Recent Posts by David Barach

Inventory and ROI: Key Takeaways from Our Executive Roundtable

Following our very informative recent virtual roundtable of supply chain executives facilitated by my colleague David Kane, I was anxious to take a turn in the moderator’s chair for our next executive roundtable, ‘How to Maximize ROI of Your Inventory in Today’s Uncertain World?’, this past August 11.  

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Retail Pricing: Time to Break Some Old Rules?

Among other reasons we’ve talked about, many retailers are looking at AI-powered pricing solutions because they feel confined by strict sets of pricing rules and policies, often put in place many years ago—long before modern data science was even a concept.

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Retail’s Next Dilemma: Excess Inventory

Retailers are already facing their next inventory crisis—too much stock on hand, with too few buyers.

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You Know You Need AI Pricing Solutions…Does Your Company Agree?

When retailers come to us to look at our AI-driven lifecycle pricing solutions, the first people we talk with—the “point persons” responsible for overseeing pricing decisions—are usually quick to grasp the real benefits. They’re eternally striving for that ideal markdown “sweet spot” for every SKU—accelerating sell-through while preserving—if not squandering—margin. But without a unified, data-driven markdown strategy, they’re often the first to concede their haphazard, decentralized markdowns are “a mess”.

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Retail Inflation is Soaring—Now What?

Anyone who’s purchased anything over the past 8-12 months—from a can of tuna to a new SUV—has shared a universal lament—almost everything seems to be getting more expensive. As of this past March, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the government’s yardstick for tracking inflation, reported an April figure of 8.3%—a nominal .3 drop from the previous month’s 40-year high.

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