Inventory Management Blog

Published in Blog - 28 October 2020

ABC Analysis: the ultimate guide

In this blog, we explore how you can take practical steps to quickly identify, fix and manage the main causes if product availability before they hit customer satisfaction.
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product availability Published in Blog - 28 August 2020

Product availability : 6 tips to say goodbye to availability issues without having to spend an extra penny on stock!

In this blog, we explore how you can take practical steps to quickly identify, fix and manage the main causes if product availability before they hit customer satisfaction.
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master data Published in Blog - 13 August 2020

Master data: your 11 killer questions answered

How can you become a master data maestro (and save your business thousands in the process)?  The slightest mention of master data sends shudders down the spine. “Please! Anything but the ‘m-word’” I hear you cry.   But we can’t just brush it under the carpet and pretend like the problem doesn’t exist. It's gone on for too long now. We need to overcome this stumbling block once and for
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inventory management Published in Blog - 18 March 2020

Reduce carbon emissions with accurate inventory management

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that warming of the earth is creating a serious threat to the planet we live on. The most likely cause of the problem: carbon emissions. In order to reduce carbon emissions, the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and many individual countries have introduced or are currently
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Stock outs Published in Blog - 09 September 2019

7 deadly sins of stock-outs!

Stock-outs are the work of the devil. As the ultimate crusher of customer satisfaction, these supply chain pests must be avoided like the plague! Stock-outs are deceptive beasts Availability issues sneak up on you when you least expect it. However, left unchecked, stockouts have the ability to devour profits margins in just a matter of
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stock outs Published in Blog - 08 August 2019

Omni-Channel Strategy: What role do category managers play?

In order to thrive in the complex retail environment, businesses must have in place an effective Omni-channel strategy. However, this requires business leaders to have a different mentality. After all, to make the customer experience the number one priority, leaders must understand and appreciate the importance of establishing robust retail processes, inventory policies and assortment
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minimum order quantity Published in Blog - 11 July 2019

Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) Explained

What is moq? In a perfect world, suppliers would supply the products your business needs in the exact quantity that you need them. More importantly, they would be more than happy to do this at no extra cost. However, in reality, placing orders with suppliers is far more complex. Given that most suppliers will impose
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reasons for keeping inventory Published in Blog - 04 July 2019

Reasons for keeping inventory

What availability issues keep you awake at night? | 5 signs that you need more stock! One of the main reasons for keeping inventory is to provide customers with the best possible level of service. However, many business leaders still spend sleepless nights worrying about finding the balance between product availability and supply chain cost.
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replenishing stock Published in Blog - 13 June 2019

Replenishing stock: Don’t get burnt!

Replenishing stock: Don't get burnt! If you look outside your window, you might be surprised to discover that Summer has already officially begun. However, retailers should not be put off by the recent wintery weather. While seasonal influxes can present retailers with great opportunities to profit, British weather is a volatile force and even the
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spreadsheets Published in Blog - 12 June 2019

5 Ways to tell you have outgrown Excel

How to know when your business is ready to upgrade from spreadsheet forecasting and ordering For many business, Excel is synonymous with demand planning and ordering inventory. It’s often the go-to choice because of its familiarity and seeming ubiquity. There’s a good chance that the computer you’re reading this article on right now has Excel
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Inventory obsolescence Published in Blog - 12 June 2019

New articles and the prevention of inventory obsolescence

To improve the prevention of inventory obsolescence, it is essential to take into account factors that are unknown or not associated with the problem. For example, more than 25% of obsolescence comes from poor management in the introduction of new articles. INTRODUCTION OF NEW ITEMS Obsolescence levels are usually associated with poor inventory management. However,
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Demand planner Published in Blog - 05 June 2019

Demand Planner : How to crack the retail conundrum

Rob Crellin, an expert supply chain consultant, with 14 years' experience in retail and supplier relationships, will be discussing 5 main challenges of being a demand planner to retail customers and how to overcome this. Retailers customers put a lot of pressure on their demand planners. As a result, businesses across the wider supply chain
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seasonal variation Published in Blog - 28 February 2019

The BBQ Button: Taking full advantage from peaks in demand

Unexpected demand during something like a sporting event or even an unseasonably hot day can have a huge impact on the buying behaviour of consumers. Take for instance BBQ meat or beer: both of these items see demand soar if the weather is nice or England make it beyond the group stages of the World
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abc inventory analysis Published in Blog - 09 January 2019

How can you achieve your supply chain goals through better ABC inventory analysis?

5 top tips to maximise the value of ABC inventory analysis Over the years, we have encountered many businesses that hold thousands upon thousands of SKUs. But has this helped them to become more profitable? In reality, holding so many items can have the opposite effect. So how can more insightful ABC inventory analysis help
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food inventory management Published in Blog - 03 December 2018

Inventory management in food retail is a balancing act between availability and shrinkage

Food inventory management - A typical characteristic of fruit & vegetable products in the produce category is that suppliers, packaging and prices change throughout the year. Produce buyers know exactly when to switch countries but do they know how much they have to buy? How can they ensure optimum in-store availability without having to make
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grocery inventory management Published in Blog - 03 July 2018

Grocery inventory management: battle against waste must rumble on!

In the second part of our “ace your inventory strategy” series, retail expert, Mike Donnelly, looks at how businesses in the food sector have adapted their approach to grocery inventory management to optimise shelf lives and minimise waste. In 2016, the Grocer launched one of the biggest campaigns against food waste in retail history. 2
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Published in Blog - 04 June 2018

What steps have you taken to optimise your approach to allocation?

Given the current retail climate, retailers must grab any opportunity they can to improve margins. As one of the main causes of excess and waste, optimising inventory allocation processes will undoubtedly help retailers to minimise avoidable costs. Furthermore, by rationalising the decision process, retailers will also benefit from the increased sales that results from achieving
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retail forecasting Published in Blog - 04 June 2018

Retail forecasting is a must win game to ensure World Cup success!

With the 2018 World Cup kicking off on Thursday 14th June, only 30,000 England fans are expected to make the trip to Russia: a fraction of the number that attended the 2014 tournament in Brazil. However, given that retailers here at home are expecting over a 25% surge in sales, it seems fans have by
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Inventory allocation Published in Blog - 01 June 2018

Inventory Allocation: How can retailers find the perfect balance?

Retailers face a real conundrum. On one hand, everything from the costs of raw materials to the costs of commercial retail space is increasing dramatically. However, on the other hand, customers are becoming savvier than ever and will simply not accept any increases in price. As retailers look to minimise operating costs to maintain margins,
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delivery lead time Published in Blog - 01 June 2018

Delivery Lead Time – Which inventory opportunity will deliver the greatest return?

Supply chain teams are under constant pressure to achieve ever-more ambitious inventory reduction goals. However, given that high inventory levels are caused by a broad range of factors, identifying the best strategy to reduce the inventory can be a real challenge. The question for supply chain leaders is: how can you determine which inventory reduction
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too much stock Published in Blog - 01 June 2018

Too much stock: accelerate the performance of your assortment!

Is your business holding too much stock? In a bid to keep customers happy, many businesses have resorted to offering high levels of inventory across already spiralling assortments. While this ensures that customers have plenty of choice, keeping up with these exploding ranges can prove a constant battle. What steps can building businesses take to
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stock availability Published in Blog - 30 May 2018

Stock availability | Improve & build a more reliable operation

In the building trade, customers can not afford to put their project on hold because the tools, materials or components they need are out of stock. However, with spiralling ranges consisting of thousands upon thousands of products, maintaining 100% availability across the entire assortment would render most building suppliers totally bankrupt. But what can supply
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seasonal inventory Published in Blog - 30 May 2018

Seasonal Inventory: Gnome your demand

As soon as the sun hits the UK, everyone is stocking up on their essential summer supplies. However, with summer days and alfresco nights upon us, staying on top of your seasonal inventory can be challenging. Given that the met office has already issued hot weather warnings across the UK, how can you be sure
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range management Published in Blog - 04 May 2018

Range management: Are you managing your assortment effectively?

How well aligned your assortment with the overall strategy of the business? While a well thought-out assortment can generate a huge amount of profit, an ill-balanced assortment can have a hugely negative impact on a company’s margin. Use this checklist to assess the effectiveness of your assortment and gain greater insight into impact of product
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safety stock Published in Blog - 17 April 2018

Safety Stock Inventory Q&A

Safety Stock | To what extent should you bubble wrap your availability Safety stock inventory is the additional level of inventory businesses hold in order to minimise the risk of stock out. However, being overly cautious can quickly result in costly excess and obsolescence: both of which will erode margins. So what factor should you
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safety inventory Published in Blog - 16 April 2018

Safety inventory – Creating a bull whipped supply chain

No matter what business you are in, there is always a need for future estimates in order to plan. It may be critical to take a closer examination of how precision and accuracy of a forecasting strategy affect other parts of your planning process. This perspective reveals observations of how different forecasting strategies affect simulated
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demand planning process Published in Blog - 13 April 2018

Demand Planning Process – Who should be involved?

When it comes to the demand planning process, each division has its own set of goals and objectives. While the sales team may demand consistently high levels of availability in order to satisfy orders, the finance team may be more interested in inventory cost. This is compounded further when it comes to the demand planning
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demand planning software Published in Blog - 13 April 2018

Demand Planning Software…forget the spreadsheets!

When it comes to demand planning software, spreadsheets are the weapon of choice for most planners. However, spreadsheets are only as effective as the person entering the data. Even for the most advanced spreadsheet users, trying to manage inventory in this way can quickly become complex clunky and a long-winded exercise. But is there a
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retail leadership Published in Blog - 19 February 2018

Retail Leadership: Has retail become the new football?

From Leicester’s shock dismissal of manager Ranieri to Manchester United’s controversial hiring of Jose Mourinho, the football industry is no stranger to abrupt shifts in leadership. However, it seems the major football teams could have competition for the title of highest management turnover. According to reports, the number of retail chief executives leaving their positions
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fashion demand planning Published in Blog, Retail - 23 January 2018

Fashion demand planning: How can retailers unzip growth?

In the cut-throat retail industry, fashion demand planning is essential in order to achieve growth. However, when you consider that one major retailer is reportedly already considering store closures and many others are still recovering from the challenges presented by the last 12 months. After all, if you believe everything you read in the news, the
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promotions management Published in Blog - 28 December 2017

Promotions management: Time for a fresh approach?

Promotions management has always presented retailers with a dilemma: a huge headache but an unavoidable reality of modern retailing. Black Friday, for instance, was once seen as the single most important day in the retail calendar, like turkeys voting for an early Christmas, many retailers have now extended this promotional period to last for up
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Published in Blog - 09 November 2017

Tour de Supply Chain: Wholesale & Distribution

With the Tour de France approaching, team GB continue to insipre cyclists all over the UK. With team GB’s triumph in the last few years, more and more of us are getting back on the saddle. In fact, according to British Cycling, we are now one of the most successful cycling nations in the world.
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FlowTechnology - Warehouse Published in Blog, Manufacturing - 20 October 2017

Flowtechnology UK achieves a more fluid operation with Slimstock

To keep up with continuous growth and spiraling complexity, the UK’s largest distributor of fluid power products, Flowtechnology, has taken an important step towards simplifying their supply chain processes. Already impressed by the results delivered by Slimstock’s inventory management solution, Slim4, the business has now taken the decision to upgrade the bolt-on solution to also enhance
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Published in Blog, Manufacturing - 20 October 2017

Vegware caters for global growth with Slimstock partnership

After extensive research into the market, Vegware, the award-winning manufacturer of eco-friendly catering disposables, has this month joined forces with Slimstock to help improve their already impressive availability levels. Following several years of rapid growth, the Edinburgh-based business will take advantage of the inventory management specialists’ solution, Slim4, to help keep up with the demand
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production planning Published in Blog, Manufacturing - 20 October 2017

Production Planning | S&OP

When it comes to production planning, there are many factors that influence the overall production plan. Using the growth of the UK bicycle industry as an example, Sam Phipps, explores what challenges manufacturers should prioritise in order to exploit growth and get ahead of the pack.  Bicycle production in the UK has undergone a resurgence in
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PMTT-E-de-Witte-Slimstock Published in Blog - 13 October 2017

Slimstock’s Erik de Witte joined Pimp My Tuk-Tuk Charity Ride 2017

This year, Slimstock took part in the Pimp My Tuk-Tuk (PMTT) Charity ride to raise money for the Foundation of Goodness (FOG). 54 drivers participated in the 8-day drive through Sri Lanka in Tuk-Tuks. Slimstock Operations Director South East Asia, Erik de Witte, shares his experience with us. Trip of my life Before starting the
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buffer stock Published in Blog - 29 September 2017

What is buffer stock? what’s the function of stock?

Buffer stock...what is it? Different times call for different inventory strategies. However, when the function of stock is not clear, changing the inventory approach can often prove problematic. Many retailers lack synergy between the inventory strategy and the overall strategy of the business. As a consequence, many retailers struggle to align the inventory strategy with
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Slimstock hot news Published in Blog - 29 September 2017

Customer satisfaction takes a dip | Cashing in on the product lifecycle

From a major supermarket shortage to why it pays to invest time in your new products introductions, supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper, explore the hottest topics from the last 7 days. Customer satisfaction takes a dip amid houmous crisis As the latest food crisis hit British retailers this week, frustrated shoppers took
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slimstock robust supply chain Published in Blog - 29 September 2017

Behind every experience is a robust supply chain

As events go, things don’t get much bigger than the infamous Glastonbury Festival. Given that over 200,000 people attended this year alone, Glastonbury is a real success story. However, the popularity of Worthy Farm and lucky artists that get to play there is no happy accident: this event takes years of diligent planning! From the
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replenishment Published in Blog - 21 May 2017

An assortment of success & setbacks | Supply chain disruptions leave a sour taste

With a whole museum dedicated to product failures and businesses faced with disruption, Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper digest the hottest topics from the last 7 days. New product introductions: an assortment of success & setbacks Encompassing everything from Bic’s range of “for her” biro pens to Nokia’s N-gage, a dismal attempt
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Published in Blog - 20 May 2017

Are retailers ready for tomorrow’s savvy shoppers?

Through utilising a combination of if-this-then-that logic as well as the Internet of Things (IOT) and voice technology, Tesco has brought the shop floor closer to the end customer than ever before. While this major development marks a quantum leap towards “frictionless” shopping, such advances in technology will no doubt change the way we as consumers think
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excess stock reduction Published in Blog - 16 May 2017

Beep beep, Brexit’s coming through!

Despite the initial nervousness around the UK’s divorce from the European Union, according to the society of Motor Manufacturers and traders (SMMT) British manufacturers achieved their highest output in 17 years last month. However, while automotive manufacturers seem to be thriving, businesses operating in the aftermarket could be faced with hefty cost increases. But what can be
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Published in Blog - 10 May 2017

Are the days of the diesel engine numbered?

As calls for diesel engines to be scrapped intensify, how can the automotive industry prepare for the speed bumps that lie ahead? Could your investment in diesel components go up in smoke? With increasing evidence that diesel engines have a devastating impact on the environment, there have even been renewed calls to introduce a special scrappage
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Published in Blog - 09 May 2017

Tour de Supply Chain: Retailers & E-tailers

It seems that the British public are getting back on their bikes in startling numbers. Last year alone, we cycled an impressive 3.5 billion miles; 6.3% more than in 2015. However, as the UK Government forges ahead with a £1.2 billion project set to double the uptake of cycling by 2025, it seems that further
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replenishment Published in Blog - 27 April 2017

Back in our good books

Whether it’s because physical books have become a thing of beauty in their own right or simply because you can’t fold down the corner in your E-reader, after years of decline, it seems the humble book is making a resurgence. Given that we now live in a world of smartphones and tablets, this emerging trend seems
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Published in Blog - 25 April 2017

“Since working with Slim4, my work has become much easier!”

During this interview, we ask Piotr Adamczak, purchasing coordinator and user of Slim4 at Sanpol, five questions: What is his role? What does he do on a normal day and what impact has Slim4 had on the business? What's his biggest challenge at the moment? And what are his ambitions for the future? What are
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automatic replenishment Published in Blog - 13 April 2017

Spring into the new season

With Brexit now officially triggered, the first quarter of 2017 was plagued by uncertainty. Trade deals are now in limbo which has left many businesses considering how leaving Europe might impact their operations. However, at this point, it is difficult to make strategic plans as we simply don’t know how things will pan out. Given
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replenishment Published in Blog - 07 April 2017

What digital challenges lie ahead? | Food for thought

After news that online sales are set to double and food prices could surge as a result of Brexit, is been a busy week in the press. Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper digest the hottest topics from the last 7 days. Drones to delivery bikes: are businesses really ready for the digital
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replenishment Published in Blog - 31 March 2017

Replenishment challenges & supply chain flexibility

Replenishment challenges and supply chain flexibility. With reports that major fashion retailers are now struggling to compete in key market and reports of a sudden surge in footfall for Mother’s day, this week has given supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps & Jessie Cooper, plenty to think about! Flexibility: the perfect fit for fashion supply chains
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replenishment Published in Blog - 17 March 2017

Brexit plans, forecasting infringements, footfall shortfall

As Brexit talks advance, the food industry came under fire and retail footfall slumps, it’s been a busy week for the newspapers. Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper, investigate the hottest topics in the press and assess their impact on the supply chain. Brexit: What’s the plan? Given that the Queen gave the go
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replenishment Published in Blog - 14 March 2017

Death of the big shop, electrifying the aftermarket, rise of the robots

With news of a major development in consumer behaviour, the opening of an exciting new facility dedicated to the production of electric vehicles and a report detailing the impacts of robots on our future careers, this week has given us plenty to think about. Supply chain blogger, Sam Phipps, investigates the hottest topics in the
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replenishment Published in Blog - 10 March 2017

Supply chain simplicity, professional education, Assortment upheaval

With a revelation in furniture design, the reintroduction of the dreaded 11-plus exam and an emerging trend in food retail, this week’s news has given us plenty to think about. Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper, investigate the biggest stories in the news this week and their impact on supply chain management. A
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long tail Published in Blog - 06 February 2017

How can you transform your long tail into a profit making machine?

Is your long tail slowing you down? In our modern world where the likes of Amazon and Alibaba reign supreme, no one is willing to wait. Thus, to remain competitive, you must be able to offer exactly what your customer needs, exactly when they need it! Consequently, even the most niche of businesses now seem
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Published in Blog - 26 January 2017

“With Slim4, I can complete my processes far more quickly”

We ask Paulina Moreno, Supply Chain Planner at Kupfer, to describe a typical working day, her main responsibilities, and her experience with Slim4 and her aspirations for the future. What is your role within the company? My role sits within the supply chain area and encompasses all five of the areas that our business is
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Published in Blog, Retail - 06 January 2017

Is product freshness your top priority?

The food industry is at war. Faced with a constant battle to offer high levels of availability while minimising waste, shelf life optimisation has never been harder or more vital! Given that inventory, handling & transportation costs must be kept under close control, ensuring product freshness is a huge challenge for all businesses across the food
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Published in Blog - 14 December 2016

Festive Frustrations: Santa’s secret stress exposed!

Each year, Santa delivers presents to millions of children all over the world. For most people, this alone would be an impossible logistical undertaking. However, alongside this, Santa also has full responsibility for ensuring that his supply chain has sufficient capacity in the weeks and months leading up to the festive period to satisfy this
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Published in Blog - 01 December 2016

Promotions have become like methadone: Is it time retailers kicked the habit?

For many managers in retail, promotions are like a heavy drug addiction: they know they are bad for them, but it was simply too difficult to stop. While some retailers have moved away from the old days of flash promotions in favour of an Every Day Low Prices Strategy, it seems the vast majority just
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Published in Blog - 16 May 2016

If the cunning foxes can do it, so can you!

In case you haven’t heard, Leicester City Football Club shocked the world by going on to lift the premier league trophy. Following a narrow escape from relegation last season, 2016 has seen the team do a complete U-turn and become one of just 6 teams to win the title. As most of Leicester woke up
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stock replenishment Published in Blog - 14 February 0201

Stock Replenishment

Stock replenishment - While there is little anyone can do about the weather, what can businesses do to mitigate the impact of this supply chain disruption? As storms in the Mediterranean batter supplies of fruit and vegetables, retailers are left with empty shelves and angry customers.  While a shortage of salad is one thing, what
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