Pet Supplements Aplenty & Big Plans for Instacart
This week's news features three new stories on the pet supplement front, mac and cheese-flavored ice cream, and some nationwide distribution for Honey Mama's and Fly By Jing.
Natural Sweeteners & Vegan Orange Chicken: CPG News, Weeks of July 5 & 12
This week's news features funding rounds for Nature's Fynd and X2, rebrands for ROAR and ChocXO, and the "scan-and-ship" retail experience.
Root Beer Pops & A Baby Food Revolution: CPG News, Weeks of June 21 & July 2
This week's news features acquisitions for Once Upon a Farm, IPO action for Zevia and Dole, and some very high-tech bottled water.
How AI Can Transform Your Demand Planning Process
From time savings and operational agility to action-ready supply chain insights, Artificial Intelligence is the future of demand planning—and that future is now.
Artificial Intelligence Vs. Machine Learning
Exploring the Venn Diagram of two branches of data science, plus how they impact businesses in the CPG industry.
A Series B for Simulate & Vegan Raw Tuna: CPG News, Weeks of Jun 7 & 14
This week's news features a big-time acquisition for Hormel, a new mycoprotein fermentation plant for The Better Meat Co., and "raw tuna" ready to launch from Finless Foods.
3 Essential Demand Planning Analytics That Every CPG Brand Should Automate
To keep up with an industry that’s evolving at breakneck speeds, your brand needs instant access to the kinds of actionable datasets that will enable you to make the right decisions fast.
The 7 Key Benefits of Automation in the IBP Process
Automation is a key element to managing a holistic demand planning process. Here are 7 ways that automation can drive results across your organization.
Popcorn Startups & CPG in Space: CPG News, Week of May 31-Jun 4
This week's news features investments in an allergen kit, growing sales but flat inventory, and CPG for the space age.
Takis on Takis & The Almighty Mylkubator: CPG News, Week of May 24-28
This week's news features acquisitions of Sambazon and Kodiak Cakes, spicy chicken-flavored Pringles, lots of Takis, and a line of vegan chocolate via a well-known soap brand.
A Sweet Acquisition & Stockout Solutions: CPG News, Week of May 17-21
This week's news features a big-time chocolate industry acquisition, lots of updates from KIND, and—it's a dream come true—lime-only skittles.
Memphis Meats and Multicultural Mochi: CPG News, Week of May 10-14
This week's news features acquisitions for Nestlé and Utz, new products from My/Mochi and Vital Farms, and an increase in demand for retail tech.
Using an ERP? Here's How to Scale Your Demand Planning and S&OP Process
Whether you use SAP, NetSuite, CIN7, Katana, DEAR Systems, Fishbowl, a Microsoft ERP, or another tool, chances are it’s time to ditch the spreadsheets and adopt a more scalable demand planning solution—one that integrates with your ERP.
Energy Bars & Donut Popcorn: CPG News, Week of May 3-7
This week's news features supply a Smartfood-Krispy Kreme collab, energy bar investments, and—perhaps a lot less fun—inflation.
Guide to Excess Inventory: What Is It and How Can It Impact Your CPG Business?
Carrying and managing excess can be very costly, and it's important to know the risks involved. We examine the causes of overstock as well as its impact on inventory management and supply chain operations.
Beyond Meat Goes Beyond: CPG News, Week of Apr 26-30
This week's news features a potential valuation from Honest, almond flour ravioli, and—yup—Beyond Meat.
Agility: More Than Just a Supply Chain Buzzword
Agility is more than just a pandemic-era buzzword. We explore what it means in today’s ever-changing CPG landscape, plus how to bring it to life at your brand.
Veggie Valuations & Palm Payments: CPG News, Week of Apr 19-23
This week's news features a high-fiber hazelnut spread, an unconventional way to grocery shop, and—as usual—lots of activity in the world of plant-based protein.
Lab-Grown Lobster and Amazon Aplenty: CPG News, Week of Apr 12-16
This week's news features big bucks for alternative bacon, cell-based lobster, and a new private label food brand for Amazon.
A Ketchup Drought & Protein Pulled From Air: CPG News, Week of Apr 5-9
This week's news features supply chain hiccups in the condiment space, new factories for Beyond Meat and Oatly, and a new way to do animal-free protein.
H Mart Turns to Micro-Fulfillment & Plant-Based Prevails (Again): CPG News, Week of Mar 29-Apr 2
This week's news features a new supply chain strategy for H Mart, a huge funding round for LIVEKINDLY, and CAULIPOWER’s “forecasting superpower.”
The 7 A's of Demand Planning: A Guide for CPG Brands
What are the 7 A's? Agility, Accuracy, Actionability, Automation, AI, Alignment, Accountability
Avocado Nation & Delivery Service Dough: CPG News, Week of Mar 22-26
This week's news features Peeps-flavored Pepsi, a big-time valuation for delivery service goPuff, and—yup—the Suez Canal.
Congested Ports, Sustainable Skittles, & Hanch: CPG News, Week of Mar 15-19
This week's news features big brands eyeing IPOs, supply chain backups from Texas’s winter storm, and one hilariously named condiment.
A Vegan Filet & A Berry Good Funding Round: CPG News, Week of Mar 8-12
This week's news features investments in vertical farming, a big decision from Oatly, and lots of updates from Walmart, Kellogg’s, and Ocean Spray.
3 Key Features Every CPG Brand Should Consider When Choosing an IBP Platform
IBP platforms allow for a holistic approach to decision-making, but different brands have different needs. Here are 3 features CPG brands should look for when choosing the right IBP platform.
Candy-Peddling Robots & the Era of Instacart: CPG News, Week of Mar 1-5
This week's news features future changes at Instacart, Shopify's investment in esports, and positive retailer sales reports from the past quarter.
Full Guide: Inventory Shrinkage [Overview + Case Study]
Inventory loss is inevitable, but it doesn't have to hurt so much. To gain an understanding of its root causes, it's important to utilize a supply chain management tool that can reduce shrink rates and increase profit margins...
Walmart Celebrates, Target Vaccinates: CPG News, Week of Feb 8-12
This week's news features how lockdown helped Hershey's grow, Target's efforts to get its employees vaccinated, and Walmart's first months in the ecommerce space.
Snacking on (and Drinking) Cereal: CPG News, Week of Feb 1-5
This week's news features future changes at UPS, PepsiCo's development of its analytics platform, and expected changes in shopping behavior for 2021.
34 Best Demand Planning Software for 2021 and Beyond [Updated]
There are plenty of options for software that will predict demand for your CPG brand. Check out our list of the 30 best demand forecasting software systems for CPG brands in 2021.
Plant-Based Indulgences and Celebrity Water: CPG News, Week of Jan 25-29
This week's news features Walmart's continuous efforts to compete with Amazon in the world of eCommerce, the potential benefits of augmented reality on warehouses, and Mars Inc.'s latest efforts to address gender-based inequality in the workplace.
Unioncrate's Glossary of CPG, AI, and Supply Chain Terms [Updated]
Call us biased, but we think the CPG Industry is an incredibly exciting landscape—from consumer behavior and e-Commerce platforms to supply chain and demand planning technologies that provide a competitive edge, and so much more...
17 Best Supply Chain Practices in CPG + FMCG
In times like these, the FMCG landscape can feel like a whole new game. Here are 17 best practices to keep your supply chain nimble.
Baby Boomers, E-Comm, and Sustainable Mac 'n' Cheese: CPG News, Week of Jan 18-22
This week's news features how household products carried 2020's big-brand sales, online shopping's fastest-growing demographic, and Instacart's business model change that means fewer in-store workers.
Ice Cream Goes Canine & Walmart Goes Fintech: CPG News, Week of Jan 11-15
This week's news features Walmart's latest endeavor in the financial industry, the impact of a limited workforce on companies' supply chains, and the strategies Barbie used to remain every child's It Girl through the pandemic.
Intro to Demand Planning
Predicting consumer demand is a tough nut to crack. The most effective demand planners have the tools to predict demand accurately and execute a confident supply chain strategy to meet future demand in its tracks.
5 Steps to More Accurate Demand Forecasts
The right demand forecasting process can pay huge dividends for your business. But in order to understand and leverage key demand drivers, you first need the have the right data, the right people, and the right software in place. Here's a step-by-step guide.
Oatly Eyes an IPO & Double Dinners: CPG News, Week of Jan 4-8
This week's news features carbon footprint labeling, the worldwide celebration of Veganuary, and the latest pandemic-driven meal trends.
2020 in Hindsight: CPG News, Week of Dec 28-Jan 1
This week's news features the latest stories that summarize some of 2020's biggest trends and milestones, plus a look at 2021.
Sustainability for the Big Guys & Lots of Eggs: CPG News, Week of Dec 14-18
This week’s news features brands making strides to become more sustainable, what Halloween might look like this year, and the race to launch drone deliveries across the country.
The Critical Importance of Demand Forecasting
Nothing is more important than accuracy when it comes to demand forecasting. The higher the accuracy, the better. It can help businesses run more efficient S&OP meetings, scale with efficiency, and reduce costs across the entire supply chain.
Dive Awards 2020 & Girl Scout Cookies 2021: CPG News, Week of Dec 7-11
This week's news features the Dive Awards' picks for the top leaders and companies in the business, a small town's high school students coming together to support each other, and the (soon-to-be) certifiable differences between vegan and plant-based.
Sustainable Steps, Sesame Seeds, & the Future of Food Labeling: CPG News, Week of Nov 30-Dec 4
This week's news features big corporations' visions for a more sustainable future, the mission to regulate plant-based product labeling in Oklahoma, and how technology could equal less food waste.
13 Best Companies Getting Supply Chain Right
These brands have survived and thrived because the seeds to their supply chain success were planted long before the world was forced to stay inside. Read on for the tips and tricks of 13 top brands.
Plant-Based Meat & Gluten-Free Oreos: CPG News, Week of Nov 16-20
This week's news features the arrival of gluten-free Oreos, the ways consumers' tastes are changing as the holidays approach, and Unilever's mission to bring plant-based mainstream.
Snacking and Adapting Through 2020: CPG News, Week of Nov 9-13
This week's news features the rising of snacking, Mars Wrigley's success in a digital world, and the future of bioengineered meat.
Top 33 Bill of Materials (BoM) Software
The ability to easily manage a bill of materials (BoM) is a key element to running an effective supply chain. We analyze the top 33 bill of materials software on the market so you can make the best choice for your business.
Bath Bomb Prescriptions & Beyoncé's Impact: CPG News, Week of Nov 2-6
This week's news features the impact of Covid-19 on the upcoming holidays, how retailers are finally embracing third party delivery services, and PepsiCo's pledge to improve representation at the top.
Ice Cream Therapy and the Fall of Food Fads: CPG News, Week of Oct 26-30
This week's news features the surprising turnaround in Halloween candy sales, the incoming supply chain challenges as consumers start stocking up again on their favorite products, and the trends that will be most important to consumers in 2021.
Sugar-Free Sweetening and Climate-Friendly Food: CPG News, Week of Oct 19-23
This week's news features the resurgence of Earth Fare supermarkets, how artificial sweeteners are sparking a discussion about sugar-related packaging labels, and Panera's new strategy to encourage food sustainability.
Turkeys & Vikings & Chefbots, Oh My!: CPG News, Week of Oct 12-16
This week's news features a hopeful look at this year's holiday season, an AI tool that will find recipes for you, and the flavors that will define 2020's fall and winter.
31 Best Inventory Management Software for 2021 and Beyond
There is no shortage of inventory management software choices on the market these days. Check out our list of the 31 best inventory management software systems for CPG brands in 2021.
It's a Bird! It's a Drone! It's Halloween!: CPG News, Week of Oct 5-9
This week's news features brands making strides to become more sustainable, what Halloween might look like this year, and the race to launch drone deliveries across the country.
Kroger, Costco, and the Return of Expo West: CPG News, Week of Sep 28-Oct 2
This week's news features the return of Expo East, the continuous rise of oatmilk, and a commitment from 200 brands to make the planet a better place.
Plants, Pecans, and Partnerships: CPG News, Week of Sep 21-25
This week's news features makeup made for space travel; brands coming together for good; and continued demand for alternative-everything products.
Tyler, The Ice Cream Collaborator: CPG News, Week of Sep 14-18
The fall equinox is right around the corner, and all eyes are on seasonality. This week's news features unique celebrity/brand collaborations; how companies are informing consumer for the halloween season as a way to bolster sales; and more!
How to Prepare for a Potentially Volatile Back-to-School Season
In a consumer-driven supply chain, preparing for drastic shifts in purchasing behavior is a must. Use this guide to anticipate these changes during the school year, when demand variables are sure to throw off sales and supply plans.
The Shopping Experience Grows Up Fast: CPG News, Week of Sep 7-11
September is here! This week's news features eCommerce and retail behemoths race to meet consumers where they are, the continued emergence of plant-based items, and a CPG-meets-fast-casual partnership that bodes well for the industry.
Oatmilk Everything and the Pursuit of the Gen-Z Consumer: CPG News, Week of Aug 31-Sep 4
September is here and change is in the air. This week's news features the ubiquity of oatmilk-based items, the emergence of dark stores, and the refreshing of a 167-year-old cookie classic.
Chocolate, Trees & Bees: CPG News, Week of Aug 24-28
As August comes to an end, all eyes are on autumn. This week's news features environmentally-conscious brands, the emergence of social commerce, and a lawsuit about dairy-related labeling for plant-based brands.
Beverage Boom, Baller Investments & Black-Owned Brands: CPG News, Week of Aug 17-21
Summer's hot and, like usual, the CPG industry is blazing. This week's news features canned tuna, NBA-led beverage funding, spicy spice sales and how candy-makers are preparing for a most unusual Halloween consumer landscape.
CPG Data Science: How Data Science Helps CPG Companies
Implementing Machine Learning models and Artificial Intelligence is becoming the norm for CPG brands looking to leverage their data to gain more accurate demand forecasts, maximize sales, and reduce working capital. We explain how to easily implement...
Unioncrate's Ultimate Guide to Reddit for CPG Brands [Updated]
The online community is a gem for discussing just about every topic under the sun. But did you know that it's also an invaluable resource for consumer insights, supply chain expertise, e-commerce, brand-building, data science, and all things CPG.
5 Ways to Strengthen the Foundations of Your Business
From solidifying financials to utilizing technology to maximize efficiencies, here are 5 actionable steps to help you gain perspective and implement strategies to overcome the inevitable challenges that may be thrown your way.
What Is a Bill of Materials and How Do I Create One?
What parts are necessary to manufacture a product? That's the job of a Bill of Materials, a roadmap to a finished good. We explore its features and provide a free guide to creating your own...
How Shopify Is Empowering Small Businesses
Founder and CEO Tobias Lütke on creating opportunities for Shopify’s ‘one million merchants’
Essential SKU Strategy Guide
Implementing a consistent and scalable SKU strategy is critical to effective inventory management and overall growth. So what's the best way to get the job done?
Demand Planning Vs. Demand Forecasting
Though they are unmistakably linked, demand planning and demand forecasting are not the same thing. We explain the key differences and similarities between them and demonstrate why forecast accuracy is essential to demand planning and to the overall S&OP...