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Welcome to The Parker Avery Group: Meet Change Management Expert Carrie Habel

Welcome to The Parker Avery Group: Meet Change Management Expert Carrie Habel

January 20, 2021

This week, Parker Avery's Change Management leaders, Kathi Toll and Carrie Habel talk about Carrie's incredible career-long experience helping retailers navigate and manage change.  Discover how and why Carrie made the decision to join The Parker Avery Group.  Also, Kathi and Carrie provide their insights into how leaders should recognize their own feelings as well as their teams' to make sure they're working together to bring about positive, effective change, despite the entire world facing continual "FFT's." 

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group's change management services by visiting: 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

Diving Deep into Demand Analytics: Meet Leo Greyz

Diving Deep into Demand Analytics: Meet Leo Greyz

January 13, 2021

Parker Avery's Chief Analytics Officer, Sam Iosevich sits down with demand planning expert Leo Greyz to talk about the firm's latest developments in demand analytics for retail and consumer goods companies. Hear about the key drivers that are pushing advanced demand analytics capabilities far deeper and faster than what the industry had ever imagined. Also, get realistic advice from Parker Avery's experts that will help your company achieve strong analytics capabilities to quickly realize meaningful results. 

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group's advanced analytics services by visiting: https://parkeravery.com/tailored-intelligence/ 

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

Advanced Pricing Success Story

Advanced Pricing Success Story

November 17, 2020

You don't want to miss the story behind the unbelievable ROI achieved in a mere 8 weeks--to the tune of $8 million.  Parker Avery's pricing leader Josh Pollack and retail expert Heidi Csencsits discuss what made this particular advanced pricing implementation so successful, why pricing solutions can achieve such meaningful results, and several approaches retailers can take to move far beyond their beloved spreadsheets into real solutions driven by advanced analytics.  

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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

Key Takeaways from CSCMP’s 31st Annual State of Logistics Report

Key Takeaways from CSCMP’s 31st Annual State of Logistics Report

November 10, 2020

In this episode, retail supply chain and logistics experts Lee Whitaker and Rob Oglesby discuss their key takeaways and some surprising findings from the 31st Annual State of Logistics Report®, produced by The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).  Click here for the full report.  Lee and Rob give their perspectives on:

  • The growing importance of 5-G networks on logistics.
  • Key actions that will contribute to a faster recovery for retail and consumer goods companies.
  • Carrier and shipper behaviors and initiatives that warrant focus in the coming months.
  • The importance of looking beyond the technology and incorporating process and change management.

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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

Why I Chose The Parker Avery Group (During a Pandemic): Introducing Rob Gentry

Why I Chose The Parker Avery Group (During a Pandemic): Introducing Rob Gentry

October 13, 2020

Making a career move and joining a new firm in the middle of a pandemic is truly a bold move.  In this episode Senior Manager Deanna Emsley interviews the newest member of The Parker Avery Group's team: Rob Gentry.  Learn about Rob's interesting path into retail, why he chose to work for Parker Avery (after many years in much larger companies), and what his "super power" is. 

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

 

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

Strategic Sourcing in a Disrupted Supply Chain

Strategic Sourcing in a Disrupted Supply Chain

September 24, 2020

In this episode, I interviewed Parker Avery's CEO, Robert Kaufman, along with inventory and supply chain expert Rob Oglesby to discuss sourcing strategies and actions retailers and consumer brands need to consider as we continue to face highly disruptive supply chains.  We explore considerations such as:

  • How do retailers and consumer brands need to change how they think about and manage their sourcing strategies during such tensions and unknowns? 
  • There is also a fair amount of consumer unease about products made overseas, in countries who aren't America-friendly, and increasing desire for “Made in the USA” and even local products.  How do consumer brands and retailers handle this, realizing the cost and price points may not be competitive with foreign-made counterparts?  
  • A few years ago, there was a focus on visibility deeper into the supply chain and transparency in sourcing raw materials. How much of a factor is this today?  
  • What technologies do retailers and consumer brands need to be investigating to remain viable and competitive?  

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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

Deep Analytics: Why You Need it Now More Than Ever

Deep Analytics: Why You Need it Now More Than Ever

July 28, 2020

In this episode, we focus on deep analytics. Parker Avery experts Clay Parnell and Sam Iosevich discuss how retailers and consumer brands can embrace analytics into their business models to enable cross-functional collaboration and deliver meaningful financial results.  We explore questions like: 

  • While the recent disruptions have put an even stronger focus on integrating digital and physical channels and deeply understanding customer behavior, it certainly makes sense to involve analytics to some extent, but are these the most important areas right now?
  • What are other top key areas or business challenges on which retail & consumer goods companies should focus their analytics investments and efforts?
  • How can analytics system integrate into a company’s existing operating model without a major disruption?
  • What prerequisites—besides data cleanliness and governance—are needed for a company to begin embarking on their analytics journey?
  • What skills or resources are critical to ensuring successful outcomes?
  • What benefits have been realized by retailers and consumer goods companies who’ve successfully adapted an analytics-driven mindset?

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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

Solving Both Sides of the Inventory Problem

Solving Both Sides of the Inventory Problem

July 7, 2020

Parker Avery experts Clay ParnellAmanda Astrologo, and Rob Oglesby, talk about lessons learned and best practices that have emerged over the past few months in how retailers are handling the huge swings in consumer demand and inventory movements that we have witnessed across all segments of retail due to recent disruptions.

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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 to Do When You’re Expecting…Customers: Part 2

What to Do When You’re Expecting…Customers: Part 2

June 15, 2020

In this episode, The Parker Avery Group's Change Management Lead Kathi Toll, along with retail experts Tricia Gustin and Heidi Csencsits discuss ways retailers can handle customers and associates coming back into their stores after a major disruption like the COVID-19 pandemic--this week focusing on handling tense or challenging situations. 

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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

Beginning the Journey: Emerge from COVID-19

Beginning the Journey: Emerge from COVID-19

June 10, 2020

For those retailers that are most impacted by COVID-19 and are either completely shut down or only operating with limited direct to consumer fulfillment, we can’t predict exactly when current conditions will allow re-opening of stores and operations. But it is coming, and it’s imperative to prepare now. How do you effectively re-start your business in a controlled manner, with stores re-opening based on regional conditions, and consumers finally venturing out from behind their computers and mobile devices? Many retailers were working hard or struggling to be competitive before the pandemic. The focus now is to quickly reset at least to where you were before the retail lockdown started, but perhaps there’s an opportunity to go further. How quickly your team can respond and rise to the challenge will determine your place in the future pecking order, if not survival itself.

In the podcast version of the 3rd webinar in Parker Avery's Reconstructing Retail series, Robert Kaufman and Clay Parnell are joined by industry expert Joe Skorupa in helping you::

  • Understand what your leadership team should be thinking about now and how to prepare for Day 1
  • Learn how to consider a roadmap for the first week, first month, and the initial 1-2 seasons back after being closed
  • Hear survey results from other retailers on their experiences, concerns, and plans
  • Consider how important accurate and timely data and related analytics will be to ensuring effective decision-making

The webinar content references a slide deck, which can be found by clicking here

Learn more about The Parker Avery Group by visiting: https://www.parkeravery.com/ 

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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