Andrea Morgan-Vandome

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Celect in the News: Inventory Mgmt 2.0

In an Amazon Prime world, omni-channel retailers are challenged to manage multiple sources of demand when customers expect everything in stock all the time, whether they are in the store at 1 p.m. or online at 1 a.m. To beat the real-time “last mile” supply chain challenge, retailers must be able to compete with Amazon by leveraging their stores and distribution centers as one unified distribution center to achieve massive margin gains. 

In the latest issue of Inside Outdoor Magazine, John Andrews, CEO of Celect, shared how retailers have a huge opportunity to derive more revenue from their inventory decisions and beat Amazon at its own supply chain game.

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Topics: amazon, amazon prime, artificial intelligence, inventory optimization, brick-and-mortar retail, physical stores, machine learning, fulfillment optimization, advanced analytics

Retail TouchPoints Announces Lucky Brand as Winner of 2019 Retail Innovator Award

We are thrilled to share the announcement of Lucky Brand as a winner for the 2019 Retail Innovator Award because of their work with Celect to optimize inventory decision-making! Retail TouchPoints (RTP), the industry's go-to source for the latest retail trends, strategies and technology innovation, has announced the 2019 Retail Innovator Award winners and names Mike Relich, Chief Operating Officer at Lucky Brand, and Miles Barger, Vice President of Merchandise Planning, Allocation, and Inventory Optimization at Lucky Brand, as winners in the category of Data Guru.

In its sixth year, the Retail Innovator Awards honor retail executives and thought leaders who: 

“[T]hink outside the box to develop and foster innovative concepts and strategies that help move the overall retail industry forward.” 

There were 100 nominations in total and the list of 18 winners was announced at today’s Retail Innovation Conference in New York City. Those who attended the event heard directly from Miles Barger, who shared Lucky Brand’s success story on using advanced analytics to optimize allocation and store fulfillment using Celect.

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Topics: allocation, artificial intelligence, inventory optimization, brick-and-mortar retail, physical stores, machine learning, fulfillment optimization, advanced analytics, awards

Learn How Gartner's Algorithmic Approach to Merchandising is Changing Retail

“Algorithmic retailing is the application of big data through advanced analytics across an increasingly complex and detailed multichannel retail structure to provide for customer expectations that are driven higher by consumerization of retail.” – Gartner, Inc.

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Topics: artificial intelligence, inventory optimization, brick-and-mortar retail, physical stores, machine learning

5 Practical Steps to AI Success in Retail

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) technologies are transforming businesses. In fact, the global annual spending on AI by retailers is estimated to reach $7.3 billion by 2022. However, along with this growth comes hype, uncertainty and questions around what AI/ML can really do for retailers today. 

One thing, if anything, is certain: AI/ML in retail is here to stay. 

For those of us who have been in retail a long time know this isn’t the first time data science was used to address retail business challenges. In the early 2000s, data science was applied to common problems within retail merchandising and the supply chain with mixed success. Markdowns were optimized, followed by statistical forecast-driven replenishment, then price and transportation optimization.

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Topics: artificial intelligence, inventory optimization, brick-and-mortar retail, physical stores, machine learning

Key Takeaways from Unified Retailing 2019

The Unified Retailing 2019 Conference hosted by Columbus Consulting yesterday was energizing, as it’s always a fun to meet up with our customers, old colleagues and friends. The speakers were excellent, with frank and interesting conversations around how to win in today’s new retail environment. However, what really struck me throughout the event was the fact that everyoneand I mean everyone—appeared to be dealing with the same type of challenges, such as:

  1. How to support an environment where store sales are dropping, e-commerce is flattening, and mobile continues to grow
  2. How to win in an environment where there are so many store closures, but just as many store openings from digitally-native brands
  3. How to support the shop anywhereexperience consumers demand
  4. How to keep product, experiences and services relevant 

As every speaker discussed different strategies to address each issue, it became apparent over the course of the day these problems haven’t really changed over the last few years. In fact, they’ve only magnified. Despite these struggles, it only solidified my beliefand that of many others in the room—of the following:

If you want to be relevant, you must consider the customer and their preferences first in everything you do.  

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Topics: artificial intelligence, inventory optimization, brick-and-mortar retail, physical stores, machine learning, awards

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