Resolution: Get product images for all of the items we carry

March 19, 2019By Behind the Shelf Blog, Data Analysis and Management, Resolutions

  By Julie Bonnell, vice president operations, for the Resolutions blog series Why Images? Have you noticed how images are replacing words in our daily life? Think about the popularity and use of emojis and YouTube and the prevalence of infographics. Why is that? Quite simply, they effectively convey complex information. And more importantly, from … Read More

Resolution: Understand consumers’ paths to purchase

December 11, 2017By Behind the Shelf Blog, Data Analysis and Management, Resolutions

By Dave Wendland, vice president strategic relations, for the Resolutions blog series It should be no secret that each shopper’s path to purchase is unique. Their reason for purchase, timing, and chosen outlet are likely different, yet when reviewing sales numbers, many companies make the mistake of homogenizing the data and making unsubstantiated assumptions. As long as … Read More

Data Integrity Matters

September 25, 2017By Data Analysis and Management, Views

by Dave Wendland, as seen in HealthCare Distributor magazine, “Out of the Box” column, July/August 2017 It was about three decades ago that I had the privilege of hearing a presentation by an IBM executive who made a rather prophetic proclamation: “The key to success will belong to those who have the data.” And this, from a … Read More

Resolution: Make my ordering system more user-friendly — part two

September 22, 2017By Behind the Shelf Blog, Data Analysis and Management, Resolutions

by Mary Hart, senior data assets specialist, for the Resolutions blog seriesIn my previous post about improving your ordering system, I focused on standardizing product entry to improve the ease of use of the system for internal and external users alike. In this post I’m going to suggest going one step further – and I think as long … Read More

Resolution: Make my ordering system more user-friendly — part one

September 18, 2017By Behind the Shelf Blog, Data Analysis and Management, Resolutions

by Mary Hart, senior data assets specialist, for the Resolutions blog series Ordering systems are vital to your business, but many times there aren’t associated business rules and processes. Because most systems only allow a limited number of characters, abbreviations for product names must be generated. Often they are derived solely based on whoever enters it and their … Read More

Data drives business

July 20, 2016By Behind the Shelf Blog, Data Analysis and Management

by Julie Bonnell There is an artisanal chocolate maker in my community. His chocolates are amazing and well worth making a special trip to buy. He is also a bit of a character. He won’t let you into his shop unless he knows something about you. When you come to his shop for the first … Read More

Retailers, suppliers will benefit by giving data its due

November 25, 2013By Data Analysis and Management, Industry Intuition, Views

by Megan Moyer for Chain Drug Review November 25th, 2013 Should companies consider data an asset? Recognizing the value of translating big data into something meaningful that informs product, marketing, customer service, distribution, sales, and operations decisions has been a hot topic this year. Managing this “good” data rather than disparate data can have a … Read More