The world has changed significantly in the last 20 years. The methods we use today to manage global trade are no longer meeting the needs of empowered consumer. Retail supply chains are under immense pressure from the shift of power from retail to the consumer. Retailers face a classic dilemma: how to create more agile supply chain that can change with the times while at the same time I am under huge margin pressure from rising direct to consumer costs, Amazon's digital dominance, and Walmart and Targets physical and digital shopping convergence.
Erik Bergeman is a Business Development Executive with IBM's Blockchain Solutions Team.
With over 30 years of experience as both a retailer and as a consultant to medium and large retail organizations.
Focusing on solving problems around business process and technology in Retail LOBs including Global Trade, Store Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, Marketing, and Merchandising using Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Blockchain. Now including Cognitive business powered by IBM's Watson.
Key areas of expertise include both strategic and operations skills around global trade, logistics, POS, task management, time & attendance, real estate, forecasting, replenishment, allocation, eCommerce, direct to consumer fulfillment, marketing operations and execution, customer, merchandising and operations analytics, digital and omnichannel execution.