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Does a State of the Art Mixer Make One Less of a Cook?

by Robert Hetu  |  January 19, 2015

Before you think I am crazy this is really about merchandising, but I love a good allegory. I have been spending a lot of time on the phone and in...

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In Cold Blood: The Murder of Black Friday

by Robert Hetu  |  December 1, 2014

Slowly beaten to death by retailers, black Friday was given a fatal blow by consumers this holiday season. Once a term used to describe the beginning of the period when...

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Trick or Treat for Retailers this Holiday Season?

by Robert Hetu  |  October 31, 2014

I have been writing extensively on the issues around multichannel pricing for a few years now. As we head into this holiday season there is a clear expectation that price...

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Are you optimizing or just rationalizing assortments?

by Robert Hetu  |  October 30, 2014

Shifting consumer trends, driven by digital technology adoption, are creating new business models that are negatively impacting sales results and customer retention for multichannel retailers. This complex multichannel retail environment...

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Retailing in the Digital Era Featured at Gartner Symposium

by Robert Hetu  |  September 16, 2014

Gartner’s 2014 Symposium season will include a robust retail track that supports the larger theme of the internet of things and digital business. Here are the details of the sessions offered:...

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Just Out: Magic Quadrant for Merchandise Assortment Management Applications

by Robert Hetu  |  July 9, 2014

Just 8 vendors met the inclusion criteria for the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Merchandise Assortment Management Applications.  These vendors are spread across all 4 quadrants.  This is a market where we see significant...

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Do you RAMA?

by Robert Hetu  |  May 27, 2014

I am deep into the final phases of a Gartner MQ (Magic Quadrant) on Retail Assortment Management Applications. Yes it’s another acronym but RAMA is much easier to type so...

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If Not You Then Who, If Not Now Then When?

by Robert Hetu  |  May 23, 2014

This week I had the pleasure of attending TXT Maple-Lake’s Thinking Retail Event in NYC. It was a great opportunity to hear what retail planning experts are thinking and feeling....

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Attributes of effective product attributing

by Robert Hetu  |  April 10, 2014

Lately in conversations with retailers the subject of assigning and maintaining product attributes has been front and center. This isn’t particularly surprising as effectively assigning attributes can have a dramatic...

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Danger: Long Term Planning Ahead

by Jennifer Polk  |  December 9, 2013

"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."  ~ General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff Stand up if you’ve ever been asked to develop...

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