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Leading Analytics in India: Meet Dinesh Helwade

Leading Analytics in India: Meet Dinesh Helwade

December 1, 2021

This week, Chief Analytics Officer, Sam Iosevich, and Director of Analytics, Dinesh Helwade, discuss their decades-long working relationship as well as Dinesh's plans for the firm's analytics team in India.  Learn how their deep analytics expertise, combined with a strong organizational culture, create compelling analytics solutions for Parker Avery clients. 

To learn more about Parker Avery's analytics services and expertise, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/advanced-analytics/

 

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay 

A Refreshing Change: Why Traditional Change Management Methods Fail

A Refreshing Change: Why Traditional Change Management Methods Fail

November 19, 2021

In this episode, Parker Avery’s change management leader Kathi Toll, along with experts Carrie Habel and Heidi Csencsits talk about the firm’s best-of-breed approach to change management and why it raises the bar above more traditional methods.  

In this lively discussion, the team touches on:

  • Why a more tailored approach to change is needed in every client environment and project
  • Situations where we’ve seen clients “wing it” or use outdated tools/philosophies—and expect success (but are usually disappointed)
  • At what point in a project change management activities should start
  • Key tenets for success in helping clients navigate change

To learn more about Parker Avery's change management services and expertise, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/change-management-leadership/

 

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay 

Thriving Through Constant Change

Thriving Through Constant Change

November 11, 2021

After recently completing an in-depth change management initiative with popular retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, Parker Avery's change management leader, Kathi Toll, sat down with Dru Dominici, Director of Wholesale, and Tony Bradley, VP of Corporate Development, to discuss the need for more agile and adaptable organizations.  During this lively chat, the three experts also discuss John Kotter's “Thrive versus Survive” response, as as outlined in a recent HBR article, as well as the criticality of understanding that the most effective change activities specifically address these innate human responses. With the world's increasing volatility and complexity, and rapid change increasingly accepted as the “new normal,” these tenets are key to developing successful change competencies. 

To learn more about Parker Avery's change management services and expertise, we invite you to visit: https://parkeravery.com/change-management-leadership/

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay 

The Demand Intelligence Difference

The Demand Intelligence Difference

September 29, 2021

This week we're talking about Demand Intelligence, Parker Avery’s software-as-a-service demand planning platform.  Demand Intelligence is not only powered by the latest in advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, but it’s also driven by deep retail and CPG industry expertise.  One of the unique things about Demand Intelligence is that its development was informed with input from several global retail and CPG executives. The guiding light was to solve real retail and consumer goods business challenges and incorporate industry best practices bolstered with advanced analytics.
Outside of the deep science and math, Demand Intelligence is a workflow-guided solution with a very intuitive and user-friendly interface.  What’s more, it can be implemented in a matter of weeks, not months.

In this episode, we give you a first-hand encounter of why Demand Intelligence is different from so many advanced analytics platforms on the market. Joining the discussion is our Chief Analytics Officer, Sam Iosevich, along with Partner Amanda Astrologo, and Principal Marty Anderson

To learn more about Demand Intelligence, we invite you to read our latest press release:
Parker Avery Solves Demand Planning Challenges with Groundbreaking AI Enabled Solution

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ | Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay 

Assortment Planning: Expert Perspectives and Insights

Assortment Planning: Expert Perspectives and Insights

September 15, 2021

In this episode, Senior Manager Heidi Csencsits, hosts Principal Marty Anderson and Senior Manager Louann Villasor to discuss assortment planning.  The Parker Avery Group has seen tremendous interest in our clients for improving their assortment planning capabilities, not only bringing in new technology, but also revamping business processes and organization to ensure these retailers are providing compelling assortments that drive both customer traffic and bottom line profit.  Louann and Marty recently completed a major assortment planning system selection and implementation for a large home décor retailer, and the three experts provide their perspectives on the subject.  The team discusses:

  • Insights, unique requirements, and some "ah ha" moments experienced during the recent assortment planning implementation
  • Why attribution and data quality are so critical for assortment planning
  • Where assortment planning fits into the overall strategy, demand forecasting, planning, and buying processes
  • Measures of successful assortment planning and store clustering methodologies
  • The key tenet of simplicity as retailers desire to expand their assortment planning capabilities
  • Where advanced assortment planning and clustering strategies should be headed to go beyond sales and margin

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group's services by visiting: https://parkeravery.com/services/

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

Success as a Retail Consultant: Introducing Nia McDonald

Success as a Retail Consultant: Introducing Nia McDonald

August 31, 2021

In this episode, Partner Amanda Astrologo introduces one of the newest members of The Parker Avery Group, Senior Consultant Nia McDonald.  With over a decade of experience across a wide variety of retailers, retail segments, and CPG companies, Nia focuses on merchandise and sales planning, forecasting, and replenishment, as well as pricing and promotional strategies.  

Amanda and Nia discuss her journey into retail consulting, the key skills and characteristics that successful consultants share, what it's like to be on the "consulting side," as well as being part of The Parker Avery Group's unique culture.  

Meet the other members of The Parker Avery Group: https://parkeravery.com/pag-team/

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

New Muscles for Effective Retailers

New Muscles for Effective Retailers

August 10, 2021

Organizational change management experts Kathi Toll, Deanna Emsley, and Marty Anderson talk about the new muscles retail and consumer brand companies must develop to be effective and competitive.  In this episode of Parker Avery's "Talk Retail to Me" podcast, the team discusses:

  • Tenets that must be true for an organization to be effective
  • Their experiences of going "back" into the office and traveling
  • How communication within an organization needs to change with such a different work environment
  • What associates in the corporate buildings can learn from the retail staff "on the front lines"
  • Why higher priority must be placed on empathy in a professional setting
  • The importance of hind-sighting on a more frequent basis

We invite you to learn more about The Parker Avery Group's consulting services by visiting: 

https://parkeravery.com/services/

 

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

Retail Inventory Management: Post-Pandemic Focus Areas

Retail Inventory Management: Post-Pandemic Focus Areas

July 26, 2021

This week President and Managing Partner Clay Parnell, along with Partner Amanda Astrologo and Senior Director Rob Oglesby discuss key areas retailers are focusing on now and where they must focus in the near future for effective retail inventory management.  This may come as a surprise, but it's less about technology and much more about core capabilities driven by business processes and a sizable shift in traditional organizational roles and responsibilities across the retail enterprise. Further, it's about a focus on foundational elements to ensure resiliency and agility throughout the supply chain to ensure retailers meet customer demand and expectations. 

We invite you to learn more about The Parker Avery Group's consulting services by visiting: 

https://parkeravery.com/services/

 

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

Master Data Management: The Backbone of Omnichannel Retail

Master Data Management: The Backbone of Omnichannel Retail

June 22, 2021

This week, Senior Managers Heidi Csencsits and Mike Johnson talk about a recent client project, where The Parker Avery Group helped a home décor retailer define and standardize product attributes across 50,000 items to improve the omnichannel customer experience and merchandising effectiveness.  The two retail experts also outline the importance of strong master data management and governance as the backbone of all retail omnichannel initiatives, as well as best practices and tips on getting started. 

We invite you to learn more about The Parker Avery Group's consulting services by visiting: 

https://parkeravery.com/services/

 

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

What You Need to Know About Retail Software Selection Projects

What You Need to Know About Retail Software Selection Projects

June 8, 2021

This week, Parker Avery Partner Amanda Astrologo and Tricia Gustin introduce retail expert Julie Cheney, who joined the firm earlier this year. Julie has over 25 years of experience in the retail and wholesale industries as both an executive and consultant. She has held leadership positions in buying, merchandise planning & allocation, and program management within specialty apparel, footwear, outdoor equipment, and general merchandise retailers.   In addition to Julie's perspectives on consulting from within and outside the corporate halls, we discuss how package selection projects have changed over the last year, as well as what elements necessitate more focus in a remote or hybrid environment. 

We invite you to learn more about The Parker Avery Group's consulting services by visiting: 

https://parkeravery.com/services/

 

Introduction music:  On My Way by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4163-on-my-way
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cover image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

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