2020 State of Supply Chain Inventory Management Survey Results

 Verusen, an innovator in artificial intelligence, materials inventory and data management technology, announced today the results of its State of Supply Chain Inventory Management survey. The results from this inaugural research come at a pivotal time for enterprise supply chains, as they continue to act in response to the global coronavirus pandemic and the completely unforeseen impacts it has caused―for which the large majority of organizations were unprepared.

The survey showed that while a majority of organizations rated their supply chains’ maturity levels at “high” or “highest,” only 10 percent of them felt fully prepared for the coronavirus impacts. For most organizations, the impact from the pandemic has resulted in massive revenue losses along with employee layoffs and has now put the spotlight squarely on budgets along with the preservation of cash and working capital.

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How the SAP.iO Foundry TLV’s TVPage Brings Online Sellers to E-commerce

TVPage creates a touchless & engaging retail experience online through shoppable videos with savvy sellers.

As more and more brands have shifted to the E-commerce world as their primary sales channel, they seem to have forgotten one crucial player along the way: the seller. Especially today, as people are less frequently walking into stores and avoiding physical engagements altogether, the role of the online seller is critical; people buy from people, not ads. These sellers operate as brand ambassadors who represent the brand online, much like a salesperson would in a physical store.

The solution that seamlessly helps brands provide expertise and guidance to consumers through digital ambassadors? TVPage.

TVPage provides every brand the ability to turn on ambassador digital storefronts on their websites, empowering subject matter experts, in-store sales associates, influencers, and savvy customers to promote and sell their products online. With TVPage, brands transform their sales team into ambassadors who sell on their digital storefronts on the brand’s site, with an intuitive platform that measures results and commissions ambassadors on their actual sales. Today’s consumers depend more and more on recommendations to help dictate their purchasing decisions, and TVPage allows brands to seamlessly engage with their consumers through digital ambassadors.

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How Aiola’s “Non-Techie Friendly” Virtual Analyst Helps CPGs Maximize Performance

Today, business users are primarily responsible for a company’s core operational and commercial decision processes. However, these individuals are often disconnected from the advanced analytics and data teams in their organizations. Simply put, CPGs’ decision makers aren’t making enough data-driven decisions, and ultimately missing out on the opportunity to maximize sales and boost ROI.

Enter Aiola.

Aiola developed a super powerful virtual analyst that helps CPG managers in the sales, marketing, trade, and planning departments make better data-driven decisions. While an analyst’s mother tongue is “data science” and a sales manager speaks “business language,” Aiola‘s virtual analyst bridges the communication gap between teams.

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SAP.iO Accelerator Program joins Forces With E.ON and IEC to Explore Startups in the Utilities Industry

SAP.iO is collaborating with E.ON Innovation, the strategic innovation entity of one of Europe’s largest energy companies E.ON, and IEC (Israel Electric Corporation), both SAP clients, for its upcoming startup acceleration program in Tel Aviv.

The 12-week SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv program is designed to accelerate innovation and drive new business models for SAP’s customers. The next program in Tel Aviv will focus on new solutions for the Utilities sector.The zero-equity-ask program provides startups with curated support from within and outside of SAP, exposure to SAP technologies, and opportunities to collaborate with SAP customers globally.

“Today, SAP’s solutions serve 45 out of 50 of the largest energy producers in the world, supporting them in becoming intelligent enterprises. This program will allow us to explore, embrace and share new market insights and solutions with our clients.” says Lior Weizman, Director of SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv in Israel.

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ClearMetal Adds Amazon’s Former Head of Global Logistics to Board of Directors and New Executives to Advisory Board

ClearMetal, a leader in Continuous Delivery Experience (CDX) for supply chain and logistics solutions, today announced the addition of Ed Feitzinger to its Board along with two new Executive Advisors, Tom Linton and Walter Charles III.

Feitzinger was most recently VP of Global Logistics for Amazon, with prior roles as CEO of UTi Worldwide and VP Global Logistics at HP. At Amazon, Feitzinger was responsible for international inbound and outbound international logistics, as well as customer fulfillment in Amazon’s emerging countries. Linton most recently served as Chief Supply Chain Officer at Flex and was Chief Procurement Officer at both LG and Freescale (News – Alert). Charles served as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Allergan and held similar roles prior at Biogen, Kellogg, Kraft and Johnson & Johnson.

ClearMetal’s software platform helps companies dramatically reduce freight variability and improve customer experience. “E-commerce has made every shipper acutely aware of the impact of the supply chain on customer experience,” said Feitzinger. “I was captivated by how ClearMetal enables dynamic, door to door freight management, increasing on-time delivery over 50%, improving cash-flow, reducing inventory, and enhancing ClearMetal client’s customer experience.”

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SAP.iO Accelerator Program, E.ON, and IEC Partner to Find Startups in the Utilities Space

SAP.iO has announced a collaboration with E.ON Innovation and Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) for its upcoming startup acceleration program in Tel Aviv. E.ON Innovation is the strategic innovation entity of E.ON, one of Europe’s largest energy companies, and both collaborators are clients of SAP.

The 12-week program provides startups with curated support from within and outside SAP, access to its technologies, and opportunities to work with SAP customers from around the world. The next program is designed to specifically focus on solutions for the utilities sector.

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The SAP.iO Foundry TLV’s Pecan Gives Data Science Superpowers to Any Business

For companies to survive, having the ability to make data-driven decisions is a non-negotiable. However, as companies accumulate exponentially more data, taking advantage of all this data becomes more complex. More data allows for more advanced, more actionable insights — but companies often face a shortage of data scientists to build data models and decipher them.

Meet Pecan.

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Mercaux Customer Experience Application Now Available for Free Trial and Purchase on SAP® App Center

Mercaux announced that its In-store Clienteling, Omnichannel & Data Platform solution is now available for free trial and purchase on SAP® App Center, the digital marketplace for SAP partner offerings. Mercaux’s solutions integrate with SAP Commerce Cloud, to deliver omnichannel capabilities and personalized shopping experiences to retail businesses using SAP solutions.

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Healthcare Startups At The Center Of Data-Driven Pandemic Response

Healthcare startups are challenging longtime industry practices and assumptions, transforming everything from patient care to organizational efficiencies. Here’s how two entrepreneurs that recently participated in the latest healthcare-focused accelerator program at SAP.iO Foundry New York viewed their respective missions to help patients and providers in a vastly changed healthcare landscape.

Real-time intelligence improves time management

Applying computer science and systems thinking to improve people’s lives has been a central tenet of Kishau Rogers’ career as an engineer and computer scientist. The COVID-19 pandemic has only amped up the mission behind her newest venture called Time Study. Over 35 hospitals throughout the United States rely on the startup’s “time intelligence” cloud-based platform that uses machine learning to track how physicians, researchers, and other healthcare employees are spending their time.

”Instead of just counting hours worked, we wanted to shift the concept of timesheets to a human-centered approach, elevating opportunities to improve people’s lives at work,” said Rogers. “Many of the time management issues we were already looking at, such as data silos and complexity, have only been amplified by the pandemic.”

Time Study has helped hospitals better understand fast-changing workforce movements, whether employees were hunting for scarce PPE, jumping into different care-giving roles onsite, or providing new patient services like telehealth. Some hospitals have improved data collection and reporting times by 80 percent, and increased regulatory compliance by over 120 percent.

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How SRP is Revolutionizing the Neighborhood Grocery Ecosystem

Today’s neighborhood grocery ecosystem is primarily composed of three key players: large Consumer Products companies, local grocery stores, and consumers. Each entity faces a plethora of challenges: CPGs face harsh competition from retailers and struggle to influence customers, grocery stores lack proper management and operational tools and can’t make data-driven decisions, and consumers are turned off by crowded retail grocery shopping, and a delivery alternative comes with expensive fees.

The (one-stop) solution to a more economical retail format? SRP.

SRP developed a digital and data-driven Nearby Retail Platform (NRP) that connects CPGs, grocery stores, and consumers. SRP allows CPGs to boost revenues and influence customers, helps grocery stores flourish with advanced management & operational tools, and provides consumers with a seamless and intuitive way to shop

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Sampler + SAP partner to make CRM capture seamless

Product sampling is one of the best ways to generate new opt-ins for a brand’s consumer database, but getting data from external vendor systems to a brand’s CRM system can often be challenging. We recently participated in SAP.iO Foundry Consumer Products Cohort to establish a solution that process easier than ever. By integrating into SAP’s Customer Data Cloud, Sampler clients can add data collected in their programs seamlessly into their CRM system, in a flexible, standardized, fast and secure method. In this video, our founder and CEO, Marie Chevrier walks you through how Sampler helps CPG brands all over the world distribute product samples in a more targeted way and how this new exciting partnership will help build solutions for Sampler and SAP clients alike. 

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The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity Announces The 20 Finalists

The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity Announces The 20 Finalists For The US$1 Million Global Maker Challenge 2020 including Queen of Raw.

They will present their solutions during a series of virtual pitches that will commence on August 31, 2020, in the lead up to the Global Maker Challenge Award Ceremony on September 6, 2020.

The finalists were selected from over 3,400 solutions that were submitted for Cohort 2 of the Global Maker Challenge, which was launched at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) 8th Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries in November 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Solutions from over 148 countries were received, of which 18% came in from least developed countries.

This year’s global challenges centered around four themes: Sustainable and Healthy Food for All, Climate Change, Innovation for Inclusive Trade, and Innovation for Peace and Justice.

The 20 finalists, comprising of five innovators per theme, were assessed and shortlisted in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SOLVE initiative (MIT SOLVE), and a jury of 47 globally renowned subject matter and innovation experts from UN agencies, global organizations, digital innovation companies, NGOs, and academia.

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