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Predict What’s Next in Category Management

Ever wish you could peer into the future and see what’s coming next? To better understand what technology investments are being prioritized to reach the modern shopper, we surveyed more than 130 category management and merchandising professionals as part of this year’s Voice of the Category Manager survey. Following are some key takeaways:

 

Understanding shopper behavior is a top focus  

The need to better understand the modern shopper is driving the priorities of both retail and manufacturing respondents. In the next five years, nearly half of the survey respondents plan to invest in customer-driven data science, a 16 percent increase since JDA conducted the first Voice of the Category Manager survey in 2017.

 

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30 Jun 2019
The auto industry is entering a ‘profit desert’ as heavy spending on new mobility and stagnation in key markets take hold simultaneously, says AlixPartners research
 

Powertrain costs for electric vehicles identified as being two-and-a-half times higher than for traditional vehicles, yet sales per model through 2022 predicted to be just 15% of traditional models historically; total industry sales globally forecasted to grow just 1.6% annually through 2026, as Chi

 
AlixPartners
AlixPartners

30 Jun 2019
Electrification and the “Death of Diesel” sees heavy spending on new mobility, but slowing sales and shrinking profits leads to bumpy road ahead, says AlixPartners study
 

The report highlights some of the challenges the industry faces going forwards: Automakers could incur a $60-billion pre-tax profit hit through 2023 86% of Chinese consumers and 59% of UK consumers polled say internal-combustion engines should be banned or further regulated Suppliers could

 
AlixPartners
AlixPartners

26 Jun 2019
Supply chain planning – Does it makes dollars and cents to get it all from one vendor?
 

Full disclosure: I work for a best-of-breed supply chain planning vendor so I will do my best to take an unbiased approach as I provide my opinions on how to solve the challenges of planning today’s supply chains with all its complexity and volatility. I’ll be honest, it would be grea

 
Bill DuBois
kinaxis

26 Jun 2019
Manufacturers: When is There Risk in Taking on a New Customer?
 

Let’s picture a hypothetical. You’re a sales and operations planner at a global manufacturer, specializing in a high-end variety of widget that other global companies tend to order in large quantities. Your sales cycle is fairly long, so every time a member of your sales team closes a de

 
Brian Hoey
flexis

21 Jun 2019
5 Tips for Increasing Production Visibility
 

Imagine for a second that your factory is essentially a black box. Materials go in, and finished products come out, but what happens in between is fundamentally mysterious. What challenges would this present from an advanced planning and scheduling perspective? Sure, in this environment you can get

 
Brian Hoey
flexis


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Retail

The retail sector is always on the move. Whether this involves shopping centres, shops in inner city locations or at airports – trends change very quickly and the goods change just as rapidly too. To keep up with these developments, highly complex and process driven supply chains are needed. With our...


IHL OMS Research Report

Last month IHL Group released a research study on the Retail Order Management software market. Infor Retail was included in the study as were several competitors. It’s certainly a great resource for any retailer...


Education
 
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2019
Capital Equipment Purchasing: Big Risk, Big Dollars, Big Results
     Atlanta, GA
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Oct
2019
Analytics for Supply Management 1: Fundamental Concepts & Techniques (formerly Business Analytics for Procurement)
     Dallas, TX
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Oct
2019
Fundamentals of Strategic Sourcing
     Nashville, TN
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Oct
2019
Developing Excellence in Strategic Supply Management and Procurement
     Chicago, IL
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Nov
2019
Contracting: Beyond the Basics
     Atlanta, GA

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HOYER: Future-Proofs System for Managing Intermodal Rail, Road, and Sea Transport to Meet High Growth Potential

HOYER is an independent family enterprise that dates back to 1946, and which has become one of the world’s leading bulk-logistics providers, offering comprehensive transport services and complex logistics soluti...

EU businesses say goodbye to UK suppliers as Brexit bites into key relationships

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of EU businesses expect to move their supply chain out of the UK Two-fifths (40%) of UK businesses are looking to replace their EU suppliers 25% of large UK businesses* have spe...


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