Category Archives: Definitions

The Digital Elevation of Planning and the Planning Executive

Today we have more data than ever before on all aspects of our business and tomorrow all indications are that there will only be even more. At the same time we fortunately also now have access to more powerful and … Continue reading

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Is it Time to Start Running from E-Commerce Revenue Sharing?

Revenue sharing is coming, revenue sharing is coming, do you have a plan? Seems there’s a growing trend for both e-commerce platforms and even Third Party Logistics (3PL) fulfillment companies to base their pricing on sharing in their customer’s revenue.

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In Search of Leading Edge of Business Forecasting

Very pleased to be attending my first Institute of Business Forecasting event later this month in Orlando! Have been trying for many years to attend an IBF event, but somehow in the past always seemed to run into scheduling conflicts, … Continue reading

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Videos & Visions: Of Omni-Channel and Airports

So… what does the future of retail look like and what might an airport have to do with this? Well first off, Omni-Channel’s a great buzzword, but how best to define the term and how can retailers (and even airport … Continue reading

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Logistics is the new black!

There I said it… ‘Logistics is the new black.’ Over the last several years the word ‘logistics’ has subtly worked its’ way further and further into the common lexicon thanks to the massive marketing campaigns of certain courier, rail and … Continue reading

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Future of Retail as an Omni-Channel ‘Internet of Things’

    Future of Retail as an Omni-Channel ‘Internet of Things’ | Jeff Ashcroft | LinkedIn The future always comes faster than we think. Even more so in the evolving world of fast retailing where websites are now merging with … Continue reading

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Cognitive to Play Key Role in Matrix Commerce

Fall 2015 will forever be known as the time when cognitive came to retail. More simply put in 2015 retail big data got a brain, and from a business perspective retail big data without a brain is more like a … Continue reading

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Seven Signs Your Retail Business Needs an Omni-channel Makeover

Are your retail customers finding you less attractive lately? Consider your position on the seven signs shared below and you may decide your retail business needs an omni-channel makeover! This is not just an idle suggestion we’re making as the … Continue reading

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Early ‘Internet of Things’ Pilots Proved Supply Chain Benefits of RFID Pallets

Two early pilots were facilitated by Supply Chain Network and carried out in 2003 and 2006 with both representing successful demonstrations of the potential supply chain benefits available through ‘Internet of Things’ implementations. Key to both of these pilots were … Continue reading

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Entering Era of the Endless Store

Those in the know in online retail have been leveraging dropship vendors to create expanded ‘endless aisle’ assortments for a number of years now. Through the ongoing development of the Matrix Retail approach it’s now become apparent a new reality … Continue reading

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Exploring the Eight Layers of Matrix Retail

The age of Matrix Retail is already upon us and the only question to ask is will you acknowledge, understand, embrace, engage and tune all of the components of your company’s presence in the retail eco-system? Or, will you choose … Continue reading

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Breaking the E-Commerce Sound Barrier with Matrix Retail!

BOOM! What was that noise? Someone just broke the e-commerce sound barrier! In the third quarter of 2014 Williams-Sonoma’s e-commerce sales represented 51.5% ($587 million) of total company sales overtaking their store sales ($566 million) for the first time!

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Beware the Ship-From-Store Spin Cycle

Seems like every so often there’s a new trend that takes the retail and e-commerce world by storm and the latest of these seems to be Ship-From -Store. An omni-channel nirvana being pumped by systems companies, and falsely supported by … Continue reading

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E-Commerce Success in Canada Depends on Power of Two

Customer demands for more rapid and cost effective e-commerce delivery seem to be increasing on a daily basis. In fact not a week goes by now without my speaking with retailers and etailers that since the dawn of e-commerce have … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Dynamic Storage in Distribution

Ever walk through a distribution center and look down a line of rack? What do you see? Lots of steel, lots of product on trays or pallets, and lots of…air. We spoke about the disadvantages of shipping air in cube … Continue reading

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Rise of Social Commerce

“We have the most powerful distribution mechanism that has been created in a generation,” Mark Zuckerberg, Founder Facebook at the launch of the 2006 Connect Platform It is called the socialgraph: the complex interconnection of social relationships. It is a … Continue reading

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Gain 20% More Storage Capacity with a 10 month ROI

Space is a major focus in the supply chain, whether in the distribution center, in transportation, or in the store. But when you consider what takes up space, usually you only think of product. You rarely think of what totes … Continue reading

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Logistics Sourcing: Collaboration Key to Solving Complexity

In my last post, I likened sourcing complex categories to solving a Rubik’s Cube, making the case that not all sourcing events are alike and that only by first understanding the unique starting point, i.e., the problem to be solved, … Continue reading

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