In the last few years the purchase price to acquire a tech company in the global logistics and trade management sky-rocketed. These are really big deals! The latest from acquisitive Descartes and E2open.
Retail including online, brick and mortar–promotion, pricing, demand, logistics, procurement, supply chain, returns, etc.
Descartes Transforming the Customer Experience
Descartes is elevating and broadening the scope and value of the transportation management function from the traditional behind-the-scenes efficiency and cost control to a more visible, customer-facing role, creating a superior customer experience.
Looking Forward to 2019: Hot Topics for the New Year
There were so many interesting developments in 2018 and more to come this year. Here we take a look at what’s happening in autonomous supply chains, omni-channel delivery, AI/machine learning, blockchain for supply chain, checkoutless stores, and self-sovereign ID.
Amazon Go and the Emergence of Sentient Buildings: How It Works and What Its Impact Will Be
Amazon Go embodies very impressive advances in computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning combined to create what is probably the simplest and fastest bricks and mortar shopping experience available today. Here we discuss how they do it and its broader applicability and impact.
On Your Mark… Get Set… Amazon Go! The Race for Checkout-less and Intelligent Integrated Stores
The announcement of Amazon Go could be seen as the starting gun for a race to create checkout-less stores. However, it is also an accelerator for the broader movement towards Intelligent, Integrated stores, that has been incubating for years. Here we look at the landscape and relevant solutions from this year’s NRF show.
Supply Chain Solutions – Foundation for the Omnichannel Revolution
Highlights of what we learned at NRF’s annual conference from providers of supply chain planning and optimization, IoT and RFID, omnichannel and order management, global logistics, PLM, and Geographic Information Systems.
In-Store Operations – The Next Big Battlefront for Retail Solutions (NRF Report #1)
The Omni-channel revolution is compelling retailers to reinvent their stores, in turn opening up a new battlefront among solution providers over whose software will be running these newer store operations (such as in-store fulfillment). This battle was on full display at NRF this year.
A Potpourri of Predictions for 2017
Here are our predictions for 2017 on automation and autonomous vehicles, IoT, RFID, retail, trade and the world economy, energy, AI, analytics and machine learning, enterprise solutions, and agile development. Something for everyone!
Stores’ Identity Crisis: The Reimagining of Physical Stores
Free two-day shipping, enormous selections, quick and easy shopping, painless returns, and many other factors have propelled online shopping to become the main driver of growth in retail. So, where does that leave the role of the physical store, now and in the future? Here we look at how retailers are innovating to leverage the unique advantages of the physical store.
The Holidays Are Here. So Where is Your Omni Strategy Now?: Part One
Omni-channel strategy and execution continue to be central to retailers’ success as the holiday season is upon us. Here we look at the major challenges retailers are facing and how they are dealing with them.
The Intelligent Integrated Store: MIT Panel Discussion
lululemon, DSW, b8ta, and Zebra technologies presented on a panel at MIT about the intelligent integrated store their visions and current progress towards integrating the various functions, sensors, and systems in a retail store. The goal is to achieve a higher order of intelligence and detailed, granular, near real-time visibility into what is happening with each shopper, each associate, and each item in each store.