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Half of consumers say their spending habits have changed permanently due to the pandemic, according to a new AlixPartners report

A new report released today by AlixPartners, the global consulting firm, finds that one in two consumers around the globe has had their consumption habits permanently changed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—which is just one of the findings from the firm’s ongoing, empirically-centered research into changing consumer priorities that have led AlixPartners also to announce today the launch of a new modelling approach that segments consumers by their pandemic-related anxieties.

AlixPartners polled more than 7,000 consumers across nine countries—China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—and found that 48% on average say the pandemic has altered their buying behaviors permanently. T

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09 Nov 2017
The sales and operations planning journey: Starting off on the right foot

Last week I attended the IBF Business Planning, Forecasting & S&OP: Best Practices Conference in Orlando, Florida. If you’re involved in your company’s sales & operations planning processes and you haven’t heard of the IBF, stop reading now and go check them out here! T

Andrew Dunbar
08 Nov 2017
Deloitte Study: Shoppers Expect Retailers will be Dashing Through the Snow to Deliver Holiday Packages

Consumers are putting the squeeze on retailers when it comes to delivery costs and speed, according to Deloitte’s 32nd Annual Holiday Survey of consumer spending intentions and trends. Free shipping is a favorite; Shoppers say bah-humbug to paying extra for faster delivery Free or fas

08 Nov 2017
SCOR - How to quickly increase your Supply Chain's Performance

In order to be effective and to ensure growth within an increasingly turbulent and challenging market, an organisation’s Business Strategy requires an effective Supply Chain Strategy. In 2006 APICS, the largest Supply Chain Management association in the world, launched the CSCP (Certified Supp

Daniele Meldolesi, Partner
Advance Operations Management School
07 Nov 2017
Re-writing priorities to incorporate modern supply chain evolution

  When analyst reports and trade articles encourage you to begin the digital transformation of your supply chain, do you shove the ideas away in your mental “Maybe next year…” file of low priority tactics? “We have plenty of time. It won’t hurt to wait a year,&

07 Nov 2017
Collaboration in supply chain management is key

When scrolling through my news feed Friday, I found this article from SCN: “Collaboration Key in Creating Competitive Advantages Through Supply Chains“. The article describes research recently published by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute.&n

John Westerveld

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