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CART Weekly Report 8/29/19

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15 MIND-BLOWING STATS ABOUT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGEMENT | CMO. Adobe Gary’s Take: Customer experience management is a focus of 80% of companies according to Gartner. Companies that deliver on providing a great experience consistently outperform those companies who fail to provide a good experience as shoppers reward them with more spending, more visits, and greater retention over time. But to do customer experience right requires many things, from motivated associates, the right technology tools, and deep understanding of customers and why they are shopping with you. RETAIL DIVIDE WIDENS AS SHOPPERS SEEK VALUE AND CONVENIENCE | Wall Street Journal Gary’s Take: Those retailers that are investing heavily in online and omnichannel marketing and selling are outperforming their less advanced competitors as recent financial results from a number of retailers shows. Companies like Walmart, Target, and TJ Maxx are pulling away from Macy’s and JC Penney who have failed to make needed investments to keep pace with changing shopping behavior. But, Nordstroms offers a cautionary tale: The company has done many of the right things - reasoned new store openings, heavy investment in online and omnichannel, etc. - and yet continue to be challenged in the market. VIDEO ANALYTICS PROVIDE CLUES ABOUT WHAT RETAIL CUSTOMERS REALLY WANT | Biz Tech Magazine Gary’s Take: Video analytics have been around in retail for some years now but the technology is continuing to spread, enabled by the decreasing cost of digital cameras and ever increasing software capability. I think many retailers intuitively understand the power of having analytics around customer behavior in the store but it has taken a while for best practices to begin developing in various retail channels. The insights provided can power improved merchandising directly leading to increased sales and margins and are a powerful tool for category managers. INNOVATION : ARE RETAILERS TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH? | RetailWire Sterling’s Take: Innovation is a significant positive change — could be technological, but it could also be in team performance, financials or customer service. It comes from thinking and then doing things in a new way (vs. how we’ve already done it. Brian is right on here — keeping up with consumer adoption isn’t innovation. Merging online and offline isn’t in and of itself innovation. Having a “innovation group” isn’t actually innovation. But they’re all mediums to potentially innovate. We have lost our way as an industry. This isn’t about the technology. It’s about using technology and developing our businesses to meet the needs of human beings. The only assurance we have about the future is that it will be different. The best thing a retailer can do is to develop their teams, their culture to be one that can support change over time to meet those customer needs ever more efficiently and effectively. WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY: RETAIL IN THE AGE OF ‘i’: A FRAMEWORK FOR RETAILERS AND SOLUTION PROVIDERS | Gary Hawkins INNOVATION IS FOR DISTRIBUTION TOO | Gary Hawkins THE RETAIL APOCALYPSE CONTINUES | Gary Hawkins RETAILERS: HOW DO YOU EVALUATE NEW INNOVATIVE SOLUTION PROVIDERS | Gary Hawkins SOLUTION PROVIDERS: WHAT PROBLEM ARE YOU SOLVING? | Gary Hawkins HAPPENINGS: UPCOMING RETAIL TOMORROW INNOVATION DAYS/EVENTS IMPERIAL DISTRIBUTORS - September 5, 2019 CGA STRATEGIC CONFERENCE 2019 - September 29-October 1, 2019 RETAIL REVOLUTION AT PORTLAND STATE - October 24, 2019 ENERGIZER - November 14, 2019 GROCERYSHOP - September 15-18, 2019 at the Venetian in Las Vegas MINDING THE GAPS - CGA STRATEGIC CONFERENCE 2019 - Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, September 29-October 1, 2019 GMDC SELF-CARE SUMMIT - October 3 thru 7, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN X/SPECS 2019 - October 15 thru 17, 2019 at the Waldorf Astoria, Orlando  Store Design in the Age of “I” - Wednesday, 11:30am-12:15pm THE RETAIL REVOLUTION at PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR RETAIL LEADERSHIP - Portland, Oregon - October 24, 2019 12:30-5:00pm SPECS SHOW 2020 - The ForeFront of Physical Retail - March 15-17, 2020, Gaylord Texan, Dallas CART COMMUNITY. GET ON THE INSIDE. MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS.  Become part of the epicenter of retail innovation exclusive network. The place where retail decision makers and solution providers come together to advance retail into the future. ✔️Blogs ✔️Newsletter ✔️Webinars ✔️Accelerator ✔️Pitch Events ✔️Solution Spotlights  ✔️Innovation Programs ✔️Educational Content FOR RETAILERS>> Proven programs to advance your business FOR SOLUTIONS>> Your growth engine into retail VIEW ALL SOLUTIONS HERE CONTACT US TELL ME HOW TO GET MY SOLUTION ADDED TO CART Get the CART Weekly Report delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. Quote of the Week: Innovation is the calling card of the future.  ~ Anna Eshoo +MORE

STCR

STCR

Application Solutions:  Enhance your business, improve your market share We offer the very best in application solutions. SMS Store Management Solution SMS is a complete “Suite” of integrated applications designed specifically for the grocery retail industry. This system will give you the tools to run your business with ease. Regardless of single or multi-store environments, your business will have powerful, affordable means to compete in this competitive marketplace. ACE Retail Store Solution Toshiba SurePOS ACE is designed for independent grocers and specialty food retailers who want to improve reliability and customer service at the POS. A customer display allows for in-lane advertising and a touch screen interface for speedy checkout.  4690 Operating System Specially engineered for supermarkets and drug store chains, this application provides high-volume scanning, enhanced security, and powerful promotion features. EFT Talk to STCR, Inc. to learn how you can take advantage of the many options to enhance the payment process and reduce your operating costs. Back Office Solutions We offer the most comprehensive and cost effective retail store systems available in the industry. As a system integrator, we offer our clients the technology to run their back office as efficiently as they run their front end. We can help you implement a back office system that will give you access to a wide range of management tools. Frequent Shopper Solutions STCR can help you select a solution for managing customer relationships while accomplishing marketing objectives using behavior-based loyalty. POS Devices:  Your choice of truly integrated and affordable systems With more than one million placed worldwide, choose from one of our Toshiba SurePOS series. These systems deliver the proven performance grocers need to help keep their stores running smoothly and protect profitability. Choose from:   LOC SMS STORE MANAGEMENT SUITE DATALOGIC SCANNING SOLUTIONS TOSHIBA ACE RETAIL STORE SOLUTION  / 4690 OPERATING SYSTEM MICROSOFT WINDOWS Toshiba SurePOS 300 The new Toshiba SurePOS 300 Series brings smarter store solutions to small and midsized retailers who need a high-performing, energy-efficient point-of-sale system with a small footprint—and at the lowest cost. Toshiba SurePOS 500 The Toshiba SurePOS 500 with advanced touchscreen technology provides the ultimate point-of-sale tools to deliver powerful functions that energize the customer experience.   Toshiba SurePOS 700 The award-winning, energy-efficient SurePOS 700 is Toshiba's most powerful point-of-sale system, delivering maximum performance, service-ability, energy efficiency and adaptability to drive today’s smarter store solutions. Toshiba Wave A distinctive, sleek design with an extra-wide screen for better display and interaction. The TCxWave by Toshiba delivers a unique and engaging experience for associates and customers that puts it in a class of its own.  Servers  Flexible, scalable, and with dual internal hard drives, these store controllers have the ability to grow with your application requirements.   Self Checkout  Proven hardware and innovative software combined Build and maintain customer loyalty, gain a competitive advantage, and enhance the shopping experience through speed and convenience with Toshiba Self Checkout Systems. Toshiba Self Checkout Systems now can support a broad range of consumer preferences for payment, such as cash and cashless transactions, and offer a variety of belted or scan-and-bag extensions that fit the needs of just about any retail environment. Highlights Ultimate usability innovates how consumers transact. A consumer-driven ergonomic design and highly intuitive user interface help to optimize throughput and boost loyalty. Complete solution manageability increases availability. Front-end serviceable hardware systems and an end-to-end systems management solution optimize system uptime for around-the-clock store operations. Greater control and flexibility extend functionality. New CHEC software puts control back into your hands, making it easier to manage and maintain a highly reliable, available self checkout environment. Industry-leading POS integration improves reliability. A new high-level, point-of-sale (POS) interface facilitates a more robust client/server integration, helping increase reliability and making investing in self checkout easier than ever. Belted Models include:  Belted models deliver exceptional utilization and throughput  Increased flexibility with range of bagging options available  Unmatched security  Cashless option available Scan and Bag Models include: Two-bag or three-bag models Fast and easy for shoppers to process orders Security features to help reduce shrink Range of models offer the ultimate flexibility Cashless option available Peripherals  Everything you need for your POS and more At STCR, we offer the full complement of devices, software, add-ons, and other solutions to ensure accuracy and accountability and increase your bottom line.  Kiosks For retailers who want to offer more choices without stocking extra inventory, decrease the time their customers wait in line and improve service while minimizing labor costs. Printers We can help you select the perfect model for reducing transaction times, customizing receipts and maximizing uptime at the point-of-sale.  Scanners At STCR, we can show you a variety of scanners that will enable you to manage peak customer traffic and increase throughput on existing lanes. Portable Data Terminals Let STCR assist you with selecting the latest mobile computing technology designed to master your inventory management applications.  +MORE

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The Retail Apocalypse Continues

Gary Hawkins, CEO, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology

An article in USA Today a couple days ago called out that 2019 will see over 12,000 store closings by the end of the year, an estimated 50% more than in 2018. Already just eight months in to the year, there have been nearly 30% more store closings than in all of 2018, according to Coresight Research. And we’re not close to stabilizing. UBS Securities expects the pain to continue into the future, stating that 75,000 more stores will need to close if eCommerce penetration rises to a projected 25% from today’s 16%. While most of the damage is occurring in non-CPG retail sectors, supermarket retailers, drug store operators, convenience, and discount retail should not feel safe. Traditional retailers in these sectors are under growing siege as sales shift online, new competitors (think Amazon) enter the market, and tech-fueled innovation shifts the battlefield. Perhaps the most significant challenge traditional retailers must face is changing consumer expectations. Consumers have come to expect, even take for granted, the personalization and customization in the digital world. Those expectations are quickly migrating to the physical world as 3D printing, personalized medicine, and customization of products spread into a growing number of markets. So if you’re a retailer, how are you preparing for this new Age of ‘i’, a time when shoppers expect marketing, the shopping experience, even the physical store to be made relevant to them. And if you’re a solution provider, what capability are you bringing into the market to help retailers adapt to this new world? Remember, the pace of change grows each day. Tomorrow will no longer resemble today. +MORE

GO2 Partners

GO2 Partners

GO2 Partners advances your business by offering customized marketing and operational solutions. Marketing Specialties Develop a more effective approach to communication and promotion. Operations Specialties Achieve greater efficiency with innovative products and programs. +MORE

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enVista

enVista

Our C-I-O Approach CONSULT Consulting is in our DNA. We develop custom solutions for you. IMPLEMENT We implement hundreds of solutions to reduce project timeframes and time to value.   OPERATE Our partnership doesn't end at implementation - we can operate solutions for you as needed. As your single, trusted advisor, we consult, implement and operate across any project requirement. Unified Commerce Platform Order Management System Point of Sale Vendor Drop Ship BOPIS/Ship from Store EDI/Managed File Transfer Product Information Management Digital Commerce   +MORE

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Coinsclone - Bitcoin Exchange Software Development Company

Coinsclone

If you are looking for them to build your own Bitcoin Trading Software then we will provide you the wide range of eminent cryptocurrency exchange clone scripts for your ready-to-launch demands. We wok on several clone scripts which will contain best scripts in order to meet your business needs. +MORE

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3d Architectural Rendering

3D team

We present 3D architectural rendering services, products, Industrial and Animation of high-quality roles that can only modify your understanding of buildings and designs. 3D Team help you to reflect the quality and execution have given us the possibility to continue serving the needs of clients http://www.3dteam.co.nz/3d-architectural-rendering.html +MORE

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Atlas

Advantage Solutions

Big Data, Simplified. Atlas helps consumer goods companies make better decisions by harmonizing data and extracting richer insights … in less time. Different Reports for Different Folks Retailer team-leads need insights into their respective accounts. Sales personnel need insights into their accounts and channels. Brand managers need insights into their categories and brands. Supply chain managers require multi-level perspectives into warehouses, DCs, zones and stores – and the senior leadership team needs insights across the enterprise. Run Reports the Way You Run Your Business Atlas provides a single, intuitive interface that accelerates the Insight-to-Impact Cycle, while delivering multi-echelon reporting. Atlas’ Four-A methodology (see video on the right) empowers each respective user by streamlining the flow of information … from data to decision.   Four-A Methodology:  Aggregation Analytics Activation Automation Reporting and Visualization Custom reporting and an existing library of 6,000+ templates Full ad-hoc reporting capabilities Automated POS downloads and validity checks On-Shelf Availability  Daily zero sales, OOS and ghost inventory Highly accurate and flexible algorithms Daily dashboard of retail coverage Dynamic routing Real-Time Retail Reporting (Trace) Audit any store, any time, anywhere Take notes per item, per store Store and retrieve pictures in-store Send to retail service providers automatically Planogram Automation (AMP) Automate and customize the planogram development Improve assortment while minimizing resource requirements Understand how changes impact the set “on-the-fly” +MORE

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Quiverr

Advantage Solutions

We tell your brand’s story the way you want it to be to told.  CONTENT OPTIMIZATION: From image recommendations, to written content, we transform your Amazon product listings to increase brand awareness, unique page visits, and ultimately higher conversion rates. AMAZON SEO: Amazon has become its own search engine that now requires a unique and dedicated SEO strategy. We leverage Amazon’s advertising data and 3rd party keyword software to create a game plan that gets your brand ahead of the competition. ADVANCED CONTENT: Now that we’ve optimized your listing copy, we take it a step further with access to Amazon’s full slate of content generation. We can implement both A+ Content and Enhanced Brand Content to make sure that your brand identity on Amazon is aligned with your brand identity as a whole. AMAZON STOREFRONT: Brands can now create a custom storefront destination within the Amazon platform. We’ll build it for you. This one-stop shop allows vendors and sellers to create an all encompassing shopping experience for the customer. Meanwhile, Amazons dynamic insights allow you to extract new storefront specific data to enhance sales and marketing strategy. REVIEW GENERATION: We utilize third party software to manage best practices for overall review generation. We create a custom email strategy to engage with your Amazon customers on a personal level. This helps to create positive product and seller reviews while mitigating negative ones.  Strategy Sessions If your business doesn’t require our full service offering, but still needs help heading in the right direction, Quiverr offers high-level consultation for any piece of your Amazon business. This is our a la carte style offering where you can engage in a block of hours with our senior strategic team. Here we can tackle any and all specifics you may need to solidify your Amazon road map to full catalog optimization and, ultimately, channel growth. To put it simply, Quiverr offers full-service marketplace brand management on Amazon. We’re the Amazon 3rd Party selling arm of Advantage Solutions with custom business intelligence tools and services. We help brands drive more revenue and profit in the Marketplace utilizing many of the tactics below. +MORE

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Beekeeper Marketing

Advantage Solutions

Amazon Strategy Not sure whether you want to sell direct or FBA? Worried your Amazon business won’t be sustainable? Unclear on the resources needed to make your supply chain team successful? Need someone not just to tell you what needs to be done, but who can actually partner with you to do it? Using our years of experience, we’ll work with you to develop a launch strategy that makes sense for your category and your goals for your brand, and then work with you to get it done.  Catalog Optimization With Amazon’s massive and always-growing catalog, you need expert help getting your products noticed. We handle new account and item setup for Vendor Central, Seller Central, Vendor Express, as well as search optimization, including keyword analysis. We also provide expertise in A+ pages and Frustration Free Packaging certification.  Promotional Planning And Execution Promotional programs like Amazon Media Services, Lightning Deals, and Sample Boxes can jumpstart your sales, and Beekeeper can help you figure out a plan to give you the biggest bang for your buck. We also handle program execution to ensure everything goes off without a hitch and then provide complete post-campaign ROI analysis.  Supply Chain A strong supply chain foundation is critical to reach sales potential on Amazon. Our operations specialists work hand-in-hand with you to train your supply chain on Amazon’s ever-changing requirements and to troubleshoot when issues come up.  Retailer Communications We’ve been around since Amazon first started selling consumables online. We know the ropes and can answer many of your questions so you don’t have to bother buyers unnecessarily. Given Amazon’s dynamic nature, there are times when we need to reach out to Amazon via cases or directly to the retail teams. We have great relationships with buyers and in stock managers and can help get answers.  Monitoring And Reporting With our monthly sales and operations progress reports, you’ll get the information you need to make the best business decisions while we handle the day-to-day management of your Amazon business. Our proprietary technology gives us insights that help us identify the root causes of any issues: product replenishment status, in-stock management, chargeback reporting and more. +MORE

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Zivelo

Zivelo

PRECONFIGURED SOLUTIONS FOR SELECTED INDUSTRIES - REMOVE BARRIERS TO ON PREMISES CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT  Consumers are going digital-first at an increasing rate. Connect and convert on premises with our undistracted, life-size, market-tested digital kiosks.    ENGAGE DIGITAL-FIRST CUSTOMERS IN YOUR FACILITY Add self-service kiosks to your on-site customer engagement and refocus human capital to more high value activities.  DELIVER YOUR USE CASE WITH OUR CAPTIVATING KIOSK DESIGN In this digital first, heads-down world, connecting with customers to transfer information or complete a transaction is getting increasingly challenging. Let our life-size interactive customer engagement tool draw them in and close the loop. BRING A DEEP, CUSTOMER-ORIENTED EXPERIENCE TO VISITORS Enhance your brand by adding interactive technology to the visitor experience. Bring your e-commerce platform or content tools into the building with attractive, easy-to-install, self-service kiosks. And extend your availability with on site customers with always-on front-of-the-house support and service. LIFE-SIZE INTERFACES FOR CONNECTED, CONSULTATIVE SELLING Convert the in-store team to style consultants, working side by side with customers to collaboratively build the looks and carts that look great and grow revenue. ZIVELO SOLUTIONS FOR RETAIL  Interactive kiosks help customers discover and buy more throughout the store. KIOSKS FOR CONNECTED RETAIL - ENDLESS RETAIL INVENTORY REGARDLESS OF SQUARE FOOTAGE Provide access to your entire inventory in strategic places throughout your store to capture revenue at the point of inspiration.  BRING DIGITAL FIRST ENGAGEMENT TO YOUR ENVIRONMENTS Leverage the insights and experience of our solution experts to plan the most strategic, customer focused, and growth aligned implementation of ZIVELO kiosks and digtial signage.  +MORE

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Persado

Persado

Persado is reinventing marketing creative by applying Artificial Intelligence to the choice of words. The message is the foundational DNA of Marketing.  The future of digital marketing success is through the power of words.  Unlock the Power of Words By combining words with data, Persado breaks down digital marketing creative into six key elements and then runs experiments on thousands of potential message combinations to generate the best-performing content to speak to each customer across their entire journey. Have the confidence that your digital marketing is fully optimized for brand engagement and revenue performance. Get full creative accountability with Persado.  Win every moment of the customer journey. Every digital encounter with a consumer is an opportunity. What if you knew exactly what to say to each person across every digital touchpoint? Over 250 of the world's most valuable brands use the Persado Message Machine to win every moment and benefit from a multiplier effect in brand engagement and revenue performance. Persado's revolutionary Message Machine leverages the world's most comprehensive marketing language knowledge base of over one million words and phrases, powered by AI and data science. Persado unlocks the power of words to engage consumers like never before, one by one, moment by moment, across every marketing channel, driving improvements in brand engagement and revenue performance.   Get marketing solutions to your toughest business challenges with Persado Analytics Persado Analytics provides CMOs access to industry-leading, holistic and unmatched insights on how and why specific words and phrases impact marketing campaign performance. CMOs can finally have the confidence that their creative is data-driven and is 100% accountable for delivering results. +MORE

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DecisionMines

DecisionMines

DecisionMinesTM: A Decision Making Solution Backed by a Predictive Analytics Platform DecisionMinesTM is a scientific, data-driven digital decision platform that leverages machine learning and predictive analytics to help organizations uncover the value hidden beneath massive layers of data. It empowers business leaders to make data-driven decisions by synthesizing the Art of Judgment and the Science of Data. Data science forms the core of DecisionMinesTM, which facilitates the transformative journey of decision makers. The data-driven framework takes them from description of issues in hindsight to objective diagnoses, progressing through enhanced incidence prediction and prescription of preemptive solutions, eventually leading to a state of continual self-learning and real-time actions.  Workforce Management Leverage data for effective workforce optimization; achieve a 360º balance between performance enhancement and cost-efficient operations.  Customer Management Leverage data to foresee customer needs and offer delightful experiences; forge long-lasting relationships.  Marketing Solutions Leverage data to effectively manage marketing campaigns, ensure campaign profitability, and improve customer relationships.  Retail Leverage data to promote greater sales and consumer satisfaction by understanding consumer behavior  Wealth Management Leverage data to ensure long-term wealth sustenance; effectively manage your customers’ financial needs.  Risk Management Leverage data to tackle the known and unknown risks; bridge the gap between strategic outlook and financial gains.   +MORE

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Where Food Comes From

Where Food Comes From, Inc.

Where Food Comes From, Inc., is the ​number one provider of certification and verification services to the food industry.  We all deserve to know what we’re putting into our mouths and serving our friends and families. And, we all deserve to trust that the information we’re getting is authentic, accurate, and unbiased. That’s where third-party verification comes in. This unbiased and expert process enables us all to trust in the claims being made about the products we purchase because accredited, independent audits of farms, ranches, and/or processing facilities were performed, all of the data collected on-site was turned over to a reviewer free of any conflict of interest, and a second level of assessment was undertaken to substantiate the product claims made on package labels. We do all of this work for you– and for us – because we also care about where our food comes from, how it was produced, and whether claims being made about it are in fact real and authentic.  The type of product you are growing, raising or packaging will impact what kind of verification and certification programs are available to you and most appropriate for your needs.  As you can probably imagine, programs that work well for a cattle producer or beef processor may not fit the needs of an asparagus farmer or orange juice purveyor.  Similarly, the demand for specific product attributes varies greatly between commodities – which is exactly why you’ve come to the right place! Our team can help determine what programs may or may not fit best for your operation and your marketing needs, and answer any questions you have on the process, expectations, standards and estimated audit schedule. Contact us today to learn more or search for some common programs by a specific area of focus below.​ Claims and Programs We Work With We offer third-party verification services to literally hundreds of claims, programs and markets. These include Process Verified Programs, Safe Quality Food initiatives, Organic Certification, Non-GMO Project Verification, and many more. No matter what you produce or how you produce it, there’s likely a program—or programs—that fit your needs perfectly. USDA Process Verified Programs (USDA PVP): Multiple divisions of Where Food Comes From, Inc. carry USDA PVP accreditation, which means that we offer verification services to a wide variety of “points” or “claims” that are tied to processes and procedures the USDA has reviewed and approved. We conduct the audits, determine compliance to the claims requested, and issue certificates of approval for our customers. You can learn more about USDA Process Verified Programs here. A few examples of these programs would be: Source Verification – Identification and traceability are the cornerstones of this claim. To know an animal’s birthplace, we must to be able to review records that identify the animal in a unique way tied to that source of origin. This is most often done with the use of individual, electronic ear tags that the animals wear, which are then cross referenced to specific records maintained on the farm or ranch. Similarly, source can be tracked in fruits, vegetables, grains, and all types of agricultural products. If you want the story behind your food, you must first know where it came from! That is why nearly 100% of our verification programs and services start with Source Verification as their base. Age Verification – Age verification of cattle remains a valuable and viable market-driven program for the U.S. beef industry. Not only does it prevent cattle from falling out of EV programs where dentition is the common means for age determination, but coupled with Source Verification it is considered the base value-add program for the cattle industry. Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) – The NHTC program was specifically developed in 1999 to facilitate beef trade between the U.S. and the European Union (EU). Since that time, exporting U.S. beef to any of the 27 countries within the EU requires the product must come from cattle verified by a third-party to have never received any hormone growth promotants during their lifecycle. Visit the USDA NHTC website here. View the IMI Global NHTC program flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Saudia Arabia EV – The Saudi Arabia market was closed to U.S. beef in 2012. Since that time, the beef industry has been working with the U.S. government to re-open that market, which officially happened in the fall of 2016. At a minimum, cattle must be traceable to the ranch of origin and under 30 months of age. In addition, there are specific feeding restrictions at the backgrounding and feedlot level, which is why cattle approved for the Verified Natural program (referenced below) are automatically in compliance. Additional programs offered within the Process Verified umbrella are: Never-Fed Beta Agonists, Verified Grass-Fed Beef, Vegetarian Fed, Flax Fed, SO100 Feed Claims, and Pork for the European Union. Validus Certified Programs: Consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing products that meet specific criteria, whether regarding animal welfare, environmental integrity, on-farm security, worker care, or other important aspects of production. ​The marketplace is witnessing strengthened demand for food produced using socially responsible practices. You can learn more about Validus Certified programs here. A brief summary of each program is below. Animal Welfare Review:  Farms receiving animal welfare certification undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their ​on-farm practices. Certification is awarded to farms that demonstrate compliance with specified criteria and standards, including: proper animal handling and management, herd health procedures and care, food and water quality standards, housing that promotes animal comfort and cleanliness, on-farm security procedures, proper care of special needs animals. Environmental Review: Through the Validus Environmental Review program, farmers undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their environmental management practices. Certification is awarded to farms that demonstrate compliance with the environmental criteria established.  Criteria is based on general site management and conditions, livestock living and production areas, outdoor manure and storm water storage, manure use and land application, animal mortality management, waste water plans, treatments and controls. On-Farm Security Review: Farmers must demonstrate compliance with a stringent set of on-farm security procedures. Certification is awarded to farmers who meet these standards.  Validus On-Farm Security Review Certification is based on animal traceability and record keeping, facility management, feed quality and management, animal management and disease prevention. Worker Care Review:  This program includes a comprehensive pre-audit of worker care practices including worker eligibility, worker safety and worker compensation. This audit will focus on many areas, including federal and state labor laws, employee and worker health and safety requirements, transportation requirements, non-discrimination practices, employee and worker wages and benefits, employment records, applicable housing provisions and on-site working condition observations. Certified Responsible Producer: This is the most prestigious certification offered by Validus. Becoming a Validus Certified Responsible Producer requires certification in three programs offered by Validus, including Animal Welfare Review, Environmental Review and On-Farm Security Review. National Organic Program (NOP): National Organic Program – USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Certification is required by law in the U.S. to market products as Organic. Organic is a labeling term for food or other agricultural products that have been produced using practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity in accordance with the USDA organic regulations. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering are a few examples of products or processes that are prohibited. Visit the NOP website here. View the ICS Organic website here. View the A Bee Organic website here. Contact us to enroll today! Third-Party & Private Label Programs: One of the unique aspects of Where Food Comes From, Inc. is our ability to provide verification and certification services to a broad range of programs and standards. In addition to our USDA accreditation, we are also an approved third-party verifier for 50+ additional programs and organizations, and have highlighted many of them below. Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating (GAP) – Required for all beef, pork, chicken and turkey products sold in Whole Foods Market stores, the GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating is a private standard focused on farm-animal handling practices. The program is designed to promote and facilitate continuous improvement, and better inform consumers about the production systems they choose to support. Visit the GAP website here. View the IMI Global GAP program flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Verified Natural Beef (VNB) – The VNB  program allows cattle to be eligible for buyers and brands seeking specialty markets requiring natural beef. The standard incorporates three prohibited aspects of production – hormone growth promotants, antibiotics, and animal by-products. View the IMI Global VNB program flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Non-GMO Project Verified – The Non-GMO Project is North America’s leading third-party verification and labeling program for non-GMO food and products. GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and/or other animals and plants. The standard requires the auditing of processes, procedures and facilities and the use of testing protocols for food products to confirm the absence of GMOs. Visit the Non-GMO Project website here. Download our Non-GMO Project Pricing Sheet here. Fill out our Non-GMO Project Questionnaire here. Contact us with any questions! Gluten Free Certification – The Certified ICS Gluten-Free Standard is based on a combination of quantitative analysis of ingredients and products, along with required management practices aimed at minimizing the introduction (accidental or otherwise) of gluten proteins in the production stream. Visit the ICS website to learn more. Download our Gluten-Free flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Verified Grass-Fed – This standard requires grass and forage to be the sole feed source consumed for the lifetime of the animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Mineral and vitamin supplementation from non-grain sources is also permitted. Contact us to enroll today! American Grass-Fed Association (AGA) – The American Grass-Fed Association is a private industry standard. AGA defines grass-fed animals as those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. In addition, all AGA-Certified Producers are American farms and their livestock is born and raised in the U.S. Visit the AGA website here. Contact us to enroll today! Safe Quality Food (SQF) – Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a certification benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). SQF is recognized worldwide and is requested more and more frequently by customers of food processors and manufacturers. Our Validus division is licensed and accredited to perform SQF audits both on farm and in plants processing raw agricultural goods for many different SQF Food Sector Categories: livestock and game animals, animal feed, slaughterhouse operations, meat and poultry processing, seafood processing, dairy food processing, egg processing, manufacture of preserved foods, manufacture of pet food, and manufacture of animal feed. Visit the SQF website here. Visit the Validus website to get started. Feed Verified – Feed Verified is a resource for livestock producers, feed companies, and food brands alike to confirm a particular feed product meets the requirements for specific verification or certification programs. Our IMI Global division assures that segregation and traceability practices are in place at the manufacturer and products are verified to meet the requirements of the programs selected. Visit the IMI Global website to learn more. View the IMI Global Feed Verified flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Certified American Grown Flowers – This program is designed to help retailers, wholesalers and florists connect their customers with flowers grown right here in the United States. Whether you are an emerging micro farm or an established large farm, adding the Certified American grown logo to your marketing, packaging and messaging ensures consumers that your flowers are grown in the US by American farmers.  If you are a flower farmer that would like to become Certified American Grown for your flowers or greens, this program is for you! If you don’t see a program or service you’re looking for, contact us! We offer services for 50+ programs and organizations, so it is likely that we can help. +MORE

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BrandView

BrandView Limited

Price, Promotion, Product Content and Online Product Positioning Analytics - Monitor Price, Promotion, Product content and your products’ online Positioning all in one place.  Daily Prices and Promotions Brand View Daily Price and Promotions seamlessly integrates daily data from online retailers, a wide array of bricks and mortar stores and your own data into one report – enabling you to review price across competitors based on today’s prices. Gain a clear understanding of overall price increases and decreases and which retailers, brands and SKUs have driven these changes.  Pricing History Brand View Pricing History captures data every day, enabling you to review pricing trends over time. Discover how competitor prices have moved weekly and monthly, and review pricing and offers from a historical perspective. The data structure offers unlimited access to pricing history. Analysis at different levels of the hierarchy enables you to monitor price inflation and the impact of promotions.  Price Index Brand View Price Index allows you to easily identify your price position versus competitors from a total business down to category level. Drilling down through the hierarchy shows where the variances occur and the extent to which your prices are off target.  Strategic Pricing Brand View Strategic Pricing displays product assortment within a category across retailers. Items can be benchmarked at a specific retailer and compared to others to highlight significant price variation. Pricing ladders emphasise gaps and pave the way for price changes or new product development.  Email Alerts Brand View provides automated email alerts to keep you instantly updated to when competitors have implemented price changes, launched new products, changed promotional strategies, or failed to retain product stock. Alerts can be emailed on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to provide valuable insight and ensure you maintain a competitive edge. Price Manager  Brand View Price Manager enables retailers to define pricing rules versus key competitors across all channels of their business. Each product, both contextual and competitive, is checked in real-time and products that do not comply with pricing strategy rules will be flagged to the relevant Buyer to change price. After review, these price changes can be automatically delivered to internal pricing change systems. Promotion - Promotional History Brand View Promotional History enables retailers and manufacturers to evaluate levels of promotional support taking place in the market. Compare promotional trends at a brand, manufacturer or retailer level. Analyse levels of support provided by manufacturers with retailers and the promotional mix.  Promotional Scorecard Brand View Retailer Promotional Scorecard makes comparing promotional support against competitors quick and simple. Immediately understand the percentage of the product range on promotion, the different mix of promotional types employed, and the depth of discount versus other retailers.  Promotional Calendar Brand View Promotional Calendar allows you to view a history of promotions in a clear, easy-to-understand format to aid planning of future activity. See if your competitors have continually promoted at the same level of discount, or whether this has recently increased. Track when a retailer has promoted in the past and whether this has had any impact on your promotional uplift. Identify when to best counter-promote your own products with year-on-year reporting.  Nutrition Brand View Nutrition enables you to analyse and compare the per 100g/100ml nutritional content across multiple retailers, for both Own Label and Branded products. Quickly view the nutritional value of a product as a percentage of the daily recommended intake, based on standard guidelines. Identify any areas where action may be required, and use the data to inform the NPD process.  Compliance Brand View Compliance enables you to instantly review how your products are being communicated across retailers’ sites – audit the completeness, accuracy and presentation of your product information on any given day, or trended over time. Review the score of your products by store and identify why and how they are not complying.  Search Placement Brand View Search Placement ranks your products against competitors for key search terms by category or online store. You can use the results to optimise your search ranking to improve product visibility, consideration and conversion.  Category Placement Brand View Category Placement provides detailed analysis of your products’ online category shelf placement, against competitors, based on a retailer’s site structure and taxonomy. Use the results to optimise your online product placement, improve category performance, product visibility and sales.  Reviews & Ratings Brand View Reviews & Ratings enables you to analyse product reviews across multiple retailers regardless of the review and rating source. Evaluate reviews against equivalent competitor lines and identify inconsistencies across stores.  Promo Location Brand View Promo Location makes it easy to track and identify online promotion locations across retailers’ websites. You can ensure that promotions are being executed as agreed with retail partners. Monitor adherence to agreed campaign duration, messaging, content and site location, as well as analysing competitors’ promotions.  Scorecard Brand View Scorecard enables manufacturers to benchmark, report and effectively manage their online performance. The customised, KPI-led scorecards deliver targeted, actionable insights to Global Directors and regional Operational Teams for continually improved online performance.  Brand View OnSite 2 Brand View OnSite 2 is a browser extension that makes it easy for retailers and manufacturers to monitor and react to competitors’ pricing and promotion strategies. Review how your products’ pricing and promotion strategy compares against competing stores while browsing your own website or a competitor’s.   +MORE

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Zume

Zume, Inc.

A revolutionary new way to deliver food. The Ratio Platform The Ratio platform is a scalable, end-to-end solution that provides food companies with a cutting-edge, flexible system to cook en route, predict inventory, and meet customer demand — wherever that customer may be.  HARDWARE Patented Bake On The Way™ technology eliminates the need for chemically stabilized meals and 'dwell time'—time where cooked food sits en route for delivery.  SOFTWARE Proprietary automation and control systems optimize production, baking, and delivery processes to ensure every meal is delivered at peak freshness and reduce waste  CONSULTING Consulting services for co-botic automation, packaging design, and culinary consulting to optimize menus for delivery.  +MORE

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How Marketers Can Use Augmented Reality to Their Advantage

Serena Garner, Y Media Labs

The world of advertising has been in the midst of developing for several years now. With the multitude of types of media vying for consumer attention, top creative digital agencies are rushing to keep up with innovation at every turn. One of the most recent strategies to emerge is augmented reality companies launching marketing campaigns with everyday brands. Untouched Marketing Potential Augmented reality truly entered the consumer conscious with the advent of Pokémon Go. In the game, adding imagery to the real world encourage users to immerse themselves more fully and engage more greatly with the experience. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the possibilities augmented reality offers. The marketing potential for augmented reality enhancement is predicted to be almost a trillion-dollar industry in the next ten years. As brands discover new ways to integrate their messaging with how users consume media, augmented reality will create incredibly detailed advertising experiences tailored to individual consumers. American consumption of media has reached an all time high, and augmented reality offers the promise of sustained contact and connection at any time of day. Major companies are already exploring new ways of enhancing shopping experiences. Products like Google Lens, which can identify objects with a phone camera, will provide instant access to consumers to a wealth of information about what product they’re focusing on. Meanwhile, the marketers utilizing this technology gain consumer insights, like how long users are viewing their products and what other products they viewed, all in real-time. By integrating this idea with  glasses equipped with augmented reality software, the way we see the world will be changed.  The headset market is already projected to hit 500 million sales in the next ten years. Bringing augmented reality technology outside of the smartphone expands its application, utility, and ease of use for consumers. Understanding Consumers Like Never Before Apple has released ARKit, a new platform for developers to create augmented reality experiences. The framework can recognize the visual space around an iPad and blend new objects and information directly into this real-world setting. What the ARKit’s development signifies is the start of shopping and advertising becoming an immersive experience. With augmented reality technology becoming more accessible, it makes it easier for marketers to harness its power for highlighting brands in stores or even sending information and imagery to headsets as customers walk down the street. With augmented reality development, the opportunity also exists for enhancing a brand’s market research. With integration of GPS, for instance, a company can know where a consumer is located at a given moment and then offer nearby discounts or opportunities. As they build detailed consumer profiles, they will be able to not only respond to individual needs, but also anticipate them. These new products will use machine learning and artificial intelligence processes to deliver the things that matter to consumers most. Imagine reading a book review, then being offered ways to purchase the book seamlessly. Or, watching a video about a vacation spot, and your augmented reality glasses highlight a travel agency when you pass one later in the day. Augmented reality takes the pre-existing benefits of audience targeting and increases them by providing  immediate feedback based on real-time behavior. Online shopping will become a more confidence-inducing experience, too. Imagine being able to see how a sofa will look in your living room in accurate scale and design before you get it home. Already, shoemakers are offering customizing opportunities that let buyers see completed designs before they’ve ordered. This  reduces product returns and increases sales conversions, which all hints at improved customer satisfaction and loyalty. Managing an AR Marketing Strategy Another opportunity for innovation will be companies that understand how to make sense of all this data for the consumer. Instead of being bombarded by floating ads, highlighted merchandise, or random media at every turn, consumers will need trusted software that will curate all this information into a more streamlined, personalized experience. These firms will join forces with brands and companies to provide creative, informative, and customizable augmented reality experiences with enormous sales potential. Marketing professionals will need to be work with both the management platforms and brands to produce strategies that target consumers with precision. Additionally, they will need at least a basic understanding of augmented reality technology, its related hardware, and how best to utilize its features for improving their marketing strategy. AR Marketing is Already Happening A recent DeLoitte survey demonstrates that companies are moving into the augmented reality space. Almost 90% of mid-size firms surveyed indicated that they are already deploying augmented and virtual reality enhancements to their products and marketing. The time is now for exploring how your brand will leverage augmented reality in a marketing strategy. This can pertain to advertising, how people interact with your products or services, or any other form of augmented reality’s vast applications. 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Y Media Labs

Y Media Labs

WE'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF MAKING THINGS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE We believe that if we make a difference for your customer, we'll make a difference for your business, too. From apps to websites, to AI and emerging technologies, our work has featured in Apple Commercials, Gartner's Magic Quadrant and Webby Awards.  DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES  Many agencies rush in on launching the mobile product before taking the necessary steps needed in crafting an appropriate strategy. We choose to start with why you should develop a mobile design before helping you turn that idea into a comprehensive digital branding strategy. DIGITAL BRANDING & ONMICHANNEL PRODUCT STRATEGY - CROSS PLATFORM MOBILE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Multiple factors contribute to the overall success of a digital branding strategy, such as the overall look and feel, the app performance for an omnichannel customer experience, the specific use cases of an app and an intuitive user experience. All of this falls under the mobile app strategy, which a digital brand strategist can assist in developing and executing. With the help of mobile product managers, you can craft a branded image that leads to success, from the app development stages through the app launch. APP ANALYTICS & USER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY   Creating beautiful and intuitive mobile designs that serve the immediate needs of a user is great. Developing a digital branding strategy that will make your product known and downloaded by millions of users is even better. And that’s what we strive for here at Y Media Labs. No digital design is truly successful unless you have a very clear mobile engagement strategy on how to capture audience insights. Additionally, you need app analytics tools in place to measure user engagement. OUR UX DESIGN PROCESS - HOW WE DEFINE THE USER EXPERIENCE  At Y Media Labs, we have a rigorous lean mobile design process to create our award-winning apps. We have developed, adjusted, and perfected this process over time to make sure that we meet our clients’ business goals while creating an amazing user experience. By integrating our proprietary user research methodology into our UX design process, we make sure that every product created fulfills both client and customers’ needs.  IOT & WEARABLE APP DEVELOPMENT SERVICES  We are a fully staffed IoT development company  prepared to take your wearable and IoT innovative ideas to the next level by leveraging emerging technologies. We are a top full service design agency with proven success in IoT and wearable application development across platforms. +MORE

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Now-Commerce by Shipsi

Shipsi

We partner with brands and retailers to give online shoppers an additional option at check-out to receive merchandise in 1 hour or less.  Seamless Check-out Integration: Quick API integration to any e-commerce platform provides online shoppers with an immediate shipping option (Now-Commerce) and real-time tracking. Extensive Geographic Coverage & Aggregation: Our algorithm automatically selects a compatible transportation provider nearby based on time, price or both. Drive Revenue: Increase e-commerce sales by decreasing shopping cart abandonment.  Decrease Freight Cost: Any brand or retailer with our Now-Commerce solution no longer pays for freight. Seriously. Customer Service: Allow us to handle any questions or concerns that may arise with our dedicated support team working on your behalf. Analytics: Our user friendly dashboard enables you to proactively forecast demand by providing action based insights available in real-time. +MORE

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Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions

Swisslog

Automated storage & retrieval systems to increase efficiency and quality in warehousing  From the traditional high bay warehouse to innovative robot-based storage solutions. Swisslog offers you a wide range of traditional and advanced technologies for automated storage and retrieval of pallets and smaller goods, such as cartons or bins. These fully automated systems boost warehouse quality, flexibility and efficiency. Modular, flexible and software-driven ASRS for maximum efficiency Are you looking for an effective automated storage and retrieval system to overcome your warehousing challenge? Limited space, an awkward warehouse building, increasing inventory or turnover in unusual shapes or sizes can all make it difficult to find the right ASRS solution. Multiple factors need to be considered when choosing the right solution. Automated storage solutions need to be scalable while maximizing space and performance. Staying flexible enough to respond to changing market requirements is also essential, as when new products launch, demand increases and regulations change. Space costs you money! Swisslog always finds the most effective solution with the best price-to-performance ratio, transparent processes, and the greatest flexibility. You can respond to changing business conditions at any time by adjusting capacities when you need to accommodate increasing throughput.  Flexible and scalable transport systems for your automated warehouse  From conveyor systems to innovative automated guided vehicles, Swisslog offers a wide range of traditional and advanced technologies for the transportation of pallets, cartons, bins, trays and even odd-sized loads. These fully automated systems guarantee 100% integration with your warehouse to optimize the flow of materials. Smart transport systems easily adapt to your warehousing needs Looking for an integrated automated transport system to overcome your warehousing challenge?  Choosing the right transportation system doesn’t just depend on the type of products you want to transport. The storage system you want to use, throughput and the flexiblity that is required in your business are all key factors.  At Swisslog we take your unique requirements into account and design the automated transport system that meets your exact needs. Whether it’s an AGV, monorail or conveyor based system, we take the best from our technology portfolio to offer the most flexible and cost-effective solution for your business.  Picking & palletizing solutions that minimize costs  Swisslog’s picking and palletizing solutions are based on proven technology and operational principles. They are customized to meet each customer’s specific needs and designed to adapt to ever-changing requirements. Flexible picking and palletizing for maximum efficiency Picking and palletizing make up to 60% of warehouse operational costs. New technologies are changing boundaries all the time and with robots being able to take over more and more tasks from operators, it is possible to increase throughput in goods-to-person (GTP) picking, for example.  Swisslog always selects the most effective solution for the unique needs of your business with the best price-performance ratio, transparent processes, and greatest flexibility. This allows you to respond to changing business conditions, adjust capacity and increase throughput as needed. Reduce costs and increase productivity with picking and palletizing solutions from Swisslog  SynQ: Modular warehouse management system for optimized logistics processes  SynQ stands for Synchronized Intelligence and is a modular, service-oriented software platformfor warehouse management and material flow orchestration. SynQ gives you the precise functionality you need to optimize your warehouse operations. It literally embeds intelligence in the operation and synchronizes the performance of your automated and manual warehouse equipment in the best possible way. It encompasses warehouse management (WMS), material flow (MFC/WCS), and automation control systems (ACS) functionality, along with an array of business intelligence tools to boost your warehouse performance. SynQ will help your company to embrace the era of digitalization and stay ahead of your competition. +MORE

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Collective Social Intelligence

Collective Social Intelligence

CSI specialises in using visualisation for bringing ideas and innovation to life for companies, government and education. +MORE

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Xtensive Technology Solutions

Xtensive Technology Solutions

Xtensive Technology Solutions provides a comprehensive suite of managed services that include remote monitoring, Anti-Virus, endpoint security and reporting. For over 20 years businesses have engaged our team to monitor and manage their networked devices. Managing networks is our business. We can help you understand the core elements driving your communication network and implement a strategy to improve reach, performance, capacity and reliability. MANAGED IT SERVICES We offer a comprehensive suite of managed services that include; managed anti-virus, remote monitoring, endpoint security, windows patching and site wide reporting.  CLOUD SERVICES Our cost effective cloud offerings let you take your IT infrastructure off-site. Let us help you establish a fully mobile and productive workforce  VOIP SOLUTIONS Xtensive and its partners can provide you with a scalable cloud telephony solution that will reduce your monthly bills. Our systems provide better call quality and more efficient routing.  IT CONSULTANCY We focus on business and IT strategy consulting and delivery services. Be it solutions architecture, project management, business analysis, process improvement, systems monitoring or general IT management. +MORE

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Digital Signage, Digital Menus, Kiosks, Electronic Shelf Labels

Pacific Digital Signs

Digital Menu Boards  Digital Menu Boards are quickly becoming a ‘no-brainer’ in the restaurant space.   Enticing food shots and video can help improve the customer experience, boost brand perception and drive revenue and profit.  Digital screens are eye-catching, reduce ongoing printing costs and provide more value than a standard printed menu board.  Our digital menu boards can include food images, video, live TV, social media feeds and more.  The menus are database-driven, which makes updating menu items and pricing a breeze.  Digital Beer & Wine Boards Digital Beer and Wine Boards are quickly becoming a ‘no-brainer’ in the restaurant space.  Dynamic graphics and Live Keg Data including Temp, Keg Volume and more help improve the customer experience, boost brand perception and drive revenue and profits.  Digital Beer Boards are eye-catching, reduce ongoing printing costs and provide more value than a standard printed menu board. Our digital beer boards can include food images, video, live TV, social media feeds and more.  The menus are database-driven, which makes updating menu items and pricing a breeze.  And 3rd Party integration allows for live keg data including temp, keg volume and more. Retail Digital Signage  Reinforce your brand experience, create a more immersive & memorable environment and drive home your key messaging for maximum recall.  Digital Retail Signs are designed to give you the flexibility to share your brand messages in a way that enhavnces the consumer experience Corporate Communications  Get important messages to the people who need it and make sure they see it.  Corporate communications can alert employees on best practices for health, safety and provide real time updates for urgent security issues or weather hazards.  Messaging can be centralized or updated remotely providing the most versatility for the company to the benefit of their team and ultimately those who they serve. Interactive Displays  Today's consumers are looking for ways to engage, to interact and to expand their experience. Interactive displays offer a way for consumers to learn more about the brand experience and brand perception.  Pacific Digital signs offers several platforms driving engagment and interaction. Interactive Way Finding  Technology saves on human resources and consumer frustration by providing your customers & guests with a way to self navigate through your directory to get real time information on where they need to be.  Reducing customers stress and increasing efficiency with intuitive way finding ensures people get to their destinations in the least amount of time possible and it’s a terrific way to improve this aspect of your brand experience.   You can even direct foot traffic by a particular location. Digital Directories/ Event /Reader Board  Offer your visitors a self-help option to navigate your facility and quickly find what they’re looking for with an interactive directory. Touchscreen directories are modern and efficient, allowing people to guide themselves instead of relying on receptionists or information desks. They also save you the cost of printing costly listings and directional signs. Show contact information, photos, biographies and locations with the option of touchscreen maps and point-to-point directions. Live data sources can feed the directory,  allowing you to quickly update information on all screens at once. Social Media Kiosks Social Media Kiosks are fully brand-able with vinyl skins, and can be free-standing, table-top or wall mounted. Also get a look inside your customers and fans with powerful back-end user demographics from the cloud! The kiosks are available for purchase or rent nationwide!  Digital Poster Digital Posters are High Impact, Portable, Versatile. Need to make a statement at an event with high profile & dynamic visuals?  This robust visual system is made to make your event, location and information shine.  PDS Digital Posters are powerful visuals with a polished black enclosure.  Digital Display Case Digital Display Case This Transparent Digital LCD display case helps you showcase products with dynamic information to engage and entice consumers. This 22″ LCD display case brings the ability to both educate and entertain. Using LCD technology, the transparent display can run graphics. +MORE

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The Solutions Network

The Solutions Network

  ACCELERATE your company's growth with our team of retail experts. Provide top of the line solutions for the retail industry.  We know Retail - With over 100 years of combined experience, our team knows the retail space inside and out.  ADVISORY SERVICES, SALES, 3RD PARTY LOGISTICS, & IN-STORE EXECUTION TSN excels at connecting the many elements that support our partner’s objectives, increase efficiency and grow sales. MERCHANDISING & IN-STORE EXECUTION The TSN merchandising team moves newly delivered product from the receiving department to the front of store for shelf and display stocking, then creates returns and prepares them for return shipping at the back of the store. Product Rotations Efficient product rotation practice leads to less returned or discarded product for the retailer and a greater likelihood of overall profit. TSN merchandisers are trained to be diligent in stock rotation during in-store visits so that more product is sold on time and moves off the shelf as new product comes in. IRC/Signage Placement Key placement of promotional signage can be highly effective in shortening product turn. TSN merchandisers install promotional signs in-store as well as sticker product and racks for increased visibility and improved sales. Seasonal Support From summer to back-to-school to holidays, there are many important retail seasons throughout the year. Mercury supports retail partners by stocking product and helping merchandise it creatively and effectively before, during, and after each selling season. Customized Audits Different retailers have different needs when it comes to information. One may need to know how a particular promotion is working, another may want precise information about in-store traffic flow. Whatever the need, TSN captures and delivers the essential data that helps retailers enhance their businesses. Inventory Services Tracking inventory diligently is a must for every retailer. TSN’s team employs the latest hand-held, product scanning technology to systematically collect current inventory information at the store level and instantly transmit the data for processing and action. Reporting TSN partners provide the most complete combination of survey services to supply retailers with the critical knowledge they need for peak performance in their stores. We provide valuable assessments relating to anything in-store in real-time, so that response to the information can be timely and effective. SALES TSN understands the importance of launching and maintaining programs at retail for both single products and product lines. We create maximum value for our partners with our retail relationships and market strategies. TSN takes a strategic approach to retail product representation. Whether working on a single product, or a line of products, we fully understand the objectives and issues facing manufacturers and retailers. Regardless of the scope, we create maximum value through well thought out strategies and extreme knowledge of the needs of each involved party. Upon initiation, our team works seamlessly with clients and their in-house teams to execute programs in a timely fashion. By managing and working hand-in-hand on every phase of the process, our professionals help clients secure business and make prudent decisions that assist in stable, long term, and profitable sales. LOGISTICS At TSN, your products become our top priority. TSN partners currently provide order fulfillment and logistics to a number of companies throughout the United States. With over 20+ order fulfillment centers in our network, totaling over 3 million sq. ft. in warehouse space, our trucks and personnel touch over 50,000 retail locations two to five times per week. Over 2 billion units are distributed out of our warehouses and on to retail shelves per year. Pick, Pack, Delivery: Custom full-service fulfillment Reverse Logistics: Recall and return capability Direct Store Delivery (DSD): Maximize distribution potential Reset Work: Effective resets without disruption to store operations Signage & Display Delivery: Ability to deliver programs nationwide in three days Display Installs: Our teams are experts in locating and installing displays for greatest visibility  Communicate Clearly. TSN delivers the highly targeted, memorable experiences that let you make stronger, more personal connections with your target audience, where they live, work, play and shop. MARKETING COMMUNICATION Engaging your audience in a brand exprerience generates qualified leads and drive your consumers to action – from product or service purchase to talking up your brand across their social networks. There’s no better way to get your brand story out there than with an authentic, engaging, relevant experience worth sharing. BRANDING & IDENTITY We help new and existing brands identify and define their most powerful truths. Then we help bring them to life in ways that are integrated, differentiated and emotionally engaging. SALES COLLATERAL DEVELOPMENT Sales collateral design and messaging can set you apart from your competition and help you close more deals. Our graphic designers are experienced in a wide range of sales collateral design. From sell sheets, portfolios, booklets and other sales materials, we’ll make you look polished, professional and ready for the big leagues. WEB & SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT We pride ourselves in helping clients to solve the most complex of challenges. Whether designing for the right user experience, upgrading business systems or developing a website, we have the experience and knowledge to achieve agreed and specific objectives FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION Our forward-thinking and talent-driven team offers services which currently includes turnkey HD/2K/4K Production, 4K/6K Color Grading, Creative Editorial, Graphic Design, Visual Effects and Audio. Additionally, we offer 16mm & 35mm Film Scanning, Legacy Format Archiving, Mastering, Trans-coding, Encoding, Digital Delivery and Duplication. ADVERTISING & MEDIA We have the ability to operate as a full service advertising agency.  Our experts can provide advertising solutions in both traditional media and mobile to reach your audience anywhere. EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING Event marketing is about interaction, engaging, and inspiring your consumers face-to-face. Embrace the audience as part of the brand story with the use of multi-sensory stimuli to achieve brand identity reinforcement, relationship building and perception change. Sponsorship Activation Brands sponsor major sporting or entertainment events for the media exposure and for the opportunity to hand-deliver a specially crafted experience to the attendees of the event. When the sponsorship is a great fit, your message is delivered more authentically. Product Sampling Sample promotions are a very effective way to reach your target consumers. ROI highlights that the product experience of receiving a sample at an enjoyable event increases potential conversion to brand loyalty, drives viral word-of-mouth, and creates corporate goodwill. Brand Launches Timing is key for launching your brands in the market. Where, when and what the experience is defines whether it succeeds or doesn’t. We help you define the experience and execute the objectives. Street Teams & Ambassadors Often unconventional, street teams and guerrilla marketing programs take the show to the public without requiring big events or large infrastructure. It is people engaging people—ambassadors getting the attention of consumers and delivering a brand message, sometimes in a quirky, unofficial way. Mobile Tours When your brand goes on the road, hits the streets or engages the public, you need an experience. Our national database of energetic brand ambassadors and events allow you to reach the right people, in the right place, at the right time.  Immersed in Tech. Our team in Asia/South Pacific can help you distribute your products and technologies throughout India, China and Australia.  +MORE

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Kantar Consulting

Kantar Retail

Each Kantar Retail solution is a powerful specialism in its own right. When connected, we can help you create powerful opportunities and growth for your business. We have three specialist capability areas – Retail and Shopper Insights, Consulting Solutions and Technology Solutions.  INSIGHTS Shopper Insights - We help you turn shoppers into buyers  Understand shopper needs, motivations, behaviors, barriers and triggers across the increasingly complex omni-channel path-to-purchase. eCommerce is changing the retail landscape, but the challenges for brands in the retail environment are often similar in-store and online.  It is difficult to cut through the clutter and influence shoppers to buy. No matter the retail channel, we know that making it faster and easier for shoppers to find the products they want increases their spending.  Our innovative range of qualitative and quantitative solutions applies this principle across all elements of the shopper journey. Our techniques include panel surveys, in-store observation, click-stream analysis, neuro/bio-measurement, eye tracking, digital shop-alongs, virtual reality stores, mobile shopper diaries/surveys, eCommerce audits and more. / Insights to Activation A key advantage to working with Kantar Retail for shopper insights research is our ability to integrate multiple data sources (analytics, syndicated and custom research) to uncover deep insights and then our consultants help take the insights through to activation. The core Shopper Insights practice area helps our clients answer 3 core questions: How to lead the category? Who do we target to grow the category and brand, where do we target and how? How to win the digital and physical shelf? How to deliver best-in-class merchandising and shelving solutions? How to convert the shopper? How do we maximize ROI on shopper marketing spend, growing the category and brand? Most path-to-purchase research tools describe the journey, but Kantar Retail tools focus on understanding conversion gaps and then test solutions to close these gaps… ultimately driving growth. Retail and Channel Insight - We help you stay ahead of retail and channel evolution  We help you assess channel opportunities, strengthen customer relationships and frame a Go to Market strategy by understanding how the retail landscape is evolving and how retailer models and strategies are changing. Our ethos is to be the world’s best-connected and indispensable retail insights partner – our clients use our expertise and accurate market information to fuel decisions which accelerate profitable growth. We hold data on over 1,200 of the world’s leading retailers – and with 98% accuracy we can forecast where those brands will be in the next five years, allowing our clients to confidently focus their efforts and investments in the areas that will provide a strong return. Our face-to-face events, subject matter analysts, workshops and conferences provide you with a platform to build effective plans and evaluate strategies for their execution. Our specialist forums centre around a specific retailer, channel or market to allow you to identify opportunities for working partnerships and targeted retail initiatives. The core Retail & Channel Insights practice area covers: / Retail insights Understand the retail trends of today and prepare for the realities of tomorrow with our cross-channel strategic analysis. Our experts produce articles, research reports, slide presentations, executive-level summaries and profiles, photos, and news on over 1,200 key retailers across 135 global markets. Discover more. / Shopper insights Dig deeper into purchasing decisions by examining monthly data from 4,000 primary household shoppers gathered by Kantar Retail’s ShopperScape® survey. Our shopper insights offer helps you to weave the shopper journey throughout your business strategy to better understand behavior and pinpoint retailer choice.  / Webinars Connect online with our experts from anywhere in the world and find out what the critical issues are affecting developments in retail. You’ll hear our view on the shifts in business strategy before giving your point of view and getting the answers to your questions.  / Events Attending one of our events [BV(S4] opens the door for discussions on where the risks and rewards will be for your business in tomorrow’s retail environment. Strategic mid-year and year-end forums are supplemented by training workshops and forums across a variety of markets and retail channels, allowing you to engage with the world’s major retailers. / Sharegroups Our ShareGroups initiative brings together non-competing companies to openly share their experience, challenges and opportunities. Hearing real-life examples of issues affecting business and working through potential solutions promotes new thinking and practical advice on how to overcome common retail conundrums. CONSULTING AND ANAYLTICS Ecommerce, Omnichannel & Digital - We help you and your team build ecommerce capabilities that will enable your business to accelerate into this new retailing ecosystem Our 4e’s Offer: We offer global insight, strategic advisory services, shopper research and market-leading consultancy for businesses that want to succeed in this ‘Everywhere Commerce’ revolution taking place. Our services are targeted at the commercial functions of global brands and suppliers and our aim is to ensure that your teams can drive the business forward in the digital space with a focus on building omnichannel capabilities. Through experience, future forecasting and the use of live data we can help you make key decisions about your eCommerce strategy – from aggressively pursuing emerging markets to embedding new philosophies into your staff as well as providing a point of view on technology enablers and trends that will impact every supplier and retailer. Find out how to aggressively pursue eCommerce channel opportunities, learn what headcount and emphasis to place on emerging markets and let us show you how to embed eCommerce understanding to all account managers and supporting functions. FMCG and CPG manufacturers have sought our expert insight, as have global suppliers to the consumer electronic, apparel and retail industries.  / A toast to our success For a global leader in beverages, we helped to forecast the growth of eCcommerce in Eurasia and Africa, boiling down 90 potential markets into just four clusters, identifying the retailers to grow with and creating training guidelines for teams in those markets. / Great looking performance For a major international beauty and personal care client, we held an eCommerce Leadership Training Camp and a Winning with Amazon workshop for 25 eCommerce account leads. / Closer to home We worked out the potential size of the eCommerce opportunity for a global supplier of household products, allowing the client to justify headcounts for their top six European markets. / Whitespace opportunities We were asked to calculate the size of price for eCommerce across Asia for a major dairy brand, broken down into four key eCommerce formats. / Out in front A global spirits company asked us to build the roadmap for a multi-channel journey to 2020 across all business functions. We identified key consumption occasions and mapped the eCommerce category growth drivers, resulting in a re-think of the digital marketing mix. / Educate our organization We are frequently asked to present to our clients on a variety of topics within the eCommerce, digital and omnichannel space. Topics range from macro overviews, shopper landscape, digital trends, Amazon deep dives, organizational design, best in class omnichannel examples and much more. We can customize these conversations based on your unique needs.  Go To Market - We Power Up your Sales Strategy  We help you to improve your performance with retailers through better business planning and alignment of brand with retailer and shopper objectives. We help clients make the right strategic and practical choices that will grow their business. By developing and deploying practical solutions that help your commercial teams achieve top and bottom line results we can ensure your business is travelling in the right direction. We help you to ensure that you have the right organisation, capability and processes to deliver what the business needs. We work with you to design and deliver pragmatic improvements for the short, medium and long term, but our focus is also on ensuring that easily achievable improvements are identified, prioritised and executed. The core Go to Market practice area covers: / Revenue Management We help clients instill a revenue, profit and volume culture through tools, processes, metrics and analytics. We help you to identify and execute against opportunities for growth whilst ensuring efficiency by addressing the core commercial levers Business Growth Opportunity Mapping Brand, Pack, Price Architecture aligned to consumer / shopper needs Assortment and distribution optimisation Customer Trade Terms and Pricing Promotional strategy, planning and analytics / Integrated Customer Business Planning Developing your customer business plan, bringing together brand, category and sales objectives with a strong customer value proposition is increasingly complex. We help you establish the processes, tools and capabilities that enable the development of build a winning plan that your customers will support.  / Market entry We know the retail and wholesale trade industry, so if you’re looking to launch or distribute your product through one of these physical or digital channels you need to know what is expected of you and how best to deliver a winning market entry strategy. / Benchmarking Do you know where you are making strides with your customers and where you’re not, exploring all the opportunities available to you? We can deliver an impartial assessment with detailed recommendations by talking to your customers and understanding where your two interests can be best aligned.  / Route to market Clients need to segment customers and create value propositions for each to maximise sales and profit. Our people can show you how to optimise selling, service and supply relationships with direct and indirect customers throughout the complete value chain. Retail & Purchase Data Analytics  We help you to apply best in class analytical tools and consulting services to create winning strategies in-store and on-line across assortment, merchandising, promotions Retail channels have multiplied and are fragmented, competition is fierce and the rise of data management has set new standards. Furthermore, retailers have improved their capabilities in customer insights and reduced dependence on suppliers’ expertise. Manufacturers now have an obligation to propose a clear, differentiated and compelling offer to shoppers & retailers. They are the thought leader required to bring expertise and knowledge to the market. Kantar Retail provides industry-leading tools, superior analytics and consulting services. Our teams are constantly working hand in hand with our client to develop winning strategies at retail. Kantar Retail Analytics solutions help manufacturers make the most informed decisions at retail, capitalizing on all data available and ultimately driving revenue, margin and profit growth.  Our solutions cover these core areas: / Assortment Leadership: National Portfolio & Customer Optimization Quantify the true incremental value to both your portfolio as well as the category at your customer of each SKU. Our SKURat Portfolio and RichMix Customer Assortment Optimization tools are powered by our proprietary, industry-leading transferable demand methodology and enable you to unlock sustainable growth across the category.  / Shelf Leadership: Shelving Strategy & Planogram Management Holistic shelf leadership requires a combination of best in class shelving strategy based on what is successful in the market as well as planogram excellence via demand driven space optimization & mass planogram generation. Our Isolated Shelving Impact shelving strategy analysis distills the true impact of individual shelving practices such as flow, adjacencies & location in actionable shelving principles & executional guidelines. Our RichMix Space Optimization & AutoMerch Mass Planogram Generation capabilities combine the power of incrementality, value of a facing and up-to-store-level assortment optimization with an automated planogram creation capability that delivers significant time savings over current rules-based approaches / Net Revenue Management: Price & Promo Leadership Comprehensive net revenue management empowers an organization to not only identify the optimal base price level that would yield maximum profit but also maximize the ROI on promotions by selecting the right vehicles, depth of discount & promo length for each product group Our Price 360 helps you manage everyday retail price to drive revenue, share and profit while managing gaps to competitors and accounting for trade & external market factors Our Trade Opt capabilities enable you to more effectively allocate spend across retail customers by understanding the true ROI of your promotional efforts. This is underpinned by a holistic & structured approach rooted in people, processes and technologies. Catergory and Shopper Solutions - We create strategies that drive your long-term growth  We help you unlock future sources of real growth through the development of fact based category drivers and activation platforms. These are tailor-made for specific channels and retailers and are purpose built to influence purchase behaviour. We believe that traditional brand and consumer-led approaches to category growth are no longer adequate. Our consultants dig deep into your business to identify, understand and overcome the barriers to you achieving your growth goals. Working with you, we find their causes, create practical solutions and deploy them effectively. Access our exclusive market-leading tools, processes and models that will take you on a journey from insight through to execution. These tools will give you a full understanding of what drives conversion to purchase through shopper marketing strategies. We’ll also apply our growth forecasts to your categories to identify immediate opportunities where quick wins can be made. / Decision marketing Work with us to develop shopper marketing strategies built on a complete understanding of relevance, engagement and selection barriers along the entire shopper journey. / Portfolio mapping and prioritisation We can map your portfolio’s future fit against the category context and growth driver strategies, highlighting white spaces, blind spots and immediate areas for growth. / eCommerce We develop successful pure-play and multi-channel strategies and solutions through a better understanding of a shopper’s path to purchase. Read more. / Perfect store Using cutting-edge, market-leading technology, we’re able to bring to life a high impact, customer ready macro space or perfect store concept through our retail virtual reality team. / Shopper centric organisations After working with us our clients have developed world-class shopper centric commercial organisations through areas of benchmarking, competency-based assessment, organisation design and processes, and capability building through accelerated learning and embedding strategies. Organizational Performance - We drive the commercial performance of your organisation  We help you to develop your commercial capabilities and the competency of your people through organisation design, commercial process mapping, competency modelling and the assessment, design and delivery of training academies. Through training, coaching and assessments our experts are able to fine tune or completely realign your business to meet your core objectives. Across the globe we have made measurable differences to some of the world’s most iconic brands; even the most successful businesses can benefit. Using our own internationally-recognised data, insight and experience with global brands, we can benchmark your company against your competitors before working with you to identify skills gaps and commercial opportunities. A blended approach of workshops, coaching and self learning will help your team reach its potential by improving commercial planning, account management, selling and negotiation skills. / Benchmarking performance Know where you stand with our globally-recognised PoweRanking. For more than 15 years our annual ranking tool has been the industry standard, providing a top-level insight which allows you to benchmark your company’s position against that of your competitors. / Customer planning Data from our market insights service allows you to build strategic customer plans with tools and templates to ensure that results deliver against your overall business plan. / Selling skills Our consultants are sales and marketing-focussed and deliver a variety of workshops, coaching sessions, eLearning and blended academies which have been hugely successful for clients across the world. We teach and coach teams on the key principles of selling, including influencing psychology, customer understanding and closing deals. / eLearning Our eLearning courses cover sales, category management, brand marketing and finance. We’ll teach you the skills to be successful whether you want to improve your negotiation skills or strengthen the financial acumen across your organisation. / Negotiation Our negotiation training programs have helped clients secure miles of shelf space and save millions of pounds in promotional spending. By learning our core concepts and how to apply them, your teams will know how to leverage power, maintain negotiation positions and defend against buyer negotiation tactics – all skills that can be deployed in everyday commercial situations. / Financial acumen Using your team’s collective financial acumen effectively can deliver huge benefits to the business. We will focus on your business objectives, help to set and understand key performance indicators before working with you to identify real-life commercial opportunities. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS Trade Optimization - Trade Optimization solutions are part of the new Kantar Retail Sales Performance Platform. XTEL is Kantar Retail Trade Optimisation’s end-to-end suite of solutions. Sales Planning TPM & TPO Retail Execution DSD and Van Sales Retail and Virtual Reality - Research and Experience the Future of Retail  VR enables you to choose the best retail solutions and get them accepted by stakeholders and retailers. For leading retailers and suppliers, Virtual Reality (VR) serves as the innovation engine to plan, research, collaborate and execute shopper-led innovation across their global organizations. +MORE

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Highlands

Highlands

Sales growth for progressive manufacturers and brands. At Highlands, we help you grow sales into existing and new markets. Our expertise lies in getting your products into the hands of consumers, quickly, cost effectively and ahead of your competitors.  We want to be your partner from beginning to end, and to the next beginning. We are a 'rep group' but our business has grown beyond just that.  We are not like any other agency you know of.  Not only will we help you build a fully integrated strategic sales and marketing plan, but we will execute it for you, also. With help from Highlands, clients have access to a wide range of services, from sales representation, e-Commerce management, strategic planning, digital and traditional marketing to selling into some of the world's largest and best distributors and retailers. +MORE

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Cleveland Research Company

Cleveland Research Company

Cleveland Research Company is an independent equity research firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. We pride ourselves on a disciplined research process that has us regularly engaged with the companies we cover. We are focused mainly on uncovering inflection points via rigorous digging in the channel. We limit the distribution of our proprietary research and findings to 125 of the largest institutional investors in the US, a discipline which allows us to provide a high level of service to our partners. Our firm is comprised of intellectually curious, highly motivated individuals who are all striving to build the best equity research firm in the business. +MORE

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Brand View

Brand View

Brand View is the leading global provider of price, promotion and online product positioning analytics. We enable our clients, retailers and suppliers, to measure and manage their price position, communicate this to shoppers, and increase their digital presence and ecommerce performance.  PRICE Daily Prices and Promotions Brand View Daily Price and Promotions seamlessly integrates daily data from online retailers, a wide array of bricks and mortar stores and your own data into one report – enabling you to review price across competitors based on today’s prices. Gain a clear understanding of overall price increases and decreases and which retailers, brands and SKUs have driven these changes.  Pricing History Brand View Pricing History captures data every day, enabling you to review pricing trends over time. Discover how competitor prices have moved weekly and monthly, and review pricing and offers from a historical perspective. The data structure offers unlimited access to pricing history. Analysis at different levels of the hierarchy enables you to monitor price inflation and the impact of promotions.  Price Index Brand View Price Index allows you to easily identify your price position versus competitors from a total business down to category level. Drilling down through the hierarchy shows where the variances occur and the extent to which your prices are off strategy.  Strategic Pricing Brand View Strategic Pricing displays product assortment within a category across retailers. Items can be benchmarked at a specific retailer and compared to others to highlight significant price variation. Pricing ladders emphasize gaps and pave the way for price changes or new product development.  Email Alerts Brand View provides automated email alerts to keep you instantly updated to when competitors have implemented price changes, launched new products, changed promotional strategies, or failed to retain product stock. Alerts can be emailed on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to provide valuable insight and ensure you maintain a competitive edge.  Price Manager Brand View Price Manager enables retailers to define pricing rules versus key competitors across all channels of their business. Each product, both contextual and competitive, is checked in real-time and products that do not comply with pricing strategy rules will be flagged to the relevant Buyer to change price. After review, these price changes can be automatically delivered to internal pricing change systems.  PROMOTION Promotional History Brand View Promotional History enables retailers and manufacturers to evaluate levels of promotional support taking place in the market. Compare promotional trends at a brand, manufacturer or retailer level. Analyze levels of support provided by manufacturers with retailers and the promotional mix.  Promotional Scorecard Brand View Retailer Promotional Scorecard makes comparing promotional support against competitors quick and simple. Immediately understand the percentage of the product range on promotion, the different mix of promotional types employed, and the depth of discount versus other retailers.  Promotional Calendar Brand View Promotional Calendar allows you to view a history of promotions in a clear, easy-to-understand format to aid planning of future activity. See if your competitors have continually promoted at the same level of discount, or whether this has recently increased. Track when a retailer has promoted in the past and whether this has had any impact on your promotional uplift. Identify when to best counter-promote your own products with year-on-year reporting. POSITIONING  Compliance Brand View Compliance enables you to instantly review how your products are being communicated across retailers’ sites – audit the completeness, accuracy and presentation of your product information on any given day, or trended over time. Review the score of your products by store and identify why and how they are not complying.  Search Placement Brand View Search Placement ranks your products against competitors for key search terms by category or online store. You can use the results to optimize your search ranking to improve product visibility, consideration and conversion.  Category Placement Brand View Category Placement provides detailed analysis of your products’ online category shelf placement, against competitors, based on a retailer’s site structure and taxonomy. Use the results to optimise your online product placement, improve category performance, product visibility and sales.  Reviews & Ratings Brand View Reviews & Ratings enables you to analyze product reviews across multiple retailers regardless of the review and rating source. Evaluate reviews against equivalent competitor lines and identify inconsistencies across stores. SCORECARD  Scorecard Brand View Scorecard enables manufacturers to benchmark, report and effectively manage their online performance. The customised, KPI-led scorecards deliver targeted, actionable insights to Global Directors and regional Operational Teams for continually improved online performance. ONSITE 2  Brand View OnSite 2 Brand View OnSite 2 is a browser extension that makes it easy for retailers and manufacturers to monitor and react to competitors’ pricing and promotion strategies. Review how your products’ pricing and promotion strategy compares against competing stores while browsing your own website or a competitor’s. +MORE

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A.T. Kearney Management Consulting

A.T. Kearney

A.T. Kearney helps your company transform from within, continually accelerating your momentum to stay ahead of marketplace disruption. Momentum demands energy and discipline. Constantly pushing the envelope. Stretching the imagination every day, rather than every few years. The reward? Market-leading performance. And a practical alternative to gut-wrenching strategic transformations.  While other elite management consultancies strive to be detached, analytical, and formulaic, A.T. Kearney consultants are collaborative, personable, and entrepreneurial. We immerse ourselves in your company to gain deep insight into your operational and strategic potential, working with you to co-create solutions specifically for you.  For us, the thrill lies not in demonstrating that we are the smartest people in the room, but in infusing your company with a fresh sense of purpose and the capacity to nimbly adapt, measurably improve, and substantially outperform.  Explore how A.T. Kearney helps client companies achieve breakthrough improvements in the short term, while significantly raising their performance trajectory long term.  RETAIL We help our clients develop forward-looking solutions to meet today's unprecedented challenges.  Digital and Multichannel Excellence  Cost Transformation  Category Management  Growth Strategy and M&A  Operations and Supply Chain  Procurement  Organizational Performance +MORE

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Edgeverve An Infosys® Company

Infosys Ltd.

Infosys Nia  Infosys Nia is an Artificial Intelligence platform which collects and aggregates organizational data from people, processes and legacy systems into a self-learning knowledge base and then automates repetitive business and IT processes, freeing up human effort to solve higher-value customer problems that require creativity, passion, and imagination. Infosys Nia expands the scope of the first generation AI platform beyond Information Technology simplification and optimization; and allows our clients to leverage AI to drive transformations in their core business. Our clients have used Infosys Nia to leverage their organizational knowledge, generate deep insights and discover opportunities to optimize, simplify, and automate complex business processes. DATA PLATFORM An open source advanced data analytics and machine learning platform that enables businesses to operationalize their data assets and uncover new opportunities for rapid innovation and growth.  KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM A platform to capture, formalize, and process knowledge and its representation in a powerful ontology based structure that allows for the reuse of knowledge as underlying systems change.  AUTOMATION PLATFORM A platform that brings together Robotic Process Automation, Predictive Automation and Cognitive Automation   AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation is now also a part of Infosys Nia​   AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation  AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation is an end-to-end service for building and implementing RPA. It provides integrated software robots to automate any high-touch, repetitive processes. It also provides assisted automation for processes which need manual intervention. When one of the largest European chemical manufacturers, with more than 20,000 employees in 50+ countries, wanted to streamline their Procure-to-Pay and Hire-to-Retire processes, they chose AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation as their sole partner in their automation and service modernization journey. AssistEdge  AssistEdge is an award-winning, scalable automation platform that helps enterprises modernize customer service, improve business processes and enhance operational productivity. When one of the largest retailers in the U.S. wanted to clear a backlog of more than 150,000 invoices and streamline its credit memo process, it took to automation. AssistEdge cleared the backlog in 3 weeks and provided a 75% improvement in cycle time. TradeEdge  One of the primary institutional voids in the emerging markets is the low penetration of organized retail – a key channel for product distribution in the developed markets. However, nearly 90% of sales in the emerging markets is driven by complex distribution networks comprising thousands of distributors and millions of small retailers To win in the emerging markets, global executives need a solution that provides insights – from distributors to consumers – across the distribution chain, and accelerate growth. TradeEdge is the best insights-driven sales platform for global brands to accelerate profitable growth in the emerging markets ProcureEdge  ProcureEdge is a next-generation intelligent procurement platform that enables continuous value discovery and realization across Source-to-Pay through automation. From spend analysis (and classification), procurement processes (PR to PO) to invoice processing, over 90% of non-strategic S2P transactions can be automated giving you more time for strategic work. ProximityPayEdge  ProximityPayEdge is a product which enables digitization of credit/debit cards on mobile devices and allows consumers to pay in stores, by tapping their mobile devices on point-of-sale (POS) terminals. It utilizes Host Card Emulation (HCE), tokenization of cards, and Near Field Communication (NFC) for payment transactions and provides a highly secure, next-gen in-store payment solution to banking clients. CreditFinanceEdge  Competitive pressures, rising operational costs, and stringent regulations are key challenges that lenders have to contend with. In addition, legacy systems might just be constraining the scope and scale of your business further. To succeed in this market, enterprises need a solution that provides flexibility, digital experience, and global capabilities. CreditFinanceEdge is your one-stop loan management platform that equips lenders, servicers and asset managers deliver differentiated value to customers while maintaining high operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. It helps enterprises manage multiple credit types and asset classes through the complete loan lifecycle.   EdgeVerve Blockchain Framework for Financial Services A permissioned ledger that allows banks to rapidly deploy blockchain-based services for various business needs. Blockchain enables secure peer-to-peer transactions that can be verified without any centralized authority using a distributed ledger technology in a permissioned network. This technology fundamentally challenges the operating principles underlying banking transactions and book-keeping, making it arguably the greatest disruptor to the global financial system in a generation.  AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation  AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation is an end-to-end service for building and implementing RPA. It provides integrated software robots to automate any high-touch, repetitive processes. It also provides assisted automation for processes which need manual intervention. When one of the largest European chemical manufacturers, with more than 20,000 employees in 50+ countries, wanted to streamline their Procure-to-Pay and Hire-to-Retire processes, they chose AssistEdge Robotic Process Automation as their sole partner in their automation and service modernization journey. Infosys Information Platform (IIP) The Infosys Information Platform (IIP) is based on open data architecture and gives you elastic and rapid data-processing capabilities, better data visualization and intelligent data analytics so you can make faster and more accurate business decisions. IIP is an industry-leading data and analytics platform that helps enterprises leverage their data assets for innovation and enhance business growth. The solution integrates easily with proprietary software, allowing you to maximize value from existing investments. This collaborative platform enables data engineers, data analysts and data scientists to leverage in-depth expertise across business domains and verticals. IIP can be deployed with ease and without vendor lock-in. With IIP, businesses can scale and innovate with better data and newer applications in open source. +MORE

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