Three days ago one of my former analyst colleagues and long distance social friends Dennis Howlett posted the below on LinkedIn.

It’s official — I am now retired from the public stage. So long and thanks for all the fish

Not sure why it did, but this news actually took me by a bit of surprise, as I’ve always heard that old Analysts truly never retire, one day they just forget to turn off their Out of Office message replies.

However, given the “So long and thanks for all the…


Over the past 30 years I’ve been witness to the development and use of a number of methodologies intended to improve operations, planning, service and costs in the Consumer Goods and Retail supply chains.

Whether it was Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Just In Time (JIT), Just In Time II (JITII)…

Numerous times recently I’ve found myself saying (and tweeting) that…

‘Going forward Fulfillment automation is no longer just an option.’

Having been a contributor to many SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analyses for e-commerce service providers, retailers and even CPG manufacturers, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve…

Really enjoyed my time at a number of recent events including the RILA Supply Chain conference, and as I highlighted in my pre-conference blogpost several transformative technologies are all now moving into their early implementation phases at the same time.

Times like these, when at events surrounded by the sharing…


The future always comes faster than we think.

Even more so in the evolving world of fast retailing where websites are now merging with bricks and mortar stores to create what last April I dubbed The Endless Store.

How will retailers manage in stores without boundaries inhabited 24/7/365 by almost…

Jeff Ashcroft

Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Logistics & Marketing Agent for Green, Retail, Robots, Blockchain, RFID, Social & Airships, Account Achievement Visionary at Etail

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