Consumer Products and Food & Beverage Vertical Market Insights from QAD

Stephen Dombroski

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It’s hard not to notice how quickly retail has changed in the last twenty years, and when I read this article from SupplyChainDigest, it really got me thinking. What the brick and mortar retail world will look like in 10-20 more years is anyone’s guess. The traditional retail sector is transforming before our eyes, with a big impact on retail and consumer goods manufacturers’ supply chains in the end. The Wall Street Journal reports that through April 6, closings have been announced for 2,880 retail locations this year, including hundreds of locations being shut by national chains such as Payless ShoeSource and Radio Shack. That’s more than twice as many closings as announced during the same period last year, according to analysis by investment firm Credit Suisse. Can Retail Coexist with Ecommerce? There’s no question that consumer shopping habits are changing. Much ... (more)

Smart Labels Go Beyond the Expiration Date

Like so many others in grocery stores these days, I almost always take a look at the backs of packages for product information. There are a few nutrition facts that I like to check out as well as the all-important expiration date. Nobody wants to eat spoiled food, right? Those dates are also handy when you’ve already bought the items, they’re sitting in your fridge, and you can’t quite recall when you bought them. Being able to verify “best by” and expiration dates is key to avoid the possibility of ingesting spoiled food and getting sick. There are also those instances where the... (more)

Explore the Changing World of Consumer Products and Food & Beverage Manufacturing

The only constant in manufacturing is change. That couldn’t be truer than for Consumer Products and Food & Beverage manufacturers. I have spent the better part of 30 years in these industries and for the last five I have been the marketing lead for QAD’s Consumer Products and Food & Beverage industries. With what I have observed through speaking with customers, talking with industry experts and countless hours of research, I believe the industry has changed more in this time than in the previous 25 years. The market is entirely different, and the companies that embrace and manage... (more)