Experts from The Parker Avery Group and occasional guest speakers cover trending retail and consumer goods topics as well as operational basics and how they should evolve to address the continual transformation of our industry. The objective of these 20-minute conversations is to give our audience realistic advice they can immediately employ to make their own operations more successful.
Expert Q&A | The New Role of Retail’s Chief Supply Chain Officer
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Parker Avery’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kaufman shares his insights about the changing role of the retail chief supply chain officer.
Answering questions from a recent interview with media outlet, Modern Retail, Robert discusses how changes in consumer shopping behaviors, combined with global macroeconomic events and disturbances have added great complexity, challenges, and risks to the retail supply chain. These issues continue to prevent a reliable and consistent flow of goods for even the largest and most sophisticated retailers and have dramatically altered the chief supply chain officer’s role and impact on the company’s success.
Robert outlines new characteristics the executive-level supply chain and operations roles must possess to be successful as he addresses questions such as:
What is pushing apparel brands into hiring new supply chain leaders or COOs?
How have retail inventory planning and supply chain planning changed in recent years?
What type of qualities are apparel brands looking for in their new chief supply chain officers?
What are some of the major challenges that supply chain officers will face in the coming months?
Meet CEO Robert Kaufman:https://parkeravery.com/robert-kaufman/
Read the blog version:https://parkeravery.com/podcast-expert-qa-new-role-of-retails-chief-supply-chain-officer/
Read the article in Modern Retail:https://www.modernretail.co/operations/as-supply-chain-disruption-eases-apparel-brands-are-tapping-new-leaders-to-manage-operations/
Learn about Parker Avery’s supply chain consulting services:https://parkeravery.com/retail-consumer-goods-consulting/supply-chain-services/
Listen to more Talk Retail to Me podcasts:https://parkeravery.com/retail-podcast/
Meet The Parker Avery Group:https://parkeravery.com/about-us/
Expert Q&A | In-Store Omnichannel Fulfillment
In this episode of Talk Retail to Me, Senior Director and omnichannel expert Rob Oglesby shares his insights into how big box retailers are handling the in-store fulfillment of omnichannel orders. Answering questions from a recent interview with media outlet Modern Retail, Rob outlines the implications, challenges, and risks, even as this capability becomes critical to many retailers’ success.
Rob answers the following questions about in-store omnichannel fulfillment:
What is the basic idea behind using stores as fulfillment centers?
What is pushing this strategy to become popular among big box stores?
What are some of the major benefits of in-store omnichannel fulfillment?
Why is this strategy particularly popular with big box stores like Walmart, Ulta, and others?
Do employees have dual identities as store associates and fulfillment center workers?
How can retailers benefit from this type of fulfillment method?
What are some of the risks or challenges of this type of strategy?
How do you see this trend impacting the retail industry?
Read Parker Avery's expert guide to omnichannel order management and fulfillment:https://parkeravery.com/omnichannel-order-management-and-fulfillment/
Meet Rob Oglesby:https://parkeravery.com/rob-oglesby/
Listen to more Talk Retail to Me podcasts:https://parkeravery.com/retail-podcast/
Learn more about The Parker Avery Group:https://parkeravery.com/about-us/
Transformation Happy Hour | Integrated Business Planning
Hosted by retail demand planning experts, Sam Iosevich, Marty Anderson, and Steve Gordon, Parker Avery's recent Talk Retail to Me Transformation Happy Hour covered integrated business planning as a key strategic focus area for leading retailers and consumer brands. The trio outlined key enablers around technology, business process, and organization that help companies unleash collaboration and efficiencies with integrated business planning to help realize meaningful business improvements.
During this interactive happy hour, Sam, Marty, and Steve introduced Parker Avery's retail and CPG planning maturity model and answered participants' most pressing questions regarding integrated business planning.
Insights | The Expert Guide to Integrated Business Planning
Download | Retail and CPG Planning Maturity Model
Download | Integrated Business Planning Resources
Parker Avery Blog | Transform Your Retail Enterprise with Advanced Analytics
Parker Avery Blog | How to Overcome the AI Hype and Drive Retail Collaboration
Case Study | Unified Demand Signal Drives Global Retailer’s Enterprise Agility
Case Study | Integrated Merchandise Planning Design and Roadmap
To learn how Parker Avery helps clients achieve better planning capabilities, please visit our Enterprise Intelligence page or contact us to set up a time to discuss your specific needs.
Business Process Transformation Deep Dive
This episode of Parker Avery's Talk Retail to Me podcast focuses on business process transformation. Featuring two of our retail leaders, Clay Parnell and Deanna Emsley, we take a deep dive into what it means to transform business processes. We cover what areas are focus points for our clients, how Parker Avery helps retailers and consumer brands prioritize and navigate these process transformations, and what success looks like.
Moderated by Senior Director, Tricia Gustin, Clay and Deanna discussed the following questions
What does business process transformation mean? What might it include?
Is every change in the way things are done a “business process transformation”?
What is the most common trigger for a process transformation within a business?
What processes or functional areas do we see the most opportunities for transformation today?
Should retailers think about business process transformation as a short or long-term effort?
Is business transformation usually tied to new system implementation or can it be a stand-alone activity?
What are the biggest challenges our clients face when transforming their business processes?
What are some key success factors when launching a business transformation effort?
For more information about Parker Avery's business transformation and retail consulting services, please visit:
Transformation Happy Hour | Data Governance and Retail Master Data Management
With technology moving at lightning speed, proper management of master data is critical to fully take advantage of new tech innovations. Yet, many retailers struggle with master data management and overall data governance. Hosted by master data experts and retail veterans, Deanna Emsley, Heidi Csencsits, and Rob Gentry, our June 29 Talk Retail to Me Transformation Happy Hour will dive deep into the most pressing master data challenges Parker Avery's clients and other retailers are facing. Our happy hour hosts provide a brief overview of master data challenges and the implications of not having a planful approach and governance in place. Most of the happy hour is spent answering questions and having an open dialog with participants.
Download | Data governance scope and definitions infographic
Download | Data governance and master data management resources
Parker Avery Blog | Project Planning: Four Considerations for Data Readiness
Parker Avery Blog | Make No Mistake: Avoiding Data Governance Issues
Case Study | Master Data Consolidation Enables Core Merch Transformation
Case Study | Item Master Assessment and Implementation
Transformation Happy Hour | More On Transformational Leadership
Back by popular demand! Due to so much interest in our earlier podcast discussion on Transformational Leadership, we hosted an online happy hour focused on the same topic so we could answer your questions in a live format.
This fun, interactive event was hosted by Parker Avery OCM experts and retail veterans, Kathi Toll, Marty Anderson, and Carrie Habel who refocused the traditional paradigm of change management to a mindset that instills stronger elements of transformational leadership. Joining from three different states, three timezones, two airports, and one home office, Kathi, Carrie, and Marty discussed how retail leaders can assess and improve their ability to engage their teams to become ambassadors of meaningful transformative change.
Materials and links discussed during the show:
Change Management Resources (online)
OCM and Transformational Leadership Resources (pdf)
Change Management Assessment
The Nordy Pod
To learn how Parker Avery helps clients through transformations and navigate change, please see our change management services: https://parkeravery.com/change-management-services/
If you love all things retail, you’ll love this!
Do you like the behind-the-scene fodder about all aspects of retail and the CPG industry? Do you want to learn more about the industry in a fun and informal way? Then add this to your favorites — you will not be disappointed!
The content really reflects what’s going on in the retail environment today. Timely and informative, these are great to listen to.
Great insights and authentic speakers
There’s no fluff here, just real retail knowledge and great insights from experts who have obviously been in the industry a while. Very easy to listen to—sometimes I wanted to jump into the conversation myself!