cloud

Why Supply Chain Has Taken So Long to Migrate to the Cloud

Supply-chain has gone to the cloud. The only question is: What took it so long?[more]


So Your S&OP Initiative Isn't Working Out? Here's Why

So Your S&OP Initiative Isn't Working Out? Here's Why

A lot of companies are falling short in their efforts to derive full value from the sales and operations planning (S&OP) function. But the main reason for their failure might surprise you.[more]


How Retailers Can Meet the Challenge of Amazon

How Retailers Can Meet the Challenge of Amazon

The outsourcing of logistics is supposed to save businesses big money. They pay only for the services they need; they turn over complex operations to a pro, and they get expensive assets off their books. It all makes eminent sense - unless your name is Amazon.com Inc.[more]


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