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The food industry in Russia is very complex: the market is volatile, geographically concentrated and fragmented. Russia’s food chains account for about 11% of total market: however, a consolidation of the market is taking place mostly through M&A. On December 15th 2010, the Russian food industry has faced a potential big change: in fact, X5 Group – one of the biggest player in that industry - acquired 100% ownership of Kopeyka retail business and property in a $1,651 billion deal, including


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Information security is going to face a new economic order: the state of information security, compliance and governance is at an inflection point. Now that its strategic significance has been recognized more than ever before within retail companies and budgets for addressing information security appearing to have stabilized, it is ready for a move to the next part of the curve: addressing growing risks of cyber security and meeting the challenges of new opportunities - such as cloud, social networking and


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On earth day 2011, I'd like to applaud all of those organizations that have made great strides to reduce carbon consumption, particularly those in the retail sector who are driving many of the supply chain initiatives related to product packaging and distribution. While progress has been made, many companies are falling short of targets. In fact, the January 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain Report, written by A.T. Kearney, indicates that many companies are falling short of the Intergovern


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My 7th annual visit to RFID Journal Live! (April 12-14th, 2011) was jam packed with engaging conversations with optimistic and energized retailers, suppliers, academics and technology vendors. Mark Roberti, the founder and editor of RFIDJournal magazine and host of the event, reported that preregistration was up 15%, in an RFID Journal editor's note on April 18, 2011. Interestingly, it seemed to me that there were fewer vendors and more endusers than last year. Most importantly, the endusers that attended w


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I'm starting a large research project on pricing. So naturally Ron Kleinman's April 24th post on the ARTS's (Association for Retail Technology Standards) Linkedin Group, "When pricing algorithms collide…it isn't pretty", caught my eye. It reminded me of the value of business rules in pricing, the common sense these rules should instantiate, and the danger of running algorithmic price optimization in a "lights out" fashion. In this instance, the lack of business rules and a black box approach lead to


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In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that — when used in tandem — have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.


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In preparation for what seems to have become an annual pilgramage to RFID Journal Live!, I have already filled my calendar for the conference dates, April 12-14th. I am honestly not quite sure what to expect this year in terms of retail attendance. NRF VICS conference attendance would suggest that retailers will show up in droves, but I am not convinced that they will.


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My colleagues in the IDC Manufacturing Insights group wrote about the impacts of the Japanese disaster on large manufacturer's supply chains, soon after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in their March newsletter. I would like to examine the impact on food supplies and markets, particularly seafood, rice, green leafy vegetables and dairy products, which have been severely impacted by the events in Japan.


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I am hearing a whole lot about inspired brands lately. At the Apparel Tech West Conference last week in Los Angeles, Jim Crawford, GREC Executive Director, gave a presentation titled, The Race to Embrace Consumer Mobile Apps. While everyone is talking about mobile apps in retail today, Crawford's presentation was very well grounded in what retailers and consumers around the world are already doing. I agree wholeheartedly with his claims that as consumers become savvier to the wily marketing tactics of retai


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Supply Chain Segmentation in Retail

By Simon Ellis

Supply Chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades.  What is perhaps new, is the interest on the part of Retail, driven in large part by the growth of private label.



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