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RPA as Part of a Retail Automation Strategy

by Robert Hetu  |  August 22, 2018

Robotic process automation (RPA) can help automate existing manual processes, but is only a step on the path toward transformational automation and algorithmic retailing. For modern retail, speed kills or,...

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Walmart's Freshness Algorithm; A Great Example of Algorithmic Retailing

by Robert Hetu  |  March 13, 2018

When I introduced the concept of algorithmic retailing two years ago my definition was simple. The application of big data through advanced analytics across an increasingly complex and detailed retail...

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The Business Value of MES

by Rick Franzosa  |  October 31, 2017

What sort of information can you get from surveying MES users about their experience in choosing, implementing and using Manufacturing Execution Systems? For the past five years, Gartner, Inc. and...

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Using AI to Drive Smart Automation in Retail

by Robert Hetu  |  May 16, 2017

Retailers must use AI to automate and deliver better decisions and make it possible for associates to be customer experience differentiators.  Multichannel retailers are facing an existential crisis. Consumers' buying...

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What IS The Business Value of MES?

by Rick Franzosa  |  September 29, 2016

Gartner, in conjunction with MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) have been asking this question in an annual survey, with results that have helped our clients focus on best practices...

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Hype Cycle for Consumer Goods 2016

by Robert Hetu  |  July 15, 2016

Consumer goods manufacturers continue to favor technology investments facilitating competitive differentiation. CIOs and IT leaders can use this Hype Cycle to evaluate opportunities, educate their organizations, and guide their planning...

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2016 Retail Research Recap

by Robert Hetu  |  July 12, 2016

Gartner's research for the retail industry crosses all major key initiatives. [caption id="attachment_773" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Gartner 2016[/caption] Retail trends and technologies: Hype Cycle for Retail Technologies 2016 Forces not unlike wind,...

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It's The End of The (MES) World As We Know It

by Rick Franzosa  |  July 12, 2016

One of the bigger surprises with coming from the research for the Market Guide for Manufacturing Execution System Software was not just the rapid shift away from independent MES providers to...

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Free Robot Lawyer Advances Digital Justice

by Robert Hetu  |  June 29, 2016

An article on Business Insider highlights a free bot by British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, who launched a beta version of the ticket busting bot in London in September. In...

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The Stage is set for Algorithmic Merchandising

by Robert Hetu  |  January 13, 2016

By 2020, merchant leaders will be algorithms, prompting the top 10 retailers to cut up to one-third of headquarters merchandising staff. Predicts 2016: Digital Business Uproots Traditional Retail Revenue Generation Analysis...

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