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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.

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Plants, Pecans, and Partnerships: CPG News, Week of Sept 21-25

This week's news features makeup made for space travel; brands coming together for good; and continued demand for alternative-everything products.

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Demand Planning AI

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.

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Oatmilk Everything and the Pursuit of the Gen-Z Consumer: CPG News, Week of Aug 31-Sept 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.

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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.

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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.

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Case Studies

How Fishin’ Co. Increased Forecast Accuracy and Saved Millions in Carrying Costs With Unioncrate

In order to reduce inventory management costs, Fishin' Co. asked Unioncrate to improve upon its own internal forecast accuracy. This is how Unioncrate's Demand Planning AI delivered and saved the world's leading tilapia importer millions in carrying costs.

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Case Studies

How a Category Leader Uses Unioncrate’s AI to Rapidly Meet Demand During Covid-19

In a matter of weeks, Unioncrate’s AI self-adjusted to account for unprecedented variables like pantry loading and stockouts, resulting in forecast accuracy near its yearly mean of 84.3%.

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Case Studies

How Dream Pops Saved $110,000 in Overhead After Automating Operations With Unioncrate

"We were running a lot of things manually—even to the point of writing out checks and invoices and mailing them. Our processes were a big time suck and caused a lot of frustration.”

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Case Studies

How Unioncrate Helps SOUND Brands Run Its Entire Operation With a Small Team

“Unioncrate removes the stress and headache of trying to manage several Excel sheets and inventory. It also eliminates the potential for error. That lifts a huge burden because you know your inventory is based on what’s actually there.”

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Case Studies

How Jade Leaf Matcha Runs a Multimillion-Dollar Business With a Team of Just 5

“We were starting to expand and dramatically increase our sales. I could just foresee a point in time where we were going to have this collision course. We’d be trying to open up more doors, but still trying to handle everything in a very manual and...

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Case Studies

How BOU Brands Saves $120,000 Each Year With Unioncrate Versus a Bloated ERP

“Being a startup, our supply chain processes were very manually intensive. It was becoming very challenging, and with all of our growth and the number of distribution points we were now in, mistakes were starting to be made.”

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Supply Chain 101

17 Best Supply Chain Practices in 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.

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Supply Chain 101

Unioncrate's Glossary of CPG 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...

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Supply Chain 101

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...

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Supply Chain 101

Guide to Excess Inventory: What is it and how can it impact your 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.

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Supply Chain 101

What's 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...

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Supply Chain 101

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?

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CPG News & Insights

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.

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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.

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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.

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31 Best Inventory Management Software in 2020

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 2020.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CPG News & Insights

Unioncrate Hires CPG Veteran Kunal Kohli as Director of Business Development

Kohli, the co-founder of BOU Brands, will lead partnerships and develop relationships with CPG brands for Unioncrate, bringing its demand planning and operations management solutions to brands and vendors along the supply chain.

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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.

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Behind the Brand

How Petit Pot's Tiny Jars of Gourmet French Pudding Are Winning Over American Consumers

Entrepreneur Maxime Pouvreau perfected his pot de crème recipe as a pastry chef at San Francisco restaurants. Years later, his brand, Petit Pot, enjoys nationwide distribution and a booming DTC business. But it hasn't come without major challenges.

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Behind the Brand

How Renewal Mill Transforms Waste Into Revenue, One Upcycled Product at a Time

Like many CPG brands, the coronavirus forced Renewal Mill to make strategic shifts midstream. With a focus on DTC channels and new product development, the forward-thinking brand is reaching a new generation of conscious consumers who put the planet first.

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Behind the Brand

SOUND's Mission-Driven Brand Is Bubbling Up Change in a Booming Category

This is the journey of two young engineers who built a sustainable beverage business based on a shared vision of bringing health and transparency to a booming category. SOUND Brands Co-founder Salim Najjar on his company's sparkling journey.

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Behind the Brand

How High Road Took Luxury Ice Cream Mainstream

Ice cream by chefs, for chefs. This was High Road Craft Brands' original business plan at least. But 10 years in, the Atlanta-based company has grown significantly, slowly but surely adding private label and retail into its dynamic business model.

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Behind the Brand

How Two Co-Founders Are Shaking Up Multibillion-Dollar Food Categories With a Tiny Cube

Building a brand is tough work. From product development and marketing, to tweaking a million things along the way, the path to success is rarely smooth (and in this case, it's filled with cubes). BOU Brands Co-Founder and President Kunal Kohli discusses...

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