Alibaba – moving beyond China to rival Amazon

I was fortunate enough to listen to Lidia Palubina (Senior Consultant, Kantar Consulting) when she presented at the pre-event seminars for PLMA 2019. I think most people know of Alibaba – an enormous online marketplace – but it was obvious from Ms...
25 July, 2019

6 tips to support own brand retailers and manufacturers to achieve more sustainable packaging

Justin Kempson, Director of Sales and Innovation at Charpak Ltd gives his 6 top tips for retailers to adopt when addressing consumer and industry concerns around product and packaging design, and its environmental impact. The UK based packaging...
16 July, 2019

Is the U.S. leading the way in retail technology?

At this year’s PLMA Trade Show (the ‘World of Private Label’ International Trade Show) in Amsterdam, there was inevitably a lot of discussion on the parallels and differences between Europe and North America in terms of private label - or 'own...
12 July, 2019

7 top tips for creating an awesome supplier portal

Here at S4RB, we like to shout about supplier engagement every chance we get. We believe that all successful own brand retailers must make collaboration, communication and transparency a priority in their relationship with their suppliers. Our...
26 June, 2019

Bring your supplier communications out of the noughties

Most of us are aware that we probably spend too much time looking at screens and perhaps instant messaging is creating a whole generation of workers who are adverse to picking up a phone to speak to someone or even walking over to a colleague’s desk...
13 June, 2019

How to really hear what your customers are saying with social listening

Social listening has been with us for a while, as has text analytics. These techniques pick out topics and sentiment of issues from social and indeed private data sources to inform brands how their customers are feeling and what they’re talking...
05 June, 2019

PLMA 2019 – where the industry sees RED

In the pre-PLMA seminar this week, IGD presented their updated forecast for retail growth in an interesting presentation on the future of traditional retail, where those of us lucky enough to attend got to see RED – the IGD model for retail success,...
22 May, 2019

Harnessing social media insight to grow your own grocery brand

The grocery retail sector has a growing reputation for innovation, with retailers increasingly working to harness the rewards available from social media. Social platforms are now widely used by retailers in an effort to connect with customers in an...
15 May, 2019

Practising next generation collaboration

I will admit unashamedly that I’ve stolen this title from Doug Baker’s (VP at FMI) closing presentation at this year’s Velocity event. Alongside Kroger, Wakefern, Walmart and others, Doug discussed the pace of transition from private label to...
07 May, 2019

Could Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) get kids to school in the morning, without a fuss?

Imagine having a process flowchart for getting your kids out of bed and off to school each day. It would probably start the night before making sure uniforms are pressed, lunches are made, and bags are ready. Then the morning alarm would go off and...
01 May, 2019
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