1307, 2021

Software Is Not Your Solution

July 13, 2021|Business Process Design & Transformation, Business Process Improvement, Clay Parnell, Consulting, Newsletter, Retail Advisor, System Implementation, Transformation, Tricia Chismer Gustin|

Through many conversations with Parker Avery clients and technology partners, as well as in industry articles about the latest innovations and technologies, the words solution, system, and software are used interchangeably.  Despite what most technology vendors proclaim, neither software nor a system alone will solve your business [...]

1305, 2021

Facing Reality: Which System Implementation Activities Should Not Be Done Remotely

May 13, 2021|Ask the Experts, Change Management, Marty Anderson, Pandemic, Russ Smith, Solution Implementation, System Implementation|

Recently, Principal Marty Anderson and Senior Manager Russ Smith got together on Parker Avery’s “Talk Retail to Me” podcast to discuss how system implementation projects changed over the past year due to the myriad of global and national disruptions. During the podcast, the two experts [...]

1105, 2021

Driving Success in 2021

May 11, 2021|Agility, Clay Parnell, Forecasting, Pandemic, PMO, Product Development & Supply Chain, Retail Advisor, Roadmap, Robert Kaufman, Supply Chain|

As we quickly approach the summer season, our retail and consumer goods clients are increasingly becoming more optimistic about their prospects for a successful 2021. With many parts of the country progressing in getting the COVID pandemic under control and as personal freedoms return, we are [...]

104, 2021

Analytics: A Win-Win Approach

April 1, 2021|Agility, Analytics, Forecasting, George Arutyunyants, Sam Iosevitch, Tailored Intelligence|

Recently on Parker Avery’s Talk Retail to Me," podcast, our Chief Analytics Officer, Sam Iosevich, and his long-time colleague, George Arutyunyants discussed George’s continuous journey through advanced analytics. As the firm’s Senior Director of Analytics, George explained how Parker Avery uses a win-win approach to analytics [...]

1702, 2021

Gaining Proficiency Through Virtual Learning

February 17, 2021|Ask the Experts, Carrie Habel, Change Management, Change Management, Organizational Design, & Training, Heidi Csencsits, Kathi Toll, LouAnn Villasor, Training|

Training alone does not lead to proficiency. There must be intentional knowledge transfer and sustainment activities. A few weeks ago, a few of our change management and training experts got together on Parker Avery's podcast, "Talk Retail to Me," and discussed the quick evolution [...]

1102, 2021

2021: The Year of Collaborative Decisiveness

February 11, 2021|Agility, Clay Parnell, Cross-functional, Leadership, Newsletter, Retail Advisor, Robert Kaufman, Strategy, Selection & Roadmap|

Retailers and consumer brands cannot rely solely on past performance to predict the future. This tenet has always been true, but 2020 and the pandemic have intensified the focus and accelerated the need for self-reflection and change. Key Focus Areas [...]

2801, 2021

Overcoming Resistance to Change

January 28, 2021|Carrie Habel, Change Management, Change Management, Organizational Design, & Training, Kathi Toll, Leadership, OCM|

A few weeks ago, on our “Talk Retail to Me” podcast, Parker Avery’s change leader Kathi Toll interviewed change management expert Carrie Habel. The two retail veterans discussed how company leaders can understand and address their teams’ and their own resistance to change.  This week’s blog [...]

2101, 2021

A Game-Changing Advanced Analytics Solution

January 21, 2021|Analytics, Ask the Experts, Big Data, Leo Greyz, Sam Iosevitch, Software, Tailored Intelligence|

On a recent Parker Avery “Talk Retail to Me” podcast episode, Chief Analytics Officer Sam Iosevich discussed Parker Avery's advanced analytics solution development efforts with the firm's Director of Solutions Architecture, Leo Greyz. Leo is enhancing Parker Avery’s “Results as a Service” (RaaS) offering and bringing it to [...]

1011, 2020

7 Tips for Solution Demonstration Success, Part 2

November 10, 2020|Consumer Goods, Heidi Csencsits, Retail, System Assessment, System Selection|

This week, retail expert Heidi Csencsits continues her sage advice to solution vendors about conducting successful solution demonstrations—including tips on virtual demos. If you missed the first three points, you can read them by clicking here for Parker Avery's blog post from last week. [...]

411, 2020

7 Tips for Solution Demonstration Success, Part 1

November 4, 2020|Consumer Goods, Heidi Csencsits, Retail, System Selection|

Retail, like most industries, has been punched upside the head by 2020, with many companies understanding the need to quickly change their business processes, realign organizational structures, and evaluate supporting technologies. As we outline and prioritize recommendations as part of our clients’ overall roadmaps [...]

1510, 2020

Three (or maybe four) Key Takeaways from Analytics Unite

October 15, 2020|Analytics, Clay Parnell, Events, George Arutyunyants, Sam Iosevitch|

Last week, The Parker Avery Group sponsored and participated in Consumer Goods Technology’s Analytics Unite event—a groundbreaking virtual conference that brought together around 500 retail and consumer goods professionals from a variety of different backgrounds and from around the globe. While indeed, the virtual setting was [...]

810, 2020

Strategic Sourcing in a Disrupted Supply Chain

October 8, 2020|Agility, COVID-19, Pandemic, Retail Strategy, Rob Oglesby, Robert Kaufman, Sourcing, Supply Chain|

In this episode of Parker Avery's podcast, "Talk Retail to Me," we take a deep dive into strategic sourcing decisions for retailers and consumer brands. I interviewed Robert Kaufman, Parker Avery’s CEO, along with Senior Manager Rob Oglesby one of our resident inventory and supply chain [...]

110, 2020

Digging DEEP: Achieving Omnichannel Resilience

October 1, 2020|Analytics, Current Events, Events, Marty Anderson, Omnichannel, Omnichannel Maturity, Sam Iosevitch|

Earlier this week, Sam Iosevich and Marty Anderson participated in a virtual networking event hosted by Parker Avery partner Synoptek, a global systems integrator (GSI) and managed IT services provider (MSP). This invitation-only, private event was titled, “Reimagining Retail in 2020 and Beyond: Strategies To [...]

2008, 2020

Deep Analytics: Why You Need it Now More Than Ever

August 20, 2020|Analytics, Ask the Experts, Big Data, Clay Parnell, Cross-functional, Forecasting, Sam Iosevitch, Transformation|

In this podcast, we interviewed Parker Avery experts Clay Parnell and Sam Iosevich to discuss how retailers and consumer brands can embrace analytics into their business models to enable cross functional collaboration and deliver meaningful financial results.  In this week's blog, we provide the conversation [...]

1808, 2020

Retail’s New DNA

August 18, 2020|Analytics, Change Management, Consulting, COVID-19, Disruption, Innovation, OCM, Omnichannel, Omnichannel Maturity, Pandemic, Reconstructing Retail, Robert Kaufman, Transformation|

Once again, summer is quickly coming to an end, and consumer attention is turning to back-to-school. But with many local governments largely in flux on how to return to classes, consumers are unsure what they need for the coming school year. Do we simply need [...]

2307, 2020

Two Critical Inventory Changes for BOPIS Success

July 23, 2020|BOPIS, Inventory, Omnichannel, Omnichannel Maturity, Rob Oglesby, Store Operations|

The Parker Avery Group recently published a point of view, "Essential Disruption: Store Level Omnichannel Capabilities for Retail’s New World," in which inventory expert, Rob Oglesby discusses key tenets retailers must embrace to deliver exceptional omnichannel experiences in our disrupted world, focusing on store fulfillment.  [...]

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