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Colavita USA Upgrades DTC Logistics With E-commerce Tech Partnership


Italian specialty food manufacturer Colavita USA is updating its inventory management, warehousing, and fulfillment with elevated DTC e-commerce technology. 

The company will be outsourcing its third-party logistics, leveraging an e-commerce solutions partnership with Boxed within a fully automated fulfillment center in Union, NJ. 

Through the collaboration, Colavita solidifies its e-commerce distribution in the U.S. The company is a major supplier for HelloFresh and also imports products like extra virgin olive oil, vinegars, pastas, and sauces across the U.S.

“Our relationship with Boxed as a vendor has always been strong. We are beyond excited to expand that synergy to include their supply chain and fulfillment expertise,” said Giovanni Colavita, CEO of Colavita USA.


Renfro Brands Bolsters Sustainability Efforts with Supply Chain Traceability Tech

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Renfro Brands – who represent companies such as Polo, Sperry, Jeep, Dr. Scholls, and HOTSOX  – have announced plans to build on sustainability efforts through fresh investment in product traceability software. 

The Stockholm-based fashion and retail brand has picked supply chain traceability tech provider TrusTrace to spearhead the effort, with plans to use the platform to centralize their current supply chain data and ensure their operations remain in line with the latest compliance laws. The sock and legwear retail brand will also use the platform to track the impact of their current sustainability efforts, document progress, reduce risks, and gain greater visibility into their overall value chain. 

Renfro Brands has been making a concerted effort to improve supply chain visibility in recent years. Among their current goals, Renfro Brands say they hope to use sustainable yarns and materials in 100% of the products by 2030. At the moment, 30% of Renfro’s packaging components are also recyclable or reusable and again, the goal is to bring this up to 100% by 2030.

Commenting on the news, Jonah Buelin, Renfro Brand's SVP of supply chain, outlined how the TrusTrace platform would help the brand “standardize how our supply chain mapping and material tracing data is captured, digitized and shared.”


L’Oreal Expands Global Retail Execution Optimization Plans

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L’Oreal has announced plans to build out their cloud-based retail execution strategy, expanding their current roll-out plans to include the brand’s Morocco division.

The beauty company have branched out their partnership with StayinFront to deploy their TouchCG apps to field representatives in Morocco. The Retail Optimization platform uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to pinpoint the highest value stores and directs representatives for visits using advanced routing technology.

Once in store, high value displays and products are highlighted on screen, via an app, for representatives to focus on. StayinFront's data warehouses, KPIs, and BI tools measure the outcomes gathered, which are then fed back into the platform and used to inform future algorithmic decisions. 

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The brand believe the expanded partnership will better allow representatives to efficiently complete tasks, monitor compliance and best practices, set goals, and identify trends based on what they record in store. StayinFront’s also platform integrates with L’Oreal’s existing store distribution platform to take in-store orders, gather data, and offer recommendations. 

Commenting on the expanded partnership, Alex Sangyong CHO, sales and marketing IT director at L’Oréal North Asia & SAPMENA praised StayinFront’s AI and machine learning technologies that have allowed the brand to fuel their global digital transformation and drive retail growth. 


Karl Lagerfeld Streamlines Inventory Management With AI-Powered Allocation

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Fashion brand Karl Lagerfeld is automating allocation across its network, tapping artificial intelligence to streamline inventory management.

The company is working with supply chain planning software ToolsGroup to improve customer satisfaction, elevate sell-through potential, and increase financial performance by expediting the planning process, reducing inaccuracies, and fine-tuning forecasts to ensure ideal stock placement. 

Timothy Justin Dreijer, senior vice president of retail, supply chain and operations, IT and legal affairs at Karl Lagerfeld, said the company was looking to implement a solution that would prepare it for its current and future business growth goals. 

“The fact that these solutions are backed by services teams who explain technical concepts in easily digestible ways and communicate openly and clearly only bolstered our confidence in this partnership,” added Dreijer.

“Today’s supply chains have the potential to be differentiators in the market. Innovative retailers understand that realizing this potential depends on powerfully simple AI solutions that enable optimal decisions at the speed of business,” said ToolsGroup CEO, Inna Kuznetsova.  


Coca-Cola Bottler Turns to Shopper Data for SKU Rationalization Insights

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) Netherlands hopes to avoid out-of-stocks and overstocks with a new investment in assortment optimization. 

The bottling company, which serves 600 million consumers and has 1.75 million customers across 29 countries, has tapped SymphonyAI Retail CPG’s technology to improve supply chain efficiencies and better align its assortments with shopper behavior. The technology is designed to enable CCEP to rationalize SKUs based on existing data on aggregated customer preferences while protecting shopper privacy.

It enables the company to prioritize customer engagement at the point of sale and leverage data science to improve the bottom line, according to Job Rombout, head of category management, CCEP Netherlands. 

“In the pilot phase, we saw powerful initial results from the science," he said in a statement, "and we are excited to now bring measurable business impact in a real-world environment with a strategic retail customer.”


PepsiCo Gains Deeper Insights Into Retailer-Specific Shopper Marketing Campaigns

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While retailer partnerships are undoubtedly valuable for consumer goods companies looking to get closer to the consumer, that value is often difficult to measure, particularly across social channels in regards to marketing investment. PepsiCo is one CPG company that is currently bridging that data gap. 

PepsiCo is an early partner of a new SaaS solution called Ansa, provided by Meta Platforms, Inc. and powered by IRI. The technology allows companies to access brand- and product-level sales results for shopper marketing campaigns. 

According to Stephani Pegler, e-commerce marketing director at PepsiCo, measuring the impact of incremental omnichannel sales for retailer-specific social media investments has been a longstanding challenge across the industry. 

Through the new technology, however, PepsiCo can tap into proprietary analytics support across SKU-levels and retailer-specific campaigns. Among the capabilities are automated targeting, optimization, and measurement for store-level sales for campaigns launched on Facebook and Instagram.

“The measurement partnership between Meta and IRI enables PepsiCo to understand how its retailer-specific Meta campaigns drive omnichannel sales,” said Pegler in a statement. “This is critically important for informing how to most effectively plan and optimize Meta buys as part of our media mix.”

Additional functionality includes hyper-local targeting recommendations and optimization based on customizable campaign parameters. The technology also leverages control testing to determine sales lift from the campaign.

“Nearly two-thirds of CPG and retailer shopper marketers utilize Instagram and Facebook to drive category and brand sales,'' said Jennifer Pelino, executive vice president, Global Media Solutions for IRI. “Ansa will enable marketers to reach shoppers on Meta’s platforms in a data-enabled way that is more cost-effective, flexible and scalable than ever before. It will allow them to reach the right people at the right time in their shopper journey, and make it easier for them to buy online and in stores.”