What 2019 has in Store for the Wholesale Distribution Industry

Kristin Swenson, NetSuite’s Wholesale Distribution Industry Marketing Lead, recently sat down with Michelle Davidson, NetSuite Wholesale Distribution Industry Principal to discuss the major trends and keys to success in the industry in 2019. Kristin Swenson: What are the keys to success for a wholesale distributor in 2019?  Michelle Davidson: Based on my research and my work with many different NetSuite wholesale distribution customers, …

Make a Moment: Valentine’s Day Restaurant Promotion Ideas

Most restaurant owners know Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights of the year, but did you know it’s the second most popular day for Americans to dine out? Thirty-four percent of Americans will eat at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day, according to Entrepreneur. Since the holiday is a $19.7 billion industry, it is a sweet spot for marketing and …

5 Ways a Custom-built Warehouse Management System Can Come Up Short

If your company is using (or considering) a homegrown or built-to-order WMS, it’s time to start asking the tough questions about the current and future viability of those systems for your growing organization.  If you’re deciding between a built-to-order, homegrown, or single-platform warehouse management system (WMS), there are a few key points to keep in mind. Homegrown systems can consume …

Retail Executive Confidence in the Customer Experience Misplaced, Study Finds

Despite the spending, the planning and the hand wringing over how to meet the needs of the modern retail customer, there is still a large gap between what retail executives think consumers want and what they actually want, according to research conducted by Oracle NetSuite in partnership with Wakefield Research and Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor. In particular, the global …

Six 2019 Food and Beverage Trends on Trial

Rolling out “on-trend” initiatives can have a profound impact on your restaurant, from enhancing brand image and guest satisfaction to increasing efficiency and profitability. Identifying and setting those trends before your competition gives your restaurant a distinct competitive advantage. In the fast-paced, ever-evolving restaurant environment, it’s easy to waste time chasing the wrong trend, or to fall so far behind …

C.O. Bigelow’s Secret Formula: How a 180-Year Old Family-Run Business Stays Relevant, Profitable

Asked how he deals with that simultaneously nebulous and ubiquitous term “disruption” that defines the retail space today, Ian Ginsberg recalls a wave of it that occurred nearly 40 years ago – when the chain store pharmacies started to move into New York City. He remembers his father, then the owner of C.O. Bigelow, sitting down every week with the …

How Can Foodservice Distributors Keep Up with the Cheney Bros.?

The past few years have been active ones for the foodservice industry. In the most recent year alone, US Foods acquired All American Foods, F. Christiana and Toba Inc. Sysco got in on the game a year earlier, acquiring Brake Bros., North Star Seafood and Supplies on the Fly, while Cheney Bros. acquired Pate Dawson. For big companies like these, acquisitions are the main innovation strategy driving product …