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Join IBM at the Hermes Retail Week Supply Chain Awards

We are delighted to be a key sponsor of the 2017 Hermes Retail Week Supply Chain Awards on 28th September in London. These awards are all about recognizing and celebrating the retailers, suppliers or individuals that are re-inventing all aspects of the modern retail supply chain. We are hosting a roundtable discussion before the awards celebration […]

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5 Final Thoughts From CGF Global Summit

Amazon, Google and Harvard University representatives provided their thoughts on disruption on the final day of the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit. While the speakers varied in experience, these general thoughts guided their feelings toward disruption. Measure the Consumer Amazon’s Sunny Jain warned not to be competitor obsessed, because you fall into others’ thinking. Instead, […]

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5 Hot Topics from CGF Global Summit (Day 1)

As the first day of the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit concludes, hot topics have already been discussed. Conversations largely covered tech advances and an altering political climate. How can retail and consumer products professionals respond to these changes? Below are some key takeaways from the event’s contributors. Everybody Wins in a Collaborative Supply Chain […]

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Four Key Takeaways from Women in Retail

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend a Women in Retail Leadership Summit hosted by Total Retail. It was an honor to represent IBM at this event filled with candid discussions about two things that I love — the latest and greatest trends in retail and women’s advancement. While it was my […]

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Retail Revolution or Retail Evolution?

For the last 4 or 5 days, the retail world has been speaking, writing and tweeting about a new concept in retail: Amazon Go.  Simply stated you walk in, scan your phone, and take what you want from the shelf.  Then, when you walk out, you get a bill showing what you took and charging […]

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IBM’s Watson on 60 Minutes.

On Sunday I was watching 60 minutes and I saw a special on IBM’s Watson, a Cognitive computer.  Watson is not new to TV.  It made its debut in 2011 on Jeopardy, beating the “human” champions of the day.  But Watson’s really grown up since then.  The report was really interesting.  It showed the early […]

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How do you shop? Changing face of retail.

Over the past 75 years the retail industry has gone thru a lot of change.  Much of that change was driven by consumer convenience.  In the 1950, most people had to go to many stores to buy their weekly food needs.  One store for meat, one store for fruit and produce, a fish store, and […]

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Product ingenuity: The lesson of the baby carrot

Innovation does not always lead to solving the world’s most pressing problems. More often, it occurs right under our noses, and in the most unlikely of places, such as your local supermarket. Consider the case of the baby carrot. Like many innovations before it, the baby carrot was born out of necessity. Looking for a […]

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Augmented Reality: Life Bumped Up a Notch

Augmented reality. Oh yeah, I went there.  In my own opinion, you could probably throw this term onto the seemingly endless, ever-growing list of retail “buzz words” in 2016.  It could develop rich friendships with terms like disruption and industry convergence and retail transformation. Now — don’t get me wrong. There is a reason all […]

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HyperLocal Business

HyperLocal Business: Driving decisions where your consumers are. Today most business decisions are made in the office…maybe a sales office, maybe a regional office, maybe a national office. Makes sense right? That’s where the decision makers are!  HyperLocal business is changing this! Decisions need to be powered and made on a local, or better HyperLocal […]

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Millennial Perspective: Has Credit Reached Its Limit?

Two years ago, I graduated from grad school with an ample amount of student debt. Now, the last thing I want to do is add more dollars to that pile. All signs point to a generation-wide weariness among Millennials to take on credit card debt… And retailers are starting to feel the pain. Sending the […]

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The Rise of the Restaurant

From the kitchen to the drive-thru An amazing thing happened in the US this year — for the first time in history, consumers spent more of our food budget at restaurants than at the supermarket.  In fact, we are spending more than 43 percent of our household wallets on food away from home. This is […]

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